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  • The Body Snatcher and Other Stories

  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

The Body Snatchers is one of Robert Louis Stevenson's most chilling tales. After many years, a chance encounter between two former medical students forces them to recall their sinister past and foul play that was better left buried. Perfect for long winter nights, these stories have been specially selected to create an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty. Read by Roy McMillan, with Naxos AudioBooks's trademark of carefully chosen music.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good stories, poor quality audio

  • By Diane on 03-10-12

Good stories, poor quality audio

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

Reviewed: 03-10-12

I like these stories - well written is you like historical fiction. The narrationa and audio quality are not good, however and that does take away from it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Northanger Abbey

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Nancy Dow
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Northanger Abbey certainly contains some elements of 18th century Gothic “potboilers” but with a satiric slant. It has the overbearing father who was “not in the least addicted to locking up his daughters”, although her mother does not die giving birth to her, and the “heroine”, Catherine Morland, prefers playing cricket with her brothers to any girlish pastimes like watering rose bushes or feeding canaries. The book is a hilarious parody and certainly the most lighthearted of Austen's novels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Flawed but Good

  • By Empowerment on 09-01-10

terrible quality narration

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

Reviewed: 03-10-12

The narrator's voice is good the the quality is terrible. I couldn't finish it. Sounds like she is in an echo chamber - more than you can take so I can't review whole book for you because... I couldn't take it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Shining

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896

Why we think it’s a great listen: You may have thought the movie was scary, but this is pure Stephen King as it was meant to be experience – performed frighteningly well by Campbell Scott. First published in 1977, The Shining quickly became a benchmark in the literary career of Stephen King. This tale of a troubled man hired to care for a remote mountain resort over the winter, his loyal wife, and their uniquely gifted son slowly but steadily unfolds as secrets from the Overlook Hotel's past are revealed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much better than the movie...

  • By Eileen on 08-23-05

Excellent Stephen King but...

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

Reviewed: 03-10-12

like most of his books - starts out so engrossing and then tooooooo long and then throw in some weirdo details and then a great finish. I still love his writing but man, can they drag on sometimes but hey, I keep listening. THis is a good listen!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • I, Claudius

  • By: Robert Graves
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,652

Here is one of the best historical novels ever written. Lame, stammering Claudius, once a major embarrassment to the imperial family and now emperor of Rome, writes an eyewitness account of the reign of the first four Caesars: the noble Augustus and his cunning wife, Livia; the reptilian Tiberius; the monstrous Caligula; and finally old Claudius himself. Filled with poisonings, betrayal, and shocking excesses, I Claudius is history that rivals the most exciting contemporary fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unsurpassed, addictive brilliance

  • By Chris on 06-09-09

Good Period Story set in Rome

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

Reviewed: 03-10-12

These are both well written - I,Claudius first and then this one. Great detail, excellent story and narration. My only note is that they are long and sometimes slow and too much story and details and you wish they would get one with it but overall great period piece.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Snow

  • By: Ronald Malfi
  • Narrated by: Jeff Pringle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 110

When a brutal snowstorm shut down all the flights in and out of Chicago, Todd Curry and a few other stranded passengers rented a Jeep to drive the rest of the way to their destinantions. But along a forested, isolated road, they picked up a disoriented man wandering through the snow. His car wouldn't start and his daughter had vanished. Strangest of all were the mysterious slashes cut into the back of his coat, straight down to the flesh....When they arrived in the nearest town it seemed deserted.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Action kept my attention

  • By Dennis on 01-08-12

Well Read - story too long though

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

Reviewed: 03-10-12

This audio book is very well read. Love the narrator. The story starts out interesting enough but once the main characters are stranded in the town with these creatures that take over their bodies it goes on and on and on and becomes not believable and too fakely dramatic. Didn't enjoy ending as much as beginning.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Midwives

  • By: Chris Bohjalian
  • Narrated by: Kate Burton
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 251

The time is 1981, and Sibyl Danforth has been a dedicated midwife in the rural community of Reddington, Vermont, for 15 years. But one treacherous winter night, in a house isolated by icy roads and failed telephone lines, Sibyl takes desperate measures to save a baby's life. She performs an emergency Caesarean section on its mother, who appears to have died in labor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why Abridged

  • By Patti on 11-06-13

Good story but what's the point?

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

Reviewed: 12-07-11

This is well narrated. It's a well written story as well but... I just kept thinking while listening to it - what's the point of the story - you know literally - was it worth creating and telling? I'd say know. I don't give it a bad rating because the writing is good but storyline isn't worth listening to. catches you upfront with the midwife being accused of murder but goes along pretty calmly and then ends. just wasn't worth my while!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Night Strangers

  • A Novel
  • By: Chris Bohjalian
  • Narrated by: Alison Fraser, Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 292

From the bestselling author of The Double Bind, Skeletons at the Feast, and Secrets of Eden, comes a riveting and dramatic ghost story. In a dusty corner of a basement in a rambling Victorian house in northern New Hampshire, a door has long been sealed shut with 39 six-inch-long carriage bolts. The home's new owners are Chip and Emily Linton and their twin ten-year-old daughters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic all the way up to the end...and then not

  • By Carilyn on 10-24-11

Just ok

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

Reviewed: 12-04-11

Well, it started out promising and I enjoyed first part very much - 2 great readers btw - but then it dragged on and on with witchcraft group of townswomen - storyline got very predictable and not well written at that point. It's ok, that's all I can say. I like the format in which it is read and like the point of view changing back and forth but story couldn't hold up.

  • Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Volume II

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King, Kathy Bates, Matthew Broderick, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447

A star-studded cast of readers present unabridged tales of horror and suspense from Stephen King's classic best-selling short story collection.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The audiobook that started it all...

  • By Cage on 08-22-11

Not as good as 1st one at all!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-11

I disagree with reviewers who think this one is better than first Volume - it's not! I really enjoyed most of the first volume. This one - one story maybe sort of. The readers are first rate! but the stories are not good. Only enjoyed King's attempt at Sherlock Holmes and last story read by King himself about zombies. Rest are not good! Weirdo ideas with endings that make you irritated.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Bag of Bones

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 28 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,176

Even four years after the sudden death of his wife, best selling novelist Mike Noonan can't stop grieving, nor can he return to his writing. He moves into his isolated house by the lake, which becomes the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here - and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite King Novel

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-26-02

Great Ghost story!

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

Reviewed: 10-21-11

Well, I really enjoyed this Stephen King but... I won't say it's his best. I like others like Misery and Delores Claiborne. This is not of that caliber but it's great. It's interesting, unique and fun. It has an eerie quality to it that I enjoyed very much. Stephen King does an excellent job of reading and he is the one who knows where to place inflection, emotion better than anyone about his books. Really enjoyed it overall!

  • Mansfield Park (Naxos Edition)

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819

At the tender age of 10, Fanny Price is 'adopted' by her rich relations and is removed from the poverty of her home in Portsmouth to the opulence of Mansfield Park. The transplantation is not a happy one. Dependent, helpless, neglected and forgotten, Fanny struggles to come to terms with her new life until, tested almost to the limits of endurance, she assumes her rightful role....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh such felicity, such gaiety, such rapture!

  • By Neil Chisholm on 02-05-12

classic, great narrator, long...

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

Reviewed: 10-07-11

Well, it's a classic. I love this type of story so it appeals to me right up front. This narrator is the best at this type of story. Just only negative is it's so long and somewhats meanders so much that I almost quit out of boredom but then it would pick up again. Descriptions are wonderful - I like listening to it.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful