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  • gilwilson 8:44 PM on February 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , bafflegab, , britsh humor, , cosmic hobo productions, , haunting, , scarifyers,   

    “The Scarifyers: The Thirteen Hallows” by Simon Barnard & Paul Morris 

    scarifyers 13 hallows

    “The Scarifyers: The Thirteen Hallows”
    by Simon Barnard & Paul Morris
    Multicast performance starring: David Warner, Terry Molloy, Gareth David-Lloyd, David Benson, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Ewan Bailey, David Bickerstaff & Nick Scovell
    Produced by Cosmic Hobo Productions
    1 Hour 53 Minutes

    Before beginning the review of this book, I should explain a bit about how I determine which book will be read or heard next. I get many books sent to me to be reviewed either the physical book (either hardcover or paperback) an electronic version to read on my Kindle or audiobooks (which I get through faster due to the ease of listening and my long commutes). These books are sent by the publishers or the authors themselves. However, there is one website I go to when I want to pick out a good book just for myself. That site is the audiobookjukebox.com website. They have reviews of audiobooks from a variety of people (including myself) which I can browse through and find a book. What is even better for audiobook bloggers they have the “Solid Gold Reviewer” program in which bloggers can sign up and request specific books from a variety of publishers.

    This audiobook came from that program. I saw the listing and thought it looked interesting plus it was about two hours in length. I thought this would be a short fun book. All this was determined by the title and the cover picture. I had absolutely no idea what the book was going to be about or the quality, I was simply intrigued. So I get the audiobook, load it up on my iPod and I’m good to go. I had to wait a while before I got to it and one day I’m looking to start a short book and remembered this one. Within the first few minutes, I wondered why I didn’t start listening earlier, then remembered how I came across the book and that I didn’t know much about it. Immediately this book struck me as a cross between a Douglas Adams story and a Doctor Who adventure. The combination of humorous events and characters made for a great way to spend two hours listening to an audiobook.

    Once I started the book I didn’t want to stop, but as you know real life steps in and other things demand attention. During one of the as-few-as-possible breaks I decided to look more into this book and became more and more excited about what I had launched myself into. The Scarifyers series is an audio series on BBC radio and this title is the 8th in a continuing series. The voices were all great but what stood out for me in this audio were the voices of David Warner and Gareth David-Lloyd. While all the performers in this production were awesome and fun to hear, these two stuck out because I’ve been a fan of their work for a while, especially David Warner since his appearance in the movie “Tron.” Gareth David-Lloyd sticks out because I’m also a fan of the “Torchwood” television series and enjoyed his character in that series, Ianto Jones.

    Another thing I found fascinating is that “The Scarifyers,” is also a comic book series, along with the audio adventures. The stories are set in 1936 and 1937, they originally followed the exploits of DI Lionheart and ghost-story writer Professor Dunning, as played by Nicholas Courtney and Terry Molloy. David Warner replaced Nicholas Courtney after Courtney’s death in 2011.

    This production of “Thirteen Hallows” begins when a haunted chess set causes consternation at the British Chess Championships, and a horse magically materializes in Kettering Agricultural Museum, MI:13 are called to investigate.

    Harry Crow (David Warner) and Professor Dunning (Terry Molloy) follow the trail of inexplicable happenings to an unremarkable terraced house in South Wales, home to the mysterious Mr Merriman (David Benson). He’s very old, and very mad; that is soon learned to be an act and that Mr. Merriman is better known as, oh wait, no, I won’t spoil it, you’ll have to listen for yourself.

    Meanwhile, in the South West of England, famed archaeologist Ralegh Radford (Ewan Bailey) is on the verge of the greatest discovery of the age. Britain’s Tutankhamen, the press are calling it. But what he certainly isn’t expecting to unearth is boisterous 1400-year-old knight Glewlwyd Gafaelfawr (Gareth David-Lloyd) who is alive and confused at how much time has passed.

    As Crow and Dunning unravel an unlikely plot to resurrect Britain’s greatest-ever hero, King Arthur, the race is on to stop sinister forces, the Nazis from finding “The Thirteen Hallows of Britain.”

    Great acting, sound effects and humorous adventures make this audio performance one to add to your list of fun listening.

    • Jeff 12:04 AM on February 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you Gil, for the great comments about our site. We (Susan and me, it’s just the two of us) love to index blogger reviews of audiobooks and push them out to a large audience. The reviewer program (which we have phenomenal support from all sizes of publishers) has allowed us to make available hundreds of review copies of audiobooks of all genres to bloggers in a one-stop smorgasbord. I’m glad you liked this title. We sure thought it would be a great listening experience. –JEFF


  • gilwilson 2:10 AM on August 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 7th planet, , , ghost hunter, , , , haunting, , , ,   

    “The Ghost Hunter’s Field Guide” by Margie Kay 

    “The Ghost Hunter’s Field Guide”
    by Margie Kay
    Published 2010 by 7th Planet
    204 pages

    With the emerging world of digital technology, especially audio and video, it seems that ghost hunting is the thing to do.  You see it all over cable television and for years many communities have some sort of paranormal society or ghost hunters.  If you think you may want to take up the night vision goggles and camera and find your own phantasm, this may be the book for you.

    Margie Kay has put together a handbook for the professional or amateur ghost hunter with a personal touch.  Through her years of ghost hunting (33 or so to give you an idea) Margie has had her share of experiences in the paranormal.  She is a trained psychic and paranormal investigator and has been instrumental in solving over 30 missing persons cases, numerous homicides and thefts using her unique clairvoyant, clairaudient, clairsentient, and remote viewing abilities, which she has honed over the years with amazing results.  She has amazed investigators and law enforcement with her abilities and accuracy, in some cases getting names, addresses, streets, and license plates as well as descriptions of victims and perpetrators.  And she still finds time to hunt ghosts.

    In this book she not only gives a great checklist of the items to take on your next paranormal adventure, but she even provides hints on how to acquire some items, even when budgets are tight. Such as some children’s toys that could be helpful, or even checking out eBay for some good deals.

    Margie uses her experiences to tell the reader how to handle different situations and what to expect in many situations.  Through the book are stories of how many of her haunted experiences have gone, from her team being called in to investigate dark shadowy figures haunting a house to what could be recorded impressions from past events while setting up shop in historical downtown Independence, Missouri.

    Not only did this book provide nice how to information but also what to do to invite the spirits to “show” themselves.  Many of the television shows about ghost hunters approach with a view to try to debunk the hauntings first, kind of like a scientific approach.  Margie uses that but also throws in the mix a spiritual/psychic level to the experience so that maybe all that cannot be explained can be observed in a reasonable light.  While the information was very nice, I have to admit reading the various experiences she talks about was some fun reading that sometimes, I had to make sure the room from where I was reading was well lit.

    Margie closes out the book with an extensive list of haunted sites you can visit and do your own phantasmagorical research.  In this list she provides contact info as well as whether or not the sites are open to public or if you have to call in advance to arrange private sessions.

    There are also listings of Radio/TV ghost hunting broadcasts that you can tune in and get hints.

    So, whether you are a professional Ghost Hunter, hobbyist, or simply curious this book would be the perfect handbook, to keep in your bag of tricks.

  • gilwilson 4:08 AM on November 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , christopher ransom, , haunting, , the birthing house,   

    The Birthing House by Christopher Ransom 

    birthThe Birthing House
    by Christopher Ransom
    Read by Edward Herrmann
    Published by Blackstone Audio
    Approx 10 hours

    Conrad Harrison receives a large inheritance from a father he hardly knew.  In returning to his home in Los Angeles, Conrad stops in rural Wisconsin and buys a house.  The century-old house was once a birthing house, where midwives delivered babies, whose history remembers countless deliveries of babies, both alive and dead.  Conrad is immediately drawn to the house and goes back to Los Angeles to get his wife, Jo,  so they can start over.  Their marriage seems to be on the rocks, especially when arriving in L.A. Conrad finds a man with his wife.  They move to the house and begin working on their marriage.

    Jo doesn’t feel comfortable in the house and quickly goes to Michigan for a job opportunity.  While Conrad is home alone during her training period the old owner of the home stops by to drop off a photo album that has a history of the house. Looking at a photo album, Conrad sees a picture of his wife, staring back at him in rage. And from there we are launched into a horror story of possession, obsession, and murder, as Conrad descends into madness, where reality and dreams seem to blend until Conrad is completely unaware of what is real.

    While Jo is gone, the neighbors take Conrad in and welcome him to the neighborhood by inviting him over for dinner.  Here he meets all the neighbors and more importantly the rebellious pregnant daughter.  Soon after he rescues the girl from an abusive boyfriend and shows her his project which is to try to breed some rare snakes that almost never breed in captivity.  The girl points out that if this is true then they have a miracle when she discovers 9 eggs in the snake’s cage.  This is a female snake that has never been with a male.

    Strange visits from ghostly apparitions, bizarre and violent behavior in his dogs, and an odd attraction to the pregnant teenager next door plague Conrad Harrison as he tries to understand what is happening to his sanity. Meanwhile, his wife becomes impossible to reach after admitting to him that she, herself, is pregnant but it can’t be Conrad’s.

    This audio book is one of those haunted house stories that leaves you with chills and perking up every time you hear a sound.  At the same time this haunted house story is based on births not just deaths like most haunted house stories.

    Edward Herrmann is very convincing in reading this story, in that he captures every nuance and chill with the subtleties of his voice.  When the main character Conrad is in his deepest state of the haunting, Herrmann’s voice takes on an even more haunting chill which pulls the listener into the story so that escape is impossible.

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