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  • Doctor Who: Scratchman

  • 4th Doctor Novel
  • By: Tom Baker
  • Narrated by: Tom Baker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

In his first-ever Doctor Who novel, Tom Baker’s incredible imagination is given free rein. A story so epic it was originally intended for the big screen, Scratchman is a gripping, white-knuckle thriller almost 40 years in the making. The Doctor, Harry and Sarah Jane Smith arrive at a remote Scottish island when their holiday is cut short by the appearance of strange creatures - hideous scarecrows who are preying on the local population. The islanders are living in fear, and the Doctor vows to save them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrated and Written by THE (4th) Doctor!!

  • By NM on 01-31-19

Loved Tom Baker as The Doctor, now I just love Tom Baker period!

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

This is easily the best Doctor Who book I have listened to. The characters ring true and the writing is delightful.

My respect for and appreciation of, Tom Baker grew tremendously as I listened.

The plot is complex and so very Doctor-ish!

If you are only a fan of the newer doctors, please give this a try - it may just inspire you to go back in time to watch the original shows!

  • The Time Travel Trailer

  • By: Karen Musser Nortman
  • Narrated by: Valerie Gilbert
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

A 1937 vintage camper trailer half hidden in weeds catches Lynne McBriar's eye when she is visiting an elderly friend, Ben. Ben eagerly sells it to her and she just as eagerly embarks on a restoration. But after each remodel, sleeping in the trailer lands Lynne and her daughter Dinah in a previous decade - exciting, yet frightening. Glimpses of their home town and ancestors 50 or 60 years earlier is exciting and also offers some clues to the mystery of Ben's lost love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who'd have preferred a trailer over a Police Box?

  • By Ray Johnson on 03-26-18

I enjoyed this...

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

Reviewed: 07-13-16

I enjoyed this little story, and I wouldn't want to discourage anyone from reading or listening to it. That being said, it felt more like a draft in need of fleshing out. There were so many hinted at subplots that were never fully explored. In fact, that was the thing which bothered me the most. The story had a delightfully whimsical set up and ended up trying to be a dark-ish "no place like home " morality tale. The time travel aspect had so much to offer. I was disappointed that it wasn't dealt with in a more in depth way.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sacre Bleu

  • A Comedy d'Art
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,946
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,955

In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Is Nothing is Sacre'?

  • By Mel on 05-07-12

Just a Good Book from a Great Writer

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

Reviewed: 11-04-12

Any additional comments?

I dislike the way Audible wants me to review books. I don't want to answer questions, I simply want to tell you what I think of a book - in this case Sacre Bleu.

This is a good book with excellent narration. It is strange and mysterious and has wonderful characters. There are moments when I laughed out loud and moments when I merely savored the weirdness. I would recommend this book to anyone.

So why only five stars for the story? Because this is Christopher Moore and I am afraid he has spoiled me with "The Stupidest Angel" and "Lamb". "The Stupidest Angel" is my very favorite Audible book and I want all of Christopher Moore's books to make me laugh like "The Stupidest Angel" does!

I suspect that most fans of Mr. Moore do not think "The Stupidest Angel" is his best - it is not as rich as some of his books, but there's me liking silly much more than meaningful, so take that into consideration when you decide to buy this book - which you really should decide to do.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag

  • A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,466

"Click-Clack the Rattlebag", a subtle, witty, deceptive little tale, is your Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman and Audible, FREE through October 31. It's not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at DonorsChoose.org. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WHY WHY WHY

  • By Daryl on 10-27-12
  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag
  • A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman

What can I say - it's Neil Gaiman

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

Reviewed: 11-04-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A nicely creepy little story. Neil Gaimen is so good at presently soothingly eerie stories. His voice just carries me into soft, calm, place filled with sudden fear.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • I Shall Wear Midnight

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,243
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,732

Tiffany Aching has spent years studying with senior witches, and now she is on her own. As the witch of the Chalk, she performs the bits of witchcraft that aren't sparkly, aren't fun, don't involve any kind of wand, and that people seldom ever hear about: She does the unglamorous work of caring for the needy. But someone - or something - is igniting fear, inculcating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Treasured Pratchett

  • By Rebecca on 12-11-10

Great but not enough Feegles!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-30-10

As always, I loved this Tiffany book, but I want more Feegles! Frankly, I could listen to a book that is all about the Feegles with Tiffany as a minor character, but this is the next best thing.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Wyrd Sisters

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,392
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,702

In Wyrd Sisters, the enchanting world of Discworld is turned upside down by 3 meddling witches: Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick. Their interference in royal politics causes kingdoms to wobble, crowns to topple, knives to flash, and citizens to shudder in fear. Terry Pratchett's vividly imaginative story takes you on a journey with hunchbacked monarchs, lost crowns, disguised heirs, refueling broomsticks, and frightening thunderstorms, as the three sisters battle the odds to restore the rightful king to the throne.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Which Discworld?

  • By Chris on 06-09-07

Good book, mostly well read but ...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-10

I love Terry Pratchett, (though I will confess to having gotten spoiled by starting with "The Wee Free Men" and nothing I have heard since, has been as funny as the feegles are.) Still, I am working my way through all the Disc World books and trying to listen to them in some sort of order. I recently finished the Death books and started on the Witch books. I enjoyed "Equal Rites" very much - including the way Celia Imrie read it.

I also enjoyed "Wyrd Sisters", so I would recommend it, but, I do have to say, while I generally like the way Ms. Imrie reads, I really, and I mean really, hated some of the voices in this book. I never quite accepted Nanny Ogg as being such a shakey old woman voice and one of the characters talked with a stuffed up nose - very annoying. I imagine it is hard to come up with distintive voices for each character and I like the way Ms. Imrie reads men's voices better than many women readers, but I am thinking of moving on to the Wizard books for awhile rather than continue with the witches.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Smart Pills

  • By: Tony Teora
  • Narrated by: Mark Douglas Nelson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 12

The mayhem starts when two bumbling Jersey mobsters, Nick and Squeaky, decide that their only way to get rich is to insure and burn down an old apartment building. Unfortunately their complex is above ancient alien beacon for communicating with their galactic space brothers. First contact by the aliens sets in motion a destructive course for mankind and the aliens. The fate of the galaxy depends on the decisions of Markus, a mobster named Squeaky, and a dog named "Snoop".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Donald on 02-12-12

You have to like farts

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-10

To be fair, I didn't listen to very much of this book. The book might be wonderful. I just could not get past the almost loving description of one character's numerous farts.

  • The Lost Symbol

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,891
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,987

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In love with books again

  • By Paul on 01-31-10

Classic or Typical

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-09

Depending upon your view, this was either "classic" Dan Brown or "Typical" Dan Brown. Being a fan, I will say "classic", but definately not the best of Brown.

Robert Langdon was once again, after an early morning call, running around a large city with a beautiful, very smart, scientist; being chased by the authorities, and a scary, extremely creepy bad guy. Of course Robert has to decode something to save a life and once again it all has religious overtones. (Okay, overtones is an understatement.)

There were plot twists that I saw coming and a couple that caught me off guard. All in all, I did enjoyed the ride. But, as others have said, once the ride was over, it just kept going! Not only did the ending go on too long, but the behavior was not believable. All the people involved had just been through a harrowing, intense experience - The emotions or lack of, did not ring true.

17 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Practical Demonkeeping

  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,509
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,514

In Christopher Moore's ingenious debut novel, we meet one of the most memorably mismatched pairs in the annals of literature. The good-looking one is one-hundred-year-old ex-seminarian and "roads" scholar Travis O'Hearn. The green one is Catch, a demon with a nasty habit of eating most of the people he meets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HIS BEST BOOK!

  • By Aaron Smyth on 04-03-10

Pretty Good though not Moore's best

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-09

It comes down, as it so often does, to the narrator. And actually, this narrator wasn't bad. If I had heard him before I listened to "The Stupidest Angel" I would not have minded him at all - except that he didn't find out how to pronounce the place names correctly! San Jue-neh-pair-oh??????

That being said, this was a fine book. It is, if I am correct, Christopher Moore's first book, so I made a few allowences because it is not as funny as "The Stupidest Angel" or "Lamb" but it is pretty good and "San Jue-neh-pair-oh" aside, I will listen to it again.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Start Late, Finish Rich

  • A No-Fail Plan for Achieving Financial Freedom at Any Age
  • By: David Bach
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

Start Late, Finish Rich applies David Bach's financial wisdom to all those who forgot to save (or just plain procrastinated) and are worried that it is too late to achieve financial freedom. For those who worry that they'll never be able to retire on their current savings, hope and help have arrived. David's message is that it is never too late to finish rich.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Argh

  • By Huck on 07-16-07

I hate to agree but ARGH!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-08

The lists! List, after list, after list!

Nothing against the narrator, he's actually fine as far as I am concerned. Also, nothing against the book - I plan to go buy a paper copy. BUT, I just could not keep listening to the lists of information! They went on and on, well past the time when the point had been made!

If the lists were printed in a pdf to go with the book, the book would be fine, since the rest of the info is great.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful