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William Farrar

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  • A Passage to India

  • By: E. M. Forster
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 303

Dr. Aziz is a young Muslim physician in the British Indian town of Chandrapore. One evening he comes across an English woman, Mrs. Moore, in the courtyard of a local mosque; she and her younger travelling companion Adela are disappointed by claustrophobic British colonial culture and wish to see something of the 'real' India. But when Aziz kindly offers to take them on a tour of the Marabar caves with his close friend Cyril Fielding, the trip results in a shocking accusation....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a rewarding choice

  • By Julie on 26-03-10

In my opinion o e of our greatest authors.

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

Everytime I return to E M Forster I am reminded anew about what a brilliant writer he was. And always his stories display such depth and understanding of the human condition and with such a sense of accuracy of time and place. He is simply on of the most gifted and intelligent writers that England has ever produced. This addition of ' A Passage to India' is a 'Tour de Force' by the narrator Sam Dastor.

I am hoping that audible will at sometime publish collected short stories of the author, of which there are plenty of examples out there on cd's and cassetts , some of which are classics and every bit as brilliant as his novels.

  • The Great Gatsby

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Considered one of the all-time great American works of fiction, Fitzgerald’s glorious yet ultimately tragic social satire on the Jazz Age encapsulates the exuberance, energy and decadence of an era. After the Great War, the mysterious Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, pursues wealth, riches and the lady he lost to another man with stoic determination. He buys a mansion across from her house and throws lavish parties to entice her. When Gatsby finally does reunite with Daisy Buchanan, tragic events are set in motion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best version of The Great Gatsby

  • By James on 24-10-12

flawless

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

Reviewed: 16-12-17

Flawlessly narratted - A passionate and moving story that has withstood the test of time - a tragedy - I listened to it in a single session - spellbound from beginning to end.

  • Candide (Gildan Media Edition)

  • By: Voltaire
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Candide, is a French satire written in 1759 by Voltaire, a philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment. One of the finest satires ever written, this lively tale follows the absurdly melodramatic adventures of the youthful Candide, who is forced into the army, flogged, shipwrecked, betrayed, robbed, separated from his beloved Cunégonde, and tortured by the Inquisition. As Candide witnesses calamity upon calamity, he becomes disillusioned and discovers that all is not always for the best....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always a delightful book - perfectly narrated.

  • By William Farrar on 15-11-17

Always a delightful book - perfectly narrated.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-11-17

As for the story and, the history of book, the publishers summary says it all.

  • The Trial of Phillis Wheatley

  • By: Ronald B. Wheatley
  • Narrated by: Rosemary Benson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

On the eve of the American Revolution in the fall of 1772, 18-year-old Phillis Wheatley, the household slave of John and Susanna Wheatley, was invited to appear before 18 of Boston's most prominent men in the Governor's Council Chamber in Boston to defend the premise that she was the author of a collection of poems. The so-called "jury" was comprised of the most prominent men in Boston. This was not a jury of her peers but rather one comprised of all white, all male, and largely middle-aged men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An all round winner.<br />

  • By William Farrar on 14-10-17

An all round winner.<br />

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-10-17

I bought this audio book not quite knowing what to expect . never-the-less i was intrigued by the life of Phillis Wheatley and wanted to know more about her - especially since i had never heard of her before.

At first i was dubious about the contents of a play being delivered by a single narrator, but to my surprise i found that Rosemary Bensons narration totally drew me in. In the first place her reading was totally devoid of any distracting bad acting and was in a sense completely straightforward with just the right amount of characterization to lift her voice above the ordinary. It also had the strange effect of making me feel as if i was somehow involved in a pre-production. I have since discovered that Rosemary Benson records quitte a numbeer of audio /learning books and I can see why: She is a natural.

Phillis Wheatley's story is in itself remarkable and moving and not less so that it is set in Boston on the eve of the "Boston tea party" and hence the American civil war, of which there are continuous of stage echo's throughout the play.

Of the play; This is one of those plays that , hrough the the lives of people living at the time, illuminates and brings into sharper focus the shadowy bits of history one never quite understood i.e. : the reason why it happened. A great play that is crying out to be dramatised fo radio. I hope that somebody from bbc radio 4 reads this revue.

  • The Sheltering Sky

  • By: Paul Bowles
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Connelly
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

The Sheltering Sky is a landmark of 20th-century literature, a novel of existential despair that examines the limits of humanity when it touches the unfathomable emptiness of the desert. Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Connelly ( A Beautiful Mind, Requiem for a Dream) gives masterful voice to this American classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent listening

  • By J on 06-07-12

flat narration

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-07-17

Yet to discover what the story is about - the narration was so flat that my mind kept drifting off. Such readings need to be voiced by a trained stage actor in order to enact the drama and compel one to listen.

  • Sherlock Holmes: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

  • Classic Drama from the BBC Archives
  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Clive Merrison, Michael Williams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 40

Clive Merrison stars as Holmes, with Michael Williams as Watson, in this collection from the unique, fully dramatised BBC Radio 4 canon. These 12 stories range from Holmes' very first case to the epic struggle between Holmes and Moriarty high above the Reichenbach Falls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sherlock Holmes

  • By Andrea on 06-02-17

misspelling of authors name

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-17

The content of the book is fine if you like a bit of light fiction from time to time but i am only giving it it three stars as a result of a publishing error. I am not quite sure who is responsible for this error but the two last names of this author are run into one I.e. Conandoyle, hence this audio book is filed under C in my library catalogue and not under D with my other books by the same author. In my expanding library this mistake I a bit irksome.

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