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Robert

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  • Doug Bradley's Spinechillers, Volume 12: Classic Horror Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft, W. F. Harvey, Edgar Allan Poe, and others
    • Narrated By Doug Bradley, Jeffery Combs
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Volume 12 begins with Doug Bradley's well-researched insight into the stories and their authors. This is followed by what H. P. Lovecraft considered to be one of his best stories, "The Music of Eric Zann". "The Tool" by W. F. Harvey is a horrifying tale narrated by an inmate of a mental institution. Next Edgar Allan Poe revisits his terrifying fear of being buried alive in "The Premature Burial". Then an eavesdropper overhears five creepy and scary ghost stories in Charles Dickens "To Be Read at Dusk".

    Robert says: "Another Excellent Collection of Classic Horror!"
    "Another Excellent Collection of Classic Horror!"
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    Spinechillers Volume 12 has done it again with another great collection of classic horror and ghost stories. All of the stories were a pleasure to listen to, with Doug Bradley doing a fantastic performance as always. I especially liked the readings of The Music of Erich Zann and The Tool. To Be Read at Dusk is not a story I enjoy, but hearing it read by Mr. Bradley made it a bit more tolerable. The Moonlit Road is one of those stories that I was on the fence about whether I liked it or not, but after having listened to it in this collection I'm leaning more towards liking it. Make sure to pick this and all of the other Spinechillers audiobooks up if you are a fan of classic horror!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Great Classic Horror: Six Unabridged Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ambrose Bierce, Robert Louis Stevensonn, Washington Irving, and others
    • Narrated By Geraint Wyn Davies
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The Victorian-era writers featured in this collection are known for their power of invention and command of horror and the supernatural. Included are "A Watcher by the Dead" by Ambrose Bierce; "The Body Snatchers" by Robert Louis Stevenson; "The Adventure of the German Student" by Washington Irving; "Dickon the Devil" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu; "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe; and "The Open Watcher" by Saki.

    Robert says: "A Bit Overacted in Some, but Still Very Decent!"
    "A Bit Overacted in Some, but Still Very Decent!"
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    This audiobook on has a few classic horror stories, but they are good ones. I felt the narrator overacted a bit in some, trying to make it more dramatic. A bit of a fail but I warmed up to his voice in the end. I enjoyed his reading of The Body Snatchers the best, and does a very creepy voice at the end of A Watcher by the Dead. Recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Phantom Coach: A Connoisseur's Collection of the Best Victorian Ghost Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Sims
    • Narrated By Matthew Waterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Ghost stories date back centuries, but those written in the Victorian era have a unique atmosphere and dark beauty. Michael Sims, whose previous Victorian collections Dracula’s Guest (vampires) and The Dead Witness (detectives) have been widely praised, has gathered twelve of the best stories about humanity’s oldest supernatural obsession. The Phantom Coach includes tales by a surprising and often legendary cast, including Charles Dickens, Margaret Oliphant, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, and Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as lost gems by forgotten masters such as Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and W. F. Harvey. Amelia B. Edwards’s chilling story gives the collection its title, while Ambrose Bierce ("The Moonlit Road"), Elizabeth Gaskell ("The Old Nurse’s Story"), and W. W. Jacobs ("The Monkey’s Paw") will turn you white as a sheet. With a skillful introduction to the genre and notes on each story by Sims, The Phantom Coach is a spectacular collection of ghostly Victorian thrills.

    Amazon Customer says: "The Classics That Haunt You Forever"
    "Excellent Narration and Great Selection of Stories"
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    I was pleasantly surprised with this collection of Victorian ghost stories! Michael Sims is an excellent narrator and I enjoyed listening to his voice and various character accents. By far my favourites are The Old Nurse's Story and The Captain of the Pole-Star. Here's what you get on the audiobook:

    The Old Nurse’s Story by Elizabeth Gaskell
    The Phantom Coach by Amelia B. Edwards
    The Trial for Murder by Charles Dickens
    The Captain of the “Pole-Star” by Arthur Conan Doyle
    Sir Edmund Orne by Henry James
    The Yellow Sign by Robert W. Chambers
    The Library Window by Margaret Oliphant
    The Monkey’s Paw by W. W. Jacobs
    The Southwest Chamber by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
    “They” by Rudyard Kipling
    The Moonlit Road by Ambrose Bierce
    August Heat by W. F. Harvey

    A highly recommended audiobook for those looking for some great classic ghost stories!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michelle Paver
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (207)

    January 1937. Jack Miller has just about run out of options. His shoes have worn through, he can't afford to heat his rented room in Tooting, and he longs to use his training as an specialist wireless operator instead of working in his dead-end job. When he is given the chance to join an arctic expedition, as communications expert, by a group of elite Oxbridge graduates, he brushes off his apprehensions and convinces himself to join them.

    Madeleine says: "Incredible!"
    "Subtely Spooky!"
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    What a great book! I really liked the subtle spookiness and atmosphere the story has. The sense of isolation and the mental effect it had on the protagonist was written very well. I thought the supernatural elements were not too overbearing and complemented the story well. If you are looking for over-the-top gore and in-your-face horror, look somewhere else! However, if you enjoy a slowly built story with lots of chilling events that you think of long after you have finished the story, check this one out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Lost Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By F G Cottam
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The Fischer House was the scene of a vicious crime in the 1920's-a crime which still resonates as the century turns. At its heart was a beautiful, enigmatic woman called Pandora Gibson-Hoare, a photographer of genius whose only legacy is a handful of photographs and the clues to a mystery. Paul Seaton was lured to the house 10 years ago and escaped, a damaged man. Now three students will die unless he dares to go back. But this time he has ex-soldier Nick Mason at his side.

    Robert says: "Not a bad book"
    "Not a bad book"
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    I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I liked some of the story set in the past, and generally liked the overall plot. However, there were parts that didn't really need to be in there and sometimes it felt like parts kept on going for way too long. The ending was...interesting. It was very unexpected and felt like the author just wanted to wrap things up in a hurry. But it did make you think, and correlated with some of the events that happened in the story's past. I found myself thinking about the book the next day, and linking up the ending with what had happened previously. In my mind the stories that you think of after you have read it are the good ones. I recommend The Colony by the same author, which is very good, and am looking forward to checking out more by Cottam.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Colony

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By F.G. Cottam
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (352)

    For over a century, the New Hope Island vanishing has tantalized the world. How did 150 people disappear from a lonely Hebridean island, leaving no trace and no clues? Media magnate Alexander McIntyre decides to solve the mystery, and gathers a team of experts to mount an expedition to the island. He hopes running the story as a rolling exclusive will revive the fortunes of his flagship news-stand title. He hopes to find conclusive answers to questions that have teased a curious world for decades. And he wants his own secret theory triumphantly vindicated.

    AJ says: "Solid atmospheric horror"
    "Excellent Spooky Story with Great Narration!"
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    This is my first listen to a book by both Cottam and Rintoul. Cottam has a great writing style, with an old-style feel to it. David Rintoul's UK accent is easy on the ears and does a fantastic job with the voices, especially the spooky ones! I won't spoil it, but one voice near the end really creeped me out! Looking back, the story is fairly simple, but the way the author teases it out really draws out the suspense. He does great character development, which seemed a bit long to me, but by the time they reached the island I had no problem knowing who was who and wasn't confused by too many characters (even though there are quite a few). If you like a good supernatural mystery with a historical bent, check this one out! Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gothic Tales of Terror: Volume 7

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling, Arnold Bennett, Daniel Defoe, and others
    • Narrated By Ian Holm, Richard Mitchley, Bill Wallis, and others
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    This collection of short stories contains several gothic tales to bear macabre and chilling witness to writers as diverse as Rudyard Kipling, Guy De Maupassant, Edgar Allan Poe, Arnold Bennett, Daniel Defoe, Edith Nesbit and M.R. James. These tales are designed to unsettle you, just a little, while you sit back, and take in their words as they lead you on a walk to places you’d perhaps rather not visit on your own. Our stories include "My Own True Ghost Story" by Rudyard Kipling, "The Horla" by Guy De Maupassant, and more.

    Robert says: "A Good Selection of Classic Horror!"
    "A Good Selection of Classic Horror!"
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    I really enjoyed this selection of stories! As a lover of classic horror and ghost stories, these really fit the bill. The stories that particularly stand out are The Horla, In the Dark, and A Warning to the Curious. Ian Holm gives an outstanding performance in The Horla, the best I have heard so far! The only complaint I have is that in a few of the stories you can hear something of a pre-reading, like somebody is whispering the story a second or two ahead of the narrator. It didn't bother me that much, and this audiobook is highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Humphreys and His Inheritance: The Complete Ghost Stories of M R James

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 1 min)
    • By Montague Rhodes James
    • Narrated By David Collings
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    This is the unabridged audio recording of M R James' excellent ghost story "Mr Humphreys and his Inheritance". Read by David Collings, this is sure to scare and delight in equal measure.

    Robert says: "An Excellent M.R. James Classic!"
    "An Excellent M.R. James Classic!"
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    I hear that people either love or hate this story by M.R. James. As you can tell by the rating I gave it, I love it! David Collings has a great voice, and does accents very well. I especially liked his voicing of Collings. At only an hour, it's an easy listen so give it a go. Hopefully you're one of those ones who loves this story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Classic Gothic Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By The Story Circle
    • Narrated By The Story Circle
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Here 19 classic tales from masters of the genre. The collection comprises 'Schalken the Painter' by J. S. Lefanu; 'Sredni Vashtar' by Saki (H. H. Munro); 'The Room in the Tower' by E. F. Benson; 'Charles Ashmore's Trail' by Ambrose Bierce; 'The Mark of the Beast' by Rudyard Kipling; 'The Castle of Ratcliffe Cross' by J. Wadham; 'The Bead Necklace' by Alice Perrin; 'The Oval Portrait' by Edgar Allan Poe; 'The Leather Funnel' by Arthur Conan Doyle; 'Berenice' by Edgar Allan Poe; and many more.

    Die Falknerin says: "Fireside tales for the darkening year"
    "A Good Mix of Rarely Heard Stories!"
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    I must admit I hadn't read some of the stories in this collection before. I can't say I was blown away with the ones I hadn't heard, but all in all it was a good mix of stories. The narration was very good, and I'll be checking out more audiobooks from The Story Circle. The story that really stood out to me was The Room in the Tower. Excellent narration on this one and the more I read/listen to this story the quicker it is becoming one of my favourites! Pick this one up and give it a listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frozen Frights, Volume 2

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Icebox Radio Theater
    • Narrated By Tom Bement, Jeffrey Adams, Aela Mackintosh, and others
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Enjoy these original, full-cast tales of terror set in the frigid Northland, including The Demon, The Woods, The Monster in the Ashes, and more.

    Robert says: "Somewhat Spooky Stories"
    "Somewhat Spooky Stories"
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    I didn't like Volume 2 as much as I did Volume 1. The stories were okay, and some of the narration was terrible. Not too bad, but I'd probably skip this one if I were you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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