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  • Blood on Satan's Claw

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Mark Morris - adapter, Piers Haggard, Robert Wynne-Simmons
  • Narrated by: Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Thomas Turgoose, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 629

Seventeenth-century England, and a plough uncovers a grisly skull in the furrows of a farmer's field. The skull disappears, but its malefic influence begins to work in insidious ways upon the nearby village of Hexbridge. First, the cows stop milking and the fruit turns rotten on the trees. Then, an insolent ungodliness takes hold of the local children, mysterious fur patches appear on limbs and people start disappearing.... Something evil is stirring in the woods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Folk Horror at it's best. A stellar adaptation.

  • By Film Lover on 17-01-18

All a bit familiar

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

Reviewed: 17-09-18

Nothing about this shines. The performances are generic (we all know their work) and the script unsurprising and lazy.

I know it's a reworking of an older story, but I don't think it has added much to my life.

  • A Close Run Thing

  • By: Allan Mallinson
  • Narrated by: Errick Graham
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

It's 1814, and Napoleon is hard-pressed to defend France from a combination of Russia, Prussia, Austria and Britain. Nor is he the only one in a quandary. Matthew Hervey, a young British cornet, is in a rather unusual situation. As far as he knows, it's highly irregular to be arrested on a battlefield after a successful action. Still, it's hardly the first time politics has interrupted war, and as Hervey's career progresses, he increasingly balances both, sometimes more successfully than others!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a great start

  • By mrmalaya on 14-09-18

a great start

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

Reviewed: 14-09-18

Having listened to all of the Aubrey/Maturin series several times, this book took a bit of getting used to. The details are as bold and the accuracy as great.

I think the reader certainly grew into his role as the story progressed and he has a great ear for regional and national accents. Looking forward to the second book...

  • Ancient Wonderings

  • Journeys into Prehistoric Britain
  • By: James Canton
  • Narrated by: James Canton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Take a journey into our ancient past. Explore a long-lost landscape and gradually discover the minds, beliefs and cultural practices of those souls who lived on these lands thousands of years before you. Travelling the length and breadth of Britain, James Canton pursues his obsession with the physical traces of the ancient world: stone circles, flint arrowheads, sacred stones, gold, and a lost Roman road.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ups and Downs like the paths he walks

  • By mazc on 07-01-18

Painful plodding through the past

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

Reviewed: 23-04-18

This potentially could have worked. No, it would have worked but for the author's reading style.

There are some interesting notions, but the combination of unqualified musings and surging vocal style make the whole thing very painful to listen too. The book itself is probably easier to work with, but I can't help but feel that the whole experience would have been transformed with a reading containing more gravitas than whimsy.

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  • Classic Tales of Ghosts and Vampires

  • By: Bram Stoker, Ambrose Bierce, Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony, William Dufris, Liza Ross
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Sixteen thrilling and chilling stories by some of the greatest writers of horror and the supernatural.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A real mix with some ghoulish delights.

  • By mrmalaya on 21-02-18

A real mix with some ghoulish delights.

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

Reviewed: 21-02-18

This is an excellent mix of tales from the past two hundred years with authors from either side of the Atlantic. There are some real classics as well as some not so classic, but on the whole the genre allows true story tellers to excel.

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  • The System of the World

  • Book Eight of The Baroque Cycle
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Neal Stephenson (introduction), Kevin Pariseau, Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

In this concluding volume of Neal Stephenson’s epic work, “Half-Cocked Jack” Shaftoe must escape the noose of Jack Ketch; the rivalry between Newton and Leibniz comes to a head; and Daniel Waterhouse pursues his dream to build the Logic Mill

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The road to Tyburn

  • By Christopher on 17-01-11

What a journey!

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

Having listened to all eight books now, I must say a hearty thanks for this experience. Most of the history is accurate, some fanciful but the story works in such a way as to pull you through the cauldron of late 17th century Europe, around the world and back to the beginning of the modern period and the first stirrings of industry.

Fantastic performance.

  • The Confusion

  • Books Four & Five of The Baroque Cycle
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble, Katherine Kellgren, Kevin Pariseau, and others
  • Length: 34 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

In the year 1689, a cabal of Barbary galley slaves, including one “Half-Cocked Jack” Shaftoe, devises a daring plan to win freedom and fortune. A great adventure ensues that will place the intrepid band at odds with the mighty and the mad, with alchemists, Jesuits, great navies, pirate queens, and vengeful despots across vast oceans and around the globe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 'Epic' now has a whole new definition...

  • By Music lover on 06-12-13

epic but gripping

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

I was gripped for much of this but book(s). An epic tale full of delicious historical treats.

  • Odalisque

  • Book Three of The Baroque Cycle
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble, Katherine Kellgren, Kevin Pariseau, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

The trials of Dr. Daniel Waterhouse and the Natural Philosophers increase one-hundred fold in an England plagued by the impending war and royal insecurities - as the beautiful and ambitious Eliza plays a most dangerous game as double agent and confidante of enemy kings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book three and it is under your skin by now

  • By Doug on 08-07-18

Really grips you as it goes on

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

Reviewed: 30-10-17

There is this underlying problem with the actress narrating Eliza, but otherwise this book really gripped me. Fantastic detail, plot and performance for everyone but Eliza.

  • King of the Vagabonds

  • Book Two of The Baroque Cycle
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Neal Stephenson (introduction), Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

A chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of "Half-Cocked Jack" Shaftoe - London street urchin-turned-legendary swashbuckling adventurer - risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the pox...and Eliza, rescued by Jack from a Turkish harem to become spy, confidante, and pawn of royals in order to reinvent a contentious continent through the newborn power of finance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Introducing Jack and Eliza

  • By Christopher on 24-03-11

fancyful mutch?

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

Reviewed: 19-10-17

I enjoyed book one because it had some facts in it. I understand this is supposed to be viewed from the bottom rung of the social ladder, but it didn't seem to be anything more than a modernised version of what might have been. perhaps I am to dry? On to book three, and hopefully the reader will take some time to read the passage before it is recorded....

  • Master of War

  • By: David Gilman
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

England, 1346. For Thomas Blackstone the choice is easy - dance on the end of a rope for a murder he did not commit, or join the king's invasion. As he fights his way across northern France, Blackstone learns the brutal lessons of war. Vastly outnumbered, Edward III's army will finally confront the armoured might of the French nobility on the field of Crécy. It is a battle that will change the history of warfare.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Part one is good.

  • By mrmalaya on 11-09-17

Part one is good.

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

I am a History graduate (although now that is long ago) and wanted to get into this series.

Having just finished and re-listened to the Aubrey Maturin series (narrated by Ric Jerom) I would admit that is a very hard act to follow, but wanted to learn more about the Hundred Years war.

Upto Crecy the book is almost exciting, but the performance is terrible. The reader sounds as if he is reading it for the first time, the emphasis is random, sentences disjointed and the only saving grace is his skill with accents. I kept having to think "That is not how I would have read that...".

Then the book drifts into a totally boring love story with the improbable hero mixing in noble society and the war fades into the background for a dozen chapters.

I may finish this, but there is no way I will go near the second one, and that is not entirely the fault of the production.

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  • The Reverse of the Medal

  • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 11
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

Jack Aubrey returns from his duties protecting whalers off South America and is persuaded by a casual acquaintance to make investments in the City on the strength of supposedly certain information. This innocent decision ensnares him in the London criminal underground and in government espionage - the province of his friend Stephen Maturin. Is Aubrey's humiliation and the threatened ruin of his career a deliberate plot?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Keep them coming

  • By Mark on 24-05-13

A turning point

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

I read this in a few days- captivating! So many characters for Jerome to handle and he does so admirably!