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  • The Day of the Martians

  • The Martian Diaries, Volume 1
  • By: H.E. Wilburson
  • Narrated by: Terry Thompson, Harry Preston
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

When an unopened Martian cylinder is discovered in the mountains of Wales in 1913, the people of Britain brace themselves for another alien invasion from Mars. Soon, they learn the shocking news that the vengeance-seeking Martians and their invincible tripod fighting machines are once again destined for Earth. This time, they are armed with a doomsday weapon, able to destroy bacteria and ultimately end all life on our planet. With time and hope running out fast for H.G. Wells' original characters, what on Earth can they do to survive and escape a new Martian apocalypse? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Little Diamond From Mars!

  • By Simon on 25-04-18

Excellent Sequel

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

Reviewed: 13-08-19

When I was younger, I routinely borrowed the cassette of 'War of the Worlds' from my school library (which I believe may have been a BBC dramatisation, but I could very well be incorrect) and listen to it in my bedroom with headphones on over a weekend, completely freaking myself out about an impending alien invasion. I loved that dramatisation, the narration and the music really drew me into the story.
This sequel to H.G. Wells classic does not disappoint. Drawing inspiration from that dramatisation, the music, narration and general production on this novella is excellent although the background music does occasionally drown out the narration so a little editing on volume would sort that out.
Looking forward to volume 2 coming out.

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

  • City of Kings

  • By: Rob J. Hayes
  • Narrated by: Rosa B. Watkinson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

War makes monsters and corpses of us all. For generations the blooded have ruled the Wilds, cultivating a lawless frontier and bleeding the good folk dry. The Black Thorn, once the most wanted outlaw the world has ever seen, is set on stopping them, and bringing an end to the great game that oppresses them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Grimdark Novel

  • By Angela on 08-08-19

Excellent Grimdark Novel

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

Reviewed: 08-08-19

Thoroughly enjoyable (swash-buckling) grimdark novel. The characters are deplorable but likeable and the action is aplenty. The writing and world-building reminded me Joe Abercrombie's First Law series, which is a favourite of mine. Rose was an excellent character (I would even be tempted to put her on par with Glokta), and the level of violence portrayed in this book is to be admired. The narration was done well and really brought the book to life.
I've not read the other books by Hayes which are set in this world (with this being a standalone) but I will definitely be purchasing them soon.

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

  • Sticky Fingers

  • 12 Short Stories
  • By: JT Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Bianca Flanders
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Diverse, dark-humored, and deliciously bite-sized, this compelling collection of 12 short stories by JT Lawrence include: "Escape" - A story about about a suicidal baby who knows he was born into the wrong life, and has to get creative to correct the mistake, much to his mother's horror; "The Itch" - An intense, uncontrollable, unexplainable itch lands the protagonist in a mental institution.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If the balance is off, bad things can happen.

  • By Norma Miles on 07-01-18

Quirky and Dark Tales

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

Reviewed: 19-07-19

I love a short story, and they're quite a treat when they're done well (which is surprisingly not that often). This was a delightful collection of rather quirky and dark tales. The narration was done well and Flanders has a melodic (slightly posh) voice which I think brought these stories to life in a better way than were I to read them myself. I made some notes on each story as I listened, listed below. As with all collections, some stories were better than others but overall this was a really enjoyable listen and I've had a nice little chuckle at work:

Bridge Gate - funny in parts underpinned by morose and tragedy.

The Itch - an extreme reaction to an itch. Rather gross imagery of scratching through to the brain, wasn't expecting that. Enjoyed the aspect of psychological damage against a physical ailment, and the conversations with herself.

The Unsuspecting Gold Digger - or 'excuses of a psychopath'. Oddly amusing.

Travelling Slacks - Enjoyed this one. I do enjoy when entitled reviewers online get their comeuppance. Sad in parts, particularly the ending. This was my favourite story in the entire collection.

Something Borrowed - Such a sad story, looking at memory loss and mental illness.

She Did It - Took a twist I wasn't expecting. Domestic abuse is a difficult subject to broach and this was done really well.

Grey Magic - modern witch story. Wasn't too keen on this one but a few funny quips.

Pigeon Pair - Weird and funny.

The Little Pink Book - well that took a horrifying twist.

Off the Hinge - I shouldn't have found this funny but I did. Most of it is a dialogue inside someone's head and their increasing lapse of mental stability.

Sticky Fingers - insights to a kleptomaniac & betrayal

Escape - Suicidal baby and trapped personalities. Weird concept. I liked it.

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  • Down the Beaten Path

  • By: Chad A. Clark
  • Narrated by: Alex Freeman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

The town of Foster has always existed under a shroud of mystery and suspicion, relegated to the depths of local superstitions and legend. What could have happened to the close-knit religious community? Did they all decide at once to simply leave the town behind? Were they the victims of some kind of foul play, or worse? Many years later, one man becomes increasingly obsessed with the town of Foster and with the fate of its occupants. What could have happened and who or what might be responsible?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Down the beaten Path

  • By JEYCEE on 19-07-19

Quick Listen

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

Reviewed: 17-07-19

Nice quick listen. Creepy and claustophobic with lots of dark undertones.

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  • The Novel Life of Coral Ambrose

  • By: Bonnie Ballou
  • Narrated by: Heather Jane Hogan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

A quirky owner of a store for used books gives bookworm Coral a messenger bag that appears to actually pull her into novels. Jumping from one genre to the next, she sees, hears, and even smells the action, interacting with characters and literally getting lost in the world of books. It seems like the ultimate escape, yet each novel Coral enters brings her closer to understanding the truth behind a family tragedy and the secret she forgot she was keeping.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Genre-Bending and Quirky Novel

  • By Angela on 16-07-19

Genre-Bending and Quirky Novel

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

Reviewed: 16-07-19

This was a fun and quirky book. I'm not quite sure how to shelve it as a genre as it is a genre-jumping book due to the very nature of the plot, but 'fantasy' seems the most apt.
I really love the idea of being able to jump into a book and play along with the action. Reminiscent of Jaspar Fforde's "Thursday" series (which I absolutely love) but not as satirical. There was a nice back story to the protagonist interweaved with the book jumping which kept everything tied together and moved the plot along nicely.
The narration was good. Must have been a difficult book to narrate considering the amount of genres and characters that are referenced, but Hogan does a really good job differentiating them all.
Oh, and her British accent was perfectly acceptable. Wasn't too 'plummy' or 'royal' as a lot of non-British people seem to think we sound like :-)

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

  • Cinema of Shadows

  • By: Michael West
  • Narrated by: Nila Brereton Hagood
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

 Welcome to the Woodfield Movie Palace. The night the Titanic sank, it opened for business...and its builder died in his chair. In the 1950s, a balcony full of people burned to death...when it became the scene of one of Indiana's most notorious murders, it closed for good...Abandoned, sealed, locked up tight...until now. Tonight, Professor Geoffrey Burke and his Parapsychology students have come to the Woodfield in search of evidence, hoping to find irrefutable proof of a haunting. Instead, they will discover that, in this theater, the terrors are not confined to the screen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Horror Story

  • By Angela on 09-07-19

Good Horror Story

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

Reviewed: 09-07-19

This was a fun read, and took me right back to when I first started reading horror (mainly Stephen King and Christoper Pike) as a child. I liked the writing, it has a very 70s feel to it, though it is set present day for the most part.
Creepy and very much a slow burner, which is how I like my horror (modern horror just doesn't cut it for me - too much unnecessary gore for the sake of it and not enough build up or characterisation).
From a narration point, it felt like it took a little while for Hagood to really get into the swing of it, but she does a good job bringing this book to life. I think this would make a decent adaptation to the screen as well.

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

  • Ferocious

  • By: Jeff Strand
  • Narrated by: Scott Thomas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Rusty Moss has raised his niece Mia since she was a baby. Now that she's almost 18, he's worried that the life he's given her - living off the grid in a cabin deep in the woods - is holding her back from her full potential. But that angst gets pushed aside when the undead forest animals arrive. At first it's just a squirrel - shockingly violent and almost impossible to kill. Followed by a grizzly bear, also aggressive and resilient, even when point-blank shotgun blasts to the face are involved. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always Fun

  • By W.Fenlon on 23-07-19

Comedy-Horror

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

Reviewed: 04-07-19

My first foray in to Strand's mind, and I enjoyed it. Rather ludicrous concept (zombie animals - I laughed so much) but sometimes I need something rather ludicrous. Nice and gory with comedy mixed in with the horror aspect. Reminded me a bit of Evil Dead which is no bad thing. Narrration was good. Overall, an enjoyable piece of comedy-horror.

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

  • Worms

  • By: James R. Montague
  • Narrated by: Hannibal Hills
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

The Norfolk coast made for a perfect holiday - as long as the sun still shone. But when the rain came, the creatures left the shadows. Spectres from the past tortured James Hildebrand's mind. His blackest nightmares were crowded with malevolent, coiling images of decay. Then, suddenly, he knew the threat was real. The dead alone could not quench their hunger. And, for the living, the horrors that fed and multiplied in the darkness of the night became more terrible with the dawn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect seventies horror production

  • By Andromeda's Twin on 19-07-19

Old Style Horror

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

Reviewed: 25-06-19

I love old sci-fi and horror and this book was right up my street.
Cheesy and rather stupid, it would make an excellent B-movie (provided they dialled down the inherent sexism rife throughout but alas, political correctness was rather sparse back in 70s cult literature).
Performance wise, Hills does a decent job but it does take a while for him to hit his stride with this book. Would be interesting to hear others he has narrated for a sense of style.

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

  • Final Girls

  • By: Riley Sager
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cannon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

Each girl survived an unthinkable horror. Now someone wants them dead.... They were the victims of separate massacres. Grouped together by the press and dubbed the 'Final Girls', they are treated like something fresh out of a slasher movie. When something terrible happens to Lisa, put-together Quincy and volatile Sam finally meet. Each one influences the other. Each one has dark secrets. And after the bloodstained fingers of the past reach into the present, each one will never be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Amazon Customer on 27-01-18

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 13-06-19

I enjoyed this. The audio felt rather dragged out in parts however, and I would have liked more flashback scenes. Good ending though, I wasn't really expecting that so made a nice surprise.

  • FantasticLand

  • A Novel
  • By: Mike Bockoven
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Since the 1970s, FantasticLand has been the theme park where "Fun is Guaranteed!" But when a hurricane ravages the Florida coast and isolates the park, the employees find it anything but fun. Five weeks later, the authorities who rescue the survivors encounter a scene of horror. Photos soon emerge online of heads on spikes outside of rides and viscera and human bones littering the gift shops, breaking records for hits, views, likes, clicks, and shares.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Gillian on 02-02-18

Creepy and Original

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I was recommending this book to people before I'd even finished it.

The concept is great and quite original. Very creepy elements and questions over the montrosity of human nature. Reminiscent of the marvellous Warriors (but modern, and amazingly more violent), I loved the gang aspect to this book. The Warthogs were by the far the scariest.

I wasn't sure whether this would work as an audiobook, but the narrators have done a really good. Would like to read it properly as a comparison.