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  • Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained

  • Two BBC Radio 4 Dramatisations
  • By: John Milton
  • Narrated by: Denis Quilley, full cast, Ian McDiarmid, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Milton's epic poem telling the story of the fall of man and also its sequel, Paradise Regained. First published in 1667, Paradise Lost describes Satan's plot to ruin God's new and most favoured creation, mankind, and recounts the temptation of Adam and Eve and their banishment from the Garden of Eden. Paradise Regained, published in 1671, tells of the temptation of Christ by Satan as he wanders in the wilderness for 40 days and nights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An epic classic voiced by epic classics

  • By E. Munoz on 07-26-18

this is not a dramatization!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

unlike the BBC's adaption of Dante's Inferno this is only an abridged reading of John Milton's poem. they hired multiple actors to read different parts of the poem but it's not dramatized. the BBC blatantly lied. if anything this would be a dramatic reading. dramatic readings aren't dramatizations though. a dramatization would require additional work in adapting the poem into an actual play format with sound effects.

basically what the BBC did was like filming multiple actors sitting together reading Paradise Lost then releasing it as a filmed version... it's stupid and lazy.

this is not audible's fault obviously.

10 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • The Exorcist

  • By: William Peter Blatty
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Mathie, Robert Glenister, full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Robert Glenister and Ian McDiarmid star in a gripping BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of William Peter Blatty’s classic horror novel. Summoned to a case of apparent possession, Father Karras is at first sceptical then horrified. The victim - a 12-year-old girl named Regan - seems to be controlled by a malignant supernatural force that makes her swear, blaspheme, scream in agony and perform appalling acts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love This.

  • By Ben Whitney on 11-08-18

more horror based audio dramas please

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

the negative reviews are wrong. this isnt perfect but it's a well made dramatization. it was creepy and interesting to listen to a horror based audio drama like this. I personally didn't find it scary at all but I didn't think the Exorcist movie was scary either.

the negative reviews complain about how it's hard to follow. if you pay attention it's really easy to understand what's going on. they also complain about the lack of a narrator describing everything. these negative reviewers don't seem to understand the difference between an audio book and an audio drama. I blame audible for this since they don't separate them into categories.

the acting was all mostly solid. the actress playing the demon while good didn't sound demonic. I kept hoping as the story progressed that the production team would alter her voice and make it deeper or something. they didn't.

the plot is a little different from the movie. I'm assuming that's because this is based on the book. I was dissapointed with the lack of focus on Father Karras' crisis of faith. you can tell he's struggling but it's not focused on. that's too bad cause from my understanding that was in the book (it's clearly in the movie) and it's what made the story so effective.

I hope the BBC does more horror audio dramas. I wish audible would make some.



  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,186
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,093

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New Fan

  • By tatiana on 12-24-17

Phoned In and A Complete Waste of Potential

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

Audible advertised this as taking place between the 2nd movie and the Revival series. That's not true. It never was true. This was based on a previously canon Season 10 comic written by Joe Harris. It was poorly adapted for the audio format. The characters will describe what's happening for no reason. They hired a talented actress to be the narrator but she doesn't narrator. All she did was say what time and place a scene was taking place at. It was completely unnatural and ruined the mood completely by forcing the actors to explain the action. At one point you can hear gunshots and a character informs the audience that people are shooting guns!

Sections of the comic book are expanded upon for no real reason and rearranged in a way that actually changes the plot. I was told by Dirk Maggs the adapter, on twitter, that it was a faithful adaption of the comics. It wasn't. They left out an entire Monster of the Week story making this entire series so far all about the mythology. Only one episode is about something else. It's a sequel to Flukeman. Sadly the story from the comic was too short making it not that interesting outside of the comic book format. It should have been expanded on. The worst thing about this is this episode was advertised in a major way only for it to be quickly brushed aside for the rest of the episodes to be focused on the mythology entirely. For some reason though Maggs decided to have the characters explain to each other aspects of the mythology they already knew and that were explained in the tv show. This series was not meant for newcomers. There's no reason why the characters should be explaining what black oil is or does to each other.

The directing was awful. I originally was lead to believe by Audible that Dirk Maggs was directing. He wasn't. Someone else was. This other person didn't seem to have been with the actors while recording cause none of them seemed to understand what they were reading or how they should be reading it. They all seemed to just go about it however they wanted and I have a weird feeling David Duchovny was reading all his lines for the first time and there weren't any takes. He even admitted to this I think. He sounds like he's just sitting in front of a computer cold reading a script. Minor characters were also played by actors that seemed to think they were doing voice over work for a cartoon. They didn't sound like they fit the story or the setting. Also not all actors from the show returned. Which is disappointing but the character's only appeared briefly so it's not a big deal.

The sound design was actually really good but the script didn't seem to trust it. Like I said above many times the characters will describe something that you can actually hear taking place. I have a feeling that the script was intentionally written so that people who'd never heard an audio drama before wouldn't have to pay attention very closely. I've gotten the impression that Dirk Maggs thinks American audiences are stupid and he's bring the audio drama format to us when in reality it's been here from the beginning. Also thanks to audible BBC audio dramas are available to us on this very site. Dirk Maggs is very talented but this felt like he phoned in the script completely. Like he just took the scripts for the comic book and mixed things around a little bit and then turned it in. On twitter he gave me the impression that this has been in the works for a very long time. If that's true I'm incredibly shocked.

I was raised on the audio drama format. I've never heard an audio drama that consistently went out of it's way to remind you that what you're hearing is actor's reading scripts like this. That's what very old radio dramas used to do. The art of audio dramas has progressed far beyond that now. By making Mulder and Scully describe their actions even when there was no reason to, cause the sound made it clear what was happening, it made them seem dumb and not sound like Mulder and Scully.

The story was fine but you should buy Joe Harris's X-Files series if you're an X-Files fan. While they're not canon they're well written and interesting. The worst thing about this adaption is that it actually made it hard to take the story seriously which ruins the story. Also considering it doesn't break the mythology episodes up with monster of the week episodes beyond the flukeman sequel this adaption completely misunderstands why people like the X-Files. The mythology has gotten very confusing and muddled over the years and while it can be interesting the main reason why the X-Files is so endearing are the standalone episodes where they introduce a monster or mystery that needs solving. The comic book series wasn't able to do that in the same way the tv show did but Joe Harris pulled it off as best he could within the limitations of a comic book.

There was a lot of potential for this series. If audible had taken this series seriously they could have hired former writers of the TV show or even Joe Harris to write new "cold cases" that could have been added between the mythology episodes. They didn't though. A new episode focusing on EVP (Electronic voice phenomenon) would have been perfect for the audio format. Instead they wasted an amazing opportunity to give fans new x-files stories, with the actual actors doing the voices, not heard before that weren't limited by budgets. What we got was Audible intentionally misleading fans of the series into buying something they could easily enjoy in the superior comic book published by IDW. If the series had been taken more seriously it not being canon wouldn't have been so disappointing.

The series could be fixed though if Audible brings in the talented Laurel Lefkow (Ellen Ripley in the Audible Alien novel adaptions), who was hired to be the "narrator" for this series and have her record actual narration that can replace the scenes where characters narrator to each other and themselves. Considering this series is audio based and completely digital it would be a simple fix. It'd require some work and money on Audible's behalf but it'd be worth it. Right now I wanna refund.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Pilgrim Series 5-7

  • BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramas
  • By: Sebastian Baczkiewicz
  • Narrated by: full cast, Paul Hilton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Paul Hilton stars as Pilgrim in the final three series of the award-winning BBC Radio 4 supernatural drama by Sebastian Baczkiewicz. In 1185 William Palmer was making pilgrimage to Canterbury. Unbeknown to him, his fellow pilgrim was the King of the Greyfolk. When William claimed that the church would eradicate belief in the Faerie world, he was cursed by the Faerie King and condemned to walk forever between the worlds of magic and of men.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • just okay

  • By Otter jesus on 07-20-17

just okay

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

the plot was hard to follow and blurred together in a way that the early series didn't.