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Merril

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  • A Christmas Carol [Radio Spirits Version] (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (55 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Orson Welles, Lionel Barrymore
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    Orson Welles' dramatic anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air, infamous for its Halloween broadcast of War of the Worlds, found a sponsor and became Campbell Playhouse in December 1938. The program continued to feature the charismatic and fiery Welles as both a host and an actor. The great Lionel Barrymore portrayed Ebenezer Scrooge in Campbell Playhouse's annual performance of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

    Serval says: "Fun dramatization"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    The absolutely dreadful sound quality and the narrator's sleepy drawl and lack of energy totally ruined this wonderful classic story for me. One of only two downloads that I have deleted. Very disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2201)
    Performance
    (2070)
    Story
    (2061)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "A winning combination..."
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The third in the series, i was very excited to see this book released and was not disappointed. I would recommend this sequel wholeheartedly. Gripping, well crafted, superbly performed -


    Have you listened to any of Bronson Pinchot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the third Grimnoir book I have listened to, all narrated by Bronson Pinchot. As with the previous two, I totally forget that it is just one man reading - he sounds like a complete cast of actors. His characterisation, voice, inflection ... one of my favourite narrators on Audible. I wish there were more novels narrated by him. What talent.


    Any additional comments?

    As with the first two Grimnoir books, I didn't want this one to end. I resisted the temptation to go back to the beginning immediately - but it won't be long before I listen again. Audible books at their very best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (4736)
    Performance
    (4296)
    Story
    (4305)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "One of the best narrators, I loved this book."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As an ardent and enthusiastic audiobook listener since 2007 I have learnt that whilst a great story is important of course, more than anything else, it is the skill and talent of the narrator to transport you and bring to life all the characters in the story that has the most effect on how much pleasure comes from the book. Bronson Pinchot brings to life the people so authentically that sometimes I listen to a chapter again, just for the sheer pleasure of listening to the story unfold through the different voices. His ability to adopt a different 'voice' and accent means that at times i genuinely forget that I am listening to just one man. I will be listening to everything I can find that is narrated by this man.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Subtle humour and the narrator's ability to bring every character to life.


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    The main man, Jack, is a character who unfolds and catches you as the story unfolds, thanks to the narration of Bronson Pinchot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2907)
    Performance
    (890)
    Story
    (905)

    Lyra and Will, the two ordinary children whose extraordinary adventures begin in The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife, are in unspeakable danger. With help from Iorek Byrnison the armored bear and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a dank and gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone.

    Anita says: "an exceptional story that's had bad press"
    "A wonderful, spell binding listen!"
    Overall

    This is the third and final installment of the series "His Dark Materials" and is very different from the first two which are clearly aimed at the young (in mind at least) but nevertheless, an enjoyable listen for those who like me are chronologically challenged!! This third book however, is a different kettle of fish and frankly, I wouldn't reccommend it to anyone under the age of 15. For those of us past this age, it is wonderful. Full of adventure, cliff hanging moments, it is one of few books that have brought tears to my eyes on at least two occasions. Masterfully written, this audio version is superbly narrated by a whole cast who bring light and life to the story. An intense and emotional ride, this final chapter of the trilogy kept me spell bound throughout.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Aftermath

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Neil Pearson
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Thirty-five The Hill is an ordinary house in an ordinary street, owned by an apparently ordinary young couple. But it is about to become infamous. For when Police Constables Janet Taylor and Dennis Morrisey are sent to the house following a report of a domestic disturbance, they stumble upon a truly horrific scene - a scene which leaves one of them dead and the other fighting for her life and career.

    Merril says: "Another GREAT listen!"
    "Another GREAT listen!"
    Overall

    I am totally addicted to the Peter Robinson series of Inspector Banks read so wonderfully by N Pearson, and of all the books I have listened to (which is almost all of them) this was one of the best. Two regrets.. 1. none of the books are long enough, 2. I have almost finished listening to all of them. Wonderful stuff. Intriguing stories,nice character development and all read by a reader who really needs to be on the best narrators list.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Something from the Nightside: Nightside, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1110)
    Performance
    (588)
    Story
    (598)

    "Taylor is the name. John Taylor...My card says I'm a detective, but what I really am is an expert on finding things. It's part of the Gift I was born with as a child of the Nightside - the hidden heart of London where it's always three a.m., where inhuman creatures and otherworldly gods walk side-by-side in the endless darkness of the soul. Assignment: Joanna Barrett hires me to track down her teenage daughter, who decided to forgo the circus and run away to the Nightside."

    Angela says: "The Nightside"
    "A good sale price listen."
    Overall

    I bought this last month in the sale, and it is certainly worth the $5 I paid, but I will not be buying the sequels at full price or one credit, they are too short, and well, not good enough. I found the story entertaining enough, but nothing here is particularly original. My biggest surprise was that a story set in London is not read by someone with (or using) a London English accent. The voice used reminded me of all those old private detective TV series set in the US, such as Elliot Gould, maybe on holiday in London??? Nevertheless, after getting over this initial surprise, I settled in to the reading and certainly feel that I got my money's worth. The narration was competent and the story sufficently engaging as a 1930's private detective in a kind of grown up Harry Potter magic world which is a decadent world - the "Nightside" !

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Summer That Never Was

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Neil Pearson
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    A skeleton has been unearthed. Soon the body is identified, and the horrific discovery hits the headlines. Fourteen-year-old Graham Marshall went missing during his paper round in 1965. The police found no trace of him. His disappearance left his family shattered, and his best friend, Alan Banks, full of guilt.

    Merril says: "Another really great listen."
    "Another really great listen."
    Overall

    I am working my way with great pleasure through all the Peter Robinson Inspector Banks books narrated by Neil Pearson mostly because I so enjoy the narrator who is perfect for these stories, using different accents and voices very effectively. Very British (mostly Northern England and London) in dialogue and accent, maybe that's why I enjoy them so much. I am sorry that they all are abridged versions as they are over all too soon. Typical murder mystery, the stories are well told by Robinson, written in 3rd person, mostly from the viewpoint of Inspector Banks, with quite a lot of dialogue, this episode is just as well crafted as all the rest, keeping you guessing, listening, intrigued. You also get an interesting insight into the main players and their lives, especially of course, Banks. So,to summarise, a well written story line, enhanced by the narrator who is one of the best, in my opinion, available on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strange Affair

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Neil Pearson
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    When he receives a mysterious and disturbing telephone call from his brother, Roy, Inspector Alan Banks heads off to London to search him out. Meanwhile, DI Annie Cabbot is called to a murder scene on a quiet stretch of road just outside Eastvale. A young woman has been found dead in her car, with Banks' name and address written on a slip of paper in the back pocket of her jeans.

    Merril says: "Superb narration."
    "Superb narration."
    Overall

    This is my fourth Inspector Banks, and they are all good, but probably enjoyed this one the most. A compelling listen, not least because of the excellent narration by Neil Pearson. The accents and voices he uses are very convincing, and his intonation really brings the dialogue to life. These stories are very good, very absorbing and very good value. I finished this one earlier today and am already to download another. I will also be buying other books narrated by Neil. (Why isn't he on the best narrators list?)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Is the Grave

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Neil Pearson
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Detective Inspector Alan Banks relationship with Chief Constable Riddle has always been strained. So Banks is more than a little surprised when Riddle summons him late one night and begs for his help. For Riddle, Banks' new case is terrifyingly close to home. Six months ago, his 16-year-old daughter ran away to London, where she has fallen into a turbulent world of drugs and pornography. With his reputation threatened, Riddle wants Banks to use his unorthodox methods to find her without fuss.

    Merril says: "Absorbing story, well narrated."
    "Absorbing story, well narrated."
    Overall

    A very absorbing story, well written plot. The narrator is excellent and really brought all the characters, and the story, to life. A combination of well written dialogue and first class narration makes this one of those audio books that make you want to go to bed early so you can listen. A very good combination of writer's craftsmanship and narrator's skill. I will definitely be buying more in the series. Very good value for money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (968)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (535)

    The Mysterious Affair at Styles introduces Hercule Poirot, mystery fiction's greatest detective. Dapper, brilliant Monsieur Poirot, retired as the Chief of Belgian Police, is summoned to a magnificent English country estate to solve a murder. The victim: a wealthy heiress. The suspects: her fortune-hunting husband, her jealous relatives, even her hired companion. The solution: a deadly scheme that is revealed by the master detective himself.

    Adrian says: "Fantastic - Suchet is the best"
    "Excellent."
    Overall

    Excellent stuff. Agatha Christie, still one of the best murder mystery writers, read by the talented David Suchet - it doesn't get much better than this. Sit back and enjoy from beginning to end. David's ability to assume different voices for each character is awesome. He has to be one of the most talented narrators you could find on Audible or anywhere else. A most enjoyable listen, a rattling good yarn from the 'Queen of Crime' read by the endearing and best ever Poirot.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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