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  • The Darkwater Bride

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Marty Ross
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Donal Finn, Jamie Glover, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,329
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,323

Late Victorian London. When James Miller, the most respectable of Scottish businessmen, is pulled, dead, from the Thames, his daughter is drawn into an investigation which reveals a whole world of secrets and corruption. Alongside local detective Culley, Catriona’s search for her father’s killer leads all the way to the tragic truth behind the ghostly legend of The Darkwater Bride and the power of her deadly kiss. An epic drama starring Adrian Scarborough, Claire Corbett, Freya Mayor and Jamie Glover, The Darkwater Bride combines the genres of the Victorian mystery thriller with the equally classic Victorian mode of the ghostly tale.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • spooky audio drama / sex & violence crime fiction

  • By Paul on 04-07-19

Sub-par

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

Reviewed: 04-16-19

Ah Audible Originals, you’ve done it again: promised so much and yet delivered so much sub-par.
This is meant to be a period piece, albeit a horror one. So much care has gone into a feeling of authenticity in the male characters’ dialogue, and yet the main female character is ludicrously implausible, she’s a “plucky” no-nonsense character straight from the late 20th century plonked into a narrative set in the nineteenth, but this is no time-travel piece, just lazy writing, it could have been so interesting to have written her as a young provincial woman struggling with the strangeness and challenges of the world she’s plunged into while also constrained by the societal and cultural constraints of her time. But maybe that was just too much work. A shame.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss

  • By: Rajeev Balasubramanyam
  • Narrated by: Ramon Tikaram
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

There’s no problem Professor Chandra can’t solve. Except for one: the secret to happiness. In the moments after the accident, Professor Chandra doesn’t see his life flash before his eyes, but his life’s work. He’s just narrowly missed the Nobel Prize (again) and even though he knows he should get straight back to his pie charts, his doctor has other ideas. All this work. All this success. All this stress. It’s killing him. He needs to take a break, start enjoying himself. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Schmaltzy

  • By Needles on 03-22-19

Schmaltzy

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

Self-Obsessed 70 Year Old Divorced Academic Has Deeply Unlikely Epiphany, Gets In Touch With Feelings, Has Unbelievable Rapprochment With Children And Ex-Wife In Sentimental Bourgeois White Christmas.
The narrator Ramon Tikaram does such a fantastic job of reading this, his voice is beautiful and not only does he do believable South Indian accents, he’s so good at voicing all the other characters too which is no small feat.
However I haven’t felt this let-down by a story in a long while, it’s as if the author was rushing to make a publishing deadline and was compelled to wrap things up quickly in a neat, Disney-sequence bow.

  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,479

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a work that I highly recommend

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-02-16

Pretty terrible

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

The writing is clumsy and dramaturgically ridiculous. The cast are fairly B grade and feels like they could only afford a single read through prior to recording

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

Alaska, 1974. Untamed. Unpredictable. A story of a family in crisis struggling to survive at the edge of the world, it is also a story of young and enduring love. Cora Allbright and her husband, Ernt, a recently returned Vietnam veteran scarred by the war, uproot their 13-year-old daughter, Leni, to start a new life in Alaska. Utterly unprepared for the weather and the isolation, but welcomed by the close-knit community, they fight to build a home in this harsh, beautiful wilderness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved iT

  • By Marlieke on 05-11-18

Mediocre

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

I only got through 4 chapters before giving up, this book reads like the screenplay for a B movie, or a Disney movie, one cliche after another, and the narration is awful; when she does the voice of the father character she just tightens her vocal folds so it comes out as a raspy generic Ye Olde geezer.
Just terrible.

  • Beautiful Days

  • Stories
  • By: Joyce Carol Oates
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert, Stephen Graybill, Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

A collection of 13 mesmerizing stories by American master Joyce Carol Oates, including the 2017 Pushcart Prize-winning "Undocumented Alien". The diverse stories of Beautiful Days explore the most secret, intimate, and unacknowledged interior lives of characters not unlike ourselves, who assert their independence in acts of bold and often irrevocable defiance.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Poor editing

  • By Needles on 11-18-18

Poor editing

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

There is barely a second of silence between stories, surely it should have been edited to allow a pause between each? very disconcerting and jarring. Returned.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • This Is Going to Hurt

  • Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
  • By: Adam Kay
  • Narrated by: Adam Kay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know - and more than a few things you didn't - about life on and off the hospital ward.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Important and Funny

  • By Giveaman Amask on 06-17-18

Whine-fest.

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

I was expecting a little more of a story to be spun out of this, not literally a series of diary entries of a relentlessly whining and sarcastic tone.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 24,577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,974
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,977

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

Binge-worthy

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

I love to binge-listen to podcasts, and this is the first one I’ve actually purchased. It was worth it not to have to put up with intrusive ads like you do with free podcasts. Worth a credit.

  • The Sea of Tranquility

  • A Novel
  • By: Katja Millay
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Candace Thaxton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,002
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,997

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her - her identity, her spirit, her will to live - pay. Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: Every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at 17 years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There is NOTHING wrong with this book

  • By Sugarpucker on 02-06-14

Teen angst and woodwork.

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I must have missed the memo, the one where it said that this is YA fiction. Ohhhh, that’s right, because There. Wasn’t. One.
Next time I read rave reviews on Audible, I will make sure to first check publication details somewhere like goodreads for example, where one can glean useful info such as this title winning a YA award in 2012, and save myself the credit.

  • Ubik

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,651
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,650

Glen Runciter runs a lucrative business - deploying his teams of anti-psychics to corporate clients who want privacy and security from psychic spies. But when he and his top team are ambushed by a rival, he is gravely injured and placed in "half-life," a dreamlike state of suspended animation. Soon, though, the surviving members of the team begin experiencing some strange phenomena, such as Runciter's face appearing on coins and the world seeming to move backward in time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great performance of an SF classic

  • By Steve on 07-10-16

Dated

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

You have to view this writing through the prism of the time in which it’s written; the casual misogyny and psychedelic style of narrative is what it is I suppose, but I don’t think it’s stood the tests of time that well. Characterisation: female characters are either scantily-clad and sexually available, or wizened old crones. As to the somewhat fractured psychedelica of the style, well it’s just difficult to follow. The narration is over-the-top, cartoonish in delivery and so the characters are rendered two dimensional. Didn’t care enough to finish, a shame.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • One of These Things First

  • By: Steven Gaines
  • Narrated by: Steven Gaines
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 427

One of These Things First is a poignant reminiscence of a 15-year-old gay Jewish boy's unexpected trajectory from a life behind a rack of dresses in his grandmother's Brooklyn bra-and-girdle store to Manhattan's infamous Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic, whose alumni includes writers, poets, and madmen as well as Marilyn Monroe and best-selling author Steven Gaines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Unlikely Subject for Me

  • By Patricia on 10-08-17

Poor audio quality

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

An engaging story but the audio quality is so poor that i couldn't finish it. Very badly edited: each chapter runs headlong into the other without so much as a period, as if it's one long sentence, giving it an unintended breathless and utterly confusing quality. More jarring still are the over-dubs -from the same narrator- but with completely different volume and tone that have been inserted seemingly at random. Pretty amateurish effort audible!