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  • Anything Is Possible

  • By: Elizabeth Strout
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

Anything Is Possible tells the story of the inhabitants of rural, dusty Amgash, Illinois, the hometown of Lucy Barton, a successful New York writer who finally returns, after 17 years of absence, to visit the siblings she left behind. Reverberating with the deep bonds of family and the hope that comes with reconciliation, Anything Is Possible again underscores Elizabeth Strout's place as one of America's most respected and cherished authors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good and thoughtful read.

  • By S. Corner on 03-09-17

Intriguing tales of middle America

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I really enjoyed meeting the characters created in this book. There is an illusion to Lucy Barton, but she is not really centre stage. Each chapter leads from one character's story to another with slender links between them an insights into both sides of the relationships and the dynamics of the families. It deals with issues of prejudice and the ability of people to make something of themselves. All the people seem real and credible enough that you could meet them in life and recognise them.

  • The Long Goodbye

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419

Down-and-out drunk Terry Lennox has a problem: his millionaire wife is dead and he needs to get out of LA fast. So he turns to his only friend in the world: Philip Marlowe, Private Investigator. He's willing to help a man down on his luck, but later, Lennox commits suicide in Mexico and things start to turn nasty. Marlowe finds himself drawn into a sordid crowd of adulterers and alcoholics in LA's Idle Valley, where the rich are suffering one big suntanned hangover.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to find a better crime fiction audiobook

  • By Andy on 27-09-16

Great story but dreadful production

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

This production was ruined for me by odd moments when the narrator's voice disappeared and was replaced by another actor clumsily inserted at a different volume. It sounds really amateur and spoils the flow of the story. Not sure how any professional recording company should allow such a poor quality product out. The actual narration and story when you get it was good.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • On the Road

  • By: Jack Kerouac
  • Narrated by: Matt Dillon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 352

Sal Paradise, a young innocent, joins his hero Dean Moriarty, a traveller and mystic, the living epitome of Beat, on a breathless, exuberant ride back and forth across the United States. Their hedonistic search for release or fulfilment through drink, sex, drugs and jazz becomes an exploration of personal freedom, a test of the limits of the American dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read this book and explode across the stars

  • By Gabe Fleming (Audible staff) on 26-05-16

Couldn't get on with this - maybe the narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

I don't often give up on a book before I have finished, but I couldn't be bothered with this. The narrator sounds bored and rushed, which may be in line with the central character, but doesn't help enjoying the book. The subject matter seems dated now, but then this is a "classic". Just not for me thanks.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Any Human Heart

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Mike Grady
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645

Every life is both ordinary and extraordinary, but Logan Mountstuart's - lived from the beginning to the end of the 20th century - contains more than its fair share of both. As a writer who finds inspiration with Hemingway in Paris and Virginia Woolf in London, as a spy recruited by Ian Fleming and betrayed in the war and as an art-dealer in '60s New York, Logan mixes with the movers and shakers of his times. But as a son, friend, lover and husband, he makes the same mistakes we all do in our search for happiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A poignant journey through a man's life

  • By Kirstine on 19-03-12

A very English Forrest Gump

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

I really loved this book. It reads like an autobiography in journal form, but is actually fiction. Apart from the uncanny meetings with famous people like Picasso in Paris and the Duke of Windsor on a Biarritz golf course, it is uncannily realistic. Although the main character lived a couple of generations ahead of me, I knew people just like the man he creates. The writing is very evocative without being contrived, and the narration is spot on - the narrator manages to sound young and upbeat in the earlier years, flagging and forgetful in the later ones. I think it might not appeal to a woman, as it is a very old-fashioned public school male perspective on life, but for a man who has lived through half of the 20th century it was very appealing, even a little nostalgic.

  • A Man of Some Repute

  • A Very English Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Edmondson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 318

Selchester Castle in 1953 sits quiet and near-empty, its corridors echoing with glories of the past. Or so it seems to intelligence officer Hugo Hawksworth, wounded on a secret mission and now reluctantly assuming an altogether less perilous role at Selchester.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Mystery

  • By Marcus on 24-07-15

Enid Blyton for adults

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

I really couldn't get on with this audiobook. Whether it was the narration, which seemed like hammy amateur dramatics, or the attempt at 1950s authenticity, I don't know. But I gave up after a couple of chapters.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Paul Temple: The Complete Radio Collection: Volume Two

  • The Fifties
  • By: Francis Durbridge
  • Narrated by: Marjorie Westbury, Peter Coke
  • Length: 18 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

When it comes to classic crime partnerships, Paul Temple (Peter Coke) and his wife, Steve (Marjorie Westbury), are the crème de la crème. Between 1938 and 1968, their glamorous exploits enthralled generations of radio listeners around the world. Here, presented in chronological order, are some of the amateur detective's adventures from the 1950s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great period drama

  • By Steve_Morris on 17-12-16

Great period drama

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

Reviewed: 17-12-16

If you enjoy wallowing in nostalgia for the days when men were addressed by their surname and police officers drank copious whisky and soda while investigating crimes, this is for you. The plots have a recurring theme, but are sufficiently complex that it is very hard to guess the villains. The accents and special effects belong to another age when life was simpler and elocution was a virtue. But the suspense still works and the characters are convincingly voiced.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939 - 1945

  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 30 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

Examining the espionage and intelligence stories in World War II on a global basis, bringing together the British, American, German, Russian and Japanese histories. In The Secret War, Max Hastings examines the espionage and intelligence machines of all sides in World War II, and the impact of spies, code breakers and partisan operations on events.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lacking in excitement

  • By David on 05-12-15

Better to read the book

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

Reviewed: 07-11-16

This book is both exhaustive and exhausting. At times it sounds like a catalogue of events. But it is lightened by Max Hastings' opinionated comments on other's work and some humorous incidents. But the narration is very strange with odd inflections, some passages rendered insensible and some dreadful mispronunciation. Ben McIntyre may not be historically spot on, but his books are much better to listen to.

  • Right Ho, Jeeves

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

When Tubby informs his fiancee that her new hat makes her look like a Pekingese, she is naturally incensed. But it is when he questions the validity of the story of her narrow escape from a beastly, hungry shark that the engagement is firmly called off. But love is in the air for Gussie Fink-Nottle. He abandons his beloved newts to court the new object of his affections, the dreamy and romantic Miss Madeline Bassett. He is dressed as Mephistopheles...and it appears that even the Devil can rely on Jeeves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely wonderful

  • By A G R on 03-02-13

Classic Jeeves, but recording needs more work.

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

Reviewed: 27-09-16

We enjoyed this elaborate classic Jeeves story, which runs for the whole book with various plots and sub-plots. PG Wodehouse and Jonathan Cecil are on their usual top form. But why does the sound level and quality vary from take to take? Can't Chivers employ a proper sound engineer? Is it so hard these days to improve old tapes if that's the problem.

  • At the Edge of the Orchard

  • By: Tracy Chevalier
  • Narrated by: Liza Ross
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

Ohio, 1838: James and Sadie Goodenough have settled in the Black Swamp, planting apple trees to claim the land as their own. As fever picks off their children, husband and wife take solace in separate comforts. Fifteen years later their youngest son, Robert, is drifting through gold rush California. When he finds steady work for a plant collector, peace seems finally to be within reach. But the past is never really past, and one day Robert is forced to confront the brutal reason he left behind everything he loved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another brilliant book by Tracey Chevalier

  • By G. Rance on 10-04-16

Pioneer Spirit Made Personal

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

Reviewed: 27-09-16

I have read many books about the push to the West in America in the 19th Century. But this personal story brings the big picture down to the family level. It portrays the drive to move west to clear new ground and build a settled life from the perspective of one family who start in Ohio growing apples and other crops. It brings to life also the stories of plant hunters in California collecting seeds and seedlings to send back to Britain, where we see them grown to giants in some of our stately home parks. But this is mainly a story about a family and its relationships over one generation. I think it is one of Tracy Chevalier's best books, and I love all the others.

  • Night Train to Lisbon

  • By: Pascal Mercier
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Raimund Gregorious - Mundus, as his students affectionately call him - is a predictable character. A bookish Latin professor, well-respected but perhaps a little boring. One stormy morning, he encounters a beautiful, distraught Portuguese woman in a red leather coat... Later that day Raimund will realise: that moment changed everything. All of a sudden, nothing in his life feels right. His restlessness is further fuelled when he finds a book by a little-known Portuguese writer, Amadeo de Prado.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll love it or hate it

  • By Nick on 30-09-09

Too slow and introspective for me

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

Reviewed: 02-09-16

This book is about an introspective, selfish geeky character that rambles through the latter part of his life. I found it depressing and dull, so I gave up well before the end, something I rarely do with an audiobook.