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  • 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 570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519

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

Format issues

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

Reviewed: 10-05-19

Was asked to reload this due to technical issues, and did so and it does seem ok.

However there is no division for each story, the only way I could think of to split them into individual stories is to bookmark the start of each one, the incidental music is not enough, would be better if they had divided them into chapters instead.

  • Edinburgh Twilight

  • Ian Hamilton Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Carole Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh's darkest crimes. Scarred by the mysterious fire that killed his parents, he faces his toughest case yet when a young man is found strangled in Holyrood Park. With little evidence aside from a strange playing card found on the body, Hamilton engages the help of his aunt, a gifted photographer, and George Pearson, a librarian with a shared interest in the criminal mind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • very good but...

  • By Briwdmay on 21-12-18

More than disappointing

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

Reviewed: 17-04-19

Well I bought this as had read Edinburgh Dusk first, but am really disappointed with this book, the story is good as in the previous book.

However the narration is awful, the truly abominable Scottish accents are deplorable, and it's hard to listen to the story and ignore the mispronounced words ( scone in particular)!

This book is set in Edinburgh it would benefit a lot by re- recording it with a more appropriate narrator. Maybe try a Scottish actor for a more pleasant and accurate listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Perception of Death

  • By: Louise Anderson
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Erin Paterson runs her grandfather's law firm in Glasgow, and is an uncompromisingly aggressive negotiator. But the success of her practice is not echoed in her personal life. Erin's father has had a stroke. She can't stand her mother. Her sister's a flake and their brother, Leland, committed suicide. She's not doing too well with her boyfriend either, whom she discovers in flagrante the day that an old school friend, Lucy Grant, is murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolutely brilliant

  • By Steve on 14-03-06

Fantastic read, is there a follow up?

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

Reviewed: 16-04-19

Brilliant book even read bits of it twice as there were so many intreguing twists and turns, to the storyline, I truly hope there will be a follow up book! Best I have read in a while.

  • The Toymakers

  • By: Robert Dinsdale
  • Narrated by: Ruby Bentall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

It is 1917, and while war wages across Europe, in the heart of London, there is a place of hope and enchantment. The Emporium sells toys that capture the imagination of children and adults alike: patchwork dogs that seem alive, toy boxes that are bigger on the inside, soldiers that can fight battles of their own. Into this family business comes young Cathy Wray, running away from a shameful past. The Emporium takes her in, makes her one of its own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • if you like the night Circus your love this book

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-02-18

🤗 mesmerising

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

Reviewed: 13-06-18

This is simply a great story, well told. Many twist and turns, although maybe a final chapter would have made for a softer ending, but maybe there is a sequel being written.

  • Whiteout

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

As a blizzard whips out of the north on Christmas Eve, several people converge on a remote family house. Stanley Oxenford, director of a pharmaceutical-research company, has everything riding on a drug he is developing to fight a lethal virus. Several others are interested in his success too: his children have their eyes on the money he will make; Toni Gallo, head of his security team is betting her career on keeping it safe; and a violent trio of thugs are on their way to steal it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling

  • By Wicked on 07-04-13

Great

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

Brilliant fast pacef thrillrt couldn't stop listening, I willl definitely read more than once !

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Charles Paris: The Cinderella Killer

  • A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
  • By: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Burden, Bill Nighy, full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

A job in pantomime seems the perfect way to spend the Christmas season for Charles, but the cast of Cinderella are a motley crew from reality TV and Charles finds himself having to explain the traditions of panto to their baffled American star whose career is on a downward trajectory. When the star is shot dead, and Charles finds the body, he finds himself under suspicion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By carol on 10-08-17

brilliant as expected

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

Where does Charles Paris: The Cinderella Killer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love these stories and they cast that narrate them

What was one of the most memorable moments of Charles Paris: The Cinderella Killer?

at the end when they ditch the big family Christmas party thing as a bad job

Have you listened to any of Bill Nighy and Suzanne Burden ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

its up to a very high previous standard

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

they stories always make me laugh at some point

Any additional comments?

I love these stories and Bill Nighy telling them, there always to listenable to and I frequently go back to them time and again.

  • Vesuvius by Night

  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

In the late August of AD 79, the inhabitants of Pompeii and Herculaneum are going about their normal business in the late summer heat. Two of them have a room share arrangement: Nonius, scrounger, thief and failed pimp works by night and sleeps by day; Larius, the fresco painter with dreams of artistic greatness, does the opposite. When just after midday the summit of Vesuvius disappears in a vast volcanic ash cloud, their lives will change forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally brilliant

  • By twigs way on 13-03-17

reviewer

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

Would you listen to Vesuvius by Night again? Why?

maybe its quite a short book

Would you be willing to try another book from Lindsey Davis? Why or why not?

no, I don't like the format

What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

yes very easy to listen to

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I wouldn't

Any additional comments?

I like this little book even though I knew the story, it was narrated in a nice style.

  • The Return

  • By: Victoria Hislop
  • Narrated by: Jane Wymark
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

Beneath the majestic towers of the Alhambra, Granada's cobbled streets resonate with music and secrets. Sonia Cameron knows nothing of the city's shocking past; she is here to dance. But in a quiet café, a chance conversation and an intriguing collection of old photographs draw her into the extraordinary tale of Spain's devastating civil war. Seventy years earlier, the café is home to the close-knit Ramírez family. In 1936, an army coup led by Franco shatters the country's fragile peace, and in the heart of Granada the family witnesses the worst atrocities of conflict.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • compelling

  • By mixed feelings on 03-04-14

compelling

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

Reviewed: 03-04-14

What made the experience of listening to The Return the most enjoyable?

I had no idea about the Spanish civil war, this book has spurred me onto to read more about the party of Europe's history

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Return?

I loved the whole thing really

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Thread

  • By: Victoria Hislop
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446

Thessaloniki, 1917. As Dimitri Komninos is born, a devastating fire sweeps through the thriving Greek city where Christians, Jews and Muslims live side by side. Five years later, Katerina Sarafoglou's home in Asia Minor is destroyed by the Turkish army. Losing her mother in the chaos, she flees across the sea to an unknown destination in Greece. Soon her life will become entwined with Dimitri's, and with the story of the city itself, as war, fear and persecution begin to divide its people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic and moving story of love ad war

  • By Kirstine on 21-07-12

compelling

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

Reviewed: 03-04-14

Where does The Thread rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Set in Thessaloniki in northern Greece this book paints a vivid picture of life for the resident of the city during a very turbulent time in its history.

What did you like best about this story?

the people and the location also the historical background

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Island

  • By: Victoria Hislop
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516

Winner of the British Book Awards, Newcomer of the Year, 2007.
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Book of the Year, 2007.

Alexis Fielding longs to find out about her mother's past, but Sofia has never spoken of it. She only admits to growing up in a small Cretan village before moving to London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely book

  • By Ragen Nelson on 02-02-08

compelling reading

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

Reviewed: 03-04-14

What did you like most about The Island?

This book is about an island near crete called spionalonga, tourist who have been to crete may have visited it, as I did many years ago. I was hooked from the first chaper the authors storytelling was so descriptive it took me right back there, to the day we took the little boat trip over to the island. If you can still do this from crete would recommend you do so. The characters in the book are very well portrayed and its a not put down book. 7

What other book might you compare The Island to, and why?

the thread and the return by the same author

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I enjoyed the whole book

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

yes I did it made me both laugh and cry and smile