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Penrith, Australia
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  • The War of the Worlds Murder

  • Disaster Series
  • By: Max Allan Collins
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

On October 30, 1938, rising radio star Orson Welles boondoggles the American public into believing that Martians have attacked Earth. With his clever adaptation of The War of the Worlds, the great showman proves he can get away with anything - maybe even murder. Minutes before the fictitious invasion goes live on the air, a dead body is found in the studio and the polarizing Welles is the obvious suspect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Rev. Kate on 04-19-19

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 04-19-19

Experiencing the real circumstances and factual events that occurred when the iconic “War of the Worlds” piece presented by the Orson Wells’ Mercury Theatre hit the airways in 1938... is priceless. Having such an extraordinary front row seat to this astounding event is amazing. And... being presented this astonishing piece of history through the Max Allan Collins style ...is just brilliant!

We loved every minute of this story. The murder, the players, the timeframe in the 20th century, and the “War of the Worlds” event. Wow!

Narrated superbly. Written sublimely. And atmospherically gripping. And excellent work!

  • The Lusitania Murders

  • Disaster Series, Book 4
  • By: Max Allan Collins
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

Under the pseudonym S.S. Van Dine, Wright has booked passage on what would be the luxury liner’s disastrous final crossing. He claims to be interviewing celebrity passengers, but the reporter is actually investigating rumors that the ship is ferrying an illegal cache of weapons to aid the British war against Germany. His investigation is put on hold when three German stowaways are discovered and then - in an unexpected and violent twist - killed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I Want a Sequel!

  • By Simone on 04-06-13

Astounding work!

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

Reviewed: 04-06-19

This work is a funny, sad, interesting, exciting, and ominous tale based on the facts of the death and destruction of the Lusitania.

A spectacular piece of writing... with such fabulous illumination on famous people at the time. This book also supports these famous individuals interwoven in true events, and the skilful telling of the world atmosphere in the early stages of World War 1.

Brilliantly written and a superbly entwined murder mystery, wrapped into real events. Max Allan Collins’ work is outstanding!

  • Carnal Hours

  • Nathan Heller, Book 6
  • By: Max Allan Collins
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

In July 1943, Nate Heller flies to Nassau where multimillionaire Sir Harry Oakes wants dirt dug up on Count De Marigny, the playboy who has married Harry’s beautiful, underage daughter, Nancy. But the investigation has barely begun when Sir Harry turns up dead in bed - burned to death in a real-life locked-room mystery - and Heller is soon working for Nancy, whose husband faces murder charges. Chicago P.I. Heller is on his most intriguing - and dangerous - mission yet in this devilishly clever thriller filled with surprising twists....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Detective, Great History

  • By Lemons40 on 07-18-12

Fabulous story, Awesome weaving, Excellent staging...

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

Reviewed: 03-18-19

Well read, fabulously written and superbly presented. It is a gripping tale of the real murder of Sir Harry Oakes... the twists and the turns of the investigation, the characters involved and the appalling Miami Police Captains’ frame up. Suspenseful. Fascinating. Sexy. Funny. And enjoyable.
Carnal Hours is worth every second you listen. Brilliant work!

  • The Old Curiosity Shop

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

Provoking an unprecedented outpouring of public grief when it was first published, it follows the story of Little Nell and her feckless grandfather. Forced to leave their magical shop of curiosities in London, they are pursued across the English countryside by the grotesquely evil dwarf Quilp. They escape - but at what cost?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Narration

  • By Ro on 12-10-09

Exceptional read

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

Charles Dickens work is as fresh today in its portrayal of human life, relationships, adventures, horrid deeds, and evil... as it was real for the time of its writing.

His work can fill you full of wonder, suspense, excitement, fear, happiness and grief... in all its endless variations.

Fantastic story. Amazing work. Outstanding narrator. Excellent, excellent value!! 👍

  • Quarry

  • A Quarry Novel, Book 1
  • By: Max Allan Collins
  • Narrated by: Christopher Kipiniak
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

Quarry doesn't kill just anybody these days. He restricts himself to targeting other hitmen, availing his marked-for-death clients of two services: eliminating the killers sent after them, and finding out who hired them…and then removing that problem, as well. So far he's rid of the world of nobody who would be missed. But this time he finds himself zeroing in on the grieving family of a missing cheerleader. Does the hitman's hitman have the wrong quarry in his sights?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The great Max Allan Collins

  • By Bradley P. Valentine on 09-25-16

Spillane style, hard hitting hit man mystery...

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Well written in this Mike Hammer style. Good elements, consistent narrative, hard hitting, crime mystery.

I am a long time Max Allan Collins fan, and admire his work... but do not like this narrator. The speaker sounds bored and uninterested in the dialogue. And the speaker is poor at other voices... especially women’s voices where he sounds either effeminate or very deeply male. Sad and bad choice of narrator... as it has let the skill of the written down, greatly.

  • Kill Your Darlings

  • A Mallory Novel, Book 3
  • By: Max Allan Collins
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Mallory is back and facing a two-fisted whodunit: Who’s responsible for the just-discovered “lost novel” by the celebrated author of The Maltese Falcon? Is it the master, Dashiell Hammett, himself, or a very cunning counterfeiter? And who’s behind the shocking, suspicious demise of Roscoe Kane, a hard-drinking, hard-boiled crime-novel pioneer? Aptly enough, this one-two punch of a puzzle is the talk of Bouchercon, the famed convention where mystery scribes gather to honor (and murder?) their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of the Mallory series

  • By ZUrlocker on 11-17-18

Fantastic read...

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

Strong, clever, well written, well narrated... excellent book!

If you are a mystery fan, a detective fan, enjoy a great book, and want to listen to Max Allan Collins’ outstanding work firsthand, through yet another of his exceptional works... you can’t go past this book.

Enjoy it! We did!!

  • Ask Not

  • By: Max Allan Collins
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

New York Times best-selling author Max Allan Collins has won multiple Shamus Awards for his detective novels featuring Nathan Heller. The third book in his JFK trilogy, Ask Not finds Heller investigating a bizarre string of deaths among the witnesses to JFK’s assassination—and tracing blame to LBJ’s right-hand man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By Rev. Kate on 12-14-17

Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 12-14-17

Fantastic story, superb research, sensational writing... outstanding! This is yet another exceptional work by Max Allan Collins, and worth buying, reading and listening too.

To add to this fantastic work, Dan John Miller is once again an awesome narrator. Check it out!

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  • Anatomy of Evil

  • Barker & Llewelyn Series, Book 7
  • By: Will Thomas
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496

Cyrus Barker is undoubtedly England's premiere private enquiry agent. With the help of his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, he's developed an enviable reputation for discreetly solving some of the toughest, most consequential cases in recent history. But one evening in 1888, Robert Anderson, the head of Scotland Yard's Criminal Investigation Department (CID), appears at Barker's office with an offer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What more can I say? Perhaps PERFECTION!

  • By sonia on 07-04-17

Poor

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

This is unfortunately the worse version of Jack the Ripper I have ever heard or read. It is predictable and poorly written. Nothing provided adds up, and the supposed “Jack” is absurd.

It sounds like it was written by a man in his comfortable home in the USA with extremely little research, and little understanding of the crimes. Truly a waste of money.

  • Some Danger Involved

  • Barker & Llewelyn Series, Book 1
  • By: Will Thomas
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,752
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,742

An atmospheric debut novel set on the gritty streets of Victorian London, Some Danger Involved introduces detective Cyrus Barker and his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, as they work to solve the gruesome murder of a young scholar in London's Jewish ghetto. When the eccentric and enigmatic Barker takes the case, he must hire an assistant, and out of all who answer an ad for a position with "some danger involved", he chooses downtrodden Llewelyn, a gutsy young man with a murky past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever writing!

  • By Kathi on 01-13-17

Excellent story... entertaining, funny, thrilling & interesting.

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

An excellent story. A good narrator. Fabulously enjoyable. Twisting and turning... very well written. A great new author!

  • Black Coffee

  • By: Agatha Christie, Charles Osborne
  • Narrated by: John Moffatt
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Sir Claud Amory has discovered the formula for a new powerful explosive, which is stolen by one of the large household of relatives and friends. Locking everyone in the library, Sir Claud switches off the lights to allow the thief to replace the formula on the table, no questions asked. When the lights come on, however, he is dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IMHO Nothing outshines this Poirot audio play

  • By Symonne on 02-01-18

Fabulous!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-16

I only wish those idiot Directors of the David Suchet Christie novels would just produce the real stories, instead of thinking they are better than Agatha, and creating those absurd movies. She is the Queen of crime fiction and Suchet would be so awesome portraying the little detective in the real stories she made internationally famous!
As always, a fabulous story!
Exceptionally written.
Excellently performed by John Moffatt.
Great entertainment!
Enjoy it!