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Penrith, Australia
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  • The Old Curiosity Shop

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 22 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

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 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

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 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

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
  • Fantastic read...

  • By Rev. Kate on 03-29-18

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 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

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!

  • 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 430
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399

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 2,546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,367
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,357

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 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

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!

  • Bleak House

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 32 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

First published in monthly parts from March 1852 to September 1853, this novel follows the fortunes of three pedestrian characters; Esther Summerson, Ada Clare, and Richard Carstone. The story they tell embondies Dickens' merciless indictment of the Court of Chancery and its bungling, morally corrupt handling of the endless case of Jarndyce v. Jarndyce, giving the novel its scope and meaning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 30 hours was too short for me

  • By UU Ma on 01-08-03

Excellent reading, excellent performance and outstanding Charles Dickens.

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

Reviewed: 06-30-16

This is a superb version of Charles Dickens adored story "Bleak House". It is hilarious, dramatic, heartbreaking, romantic, thrilling, suspenseful and beautiful... and we loved every second!

Buy it, Listen to it and Enjoy you... you will be all the better for it!

  • David Copperfield

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 33 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,563

Based in part on Dickens's own life, it is the story of a young man's journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among its gloriously vivid cast of characters, he e.ncounters his tyrannical stepfather, Mr. Murdstone; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble yet treacherous Uriah Heep; the frivolous, enchanting Dora; and one of literature's great comic creations, the magnificently impecunious Mr. Micawber.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Amazing

  • By Justin on 11-05-10

More than 5 stars on every category...

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

Reviewed: 04-20-16

This is a long and fabulous story, it is the pearl of Charles Dickens work, I believe, and my pleasure to experience.
Beautifully read, superbly written, and an exceptional listening experience.
I would provide it with 10 stars or more out of 5 if that were possible.
Wonderful gift to hear. Thank you.

  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

  • By: Dale Carnegie
  • Narrated by: Andrew MacMillan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,303

You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is well worth listening too! Main points are.

  • By Ralph on 10-21-11

If you want to be the best you can be...

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

This is the first and the best book for creating success. Everyone else since the early 20th Century, who attempts to educate and motivate others to be successful through better relationships, has copied Dale's work.
This is the original and best.
Buy it, apply it, and be the best you can be!