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Freda

Warrington, United Kingdom
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Very Short Stories

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

Reviewed: 19-09-19

For me none of the stories were even the tiniest bit scary due mostly to the fact that they were much too short and don’t give you the chance to soak up any atmosphere and get into the stories before they are over. It would have been better to choose one story and make it into a horror novel eg L is for Lamia, which I thought was the best one. Some (with kids) were very similar and most were easy to predict ‘what happened next and the ending’. Some were just silly, (letter M case in point). 1 or 2 are of a sexual nature with strong language. I will give IRW his due it took a good imagination and no doubt a good deal of work to put a story to each of the 26 letters in the alphabet, especially with letters like Q, X & Z, also there are a few bonus stories at the end.

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Very Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 28-06-19

After reading a few reviews saying how good this book was I was very disappointed. I found the book very mediocre which was not made any better by the droning voice of the narrator. I like Christopher Eccleston as an actor, but he is no narrator. He has the same tone of voice all through the book. 3/4 of the book was mainly about a young boy and his dad and how they coped moving into a new house with a bad reputation. They had lost their wife/mother and neither had got over her death. Boys had gone missing and later found dead many years ago, the culprit 'The Whisper Man' who was now in prison. When another young boy goes missing the police become involved, mainly 2 detectives, one who led the case years ago. It is only in the last quarter where the book picks up then it dips again when things are solved. I switched off the last 30 mins-1hr just had enough.

Dolphin Speak

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

Reviewed: 26-05-19

A little slow starting but picked up a quarter the way along. I felt myself wanting to smack one of the presidents men and tell him what an idiot he was. I thought it was great the way a programme was invented to talk to two dolphins in captivity who were pressed into service by the nasty man in the white house. The book is mostly thriller with some Science Fiction thrown in. Not nail biting but very enjoyable.

Excellent stories for the kids

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-19

My grand children loved this book. The stories were funny and full of adventures. The narrators were good and were able to change voices for different characters. The only thing we didn't like about this book were all the background sounds, in some parts it was hard to understand what the character was saying because the noises were so loud. I would like to thank the author for giving me this book free for in exchange for an honest review.

More for 10-12 year olds

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-19

This is a story about a 16 year old boy and his girlfriend Stephanie, Brad gets a new iPhone with a special app which allows them to travel to another planet, rather like a resort, invented and run by a man named Willoughby. The author himself narrates the book and does a good job with all the voices of the various aliens, which must have been tough as there were so many. Willoughby's British accent (and Brad at the beginning) sound like an early 1920's posh butler, most British don't talk like that any more. Stephanie's voice keeps changing, she sounds like a much older woman not a 16 year old, sometimes it has a Southern twang and sometime she sounds like Brad. Not my kind of book and as I was hoping for a good laugh, I was disappointed. My 15 year old granddaughter didn't find it funny either and stopped listening part way through. I think this book would go down quite well with 10-12 year old kids as I think it is more their kind of humor. having said that I would like to thank the author for giving me the chance to listen and review this book.

Absolute Piffle

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

A reporter chasing three clues to prove the second coming of Jesus (kiss kiss). I found this book to be a bit on the silly side in quite a few parts. I can understand the findings of the first two parts but found the third part a bit stupid. I expected a good thriller from Peter James but this book is not one.

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Brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-10-18

Another Brilliant Jason Crane book brought to life by the narrator Eric Michael Summerer, not only can he do various voices (male & female) he creates atmosphere as well. This is the fourth book in the series and although it is a long book (20hrs 44mns) my only regret was that it finished, I could have listened to another 20+ hours. Poor Jason again gets into a life threatening situation, but he has his friends, Joey, Kate, Zef and Valerie to help him out when a Salam witches coven puts a curse on him. It's a fight against time to get rid of the spirit who will carry out the curse and take Jason's life.

What a pleasant surprise

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-18

Not my usual kind of book I thought it was going to be a supernatural type. I thoroughly enjoyed the listen and finished in less than 2 nights. It was set on Dartmoor in medieval times. There were two sides to this story one of a prioress at the local monastery and one of a young girl who follows voices in her head. The hard times they had to put up with, the superstitions of the time and the hard men they met. Well narrated and a good listen

Invaded

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Book 1 Nightmare Abbey: Malpas Abbey has been long abandoned because of its infamous history of murder and terror which began in the 18th century. The place is deemed haunted and anyone entered rarely exits alive. Enter a TV crew and men from the UK Ramola Institute and not everyone gets out alive.
Book 2 Nightmare Valley: Set in the small town of Machen. An evil entities thirsty for blood appears as dead or missing loved ones. And children roam the woods and come back changed
Book 3 Nightmare Revelation: This book is now set in London where thick fog merges with the night bringing death in it’s wake. No one is safe. Denny and her friend Frankie must enter the other dimension to save our world from the Interlopers.
In all 3 books Ted Gould from the Ramola Foundation and Denny Purcell who he recruited from the 1st book, battle the forces of another universe. I enjoyed all 3 books, but the narrator spoiled the experience for me, .He is good on accents and different voices, but he seems to emphasize words in almost every sentence which is not needed and he reads so slow (except when he is speaking for a character) and I felt like winding him up. This slow voice gets very monotonous after a while.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Another great Dr Wise Book

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

Reviewed: 13-09-18

Another great Dr Wise book. This time he has to battle another doctor whose powers of hypnotism allows her to programme whoever she likes to get what she wants, without them realising what she had done. She pre-programmes people for money and power and using text messages containing a trigger word can get them to commit suicide and murder. Wise has got his work cut out to bring this woman to justice as she has some powerful people under her spell. The narration was fine apart from the Irish accent of the housekeeper. Mrs Higgins. She is one of my favourit characters. It didn't detract from the book however.