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  • Jago & Litefoot Series 3

  • By: Matthew Sweet, John Dorney, Andy Lane, and others
  • Narrated by: Christopher Benjamin, Trevor Baxter, Conrad Asquith, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

The continuing adventure of Henry Gordon Jago and George Litefoot - characters first introduced on television in Doctor Who: 'The Talons of Weng-Chiang' (1977) who have become Infernal Investigators, solving mysteries involving paranormal or alien phenomena in 1880s London. This release features four full-cast audio dramas plus a behind-the-scenes documentary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great collection!

  • By H. Martin on 12-22-18

Another great collection!

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

Big Finish does it again! Another great collection for the Doctor Who spin-off characters Henry Jago and Professor Lightfoot. Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter are entertaining as always. And the incorporation of the character of Leela from the original Talons of Weng-Chiang storyline back in the 1970’s was a brilliant choice. Louise Jameson is a fantastic actress who knows her character well and brings a new dimension to the series. The writers also stepped it up and deliver us another great set of stories, a nice mix of stories different from one another but with an over-arching story arc to tie them together. I particularly enjoyed Swan Song by John Dorney which I think is one of his best. And the teaser at the end made me smile when I heard who would be joining next series. No spoilers, you will have to listen to find out.

  • Doctor Who - Short Trips Volume 01

  • By: George Mann, David A McEwan, Jamie Hailstone, and others
  • Narrated by: David Troughton, William Russell, Sophie Aldred, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Get ready for eight fantastic new adventures in space and time with the Doctor and his companions, featuring stories from many of Doctor Who's most popular authors from the worlds of television, print, comics and audio as well as new talent and fresh voices...and read by your favourite Big Finish actors! 'Rise and Fall' by George Mann. Read by William Russell. On a distant planet, faces bloom in the air for a fraction of a second before disappearing. Will the Doctor and Ian solve the puzzle?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating, Frightening, Fantastic, and Fast!

  • By H. Martin on 12-05-18

Fascinating, Frightening, Fantastic, and Fast!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

Big Finish Productions, the makers of full cast Doctor Who audio dramas, adds to its library of audiobooks and plays this fabulous collection of short stories. Read by well known performers from its other Big Finish ranges, these quick glimpses into the life of the Doctor and his companions are truly remarkable. Each 15-20 minute story brings to life a different iteration of our favorite time-traveling Time Lord. Don’t be fooled by its “short trip” title. These stories are dense, complex and fast-paced narratives that will pull you in right from the start. And they are so very clever it will leave you eager for more. Good thing Big Finish has a whole bunch more for us to digest. I love to sneak these quick hit stories in during my daily commute, or when I’m making dinner. Just the right story length for those “short trips” to and from the parents house, or on the way to book club. Hey, maybe I should recommend this at book club...they are so intriguing it could make for some good “what if” discussions. If you’re a sci-fi fan and love good story telling, this is a collection perfect for you.

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  • Jago & Litefoot Series 1

  • By: Alan Barnes, Jonathan Morris, Andy Lane, and others
  • Narrated by: Christopher Benjamin, Trevor Baxter, Conrad Asquith, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

The continuing adventures of Henry Gordon Jago and George Litefoot, characters first introduced on television in Doctor Who: The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1977), who have become Infernal Investigators, solving mysteries involving paranormal or alien phenomena in 1880s London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humorous and entertaining launch of a great spin off series

  • By H. Martin on 12-03-18

Humorous and entertaining launch of a great spin off series

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

The creative minds at Big Finish hit gold with the first Companion Chronicle starting Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter as the lovable duo of Henry Jago and Professor Lightfoot. To all our delight they took that success and spun off a new series of full cast audio dramas with these two characters at the fore. The style of writing, the stellar performances, and superb post-production effects and music bring to life a Victorian London that you can almost taste and smell. The easy chemistry between Benjamin and Baxter, and the fun the entire cast and crew had in putting these on, truly comes out in their performances. The follow on interviews were an extra bonus, although a bit long, which makes these plays even more enjoyable. I’m looking forward to continuing on to the next series with sheer pleasure.

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  • Doctor Who - The Companion Chronicles - The Mahogany Murderers

  • By: Andy Lane
  • Narrated by: Christopher Benjamin, Trevor Baxter
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Professor George Litefoot: the eminent pathologist who advises the police in some of their grisliest cases. Henry Gordon Jago: the master of ceremonies at the Alhambra Theatre. These are two very different men from contrasting strata in society who became firm friends and collaborators after their adventure with the Doctor and Leela battling the evil Weng-Chiang

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An entertaining throwback to Dr. Who 1977

  • By H. Martin on 12-02-18

An entertaining throwback to Dr. Who 1977

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

A very entertaining throwback to the 1977 days of Dr. Who. How thrilling that Big Finish thought to revisit two much loved characters from the Philip Hinchcliffe era of Dr Who. Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter step right into their old roles as Jago and Lightfoot, brilliantly sending us back in time to a period after the meet the Doctor in the The Talons of Weng-Chiang. Andy Lane also does a fabulous job writing a script that embodies the heart and soul of the original Who world, while giving us something new to sink into. I'm excited to know there is even more of Jago and Lightfoot in the Big Finish Productions archive. Well done by all involved.

  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

  • By: Michael Chabon
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,482

It's 1939, in New York City. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat: smuggling himself out of Hitler's Prague. He's looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a partner in creating the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. Inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams, they create the Escapist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Escape From Reality is a Worthy Challenge

  • By Dave on 07-11-12

Excellent narration of a moving tale

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

An excellent narration brings out the best of this unique piece of historical fiction. The streets of Prague and New York of the1930's come alive in such a way that you feel you are there standing on the corner watch events unfold. The characters and their struggle seem so real you are pulled along to witness their emotional complex journey as if you were one of the family. Bravo to both the author and the narrator for keeping me enthralled for 26+ hours.

  • A Dangerous Place

  • Maisie Dobbs Mysteries, Book 11
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228

Spring 1937. In the four years since she left England, Maisie Dobbs has experienced love, contentment, stability - and the deepest tragedy a woman can endure. Now all she wants is the peace she believes she might find by returning to India. But her sojourn in the hills of Darjeeling is cut short when her stepmother summons her home to England; her aging father, Frankie Dobbs, is not getting any younger.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Reboot or Finale?

  • By Carole T. on 04-06-15

Wisdom to be found in transition and change

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

Reviewed: 07-20-16

As always Ms. Cassidy does a superb job delivering the well written pages of Ms. Winspear. As we follow Maisie through yet another difficult transition I her life the author shares with us the history of a time that is often overshadowed by the tragic events to come. The Spanish Civil War of the late 1930's is not often touched on in mainstream world history taught in the US. I was glad to be able to learn more about it through this novel. And as always the author does an excellent job exploring the motivations, fears, joys and sorrows of her characters. I always like to listen as Maisie explores her memories for advice others have shared with her, shaping to her own form of wisdom through her self reflection. It's this process which makes Maisie seem more real to me than characters I've come to know elsewhere. And while there is an overriding sadness that pervades the storyline, I do see a glimmer of hope in the future which will keep me engaged as a listen into the next chapter in Maisie's life.

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  • Ransom

  • Highlands' Lairds, Book 2
  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,129

In the dark days after the death of Richard the Lionhearted, lives and lands would fall into upheaval at the hands of a power-hungry British ruler and his violent minions. One victim of the scourge is innocent Gillian, who is a mere child when the cruel and ambitious Baron Alford slaughters her father and tears her family apart. Alford, determined to recover a jeweled box for the despotic King John, is furious when the precious treasure slips through his fingers - only to be lost for more than a decade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love the Highlands' Lairds

  • By 🌸DARA on 05-06-13

Mediocre story not saved by narration

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

Reviewed: 05-11-16

It's hard to say whether the story or narration is what turned me off this book. I did manage to finish the entire story, but only after putting it down multiple times. I found the main female character foolish and obsessed with whispering. I found the narrator's choice of scratchy voices for most of the highlanders off putting. The addition of laughter was also more annoying than endearing. It just didn't come together for me at all.

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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 163,160
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,588
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,426

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Great story plus great narration

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

Reviewed: 05-01-16

Think Apollo 13 on steroids. While I admit the science was often over my head, the way the author presented it made it accessible. It never detracted from my enjoyment. The narrator did an excellent job bringing all the characters to life. I still don't get why they didn't bring pencils along. Go figure.

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  • The Lost Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Alyson Richman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,597

In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEST book I have read in a long time

  • By Kfcarter on 11-04-13

Moving and well told

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

The author does an amazing job weaving multiple stories of Holocaust victims and survivors into this well narrated work of historical fiction. It is through stories like this, and the art that survived, that the world can witness albeit second hand what occurred during that time. And to possibly understand what is felt by those who survived.

  • Lord John and the Hand of the Devils

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,731

In these tales, Lord John vows to avenge a murder, investigates a terrifying "night-hag" on the battlefields of Europe, and discovers treason in His Majesty's ranks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lord John Grey comes to life

  • By Teahouse Fox on 10-12-10

Needs editing

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

Reviewed: 07-05-14

Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Jeff Woodman?

Not The Lord John series.

What could Diana Gabaldon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The stories seem silly, not meaningful in the life of the main character.

Did Jeff Woodman do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

All the British officers sounded the same except Quarry. Couldn't figure out when it was Lord John speaking or someone else.

Do you think Lord John and the Hand of the Devils needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Definitely not.

Any additional comments?

The audio needs editing. Multiple times the narrator repeated the same lines. Very distracting.