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C. Conrad

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Oregon coast | Member Since 2008

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  • 235 titles in library
  • 30 purchased in 2014
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  • Classic Ghost Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, W. L. George, and others
    • Narrated By Ian Holm, Julie Peasgood
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    These five chilling tales make perfect night time listening - and, for the fearful, can be heard in a group, rather than experienced as solo bedtime reading. Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, W. L. George, A. M. Burrage, and Guy de Maupassant provide the terrifying text; Ian Holm and Julie Peasgood provide the spoken spooks.

    A User says: "The Signalman. . . again"
    "Climax of The Waxworks is spoiled"
    Overall

    The recording is defective. It is garbled just at the climactic moment of the short story "The Waxworks". A great pity, since the story is very creepy. I would have purchased one of the other spook story collections had I realized this one was ruined.

    Other than that, it is a pip. I greatly enjoy having a story read by Ian Holm.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Strain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2539)
    Performance
    (1451)
    Story
    (1461)

    The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

    Flavius says: "Hokey But Fun"
    "Ee- FRAME?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Strain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Loved the story, hated Perlman's reading.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Like the action-geezer, Professor Abraham Satrakian. That old guy rocks.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Ee- FRAME!! Never heard anyone mispronounce the name Ephraim before. Drove me nuts.


    If you could rename The Strain, what would you call it?

    The name is great.


    Any additional comments?

    Clever story, liked it all very much. Do yourself a favor and listen to the last two installments after this one. Satisfying spin on some ancient theology. Another narrator reads them both -- and he pronounces the hero's name conventionally, if that matters to you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Eleanor Updale
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (47)

    When a petty thief falls though a glass roof in his attempt to escape from the police, what should have been the death of him marks the beginning of a while new life. After his broken body is reconstructed by an ambitious young doctor, he is released from prison, and, with the help of Victorian London's extensive sewer system, he becomes the most elusive burglar in the city.

    Adira says: "Montmorency"
    "Splendid! Can't wait for the next three books!"
    Overall

    Montmorency, read by Stephen Fry is simply wonderful. I must get the second book, Montmorency on the Rocks, also read by Stephen Fry. It is carried by the British Audible, but not by Audible.com (USA) as of yet.
    I hope Audible will pay Mr. Fry to read the third and fourth books in the series.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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