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  • Doctor Who: The Thing from the Sea

  • 4th Doctor Audio Original
  • By: Paul Magrs
  • Narrated by: Susan Jameson
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

Susan Jameson reads a brand-new original story featuring the Fourth Doctor and his companion Mrs Wibbsey. In 18th Century coastal Italy, the local fishermen haul in an extraordinary catch: a gigantic serpent. The Doctor identifies it as an alien, but to the ailing locals this fabled sea creature has the capacity to heal them - if only Count Otto will share it with them. When Mrs Wibbsey comes under the influence of the Count, the Doctor finds himself snared by the wicked power of a seemingly immortal magician, the infamous Cagliostro!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Some neat ideas fall flat

  • By Spencer on 08-12-18

Some neat ideas fall flat

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

This one had ingredients I liked, (the space monster being the sympathetic one, seaside adventure, a likeable companion), but it just didn't gel. I expected to find out the companion was under some psychic influence given how easily she trusted the obviously evil count and how quickly she went along with him, even after finding out that he worships a horrifying homunculus, but nothing came of it. The villagers had no character presence and the villains we did get were very paint-by-numbers, and there was never scifi explanation for the dark sorcery. I'd read another story with this companion, but on its own this is a dud.

  • The Books of Blood, Volume 1

  • By: Clive Barker
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Dick Hill, Peter Berkrot, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 410

Weaving tales of the everyday world transformed into an unrecognizable place, where reason no longer exists and logic ceases to explain the workings of the universe, Clive Barker provides the stuff of nightmares in packages too tantalizing to resist. This first volume contains the short stories : "The Book of Blood," "The Midnight Meat Train," "The Yattering and Jack," "Sex, Death, and Starshine," and "In the Hills, the Cities,"

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone's a Book of Blood

  • By Steven Savile on 05-09-13

Uneven and Not Terribly Impressive

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

I liked about half the stories in this volume, if you count the framing device. The Yattering and Jack and the theater story were very enjoyable, high-quality things, but the story set in a boys prison seemed really good and left me totally non-plussed with an out-of-left-field ending. The last story...I really don't know what to make of "In the Hills, The Cities". The craft is there, and I was a bit excited, but my exact thoughts on finishing the volume were "That's it?" This volume's quality level makes me wonder if clive barker is the author for me, and definitely makes me hesitant to buy the next volume.

  • Doctor Who: Deep Time

  • A 12th Doctor Novel
  • By: Trevor Baxendale
  • Narrated by: Dan Starkey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

Dan Starkey reads this original novel featuring the 12th Doctor and Clara, as played in the BBC TV series by Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman. The Phaeron travelled among the stars using roads made from time and space but left only relics behind when they disappeared over a million years ago. But what actually happened to the Phaeron? In the far future, humans discover the last Phaeron road - and the Doctor and Clara join the mission to see where it leads.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By john c haanraadts 2 on 12-08-15

Broken Promises

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

This...this story was frustrating. It started off very promising, but the danger got so contrived and dragged out too long without any real sense of change or discovery. What kind of state-of-the-art spaceship would NOT have shuttles or escape pods, for example? I can accept a kind of stupid plot if it delivers enough in the way of weirdness and monsters, but this was more rock climbing and Poseidon adventure than buck rogers.

  • Cold as Ice

  • Cold as Ice, Book 1
  • By: Charles Sheffield
  • Narrated by: Christine Rendel
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32

Twenty-five years ago there was a great interplanetary war in the Solar System. It was a suicidal spasm in which terrible weapons were created and used; in which nine billion people were killed. The rivalries that led to the war are not gone. And a few of those deadly weapons remain - some still orbiting the sun in the debris of destroyed ships, some deliberately placed in storage. Now Cyrus Mobarak, the man who perfected the fusion engine, is determined to bring human settlement to the protected seas of Europa. Opposing him is Hilda Brandt, Europa's administrator.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book... Not the best narator in the universe

  • By Nixon on 01-23-13

Frustrated Progress

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

The setting of the story is pretty well-conceived, and there's lots of decent characters, but well...something just didn't click for me. The mystery should have left me hooked, but there didn't seem to be enough bread crumbs to keep me going. It took too long for the different subplots to come together and I didn't have much sense of the overall narrative thrust. Maybe it's a pacing problem or maybe it's an issue of structure, but after several hours of trying to like this book,, I had to throw in the towel.

  • Sovereign

  • By: April Daniels
  • Narrated by: Natasha Soudek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Only nine months after her debut as the superhero Dreadnought, Danny Tozer is already a scarred veteran. Protecting a city the size of New Port is a team-size job and she's doing it alone. Between her newfound celebrity and her demanding cape duties, Dreadnought is stretched thin, and it's only going to get worse. When she crosses a billionaire supervillain, Dreadnought comes under attack from all quarters. From her troubled family life to her disintegrating friendship with Calamity, there's no lever too cruel for this villain to use against her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the first one

  • By Spencer on 09-30-17

Better than the first one

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

Oh Dionysus, this was a great novel. There were times where I kept pausing it to draw out the pleasure of the experience, or because the emotions got too intense for me. The world-building is as phenomenal as ever. The characters are rich and complicated. We really get to see Danny struggling with her character flaws and inner darkness. The Nemesis stuff I feel a little uneasy about, but I'll have to see how the author realizes that later down the road. Most of all, I'm glad that this novel got a proper epilogue compared to the abrupt stop of the first novel.

Also like...
I'm a cisgender man, and maybe this isn't my place...but this author GETS IT. This author understands suffering, and trauma, and self-loathing, and in those ways I was really able to relate to Danny as a character. Honestly? This book helped me with my own issues a little.

Danny is the superhero we need even though we, as a civilization, haven't done enough good to deserve her. Fictional or not, she has already saved many real human lives.

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  • The Boats of the Glen Carrig

  • By: William Hope Hodgson
  • Narrated by: Mark Turetsky
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

The survivors of the shipwrecked 18th century vessel Glen Carrig fight for their lives amidst a vast continent of weeds. Mysterious wrecks, horrific monsters, and swashbuckling adventure!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Less than the sum of its parts

  • By Spencer on 05-17-17

Less than the sum of its parts

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

Reviewed: 05-17-17

Would you try another book from William Hope Hodgson and/or Mark Turetsky?

Yes. I read this book because I've enjoyed William Hope Hodgson's other work. I'm beginning to think that he's best suited for short stories and struggles with long-form fiction.

Has The Boats of the Glen Carrig turned you off from other books in this genre?

Of course not.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Just not a lot of life to it.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration and impatience. There was so much potential, but the events seemed to only happen in isolation. The book had lots of interesting things happening in it, but these seemed to leave no progressive impact.

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  • The Fire's Stone

  • By: Tanya Huff
  • Narrated by: Bill Hensel
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

A wizard, a drunkard, and a thief - three strangers who must learn to work together or Ischia is lost beneath a sea of lava. But Aaron, the thief, is hiding more than stolen jewels. Chandra, the wizard, is running from a political marriage. And Darvish, the prince Chandra is intended to marry and the man Aaron has hidden the most from, well, Darvish really needs a drink. Before they can hope to save Ischia, they must save themselves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall an enjoyable listen

  • By a on 01-11-13

A Fantastic Delight, with Added Gay

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

If you could sum up The Fire's Stone in three words, what would they be?

Fantasy Heist Adventure

What did you like best about this story?

The characters were all well-rounded people with interesting motivations. The setting was also a richly-realized tapestry with the ring of authenticity to it, and avoids many weary cliches of Yee Medieval European Knockoff

What about Bill Hensel’s performance did you like?

The different voices for characters were well and true.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This was a real page-turner for me. I had to force myself to alternate with other stories to draw out the enjoyment.

Any additional comments?

This may be the best thing Tanya Huff's ever written.

  • Doctor Who - Dust Breeding

  • By: Mike Tucker
  • Narrated by: Sophie Aldred, Geoffrey Beevers, Sylvester McCoy
  • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

On 19th century Earth artist Edvard Munch hears an infinite scream pass through nature. Centuries later his painting of that scream hangs in a gallery on the barren dust world Duchamp 331. Why is there a colony of artists on a planet that is little more than a glorified garage? What is the event that the passengers of the huge, opulent pleasure cruiser 'Gallery' are hoping to see? And what is hidden in the crates that litter the cargo hold?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Doctor Who Spooky

  • By Spencer on 03-30-17

Solid Doctor Who Spooky

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

Reviewed: 03-30-17

If you could sum up Doctor Who - Dust Breeding in three words, what would they be?

Classic Doctor Who

What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctor Who - Dust Breeding?

When the old man got his revenge.

Which scene was your favorite?

The artist speaking through the Warp Vortex with his full art-wackoness.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definately. I alternated this with a less interesting book to pace myself.

Any additional comments?

A twisted sense of art above all else. A disembodied power. Some classic bug-eyed monsters. This really packs a lot of rich ideas into one short story.

  • The Stress of Her Regard

  • By: Tim Powers
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 168

When Michael Crawford discovers his bride brutally murdered in their wedding bed, he is forced to flee not only to prove his innocence but to avoid the deadly embrace of a vampire who has claimed him as her true bridegroom. Joining forces with Byron, Keats, and Shelley in a desperate journey that crisscrosses Europe, Crawford desperately seeks his freedom from this vengeful lover who haunts his dreams and will not rest until she destroys all that he cherishes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying - A New Benchmark for Vampires Stories

  • By Dave on 01-17-12

Everything is Connecterd

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

Reviewed: 03-30-17

Would you listen to The Stress of Her Regard again? Why?

I think I will listen to this again later. It has a lot of richness and nuance.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Stress of Her Regard?

Hard to pick just one. I love the way it ties EVERYTHING into the vampires, from hypothetical science to folkloric esoterica. Christianity. Norse theology. Silicon-based life-forms. DNA. Greek Mythology. Wedding customs. Italian cuisine. Romantic poetry. EVERYTHING is connected to vampirism.

What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Hard to say. I only notice the reader when the reading voice is very, very good or very, very bad.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This certainly got me hooked and I kept on reading.

Any additional comments?

The characters surprise me, and this is a great exploration of the vampire mythos. Mix of a well-thought-out take and some so-old-its-new stuff. The lore is amazing. Read this if you are a fan of vampires OR a fan of the romantic poets, or both.

  • Ten Little Lesbians

  • By: Kate McLachlan
  • Narrated by: Shawn Marie Bryan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30

Ten women, guests at the lesbian-owned Adelheid Inn, are stranded in the Cascade Mountains after a mudslide closes the only road out. One goes missing. One is killed. More than one is not who she pretends to be, and every one of them has a secret. When another woman is attacked, it becomes clear there's a killer in their midst, and it has to be one of them. Is it Beatrice, the judge, surly and sad after the death of her long-term partner?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Locked Room

  • By Me & My Girls on 01-15-16

Strong Drama, Weak Finish

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

Reviewed: 03-30-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yeah, I wanted to branch out into the Lesbian Detective subgenre.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It had the ingredients for a climactic finale, but it just didn't amount to much. The big reveal didn't seem obvious in hindsight, nor was it a huge surprise. Not great as a mystery conclusion.

What about Shawn Marie Bryan’s performance did you like?

The variety of voices.

Did Ten Little Lesbians inspire you to do anything?

It inspired me to write this review.

Any additional comments?

There's some good representation here, really good, in traditionally underrepresented areas, despite a bit of fat hate. Also it is steaming, meltingly hot, so it's go that going for it. I'm not even attracted to characters of these body types and I still got hot and bothered several times. >.>;;;