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  • Doctor Who: Horrors of War

  • Third Doctor Audio Original
  • By: Justin Richards
  • Narrated by: Katy Manning
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

The year is 1914, and the Great War is just getting started. In a field hospital in Ypres, Belgium, Nurse Annie Grantham receives two visitors: a distinguished doctor and his administrative assistant, Miss Grant. They have many questions to ask of Annie and of her distressed and wounded charges. The Doctor is returning to a scenario he encountered long ago: a version of the First World War where the Archduke Ferdinand wasn’t murdered, leading to changes all along the subsequent time line. He now suspects that someone is at large in 1914, intervening in events with some unknown purpose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The second of a 3part 3Dr. arc set in WWI!

  • By A. West on 09-14-18

The second of a 3part 3Dr. arc set in WWI!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

This was a fun short romp with the 3rd Doctor and Jo, carrying on from what happened in the first Doctor story "Men of War". It's always great to revisit the 3rd Doctor esp in a new adventure, as he's still my favorite.

  • Lethbridge-Stewart: Mutually Assured Domination

  • Lethbridge-Stewart, Book 4
  • By: Nick Walters
  • Narrated by: Terry Molloy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

The Dominators, the Masters of the Ten Galaxies, have come to Earth and brought with them their deadly robotic weapons, the Quarks! It's the summer of '69. Flower power is at its height, and nuclear power is in its infancy. Journalist Harold Chorley is out of work, and Colonel Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart is out of sorts. Dominex Industries are on the up, promising cheap energy for all. But people have started going missing near their plant on Dartmoor. Coincidence, or are sinister forces at work?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great adventure with the Brig!

  • By A. West on 09-13-18

Another great adventure with the Brig!

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

A further fun and well written tale of Lethbridge Stewart now going up against the ruthless Dominators and their deadly Quarks. Some fun homages to several classic Who stories here. Not to mention some more pre UNIT and post "Web Of Fear" storytelling for the Brig.

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Secondary Phase (Dramatised)

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 916
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739

Stranded on Prehistoric Earth since the end of the first series, Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect are once again trying to hitch their way off the planet. Zaphod finds his visit to the offices of the Guide rudely interrupted by Frogstar fighters, who further threaten to feed him to the Total Perspective Vortex. Eventually reunited, the three fetch up on the planet Brontitall and discover the indigenous species in something of a flap. Arthur meets Lintilla (several of her), Marvin gets to be a hero once again, and there is a meeting with the Man in the Shack who apparently runs the Universe.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possible Reason For Some Low Ratings

  • By 20eagle16 on 06-23-11

Great fun for all Hitchhikers fans!

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

It's fascinating to see the differences between this and the other versions of the Hitchhikers universe. Also there's a wonderful interview with Douglas Adams after the program that all fans will enjoy.

  • Doctor Who - The Bounty of Ceres

  • By: Ian Potter
  • Narrated by: Peter Purves, Maureen O'Brien
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Ceres. A tiny, unforgiving ball of ice and rock hanging between Mars and Jupiter. It's no place to live, and it takes a special kind of person to work there. The crew of the Cobalt Corporation mining base know exactly how deadly the world outside their complex is, but the danger isn't just outside anymore. The systems they rely on to keep them safe are failing, and the planet is breaking in. When the TARDIS strands Steven, Vicki and the Doctor on the base, they have to fight a foe they can barely comprehend to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun!

  • By A. West on 07-29-18

Great fun!

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

Step back to the Hartnell era with this great adventure featuring companions Steven and Vicki. Peter Purves does an excellent impression of William Hartnell in this radio play. well worth a listen!

  • Jago & Litefoot Series 08

  • By: Andy Lane, James Goss, Simon Barnard, and others
  • Narrated by: Trevor Baxter, Christopher Benjamin, Lisa Bowerman, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Four more supernatural adventures for the infamous infernal investigators. 8.1 'Encore of the Scorchies' by James Goss. A special musical episode with stunning music and lyrics by Howard Carter! There's a new act at the New Regency Theatre, and Jago and Litefoot are about to face their grand finale. 8.2 'The Backwards Men' by Andy Lane. There's unrest on the streets of London and strange creatures who walk backwards. What is the link to Wednesday's World of Weird Wonders?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great jago and litefoot adventure!

  • By A. West on 07-21-18

Another great jago and litefoot adventure!

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

Yet another great romp with Jago and Litefoot. Yet again the series takes chances. In the case of episode one, they do a musical! Wild.

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,123

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Scott on 04-10-08

A classic Novel read by a nearly full cast.

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

Hear this classic story come alive with a nearly full cast trading off reading characters. A great story and a great listen. Well worth a listen!

  • A Rare Book of Cunning Device

  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,216

Exclusive to Audio! Somewhere amongst the shadowy stacks and the many basements of the British library, something is very much amiss - and we're not talking late returns here. Is it a ghost, or something much worse? PC Peter Grant really isn't looking forward to finding out....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Peter Grant bonus short story

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 05-01-17

short but fun

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

it must be a short story or an excerpt as it was quite short but fun.

  • The House of Silk

  • A Sherlock Holmes Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,426

Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • PLEASE tell me there are MORE !

  • By Debra J Pekin on 01-17-12

A story worthy of the original canon!

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

A fascinating step back to Baker street and a new Sherlock adventure from the writer of "Foyles War". Read by the excellent Derek Jacobi.

  • The Chrysalids

  • By: John Wyndham
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

The Chrysalids is set in the future after a devastating global nuclear war. David, the young hero of the novel, lives in a tight-knit community of religious and genetic fundamentalists, always on the alert for any deviation from the norm of God's creation. Abnormal plants are publicly burned, with much singing of hymns. Abnormal humans (who are not really human) are also condemned to destruction - unless they succeed in fleeing to the Fringes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top notch post-apocalyptic tale!

  • By Nothing really matters on 01-05-17

Coming of age story set in post apocalyptic future

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

A dystopian future coming of age story set several hundred years after a world cataclysm. Another fascinating sci-fi tale from the pen of John Wyndham. well worth a read!

  • The Day of the Triffids

  • By: John Wyndham
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623

Bill Masen, bandages over his wounded eyes, misses the most spectacular meteorite shower England has ever seen. Removing his bandages the next morning, he finds masses of sightless people wandering the city. He soon meets Josella, another lucky person who has retained her sight, and together they leave the city, aware that the safe, familiar world they knew a mere 24 hours before is gone forever.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • NOT unabridged.

  • By Dave Cole on 05-12-14

A classic sci-fi story from John Wyndham.

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

I had always wondered what the original novel was like as I've seen 1 film and 2 TV miniseries versions of this story. And the 1983 BBC TV version certainly was the closest to this excellent novel. A story of a different kind of world cataclysm. Not Zombies but blindness and mutant plant life. Well worth a read!