Audiobook Reviews

This page only contains horror audiobook reviews. Normal book reviews are located elsewhere on the site.
 

Dracula’s Guest by Bram Stoker

Dracula’s Guest was first published in 1914, two years after Stoker’s death, and is generally believed to be an early chapter of Dracula that was cut from the book to reduce its length. Read the Full Review

 

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

The story begins with a lawyer named Utterson who is enjoying a Sunday morning stroll with his friend Mr. Enfield. While walking through one of Edinburgh’s rougher streets Enfield points out a door to Utterson and then relates a story about an unsavoury character named Hyde. Read the Full Review

 

Fishes Dream of Lonely Things by Weston Oches

Fishes Dream of Lonely Things first saw print in the year 2000, in an anthology called Scary Rednecks and Other Inbred Horrors. Read the Full Review

 

L.T.’s Theory of Pets by Stephen King

In August 1998 Stephen King did a reading at London’s Royal Festival Hall. This was the first time he had ever done a reading in the UK and I am not sure if he has done one since, what I do know is that the evening was a sellout. The story King read that night was “L. T.’s Theory of Pets”.  Read the Full Review

 

Rats by M.R. James

Rats begins with the tail end of another story: “And if you was to walk through the bedrooms now, you’d see the ragged, mouldy bedclothes a-heaving and a-heaving like seas.’ ‘And a-heaving and a-heaving with what? Why, with the rats under ’em.” Read the Full Review

 

Spine Chillers

Spine Chillers consists of five short ghost stories that were dramatized in 2007 for BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour series and broadcast as M R James at Christmas. Each episode ran for around thirteen minutes. Read the Full Review

 

Tender Hearts Taste Better in Butter by Weston Ochse

The main character in this story is a hit man and he has always hated kids. Now his employer, Chadwick, has told him to kidnap some. Their father owes Chadwick some money, but won’t pay up. He has even hired a golem bodyguard. Read the Full Review

 

The Bodysnatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson

“The Bodysnatcher” first saw print in an 1884 edition of the The Pall Mall Gazette Extra. Inspired by the events surrounding the infamous Burke and Hare and the surgeon Robert Knox who paid them to do what they did. Read the Full Review

 

The Brides of Dracula

This dramatization of Dracula was produced by the Atlanta RadioTheatre Company and was originally performed live on stage at Dragon*Con 1997. The story was adapted by Thomas E Fuller. Read the Full Review

 

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligary by Yuri Rasovsky

The Blackstone Audiobooks presentation of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a recording of an audio drama produced in 1998 by The Hollywood Theatre of the Ear. The presentation has a runtime of one hour and nine minutes and is an audio dramatization of the classic silent film, made in Germany in 1920. Read the Full Review

 

The Caretaker’s Story by Edith Olivier

“The Caretaker’s Story” was first published in 1934 and is one of Edith Olivier’s most famous short stories. The story is written in the first person and is an enjoyably gruesome tale. The narrator of the story, a man named Maurice, owns a seaside cottage and, because he keeps it for occasional use only, he feels it prudent to employ a caretaker. Read the Full Review

 

The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Cask of Amontillado” was first published in 1846. The story is often included in horror anthologies, and it has also inspired several TV dramatizations. This audio dramatization was produced by The Wireless Theatre Company as part of their 3D Horror-fi series. Read the Full Review

 

The Hand by Guy de Maupassant

“The Hand” was written in the 1880s by the French author Guy de Maupassant, who is considered by many to be the greatest French short story writer. Read the Full Review

 

The Horla by Guy de Maupassant

“The Horla” was first published in 1887 and the story is written in journal style. The journal entries begin on May 8th and to begin with they are quite normal, but not for long. Read the Full Review

 

The Mark of the Beast by Rudyard Kipling

The central characters in “The Mark of the Beast” are three Englishmen who are living in India. One New Years Eve the men have been out celebrating and one of them, Fleete, who is particularly drunk, wanders into a temple of Hanuman, the Monkey-god, and gets in to all sorts of trouble. Read the Full Review

 

The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs

W.W. Jacob’s short story The Monkey’s Paw was first published in 1902 and is rather a scary tale. To this day it is often included in anthologies and the story has stood the test of time quite well. This recording of the story is narrated by B.J. Harrison. Read the Full Review

 

The Moonlit Road – and other stories

All of the stories included in The Moonlit Road collection are classic ghost stories from the mid to late nineteenth century. The stories are read by Jonathan Keeble, Clare Anderson , Garrick Hagon and Kate Harper. Read the Full Review

 

The Passenger by Nick Hewson

The Passenger is an audio dramatization of a short story written Nick Hewson. It was produced by the Wireless Theatre Company and recorded in binaural stereo as part of their short-lived 3D Horror-fi series. Read the Full Review

 

The Red Room by H.G. Wells

H G. Wells wrote The Red Room in 1894. It is a ghost story, written in the first person and set in an old castle that boasts a haunted red room. Read the Full Review

 

The Stationary Bike by Stephen King

“The Stationary Bike” has never been released as an actual book. It is only available as an audiobook. The story is split between two CDs and has a total runtime of about an hour and a half. The story is read by Law and Order’s Ron McLarty. Read the Full Review

 

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

“The Tell-Tale Heart” was first published in 1843; it is one of Poe’s most famous short stories and even to this day it is regularly anthologized. Read the Full Review

 

The Wonder Fears by Dino Manzella

“The Wonder Fears” probably won’t cause too many nightmares, but it is a well crafted and very entertaining tale. The story is narrated by a man named Dino who recalls how much he used to love Halloween until he was ten-years-old. That year everything changed. Dino is twenty-four now and he still has nightmares about what happened. Read the Full Review

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