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Steve Black

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  • The Diary of Two Nobodies

  • By: Mary Killen, Giles Wood
  • Narrated by: Mary Killen, Giles Wood
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311

What is life for Giles and Mary outside the willow-patterned cocoon? Giles is a countryman who relishes solitude. His wife, Mary, thrives in company and enjoys frequent escapes to London. After 30 years in a marriage of opposites, Giles and Mary have adapted to a life of domestic misunderstandings within comical misadventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marriage - eject or sit it out?

  • By Rachel Redford on 27-12-17

Nutty as Fruitcake

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

Reviewed: 17-04-19

Loved this, some moving moments but generally light hearted giving us insight into a much loved couple off a great programme, look forward to ‘The Malones’ etc

  • Henrietta & Eleanor: A Retelling of Jekyll and Hyde

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson, Libby Spurrier - dramatist
  • Narrated by: Holliday Grainger, Clive Mantle, Carla Mendonça, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Dr Jekyll, a charming doctor explores the possibility of dividing the dark and light side of her personality, but in doing this she creates a monster, Eleanor Hyde. For many years she manages to live under the radar, keeping her dark secret unknown to those around her. However, gradually her evil side gains strength until Dr Jekyll is overwhelmed by Eleanor Hyde, to disastrous consequences. An exploration of human duality and forces of good and evil, this modern retelling is compelling and eerie and retains the disturbing nature of the original text. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Modern Re-telling That's Stuck in the Past

  • By Simon on 23-11-18

Quite Gripping ( Even tho’ you know the Story)

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

Reviewed: 07-02-19

Well I wondered how this would pan out and was pleasantly surprised, it kept me enthralled throughout, cast was excellent and story , well you know that bit 🥴

  • Eric Clapton

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Eric Clapton
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

Eric Clapton is far more than a rock star. Like Dylan and McCartney, he is an icon and a living legend. He has sold tens of millions of records, played sell-out concerts all over the world, and been central to the significant musical developments of his era. His guitar playing has seen him hailed as "God". Now, for the first time, Eric tells the story of his personal and professional journeys in this pungent, witty, and painfully honest autobiography.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • GOOD BOOK

  • By shuggs on 27-02-14

A little bit rushed but exciting all the same

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

Reviewed: 06-02-19

I found it to be more of an extended synopsis , however what was said was painfully truthful and at time heartbreaking, respect to this music magician good listen and I thought well read clear and sounded like Bill enjoyed reading it

  • Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds: The Musical Drama

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: H. G. Wells, Jeff Wayne
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen, Taron Egerton, Theo James, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,424
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,266
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,252

One of the world’s most recognisable sci-fi stories, H. G. Wells’ The War of The Worlds established numerous conventions for the genre, including the threat of an invasive extraterrestrial species, space travel and intergalactic conflict, inspiring directors, gamers, producers and writers alike with its sobering story of struggle and survival. Marrying the suspense, drama and urgency of Wells’ original novel with Jeff Wayne’s rousing and flamboyant score, Audible’s new and exclusive dramatisation uses action, narration, original music and evocative sound design to immerse listeners in a world that’s as thrilling as it is desolate. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning Interpretation of Jeff Wayne's Classic!

  • By Simon on 29-11-18

Very Good , Enjoyable and Well Performed

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

Very Good, but the story seemed to miss a couple of the scenario’s, I have read the Book and thought that this just lacked a little of the drama at times, However it WAS very good and a thoroughly enjoyable listen, Characters were well performed and easy to understand 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

  • 1983

  • The World at the Brink
  • By: Taylor Downing
  • Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

1983 was a supremely dangerous year - even more dangerous than 1962, the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis. In the US, President Reagan massively increased defence spending, described the Soviet Union as an 'evil empire' and announced his 'Star Wars' programme, calling for a shield in space to defend the US from incoming missiles. Yuri Andropov, the paranoid Soviet leader, saw all this as signs of American aggression and convinced himself that the US really meant to attack the Soviet Union. He put the KGB on alert to look for signs of an imminent nuclear attack.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling but let down by narration

  • By Oliver Moor on 08-10-18

VERY Scary as to what COULD have happend

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

Reviewed: 14-12-18

This was recommended and I just didn’t realise how compelling and frightening it would be, I was amazed at the content and have passed on the recommendation

  • We Need to Weaken the Mixture

  • By: Guy Martin
  • Narrated by: Dean Williamson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

Since we last heard from him, Guy Martin has restored a 1983 Williams F1 car then raced Jenson Button in it; helped to build a WWI tank; ridden with Putin's favourite biker gang the Night Wolves; competed on the classic endurance circuit; stood on top of one of Chernobyl's nuclear reactors and taken part in his last ever Isle of Man TT. Then there's the stuff he really can't wait to get out of bed for: 12-hour shifts for a local haulage firm and taytie farming in his new John Deere tractor. Besides all this, he's saved his local pub from closure and become a dad. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I found it enthralling!

  • By Marie D. on 08-12-18

Great Listen as always

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

Reviewed: 23-11-18

Another great listen, Guys Personality shines out through Dean, thoroughly enjoyed the stories, and eagerly await the next one

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pandemic

  • The Extinction Files, Book 1
  • By: A. G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 932
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 933

In Atlanta, Dr. Peyton Shaw is awakened by the phone call she has dreaded for years. As the CDC's leading epidemiologist, she's among the first responders to outbreaks around the world. It's a lonely and dangerous job, but it's her life - and she's good at it. This time she may have met her match. In Kenya, an Ebola-like pathogen has infected two Americans. One lies at death's door. With the clock ticking, Peyton assembles her team and joins personnel from the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the WHO.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much Much More...

  • By Salter on 28-04-18

Well it Started Off Well Enough

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

Reviewed: 13-06-18

I thought this was going to be good, but as it went on it got more and more confusing, only having the one narrator made this worse, he tried his best but the book was just FAR Too Random and fragmented, I got to chapter 60 and just gave up 😩

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shiftless: Werewolf Paranormal Fantasy

  • Wolf Rampant, Book 1
  • By: Aimee Easterling
  • Narrated by: Kelly Mccall Fumo
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Forget the full moon, female werewolves shift uncontrollably at that time of the month. But after years of practice, teenaged Terra learns to squash her wolf, which allows her to flee the repressive village where she grew up. A decade later, Terra realizes she has an even worse problem. After hiding from her wolf for so long, she is now shiftless, unable to change back into canine form.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very Childish 🤔

  • By Steve Black on 31-01-18

Very Childish 🤔

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

Reviewed: 31-01-18

Maybe I got it wrong I was expecting a Werewolf Story but instead it was just someone reminiscing , didn’t do it for me No real story just waffling 😢

  • Eon

  • By: Greg Bear
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 17 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 153

Perhaps it wasn't from our time, perhaps it wasn't even from our universe, but the arrival of the 300-kilometer long stone was the answer to humanity's desperate plea to end the threat of nuclear war. Inside the deep recesses of the stone lies Thistledown: the remnants of a human society, versed in English, Russian and Chinese. The artifacts of this familiar people foretell a great Death caused by the ravages of war, but the government and scientists are unable to decide how to use this knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story

  • By David on 22-04-15

Started off well?

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

Reviewed: 25-01-18

Started off well then went increasingly bizarre , in the end I had to finish it but didn’t really enjoy it, it was like the Author got fed up and thought I know let’s just go crazy and see what happens , there was so much diversity it hurt my head immensely 😩

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alien: River of Pain

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Christopher Golden, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Anna Friel, Philip Glenister, Colin Salmon, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,046
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,040

Ellen Ripley finally returns to Earth, only to discover that LV-426 — where the crew of the Nostromo first came into contact with the deadly xenomorphs — has been renamed Acheron. Protected by Colonial Marines, the colonists seek to terraform the storm-swept planet against all the odds. But in the face of brutal living conditions and the daily struggles of a new world, there is humanity and hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What happened on Planet LV-426?

  • By Becks on 26-04-17

Mediocre Surprisingly!

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

Reviewed: 23-05-17

Considering the Star Cast (Which I didn't realise till the end) The Acting was quite Amateur , very much as if reading live from a script, storyline was just a virtual sideline of the original but not as engaging as we knew exactly what was going to happen , disappointing listen after Alien out of the Shadows