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Miss

Miss Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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  • "Excellent"

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    I absolutely loved reading the Moonstone (in paper) years ago, and was excited to get the audiobook. It does not disappoint. The individual character of each persons narrative (different characters are used to relate the same story) is preserved perfectly by the use of different voices cleverly done, not over accented. Although this may be considered a classic, I would suggest really it is a comedy, lots of laugh out loud sentences while driving along in the car! Highly recommended.

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    The Moonstone

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    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Peter Jeffrey
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    T.S. Eliot described The Moonstone as "the first and the greatest English detective novel". The stone of the title is an enormous diamond plundered from an Indian shrine after the Siege of Seringapatam. Given to Miss Verinder on her 18th birthday, it mysteriously disappears that very night. Suspicion falls on three Indian jugglers who have been seen in the neighbourhood.

    Joanne says: "An absolute gem"
  • "Luscious indulgent listen"

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    You have to like gothic fiction to tolerate this book. Luckily I love it, so really enjoyed this reading of a book I already knew. Alison Larkin reads the sections of poetry really nicely, I often don't 'get' poetry but this made the passages enjoyable, rather than a struggle which I normally skip over to return to the narrative.

    The characters are French and Italian in this book, but to differentiate between different persons, Ms Larkin uses Scottish, West Country and Yorkshire accents! This however does not spoil the story and makes it easy to tell who is speaking. The heroine Emily St Aubert is a little insipid for modern tastes perhaps, always with unsupportable spirits and fainting away, but remember what kind of novel this is and enjoy the luscious description of the landscape and, once about a quarter of the way in, a really gripping tale of mysteries.

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    The Mysteries of Udolpho

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    • By Ann Ward Radcliffe
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
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    This was the most popular novel of Radcliffe's time; Radcliffe's portrayal of her heroine's inner life raised the Gothic romance to a new level. The atmosphere of fear and the gripping plot continue to thrill today. This is the story of the orphaned Emily St Aubert, who finds herself separated from the man she loves and confined within the Castle of Udolpho by her aunt's new husband Montoni. Here she must cope with an unwanted suitor, Montoni's threats, and the wild imaginings and terrors which threaten to overwhelm her.

    Miss says: "Luscious indulgent listen"
  • "A bit bloodthirsty for kids"

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    I have read reviews of this which have said "I first read this when I was 8" and having now read it I am surprised! There are a number of graphic scenes of hunting elephants, elephants goring humans, humans killing other humans, all-out civil war, crushing etc etc. it is a blood-bath. Not for the faint hearted, but actually a very gripping romp. I couldn't wait to get back in the car to listen to the next bit! You can't say too much about the content of the book without giving away too much, as the story is actually very short and concise, my usual read is about 30 hours - this seemed too brief! Has made me want to read the rest of the Quartermain books he has written. I loved the characterisation of the 3 white male characters, very much of a different era, and typical masculine gung-ho types. Toby Stephens is a great narrator, has just the right accent for this type of book, but could do a believable African accent.

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    King Solomon's Mines

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    • By H. Rider Haggard
    • Narrated By Toby Stephens
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    On board a ship bound for Natal, adventurer Allan Quatermain meets Sir Henry Curtis and Captain John Good. His new friends have set out to find Sir Henry's younger brother, who vanished while seeking King Solomon's legendary diamond mines in the African interior. By strange chance, Quatermain has a map to the mines, drawn in blood, and agrees to join the others on their perilous journey.

    Howard says: "OF ITS TIME"
  1. The Moonstone
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