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  • Real Crime

  • By: Bernard P Achampong, Thomas Glasser
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Britain's most chilling crimes are brought sensationally to life in this compelling new series, using court room transcripts, police interviews, 999 calls, secret audio recordings and eye witness testimonies. With new insights into those responsible - from the shocking murders and manhunt of Raoul Moat to Jamie Bulger's killers - this show is not for the easily disturbed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive

  • By Anonymous User on 08-08-2018

Tabloid distraction

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

Reviewed: 07-04-2019

A mildly engaging but ultimately superficial summary of some of Britain's most notorious crimes. You won't learn anything new but the series is well produced and provides a distraction for long journeys.

  • Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this!

  • By bridget Huolohan on 28-11-2018

Fascinating and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 16-12-2018

Stephen Fry is the perfect narrator of this eclectic collection of scandalous tales of Victorian England that sit in sharp contrast to the era's prudish reputation.

  • Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash's Greatest Album

  • By: Danny Robins
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

This is the story of one of the greatest records ever made - Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison - and its shocking and tragic aftermath. Join award-winning journalist Danny Robins on the 50th anniversary of the album as he takes you on a road trip back to 1968, a pivotal year in US history, to investigate the dramatic and unlikely friendship between Johnny Cash, American icon, and Glen Sherley, armed robber and Folsom inmate; and how that friendship was violently torn apart. This five-part series features narration, interviews, and dramatic reconstruction to explore aspects of the story that have, until now, not been widely known.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The clickbait of podcasts

  • By thereadaholic on 16-12-2018

The clickbait of podcasts

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

Reviewed: 16-12-2018

Lots of repetition, nothing really new. Content that could have justified maybe two episodes stretched out over five. Not worth the bandwidth to download.

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  • Nicholas Nickleby

  • The Dickens Collection: Original Audio Show
  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 36 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

When 19-year old Nicholas Nickleby is left destitute after his father's death, he appeals to his wealthy uncle to help him find work and to protect his mother and sister. But Ralph Nickleby offers little help and proves to be both hard-hearted and unscrupulous, leaving Nicholas to make his own way in the world. Nicholas' adventures take him to Yorkshire boarding school, Dotheboys Hall, and then back to London, meeting an extraordinary gallery of rogues and eccentrics along the way. Like many of Dickens' novels, Nicholas Nickleby is characterised by his outrage at cruelty and social injustice, but it is also a flamboyantly exuberant work, revealing his comic genius.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The original soap opera

  • By thereadaholic on 14-12-2018

The original soap opera

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

Reviewed: 14-12-2018

This is an enraging and entertaining book with all the depth, improbable plot twists, melodrama and occasional nauseous sop of a long running soap opera. Great fun but makes me wonder if the writers of Neighbours will be hailed as literary giants 100 years from now.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Extinction Reversed
    Robot Geneticists, Book 1
    
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    Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
    8 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • Extinction Reversed

  • Robot Geneticists, Book 1
  • By: J. S. Morin
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Charlie7 is the progenitor of a mechanical race he built from the ashes of a dead world - Earth. He is a robot of leisure and idle political meddling - a retirement well-earned. Or he was, until a human girl named Eve was dropped in his lap. Geneticists have restored Earth's biome and have begun repopulation. But primate cloning is in its infancy; human cloning is banned. Far from a failed genetics experiment, Eve is brilliant, curious, and heartbreakingly naïve about her species' history.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By thereadaholic on 16-05-2018

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 16-05-2018

I really wanted to like this book but ultimately found it impossible to sustain disbelief. And I am saying this as someone who love the Galaxy Outlaws Black Ocean Moebius series with its oddball crew of wizards, primates and giant sentient security feline.

The premise is good, A thousand years after humanity was wiped out by an alien invasion, robots are rebuilding the world in preparation for humanity's return from extinction. Rogue robot geneticists are secretly experimenting with growing humans in the lab; the majority of which are dismal failures destined to live out their short painful lives on Easter Island, known colloquially as the Scrapyard. But then a healthy intelligent girl known as Eve14 emerges.

A major problem with this book is that the supposed robots seem to operate with the same emotions, petty jealousies, rivalries and unreliability of the humans they were first based on while Eve14 displays the rigid and literal mindset one would expect from a robot.

It is unclear why, given she was raised in isolation by a robot known as the Creator, she so readily accepts and trusts otherrobots she has just met, particularly given their desire to remove her from the only person she ever knew.

We also meet another proto-human known as Plato who is hellbent on 'rescuing' Eve14 from her creator, who she also quickly accepts, trusts and follows. It is impossible to understand how another successfully grown human, one with super-human physique hellbent on delivering vigilante justice to unethical robo geneticists, could have lived for years under the radar.

As the book went on, the writing seemed to become more and more cliche-ridden. I finally gave up halfway through, unable to care about the ultimate fate of any of the characters or even humanity.

  • Galaxy Outlaws: The Complete Black Ocean Mobius Missions, 1-16.5

  • By: J. S. Morin
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 85 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 285

Meet the galaxy's unluckiest outlaws. Carl Ramsey is an ex-Earth Navy fighter pilot turned con man. His ship, the Mobius, is home to a ragtag crew of misfits and refugees looking to score a big payday but more often just scratching to pay for fuel. The crew consists of his ex-wife (and pilot), a drunkard, four-handed mechanic, a xeno-predator with the disposition of a 120kg housecat, and the galaxy's most-wanted wizard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it all.

  • By Richard on 26-06-2018

A worthy successor to Firefly

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

Reviewed: 15-05-2018

When a book series bills itself as 'like Firefly but with wizards', it's easy to be cynical. Nothing will ever be as great as Firefly. You are setting yourself up for failure.

Now I am going around telling people they HAVE to listen to this series. And the only way I can describe it is that it is like Firefly. With wizards.

It's also incredible value. It's 85 hours of Firefly-style entertainment for one credit. It kept me sane during seven weeks when my train was replaced with a bus service.

Naturally, not every single minute of the series is perfect. The first two thirds is brilliant. Then it occasionally slips into soap opera rather than space western mode. There are enough flashes of the previous brilliance in the last third to make it worth persevering.

My absolute favourite character is Mort, the crotchety murderous wizard. He has the ability to draw people, voluntarily or otherwise, into his head where there is an entire other world known as Mortania. Each night he sleeps, a year passes in Mortania.

In short: buy this book and listen to it. It's absolutely wonderful.

  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • All Star Cast Not So Great

  • By Rebecca on 03-08-2015

Brilliant reading of a classic

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

Reviewed: 22-10-2017

Dracula is such a stereotype it's easy to forget the brilliance of the original. Having such good actors such as Tim Curry and Alan Cummings read the book turns a great classic into a modern masterpiece. I can't fault anything about this recording at all. Love it.

  • The Forever War

  • By: Joe Haldeman
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

William Mandella is a soldier in Earth's elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends him from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when (and if) the Forever War ends?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • PIAOWW! *laser finger*

  • By Ken Ku-Chih on 16-10-2017

Great concept but marred by dated attitudes

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

Reviewed: 24-08-2017

The underlying story of soldiers who skip hundreds of earth years every time they go out in space to fight (due to the time dilation of space travel) is a great concept.

The lack of information about - or interest in -their enemy is annoying.

But what really destroyed the book for me was the dated attitudes and understanding of both women and homosexuality. Women in the army seem to accept and even enjoy the requirement they service the sexual needs of their male counterparts. The greatest complaint is a reference to them feeling tired and looking forward to some rest after visiting a base where there had previously been only two women to service dozens of men.

Attitudes toward and understanding of homosexuality is even worse. It doesn't exist until they are propelled into a future where homosexuality is promoted and eventually mandated by the UN as a form of birth control.

While none of this will put off the target audience - heterosexual men who don't think much about other people, it is disappointing for the other 60% of us who cannot fully enjoy the great book this had the potential to be.

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  • The Stand

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 47 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662

First came the days of the plague. Then came the dreams. Dark dreams that warned of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of Evil. His time is at hand. His empire grows in the west and the Apocalypse looms. For hundreds of thousands of fans who read The Stand in its original version and wanted more, this new edition is Stephen King's gift.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favourites

  • By Dale on 07-01-2015

Immersive indulgence

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

Reviewed: 07-08-2017

Steven King produces the MacDonalds of books. Compelling story, shallow characters, a guilty addictive indulgence. Great narrator. 47 hours of listening pleasure to get you through the longest journeys. Thoroughly recommended.

  • Shift

  • Wool Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Peter Brooke
  • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

The much anticipated prequel to best seller Wool that takes us back to the beginnings of the silo. The full novel which brings together First, Second and Third Shift.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you liked Wool, you'll love Shift

  • By thereadaholic on 10-05-2017

If you liked Wool, you'll love Shift

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

Reviewed: 10-05-2017

Shift tells the story of the beginnings of the Silos and is a much more evenly written book with less padding (although it does start to waffle a few chapters before the end. There are lots of good twists although I anticipated most - possibly because I now understand the author's way of thinking. There were still a few moments when it was hard to suspend disbelief.

The narrator is much better than the woman who narrated Shift although he still does some silly voices..

Looking forward to getting Dust next month.