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Surbiton, United Kingdom
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  • Something Wicked This Way Comes

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 144

A carnival rolls in sometime after the midnight hour on a chill Midwestern October eve, ushering in Halloween a week before its time. A calliope's shrill siren song beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not my cup of tea

  • By Hilary on 30-09-15

Promises much... doesn't deliver

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

Reviewed: 17-11-16

I really enjoyed Fahrenheit 451 and thought this would be a sure winner. However, I really struggled to even like this. There's some lovely imagery and I get the allegorical message, but this fell really flat for me, despite really wanting to like it. :(

  • Thirteen

  • By: Scott Harrison, Dan Abnett, Cavan Scott, and others
  • Narrated by: Gemma Arterton, Lalla Ward, Frances Barber, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

In early 20th Century England Hamilton James Macaulay relates the tale of how he found himself in a Scarborough Bric-a-brac shop. The owner of the shop has 13 long playing records that each contain a hidden track at the end, that tell strange tales of future times. These 13 tales of terror will change Hamilton James Macaulay's life forever and he will leave the shop a murderer. Thirteen is a portmantaeu audio anthology, harking back to the classic horror albums of the 1970s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great collection of short horror stories

  • By Jonathan Mills on 10-02-14

Spooky Anthology Style Release

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

Reviewed: 30-10-16

A selection of excellent narrators do a great job with some equally excellent horror vignettes. I preferred the stories of the first half and wish this quality had been consistent throughout, as the last two or three really failed to capture my imagination. However, I'd recommend this to anyone.

  • Ghost of Guyana

  • By: David Joseph
  • Narrated by: Nate Cimmino
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

For many years, I wanted to write a story about the mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, particularly the role of the Air Force in airlifting the remains back to the United States. I refused to write about it because I thought anything connected with Jonestown should entail one sentence: Guyana was a horrible, horrible event, and the US military did gruesome things they should never, never had done.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Halloween listening

  • By Mr on 18-10-16

Perfect Halloween listening

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

Reviewed: 18-10-16

I wasn't sure what to expect with this release, but two men trying to exorcise Guyana's terrible past from military aeroplanes is a great mash up and inspired. It fills its 'novella' length well and doesn't outstay its welcome. Nate Cimmino is excellent as the narrator, really bringing the story to life.

  • Doctor Who: Shakedown

  • A 7th Doctor Novel
  • By: Terrance Dicks
  • Narrated by: Dan Starkey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

An unabridged reading of this original novel featuring the Seventh Doctor, as played on TV by Sylvester McCoy. For thousands of years the Sontarans and the Rutans have fought a brutal war across the galaxy. Now the Sontarans have a secret plan to destroy the Rutan race - a secret plan the Doctor is racing against time to uncover. Only one Rutan spy knows the Sontarans' plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sontaran Showdown

  • By Mr on 25-05-16

Sontaran Showdown

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

Reviewed: 25-05-16

I really enjoyed this audio version of Shakedown, a New Adventure from the days when Dr Who was off screen. Dan Starkey does a fantastic job with accents and portraying all the cast. The narrative cracks along at a good pace and is full of incident and fun while also adding to the 'Who' mythos. Definitely recommended.

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  • Round the Bend

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

When Tom Cutter hires Constantine Shaklin as an engineer in his air-freight business, he little realises the extraordinary gifts of his new recruit. Shaklin possesses a religious power which inspires everyone he meets to a new faith and hope for humanity. As Cutter’s business grows across Asia, so does Shaklin’s fame, until he is widely regarded as a unifying deity. Though he struggles to believe Shaklin is indeed divine, Cutter too finds solace in his friend’s teachings, and commits to passing on his message.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Feels Good

  • By Patrick on 05-03-11

This won't drive you 'Round the Bend.'

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

Reviewed: 15-05-16

A surprisingly warm and engaging narrative voice, even if he’s a bluff air mechanic. The narrative shouldn’t really work, it is after all an account of a chartered air service and how the business thrives (mostly) but I was really caught up with Shute’s work and then when you add the religious and race elements, it really starts to jig along. I was also inspired to look into Shute’s own life, and I suspect his knowledge of this field brings a realism to the writing that I didn’t realise was there. A surprising hit.

  • The Miniaturist

  • By: Jessie Burton
  • Narrated by: Jessie Burton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,917
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,735
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,733

There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed...On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tricky to get in to

  • By DebNwood on 20-05-15

Highly Recommended

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

Reviewed: 15-05-16

So we’re off to the Netherlands and a Dickensian jaunt into heady Amsterdam. There are dark secrets to be uncovered, social injustice to battle and the mysterious minaturist who acts like a foreshadowing narrator within the text. I can see why it was so popular and enjoyed (it was named book of the year 2014) and it is certainly a well written debut.

  • The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing

  • By: Darina Al-Joundi
  • Narrated by: Lameece Issaq
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Raised on Charles Baudelaire, A Clockwork Orange, and fine Bordeaux in 1970s Lebanon, Darina Al-Joundi was encouraged by her unconventional father to defy all taboos. As the bombs fell, she lived an adolescence of excess and transgression, defying death in nightclubs. The more oppressive the country became, the more drugs and anonymous sex she had, fueling the resentment by day of the same men who would spend the night with her. As the war dies down, she begins to incur the consequences of her lifestyle. On his deathbed, her father's last wish is for his favorite song, "Sinnerman" by Nina Simone, to be played at his funeral.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Cliente Amazon on 30-06-17

Listen to this!

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

Reviewed: 15-05-16

Sharp and jazzy, this is a real standout literary voice. It reminds me of Sylvia Plath in places, especially towards the end with the mental hospital and her ‘redemption’ which, of course, is a false start. A very interesting book in what it has to say about culture, religion and being a free, independent woman.

  • The Coroners Lunch

  • By: Colin Cotterill
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Laos, 1972. The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over. Most of the educated class has fled, but 72-year-old Dr Siri Paiboun, a Paris-trained doctor, remains and is appointed state coroner. When three bodies are recovered from a reservoir, Dr.Siri establishes the cause of death was not drowning - they seem to have been electrocuted. And then there is the inexplicable death of a Party bigwig's wife at a banquet. Dr.Siri doesn't think her death was from natural causes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • not my usual

  • By david on 14-03-17

Not what you're expecting!

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

Reviewed: 15-05-16

Set in Laos during their time as a communist nation, the main character is forced to move from being a surgeon to being a coroner. Reluctant, he has little choice. However, what makes it worse is when he starts being visited by the dead in the night. This magic realism is then coupled with a thriller type crime plot when some dead Vietnamese bodies turn up who seem to have been tortured by the Laos state. Unexpected and enjoyable!

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  • Girls of Riyadh

  • A Novel
  • By: Rajaa Alsanea
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

In her debut novel, Rajaa Alsanea reveals the social, romantic, and sexual tribulations of four young women from the elite classes of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Originally released in Arabic in 2005, it was immediately banned in Saudi Arabia because of the controversial and inflammatory content, though black-market copies circulated widely.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Arabian Austen?

  • By Mr on 15-05-16

Arabian Austen?

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

Reviewed: 15-05-16

This is like an Austen tale for the Middle East. It is gossipy and full of trials and trivialities for the women and their paths into love. There is such a formality in the contracts of getting married and a code of honour to society life, but like most of Austen it becomes little more than background noise for me.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • House of Bathory

  • By: Linda Lafferty
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 9

In the early 1600s, Elizabeth Báthory, the infamous Blood Countess, ruled Čachtice Castle in the hinterlands of Slovakia. During bizarre nightly rites, she tortured and killed the young women she had taken on as servants. A devil, a demon, the terror of Royal Hungary — she bathed in their blood to preserve her own youth. 400 years later, echoes of the Countess’s legendary brutality reach Aspen, Colorado.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring!

  • By C. Clement on 06-02-17

Something to get your teeth into!

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

Reviewed: 15-05-16

I really liked the three different narratives across history and Slovakia / USA. This beautifully establishes the creepy Bathory dynasty and Lafferty plays with our expectations by cutting from one to another. It was a little over long but I enjoyed the vampiric plot!