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  • October Tales: Seven Creepy Stories

  • By: Steve Vernon
  • Narrated by: Stephen Wolfe
  • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

You can smell that long-dying aroma of Autumn in the air. Kids are talking trick or treat and the leaves are already screaming at you in red and yellow and deep golden rust as they prepare for one final parachute down into the dirt. The tombstones are talking amongst themselves and winter is hiding just around the corner. It is the time of the year when people draw around the wood stove and the campfire and whisper stories of death and omens and ghosts and things that don't even have a name.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Spooky and fun

  • By Ruby on 10-01-19

An interesting short listen.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-18

A collecting of short creepy stories that's worth taking the hour and a hour to hear.

Some are more interesting than others but none of them outstay their welcome.

  • Primordial

  • By: David Wood, Alan Baxter
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

When eccentric billionaire Ellis Holloway hires renegade marine biologist Sam Aston to investigate the legend of a monster in a remote Finnish lake, Aston envisions an easy paycheck and a chance to clear his gambling debts. But he gets much more. There is something terrible living beneath the dark waters of Lake Kaarme and it is hungry. As the death toll mounts, Aston faces superstitious locals, a power-hungry police chief, and a benefactor's descent into madness as he races to find the legendary beast of the lake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant creature-feature thriller - Cool!

  • By Tony Bough on 30-09-17

Jurassic Park meets Indiana Jones

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-09-17

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a fun listen which moved along at a fair pace. There was very little down time or backstory and it moved briskly from action scene to action scene. There are some fun, if predicable, characters and well detailed locations.

The narration is generally pretty good with only a few dubious accents.

Some of the writing is fairly cliched and basic, the characters are fairly shallow but the premise was interesting and enough to carry it through to the end.

For a short, entertaining listen I'd recommend this book.

  • A Game of Ghosts

  • A Charlie Parker Thriller, Book 15
  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

It is deep winter. The darkness is unending. The private detective named Jaycob Eklund has vanished, and Charlie Parker is dispatched to track him down. Parker's employer, Edgar Ross, an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has his own reasons for wanting Eklund found. Eklund is no ordinary investigator. He is obsessively tracking a series of homicides and disappearances, each linked to reports of hauntings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best Parker books yet.

  • By Dexmag on 23-05-17

Disappointing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-04-17

I've listened to all of the Charlie Parker series over the past 18 months and I've thoroughly enjoyed most if not quite all of them. I eagerly bought this one on the day of release but to my disappointment it's not on the same level as any of the others. It doesn't seem to move the main story arch along much and very little seemed to happen in the entire book.

I'm sure I'll try the next in the series when it comes out but with the mediocre A Game of Ghosts and being at book 15 in a series I think I'm losing interest.

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  • Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Sherlock Holmes' Rediscovered Railway Stories

  • Four Original Short Stories
  • By: John Taylor
  • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

Benedict Cumberbatch reads these four new Sherlock Holmes stories by John Taylor: 'An Inscrutable Masquerade', 'The Conundrum of Coach 13', 'The Trinity Vicarage Larceny' and 'The 10.59 Assassin'. Inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle's original Sherlock Holmes stories, John Taylor has written four more mysteries featuring the world's greatest detective. Read by acclaimed actor Benedict Cumberbatch, these new adventures share all the suspense of the original tales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By Miss on 14-09-15

Mixed

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-03-16

Average stories, good narration but really too short for the price. I found two of the four stories too simple, one other two unbelievable and the other worthy of Sherlock Holmes. Good narration by Benedict Cumberbatch with distinctive character voices.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful