[listening] Audio books and dramas

Guvnor

The Guvnor
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#1
Dr Who Big Finish
Invaders from Mars

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Paul McGann as the 8th in a Mark Gatiss penned 1938 UFO aliens, gangsters, Commies and Nazis comic romp. With Orson Welles, obvs. Very amusing, 9/10
 
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Guvnor

The Guvnor
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#2
Dr Who Big Finish
Chimes of Midnight
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An 8th Doctor murder(s) mystery which is excellent, puzzling, and both spooky and quality SF. 8/10
I remember Edith Thompson
Edward Grove is Alive!
 
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Guvnor

The Guvnor
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#3
Dr Who Big Finish
The Wormery

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6th Doctor. Following close to the trial of the Doctor in the final series of Colin Baker's run, this is a curate's egg. The core conceit is derivative, but the drama and the acting from Katy Manning as the inebriated Lancashire Time Lord Iris Wildthyme, Maria McErlane as Bianca and Jane MacFarlane as Mickey are excellent. As is often with transparent plots, it would make a good scenario for an RPG.

7/10
 

Guvnor

The Guvnor
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#4
Dr Who Big Finish
Seasons of Fear

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Nice exploration of a moral collapse perhaps exaggerated by the 8th Doctor and then unpicked by him. Several nice acts set from Roman Britain to Anglo Saxon England to Georgian England. Strong women and a well acted and villain one has sympathy with even as Charlie keeps suggesting assassination!
8/10
 
#5
Radio 4
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06spcbl

A friend put me on to this. A modernisation of HP Lovecraft's novella about a resurrected sorceror taking over a naive descendant's life. Lovecraft purists will probably hate it, and it bears little resemblance to the original story (I thought it borrowed a fair amount from another HPL story, The Thing on the Doorstep) but I still enjoyed it. Rather admired the way it threw in everything but the occult kitchen sink, with references to Aleister Crowley, Nazi pseudo-paganism, Ancient Mesopotamia and the New Forest Witch Cult, amongst others. A heavy weight supporting cast includes Nicola Walker, Alun Armstrong and Adam Godley.

Have embarked on the sequel The Whisperer in Darkness, which relocates the original's tale of fungoid menace in New England to Rendelsham Forest, site of the infamous 1980 UFO incident.
 
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Enjoyed this audiobook of Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror.

Not entirely sure about some of the accents, they sound a bit southern to my admittedly unpractised ear, but that's a minor quibble. I'll certainly be giving Chilling Tales for Dark Nights' other work a listen.
 
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#7
Just finished Chapter House Dune audiobook. Just started tackling the Thomas Covenant books on Audible .

Audiobooks I would recommend for peeps to try. The NPCs by Drew Hayes. It is about NPCs in a fantasy world becoming PCs. It is a very interesting take on RPGs and a game world and real world plot developing.
 
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