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  • The Evil Thereof

  • By: Jack Gerson
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Tasked by his news editor to come up with a sensational article about old, unsolved murders, reporter Eric Braden finds himself in rural Warwickshire, investigating the horrific death of a local Lothario, whose body was surrounded by pagan symbols. The detective from the original investigation is now a broken man and reluctant to tell his story, but there are others who demand answers, even all these years later.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Summoning Evil

  • By Stevo on 04-10-18

Summoning Evil

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

Reporter Eric Braden is asked by his News Editor to write some articles on unsolved murder cases for their newspaper. Choosing the case of a man murdered in rural England with a pitch-fork, and whose body was found surrounded by pagan symbolism, Eric Braden sets off on his task and so begins a dark murder mystery involving witchcraft and strange locals in two rural communities. (All of whom could be extras in one of those old Hammer Horror movies!)

Narrator Barnaby Edwards does a great job at reading this story and he manages the various accents in a convincing style as the story unfolds and is told from various points of view as the backstory of the original murder is explained in second-hand narratives.

The Evil Therof is a murder mystery full of intrigue, red herrings and misdirection... along with the supernatural elements that give this story a dark tone. There is, of course, the obligatory twist at the end too.

Overall I found this audiobook to be an enjoyable listen that kept me interested until the end.


  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22,611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,189
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20,190

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

Compelling Real Life Murder Mystery

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

This is an interesting release; ' West Cork' is not an audiobook but an audio documentary in thirteen episodes. (A true crime Podcast basically.) It is however a fascinating murder mystery that remains unsolved to this day and it is riveting to listen to how the producers delve in to this murder case that has perplexed the Irish justice system for over twenty years.

The 1996 murder of a French woman just yards from her holiday home in Ireland and the subsequent investigation is reviewed in this production using interviews with many of the investigators, journalists and locals tied-up in this case, along with radio clips from the time. It's a format that works well for this story but with the murder unsolved it is left for the listener to draw their own conclusions.

'West Cork' is in many ways a sad story as despite the prime suspect being arrested twice there has been no prosecution and no justice for the victim or her family... but the story is a fascinating one and this well produced documentary is definitely worth a listen for people who like true crime stories.





  • Blood on Satan's Claw

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Mark Morris - adapter, Piers Haggard, Robert Wynne-Simmons
  • Narrated by: Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Thomas Turgoose, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

Seventeenth-century England, and a plough uncovers a grisly skull in the furrows of a farmer's field. The skull disappears, but its malefic influence begins to work in insidious ways upon the nearby village of Hexbridge. First, the cows stop milking and the fruit turns rotten on the trees. Then, an insolent ungodliness takes hold of the local children, mysterious fur patches appear on limbs and people start disappearing.... Something evil is stirring in the woods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It was great but

  • By Squiggs on 01-16-18

Satanic Horror at it's best!

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

This audio adaptation of Blood on Satan's Claw is as enjoyable to listen to as the film was to watch. This is a creepy tale that begins in the furrows of a ploughed field and leads to demonic possession of school children in a rural 17th Century English village, with plenty of supernatural happenings along the way. The acting and sound production are top notch and Blood on Satan's Claw is probably best listened to with the lights on, as this is a story dripping with a creepy macabre atmosphere.

This is an audio drama and not a narrated audiobook but the performances from the whole cast are superb and they bring this good old fashioned horror tale to life in this well produced 'Audible Original' dramatisation.

Blood on Satan's Claw is highly recommended for anyone who likes a scary horror story at bedtime.

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  • Survivors

  • By: Terry Nation
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Seymour
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

A deadly virus spreads across the world as quickly as the passenger jets that encircle it. Within weeks most of the global population is dead. The human race is thrown back into the dark ages. The few left alive must rely on the most basic skills to survive one day to the next. Abby Grant ventures out into a strange new England, her husband dead, the fate of her son unknown. Jenny Richards flees London. Engineer Greg Preston arrives from abroad.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pandemic Survival

  • By Stevo on 02-15-18

Pandemic Survival

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

Although this novelisation ties-in to the 1970's BBC TV series this book stands on it's own as an absorbing post-apocalyptic survival story. Survivors is a story that looks at the fall of civilisation following a pandemic and how the people who survived it deal with the world that is left behind. Even though the book features the main characters from the TV series and treads some of the same ground, no knowledge of the TV show is required as Terry Nation tells the whole story in this book.(With a different - and radical - ending!)

The atmosphere of this novel is intense. As the story unfolds the ominous sense of foreboding is palpable. From the onset of the pandemic to the struggle for survival in post-apocalyptic Britain Terry Nation takes his characters on a journey through emotional turmoil, some savagery and genuine horror as the world unravels in the catastrophe of the viral apocalypse.

This audio book is well narrated by Carolyn Seymour (Abby in the original Survivors TV Series) and Carolyn manages to keep all of the character's voices consistent and delivers the reading in just the right tone for this type of book.



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  • Doctor Who: Human Nature

  • A 7th Doctor novel
  • By: Paul Cornell
  • Narrated by: Lisa Bowerman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

An unabridged reading of the 7th Doctor novel by Paul Cornell, which formed the basis for the 10th Doctor television story "Human Nature/The Family of Blood". Hulton College in Norfolk is a school dedicated to producing military officers. With the First World War about to start, the boys of the school will soon be on the front line. But no one expects a war - not even Dr. John Smith, the college’s new house master. The Doctor’s friend, Benny, is enjoying her holiday in the same town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Naturally Good

  • By Stevo on 11-23-15

Naturally Good

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

Reviewed: 11-23-15

Human Nature by Paul Cornell is the book which the Tenth Doctor TV episodes 'Human Nature' & 'Family of Blood' are based on, but the book is way better! For me this is one of the best Doctor Who novels ever published, and the audiobook version read by Lisa Bowerman is magnificently good, bringing Paul Cornell's novel of humanity to life.

This is a Seventh Doctor story with Bernice Summerfield as his companion, and was originally published as part of the New Adventures range in 1995 when there was no Doctor Who on the TV. The plot of this book is similar to the TV adaptations of course, but the details are quite different, so this book can be enjoyed separately from the TV episodes without any real conflict... unless you are a person who wonders how the same story can fit in to Doctor Who continuity twice, with two different Doctors!

Human Nature is a Doctor Who story about love, war and the emotions that make people tick, which features real characters not cardboard cut-outs. I thought the alien villains were a bit weak when it comes to being fearsome, but that is only a small minus to an otherwise excellent story.

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  • Doctor Who: Engines of War

  • By: George Mann
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Briggs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487

The Great Time War has raged for centuries, ravaging the universe. Scores of human colony planets are now overrun by Dalek occupation forces. A weary, angry Doctor leads a flotilla of Battle TARDISes against the Dalek stronghold but in the midst of the carnage, the Doctor's TARDIS crashes to a planet below: Moldox. As the Doctor is trapped in an apocalyptic landscape, Dalek patrols roam amongst the wreckage, rounding up the remaining civilians.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nick Briggs delivers a great entry for Doctor Who!

  • By Amber on 01-27-15

The Return of the War Doctor!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-15

What did you love best about Doctor Who: Engines of War?

All of it!

Engines of War is an excellent book from start to finish. An epic Doctor Who adventure set during The Time War, full of action and very entertaining.

Have you listened to any of Nicholas Briggs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Everyone knows that Nick Briggs can do Dalek voices, but his portrayal of the gruff and grumpy War Doctor was so convincing you could almost hear John Hurt.

Nick Briggs did an excellent job of the other characters too, especially the 'companion' Cinder.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not an extreme reaction, but I loved every minute of it. We need more War Doctor audios!

Any additional comments?

George Mann has managed to write a really interesting Doctor Who story that gives us an insight in to the darkest of all of the Doctor's; a violent incarnation weary of the world around him and prepared to do whatever it takes. Doctor no more!

This was a fantastic audiobook to listen to, and is highly recommended to fans of Doctor Who both old and new.

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  • High Heat

  • A Jack Reacher Novella
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,306
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,310

New York Times best-selling thriller master, Lee Child returns with an exclusive eBook novella. In the midst of a savage heat wave and an infamous murder spree, a blackout awakens the dark side of the city that never sleeps - and a young Jack Reacher takes action as only he can.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Cheap, but still overpriced!

  • By John on 02-08-14

Unexciting Jack Reacher Adventure

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

Reviewed: 12-22-14

Lee Child wrote this? Really?

'Hight Heat' is an interlude to fill a gap between Jack Reacher novels, but apart from killing a two hour drive while listening to this audiobook, there isn't too much to redeem this novella. I found 'High Heat' a below average short story that is well narrated by Dick Hill, but the story itself is one of unrealistic and unbelievable fantasy, and definitely not a credible Jack Reacher at 16 adventure at all. I suppose some Lee Child/Jack Reacher fans would consider any Reacher story to be better than none at all, which is fair enough, but this is not a typical Jack Reacher adventure... or a typical Lee Child story even. So this one is for diehard fans only.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,208

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!

  • By Felicia The Geeky Blogger on 11-25-12

Cracking Christmas Adventure

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

Reviewed: 12-01-14

Fans of this series will know what to expect... and once again, Rhys Bowen doesn't let us down. For me, this is the best of the Royal Spyness mystery stories so far, which just get better and better with each instalment. Katherine Kellgren brings each character to life wonderfully, and the ending of yet another enjoyable Lady Georgiana adventure is always a sad occassion... until the next one of course!

For anyone new to Lady Georgiana Rannoch, where have you been hiding? Basically 'The Twelve Clues of Christmas' is a light hearted murder mystery set in the English countryside over the Christmas holidays, featuring Lady Georgiana as our heroine and regal amatuer sleuth, who finds herself on the scene of a variety of strange murders. This is very Agatha Christie-ish in it's style, unlikely scenarios and coincidences abound, but it's done with plenty of humour... and there's even some romance thrown in.

All in all, this was a very enjoyable audiobook to listen to, and 'The Twelves Clues of Christmas' is an excellent addition to the fun Royal Spyness series of books.

  • Doctor Who: Harvest of Time (3rd Doctor Novel)

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Beevers
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

After billions of years of imprisonment, the vicious Sild have broken out of confinement. From a ruined world at the end of time, they make preparations to conquer the past, with the ultimate goal of rewriting history. But to achieve their aims they will need to enslave an intellect greater than their own... On Earth, UNIT is called in to investigate a mysterious incident on a North Sea drilling platform. The Doctor believes something is afoot, and no sooner has the investigation begun than something even stranger takes hold: the Brigadier is starting to forget about UNIT's highest-profile prisoner.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful Doctor Who Adventure!

  • By Stevo on 11-04-14

Masterful Doctor Who Adventure!

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

Reviewed: 11-04-14

What made the experience of listening to Doctor Who: Harvest of Time (3rd Doctor Novel) the most enjoyable?

'Harvest of Time' is more like an expanded novelisation of a Jon Pertwee TV story than a typical Alistair Reynolds novel. The author obviously knows his Doctor Who, as everything is spot on.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctor Who: Harvest of Time (3rd Doctor Novel)?

The dialogue between The Doctor and The Master is brilliant, you could almost hear Pertwee and Delgado sparring with one another.

What about Geoffrey Beevers’s performance did you like?

Geoffrey Beever's did a great job narrating this book. He has a very creepy voice, perfect for The Master. Although I was so immersed in the story that all of his voices must have fitted in well.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me very nostalgic!

This book perfectly captures the era of Doctor Who in which it is set. (Somewhere between The Daemons and The Sea Devils.)

Any additional comments?

'Harvest of Time' is a Third Doctor novel set when the Doctor was exiled on earth, and it ticks every box that a fan of that era would want; The Doctor, Jo Grant, Bessie, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, UNIT and of course The Master... then we've North Sea oil rigs, dodgy Government officials, plus the obligatory alien invasion of Earth. So everything is here, including the kitchen sink!

This book is well written and jolly good fun.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Doctor Who: Dark Horizons

  • By: J. T. Colgan
  • Narrated by: Neve McIntosh
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

On a windswept Northern shore, at the very tip of what will one day become Scotland, the islanders believe the worst they have to fear is a Viking attack. Then the burning comes. They cannot run from it. Water will not stop it. It consumes everything - yet the burned still speak.... The Doctor is looking for a game on the famous Lewis chess set. Instead he encounters a people under attack from a power they cannot possibly understand.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Melancholy

  • By James on 09-29-15

Painful Horizons!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-14

This Eleventh Doctor story started off well and was gripping enough, but the story lost it's way half way through and it became a chore for me to finish listening to this. I ended up having no interest in whether the characters lived or died... I just wanted to get to the end! 'Dark Horizons' might have been better suited to the shorter format of other Doctor Who novels, as there just wasn't enough meat on the bone in this adventure for me.

The narration of this audiobook was done by Neve McIntosh, who did her best to get to grips with all of the voices. But as the plot meandered they all merged in to one, and the various characters sounded much the same, which ended up getting a bit confusing. Of course, the lack of an interesting story might have meant that my concentration was slipping away, which could have contributed to this as well.

Probably not the worst Doctor Who novel ever... but not the best - by a long way - either!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful