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  • Psycho

  • By: Robert Bloch
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,136

It was a dark and stormy night when Mary Crane glimpsed the unlit neon sign announcing the vacancy at the Bates Motel. Exhausted, lost, and at the end of her rope, she was eager for a hot shower and a bed for the night. Her room was musty, but clean, and the manager seemed nice, if a little odd.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • We're All Not Quite As Sane As We Pretend To Be

  • By Andrew on 05-14-13

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

Even with knowing the plot and ending the book was still a very good listen!

  • The Duel: A Captivating Guide to the Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr

  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Duke Holm
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr lived very similar lives. They were both orphaned at an early age. Both were excellent students who attended college and studied law. Both were young staff officers under General George Washington, and both became war heroes. They were both drawn to politics, and each served in the newly formed government of the United States. How was it then that these two men ended up in the most famous duel in American history? 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Informative but repetitive

  • By TARA on 01-01-19

Informative but repetitive

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

The book overall was very informative about the lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. The book first talked about Hamilton from birth until death and then discussed Burr the same way. The only complaint that I have is when the book discussed the dual process. This area was talked about in the Hamilton portion and then regurgitated verbatim in the Burr portion. At first I thought I had accidentally "rewound" the audio book. This is my only complaint. Otherwise, I learned a lot about both men.

  • The Vampyre

  • By: John Polidori
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 115

Young, impressionable Aubrey is fascinated by the enigmatic Lord Ruthven, and accompanies him on a tour to Europe. But Aubrey develops a growing distaste for Lord Ruthven’s sinister and grotesque conduct - especially as it concerns human blood. This novella, penned during that tempestuous night in Switzerland amongst such notables as Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and Mary Shelley, served as the great inspiration for Bram Stoker to create Dracula.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Waste of money

  • By TARA on 12-24-18

Waste of money

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

Reviewed: 12-24-18

Don’t buy. Save your money or credit for a better audio book. Weak plot line. Speaker basically monotone during performance. Very boring audio book.

  • The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Volume 4

  • By: Bert Coules
  • Narrated by: Clive Merrison, Andrew Sachs, Full Cast
  • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Clive Merrison and Andrew Sachs star in three brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast adventures. How many times did Dr John Watson tantalise us with a passing reference to a mystery which his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, never wrote about in full? In these full cast original adventures Bert Coules, the chief dramatist of BBC Radio 4’s celebrated complete Sherlock Holmes canon, has imaginatively fleshed out three such unrecorded cases.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WISH THERE WERE MORE VOLUMES

  • By TARA on 09-16-18

WISH THERE WERE MORE VOLUMES

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

Another excellent audio book by BBC Audio and Three BBC Radio. The four plays were easy to listen to and I really enjoy dramatizations over a single narrator. Certainly makes the stories more interesting!

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  • Destiny of the Republic

  • A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
  • By: Candice Millard
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,972

James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard

  • By Mel on 02-08-12

Excellent book!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

An awesome book about the lesser known assignation of President Garfield. I, (like most readers probably), just assumed that Garfield died immediately...... not the case. Very interesting to learn about the background of killer, the incompetence of the doctor treating Garfield, and how the inventor of the telephone tried to save the President but (in his mind) failed. The narrator was easy to listen to and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book.

  • The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

  • By: John Joseph Adams (editor), Robert J. Sawyer, Christopher Roden, and others
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 409

A modern short story collection featuring the great detective.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Improbable and Incredible.

  • By Shannyn Campbell on 03-28-10

Will not listen to again

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

The female narrator’s voice was hard to listen to. She was very robotic and flat. Nails on chalk board to me. The male narrator was fine.

The editor’s description of the author and background before each story was not needed. The first chapter, which is just the editor talking, was also very unnecessary. I soon began advancing my listening device past the editorials at the start of each story.

There were a lot of science fiction and supernatural storylines. So if you are not into those genres then I would pass on this book. I probably won’t listen to this audible book again.

  • The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: 60-Episode Set

  • By: PDQ AudioWorks, Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Basil Rathbone
  • Length: 28 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

The world-famous sleuth is back in this astounding 60-episode collection (many previously believed to have been lost) direct from the original radio broadcasts. Featuring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, this collection contains nearly 30 hours of Old Time Radio broadcasting at its best. Digitally remastered from the original broadcast recordings, this amazing set is a true collector's item for Sherlock Holmes fans everywhere!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Old Radio at it's best

  • By William on 04-27-14

Enough with the advertisements!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

The stories were fine and the audio recording quality wasn’t too bad considering the time period. But the reason I give so low of a score for overall is the repeated advertisements of the period for “Petri wines” and “Clipper Craft menswear”. Two to three minutes before, two to three minutes after and a minute or two in the middle of each story was spent on these advertisements. They could have easily been removed for audible for a more enjoyable listening experience.
A second issue it that there are not 30 hours of story telling as advertised on the audible book cover. Each chapter is a new Holmes tale but only one of the 60 chapters hits the 30 minute mark. Most are 22 to 27 minutes and of that several minutes are spent on the advertisements. So if you don’t mind fast forwarding your listening device during every “story” to avoid the advertisements then it is a good listen. Otherwise I would suggest a different audible book on Sherlock Holmes. I will not be listening to this book again.

  • The Seven Dials Mystery

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

Gerry Wade had proved himself to be a champion sleeper, so the other houseguests decided to play a practical joke on him. Eight alarm clocks were set to go off, one after the other, starting at 6:30 a.m. But when morning arrived, one clock was missing and the prank then backfired, with tragic consequences. For Jimmy Thesiger in particular, the words "Seven Dials" were to take on a new and chilling significance....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and a Good Story

  • By RICHARD VANHEERTUM on 07-29-15

Poor narration

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

The narrator was very robotic especially with the male voices. Storyline drawn out and could have been much shorter.