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  • The Pier Falls

  • By: Mark Haddon
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

An expedition to Mars goes terribly wrong. A seaside pier collapses. A 30-stone man is confined to his living room. One woman is abandoned on a tiny island in the middle of the ocean. Another woman is saved from drowning. Two boys discover a gun in a shoebox. A group of explorers find a cave of unimaginable size deep in the Amazon jungle. A man shoots a stranger in the chest on Christmas Eve.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful, desolate, depressing

  • By Derrick on 16-05-16

Astonishingly red and astonishingly bleak!

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

Reviewed: 27-05-19

Absolutely love this collection! Both Daniel weighman and Claire Corbett bring The stories to life, however as others have said here this is probably the bleakest collection of short stories you will ever read. From appear collapsing into the sea described with a detached and chilling impartiality, to The murder or euthanasia of a 37 stone man in his living room, a princess trapped on an island forced to fend for herself to a group of explorers who stumble upon a cave in dense African jungle, these stories are poignant and desolate. If I could write my own inscription on the back cover, it would be abandoned all hope you who crack the seal.

  • Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen

  • By: Hans Christian Andersen, Mrs. Edgar Lucas - translator
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 41 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30

A magical storyteller's timeless tales. Here are 127 of Andersen's classic stories, translated by "Mrs. Edgar Lucas" in the 19th century. Included are such well-known tales as "The Emperor's New Suit", "The Little Match-Seller", "Thumbelina", "The Little Mermaid", and "The Snow Queen".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent narration poor formatting

  • By Richard Johnston on 30-06-18

Gentle to listen to, poor navigation for such a mammoth book.

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

Reviewed: 27-05-19

This appears to be an exhaustive collection of every Hans Christian Anderson fairytale ever published with over 41 hours of material. In such a mammoth collection of stories, it would have made sense to have chapter by chapter navigation, but each chapter appears to be an hour long so not easy to find individual tales in this collection. Also, there is no information on what is contained in each chapter so it’s difficult to identify where individual tales are located in the collection. Narration is good, if a little flat, however she is easy to listen to. All in all, I would have given this a higher rating if we could’ve had a better navigation experience.

  • Household Tales

  • By: The Brothers Grimm
  • Narrated by: Kelly Lintz
  • Length: 26 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

A collection of German fairy tales first published in 1812 by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, the famous Brothers Grimm. Their most famous tales are instantly recognizeable: "Rumpelstiltskin", "Snow White", "Rapunzel", "Cinderella", "Hansel and Gretel", and "The Frog Prince." The collection is often known today as "Grimms' Fairy Tales".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Exhaustive but not easy to navigate

  • By Ibrahim G. on 27-05-19

Exhaustive but not easy to navigate

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

Reviewed: 27-05-19

This appears to be an exhaustive collection of every brothers Grimm fairytale ever published with nearly 27 hours of material. In such a mammoth collection of stories, it would have made sense to have chapter by chapter navigation, but each chapter appears to be an hour long so not easy to find individual tales in this collection. Also, there is no information on what is contained in each chapter so it’s difficult to identify where individual tales are located in the collection. Narration is not very good, it’s flat, dull and lacks character and I wouldn’t want to listen to this as a stretch. Download the e-book.

  • One Foot in the Grave

  • The Collected BBC Radio Comedies
  • By: David Renwick
  • Narrated by: Annette Crosbie, full cast, Richard Wilson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Crabby, crusty, and curmudgeonly he may be, but Victor Meldrew, played brilliantly by Richard Wilson, voices the exasperation of the once silent majority. Accompanied by his long-suffering wife Margaret (Annette Crosbie), Victor's howlingly funny battles against what he perceives as modern-day ills have turned him into one of the great comic creations of our time. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I don’t believe it at last together in one collection

  • By Ibrahim G. on 25-05-19

I don’t believe it at last together in one collection

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

Reviewed: 25-05-19

1 foot in the grave was one of my favourite situation comedies growing up, so I was delighted to see this collection available on audible of the complete radio adaptations. Although only a tiny subset of all the episodes add, this collection is hilariously funny and for anyone who hasn’t had the opportunity to listen to 1 foot in the grave, a really good taster of what it might be like to watch. Anyone who has the DVD box set, this is a great companion and well worth a listen :-)

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  • I'm Only in It for the Parking

  • Life and Laughter from the Priority Seats
  • By: Lee Ridley, Lost Voice Guy
  • Narrated by: Lee Ridley, Lost Voice Guy
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Random House presents I'm Only In It for the Parking written by Lost Voice Guy aka Lee Ridley.

What’s the worst thing about being disabled? Is it the shameless staring? Is it that people assume you’re a bit thick because you can’t speak? Or is it the fact that your friends always take you to theme parks just so they can jump the queues? 

In fact, it’s the stupid questions that really rile Lee Ridley, aka Lost Voice Guy. And over the years he’s been inundated with them, from people who have failed to engage their brains before opening their mouths....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very funny but ends to abruptly

  • By Ibrahim G. on 16-05-19

Very funny but ends to abruptly

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

Reviewed: 16-05-19

For anyone interested in stand-up comedy, this is a must listen! Lee Rigby a.k.a. lost voice guy is a talented and laugh out loud comedian who has a great deal to say about disability and living life to the full. As someone with disabilities myself, a lot of what he has to say resonates with me and there is some sage advice for anyone interacting with disabled people in their everyday lives whether at home, work and anywhere in between. This book teaches you that disability is okay and to make the most of what you have and take every opportunity that life throws at you with open arms; Lee certainly did. My only reason for knocking off a star is that the book is too short, and ends to abruptly it’s over before it’s really begun and I would’ve liked to have heard more from him. I would also recommend anyone listening to this to speed up the narration by using the narration speed control as the synthesiser that he uses although perfectly authentic it’s not really suited to an audiobook presentation. Just my opinion though, others may feel differently about this.

  • H.G. Wells: The Science Fiction Collection

  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Hugh Bonneville, Jason Isaacs, Sophie Okonedo, and others
  • Length: 27 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

Known as ‘The Father of Science Fiction’, Herbert George Wells’ writing career spanned over 60 years. He was a writer of novels, short stories, nonfiction books and articles. As a young man, Wells won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in London, sparking his infamous vocation as a science fiction writer. Introduced by film director and H. G. Wells fanboy Eli Roth, this collection features unabridged recordings of the novels performed by Hugh Bonneville, Jason Isaacs, Sophie Okonedo, David Tennant and Alexander Vlahos.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant stories!

  • By Kazzakirk on 25-04-19

At last, science-fiction at its best!

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

Reviewed: 11-04-19

If you love science fiction, you will of course be familiar with HG Wells who is considered by many to be the father of science fiction literature. In this connection we have five of his most well-known novels and they are all chapter marked so you can navigate through the book easily find the book you want to read. Although I am familiar with all of this, I felt that the acting talent left a good deal to be desired especially with the invisible man which is read by somebody who really does not put much store by accents or indeed give any of the characters a Voice of their own, she sounds monotonous and tiresome to listen to. It’s a pity as the invisible man alongside the war of the worlds are my favourite books. A good collection if you don’t already have these elsewhere but there’s nothing new here so if you’ve bought these books previously by different narrators, save your credit.

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  • P. D. James BBC Radio Drama Collection

  • Seven Full-Cast Dramatisations
  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Greta Scacchi, Hugh Grant, full cast, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306

Seven BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations of P. D. James' acclaimed mysteries, plus P. D. James in Her Own Words. This collection includes: Cover Her Face, A Taste for Death, Devices and Desires, A Certain Justice, The Private Patient, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman and The Skull Beneath the Skin.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult to play due to lack of chapterisation

  • By zeltus on 21-11-18

Simply superb!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-19

This is a superb collection of PD Jameses work including seven full cast audio dramatisations of books starring her two most notable characters private investigator Cordelia Gray and detective Adam Dalglish. The books are mainly her earlier works from the 80s and 70s, examples include cover her face, the skull beneath the skin, devices and desires but there are a few of her later works included as well. Audible has included a book by chapter navigation, so you can easily find what you’re looking for by simply tapping the chapters button in the audible app and selecting the play you want to listen to which was something they didn’t do upon release but I’m glad to see fixed. I had many of these on cassette when they were released such as the titles above mentioned however the skull beneath the skin which is by far my favourite play in this collection was not available digitally until now! The bonus interviews and programs at the end of the collection are a nice touch but to be honest PD James was only an author I listened to occasionally; it’s good to have everything the BBC produced in one handsomely presented comprehensive collection. A five star rating from me.

  • This Audiobook Will Send You to Sleep

  • By: Professor K. McCoy, Dr Hardwick
  • Narrated by: Bruce Alexander
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Random House presents This Audiobook Will Send You to Sleep by Professor K. McCoy and Dr Hardwick, read by Bruce Alexander. Sleep smarter. This Audiobook Will Send You to Sleep makes no claims to be fun or interesting. It is an audiobook you can listen to in full confidence that you will find absolutely nothing to stimulate your brain. An audiobook, like no other, that will afford you much sleep and copious amounts of pointless knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • does what it says!

  • By Amanda henderson on 01-10-18

Houston, we have success!

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

How do you summarise or even begin to try and explain a book like this unimaginably boring title! The authors succeeded in their effort of putting me to sleep within 10 minutes which is the only reason I am troubling to review this title. The text in this book is so unimaginative and immensely doll, I’m not even sure I’ve listened to any of them in their entirety. The book does have the desired effect of ensuring a peaceful, uninterrupted and restful nights sleep which I guess is the whole point! I used to listen to books which even though familiar to me still stimulated my imagination and this often kept me awake into the early hours so I was very pleased to give this one a try. Hopefully by the end of the century I will have made it through the entire length of this book, even the reader who is completely devoid of any character manages to make even these mundane texts more boring than they otherwise would be. Definitely worth a punt if you’re having trouble falling asleep.

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  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Unabridged)

  • By: Mark Haddon
  • Narrated by: Ben Tibber
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger's, a form of autism. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns, and the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent book

  • By John on 03-11-09

Incredibly heart warming

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-15

This is one of those books that no matter how many times I read I keep coming back to. It is told through the eyes of Christopher Boone, the protagonists who is investigating the murder of his neighbours dog. Although it's not specifically mentioned in the book, Christopher suffers from a form of autistic spectrum disorder which channels his view of the world through very practical and littoral filters. This means that he cannot understand and interpret human emotions in the same way that most of us do, meaning he finds it hard to accept human motivations and peoples faults. Garrulous, incredulous and inquisitive, we see the story through his eyes and through his view point and the book is frequently interspersed with tidbits of information which although not directly related to the story help us to understand the world he lives in. I particularly enjoyed the ending which brought a tear to my eye as it is one of the best endings of any book I've read. And the child actor who read this book backed up by an adult cast truly lens an identity to the book all its own. An absolutely fantastic production, first class narration and superbly paste story give this my five-star review.