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  • Thomas Cromwell

  • The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
  • By: Tracy Borman
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong, Paul Mendez, Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

Thomas Cromwell is known to millions as the leading character in Hilary Mantel's best-selling Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. But who was the real Cromwell? Born a lowly tavern keeper's son, Cromwell rose swiftly through the ranks to become Henry VIII's right-hand man, and one of the most powerful figures in Tudor history. The architect of England's break with the Roman Catholic Church and the dissolution of the monasteries, he oversaw seismic changes in our country's history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Spoiled by additional narration

  • By Stephen on 22-11-14

A very well written book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-16

The presentation of the data was intriguing. For the reading the narrator's voice alone would have sufficed. The various other voices disturbed the flow and the different accents rang false . They were totally unnecessary.

  • The Villa of Mysteries

  • The Rome Series: Book 2
  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Christopher Kay
  • Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

When a young woman is found dead in a peat bog near the banks of the river Tiber, Teresa Lupo, a maverick pathologist, thinks she is the victim of an ancient pagan ritual. Inspector Leo Falcone, however, knows this case is recent history and the horror is still very much alive.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I agree with Gwen

  • By Sarah R. on 29-02-08

Nic Costa back in full form!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A relaxing way of enjoying a marvellous detective story, read by an excellent actor.The places referred to in and around Rome are spot on and precise.The only blemish was having Kay "Italianise" the pronunciation of the various Italian characters. It was tiring and disturbing, especially for those who actually speak Italian!They should have spoken English with an anglophone accent to convey the impression that for them their accents were "normal".

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel

  • By: A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265

It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet - son of the old king, nephew of the new - becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception - and murder. Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage ("Thorin Oakenshield" in the Hobbit films), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ten hours well spent

  • By JD on 21-05-14

Hamlet, prince of tragedies never pales!

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

Reviewed: 26-05-14

What made the experience of listening to Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel the most enjoyable?

The pace of the story, the new, unexpected twists to the plot and characteristion along with the unexpected and haunting persona of Yorick; the splendid narration.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Claudius, the traditional villian, who here reveals a depth as lover and "father" never imagined before.

What does Richard Armitage bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His narration and masterly interpretation of the characters both male and female, bring the story and its people to life. Modulated and varied, his voice carries the listening on in a flow of enjoyment.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Like with the original Shakespearean play, the novel aroused both mirth and sadness, sometimes mingled in bittersweet fashion. A gentle sadness tended to prevail, without actually provoking tears.

Any additional comments?

The final comments by the two authors were an appropriate complement to the work and the music a lovely unexpected finale.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Longbourn

  • By: Jo Baker
  • Narrated by: Emma Fielding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah thought, she would be more careful not to trudge through muddy fields. It is wash-day for the housemaids at Longbourn House, and Sarah's hands are chapped and bleeding. Domestic life below stairs, ruled tenderly and forcefully by Mrs Hill the housekeeper, is about to be disturbed by the arrival of a new footman smelling of the sea, and bearing secrets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous reader - Emma Fielding

  • By Randal on 18-05-17

Pride and prejudice downstairs

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

Reviewed: 05-05-14

A beautifully written and enchantingly narrated view of the life of Regency servants, the majority of Britain's population at the time of Austen's " Pride and Prejudice". Reading the original novel we tend to imagine ourselves as one of the Bennets , forgetting we may have belonged to Sarah and Polly's class.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • To Conquer Mr. Darcy

  • By: Abigail Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

What if... Lizzy, as she gets to know Darcy, finds him undeniably attractive and her impulses win out over her sense of propriety? What if... Madly in love and mutually on fire, their passion anticipates their wedding? In To Conquer Mr. Darcy, instead of avoiding Elizabeth after his ill-fated marriage proposal, Mr. Darcy follows her back to Hertfordshire to prove to her he is a changed man and worthy of her love. And little by little, Elizabeth begins to find the man she thought she despised, irresistible....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I don't think true Jane Austen fans would approve!

  • By Katie on 25-02-13

Reynolds repeats herself again and again

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-04-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would cut out the frequent desriptions of the sexual intercourse between Elizabeth and Darcy. Once "encounter" is more than enough in each book. I would shorten the narration by cutting out these repetitions and devote more time and space to investigating the psychology of the characters in greater depth.

Would you be willing to try another book from Abigail Reynolds? Why or why not?

I have now read/heard several of this authoress's books... She is beginning to repeat herself too much across books too.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

She might have been more relaxed ; she seems to make too much of an effort to speak with a British accent which bestows a stilted air on the whole performance. Sometimes she "hyper corrects" her pronunciation and places the wrong tonic accent on some words.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mr Darcy's Diary

  • By: Maya Slater
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

For the first time we discover what really happened between his sister and the dastardly Wickham. How did he distract his friend Bingley from pining for his beloved Jane? Why did he propose to another young woman? Only to his diary does he tell his true story. At last we see Darcy as he really is; and, beneath his polite facade, we find a sensitive, private and passionate man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slater reveals Darcy's soul

  • By Catherine on 03-04-14

Slater reveals Darcy's soul

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

Reviewed: 03-04-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Mr Darcy's Diary to be better than the print version?

I have only listened, but I intend reading it too. An insigtful account of the man behind the scowl.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the epilogue which brought listeners gently back to the XXI century. It reminded us that two centuries have gone by since Fitzwillian Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet "walked this earth".

What does David Rintoul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Although I haven't yet read the book, I found David Rintoul's reading masterful, moving and a pleasure to listen to... it also recalled his performance as Darcy in the TV version he starred in a few decades ago. With Laurence Olivier, Rintoul is one of my favourite Darcys.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It brought a tear to the corner of the eye now and then but also made me smile quite often.

Any additional comments?

Many revisitations of P&P backfire because they betray the style and atmosphere of the original ( a must for a successful "remake") some are irritating because they fail to respect the authoress and her times; a few are downright unacceptable. This version is beautifully balanced and written in credible Austenesque style. I hope there will be more of Ms Slater's work on Audible.
Thank you for this great listen which I shall soon indulge in as a great read!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Return to Longbourn

  • The Next Chapter in the Continuing Story of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
  • By: Shannon Winslow
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

What will happen to the Bennet females now that Mr. Bennet has died? With Mr. Tristan Collins on his way from America to claim his property, Mrs. Bennet hatches her plan. The new heir to Longbourn simply must marry one of her daughters. Nothing else will do. Will it be Mary or Kitty singled out for this dubious honor? When the gentleman in question turns out to be quite a catch after all, the contest between the sisters is on. Which one will be the next mistress of Longbourn?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By KLG on 04-04-15

P&P sequel & Jane Eyre for good measure

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

Reviewed: 01-04-14

Where does Return to Longbourn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Of those focusing on Austen, one of the very best.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

. Yes! And I did... couldn't turn it off. Beautifully written and delightfully performed

Any additional comments?

It was fascinating to discover the swan hiding inside Mary, the ugly duckling of the Bennet family.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Darcy's Proposal

  • By: Susan Mason-Milks
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

A Pride and Prejudice What if? Story... This re-telling of Pride and Prejudice asks "what if" events prevented Fitzwilliam Darcy from proposing to Elizabeth Bennet that day at Hunsford parsonage? Darcy arrives with marriage on his mind, only to find Elizabeth has just received news her father is critically ill and not expected to live. In the process of offering his help to her in traveling home, Darcy discovers what she really thinks of him-and it's not good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story, long enough to get my teeth into!

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-12-14

A delicate revisitation of P&P

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

Reviewed: 25-03-14

Where does Mr. Darcy's Proposal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among the top five.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mr Darcy as he slowly unravels

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The Lady Catherine-Elizabeth confrontation.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Mrs Reynold's care of Elizabeth after the curricle accident.

Any additional comments?

A delicate variation on and seguel to P&P.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Darcy's Refuge: A Pride & Prejudice Variation

  • By: Abigail Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

The river isn't the only thing overflowing in Hunsford when a natural disaster forces Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy to work together. The residents of flood-stricken Hunsford, seeking refuge in the parsonage atop the hill, are unaware they are interrupting Darcy's disastrous proposal. Even worse, the flood has washed out the only bride to Rosings Park, stranding Darcy with the woman who has just refused his offer of marriage. But it may already be too late to redeem Elizabeth's reputation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What if...

  • By TheNameless on 17-10-18

Reynold's best P&P variation to date

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Mr. Darcy's Refuge: A Pride & Prejudice Variation to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version yet!

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the drama of the flood, Mr Bennet's over-reaction to the publication of Elizabeth's engaement and Jane's choice of husband.

Have you listened to any of Pearl Hewitt’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, I have. This is her best so far.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

In some of her other books Ms Reynolds dwelt too much on sexual detail, which made reading/listening somewhat tedious and a little boring; this time the balance was just right.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Oscar Wilde and a Game Called Murder

  • Oscar Wilde Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Gyles Brandreth
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

"I see murder in this unhappy hand...." When Mrs. Robinson, palmist to the Prince of Wales, reads Oscar Wilde's hand she cannot know what she has predicted. Nor can Oscar know what he has set in motion when, that same evening, he proposes a game of "Murder" in which each of his Sunday Supper Club guests must write down those whom they would like to kill. For the fourteen "victims" begin to die mysteriously, one by one, and in the order in which their names were drawn from the bag....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping yet easy listening

  • By Claire on 23-03-14

Brandreth as enthralling as ever!

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

Reviewed: 02-03-14

Where does Oscar Wilde and a Game Called Murder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among the top ten of its kind (detective stories).

What did you like best about this story?

The interweave of imaginary and real personae; the accuracy of the historical data underscoring the real characters, including Wilde himself.

What does Bill Wallis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Her brings warmth and depth to the overall texture of the story while bringing the various characters credibily to life, also by varying their local accents.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES!!

Any additional comments?

A gripping, intelligent detective story. It never flags and always surprises.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful