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  • La Belle Sauvage

  • The Book of Dust, Volume 1
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,235
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,844
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,835

Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent first volume of The Book of Dust series. Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them - a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Story, Great Narrator

  • By Lorenzo on 21-10-17

One to five stars!

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

Having bought this to listen with my granddaughter after the brilliant previous three stories I find that it can not be shared with an eight year old. I find it very cynical of the author to drop the 'F' bomb not once but twice in two tirades, especially knowing that this story will be devoured by children and young adults.
That saying the book was good and Michael Sheen was brilliant as the narrator, disappointed 😞 granny.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,190
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,198

Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father, Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father's attitude toward society and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good , but don't expect an actual plot

  • By Adrian & Andre's mum on 20-08-15

50's America.

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

Reviewed: 17-07-15

Where does Go Set a Watchman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

among the top listens, very thought provoking and very well read by Reece Witherspoon.

What other book might you compare Go Set a Watchman to, and why?

'The Help' both books give you an idea about the very real or perceived fears of the time in which the books are based. One from a black point of view one from a white.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

had a good giggle over the awkward Scout's falsies, and the way it was resolved.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The tomboy is all grown up.

Any additional comments?

Cannot believe all the rubbishing of the characters before this book came out. J K Rowling had the same problem. just read it and make your own mind up

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,106
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,346
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,340

Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relished every minute

  • By Sara on 22-03-10

brilliant

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

Reviewed: 27-02-15

Where does The Help rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

one of the best books I have listened to, very atmospheric to the time it was written about.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The narration on this book is superb. I loved the way they had different narrators for the main characters, and each narrator was very good in the different voices used. there was certainly no problem knowing who was who.

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

Having previously read the book I thought the audible much more involving, you could feel the fear of what they were doing coming through much more, Abelein leaving her young charge at the end was very moving.

Any additional comments?

Well read and a great listen too, it reminds us of how it was, and for some today still is, to be classed as HELP.

  • The Fast Diet

  • The Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, Live Longer
  • By: Dr. Michael Mosley, Mimi Spencer
  • Narrated by: Dr. Michael Mosley, Mimi Spencer
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358

Not just weight loss - better health too! The authors of the book that is still the number one UK nonfiction best seller six months after publication now present their work for Audible listeners and make it even easier to adopt their brilliant system. Far from being just another fad, the Fast Diet is a radical new way of thinking about food, a lifestyle choice that could transform your health. This is your indispensable guide to simple and effective weight loss, without fuss or the need to endlessly deprive yourself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly better in print

  • By mollyeyre on 07-07-13

clear and concise

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

Reviewed: 13-07-13

What did you like most about The Fast Diet?

It was very easy to process the whole idea of the 5:2 diet in listening form, and it reiterated what was set out in the book and on the t.v. version very succinctly.

Who was your favorite character and why?

No characters in this book, just Micheal's common sense tone, backed up by Mimi.

What does Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Having read the book i knew the idea behind the premise , but the chapters on the medical side i;e diabetes got my husband who has just been diagnosed with type 2 listening. It somehow was easier to take it all on board.

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

Yes, it is not a long book an although i had to break in the middle went back to it as soon as I could, rewinding it to get the relevant parts repeated

Any additional comments?

Said it all, but thank you Dr. mosley

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 921
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 429

Merry Christmas to Our Members, from the Audible Team. Two-time Emmy Award nominee (The Good Wife) and Audie Award winner for best narrator, Alan Cumming here narrates Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first-rate festive whodunit. Cumming adds his personal flair to the mystery classic and turns in an outstanding performance of the great detective Sherlock Holmes and his pal, Watson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elementary my dear Watson!

  • By Adisha on 23-12-12

'A LITTLE TALE'

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

A short tale from A.C.Doyle, A good read when you want to just fill in an odd spare hour.

  • Agatha Raisin and Kissing Christmas Goodbye

  • Agatha Raisin, Book 18
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

Penelope Keith - who starred as Agatha Raisin in the popular BBC Radio 4 series - reads M.C. Beaton’s entertaining murder mystery. During the grey days of early December, Agatha is obsessed by only two things – Christmas, and her ex, James Lacey. Although she says she feels nothing for James now, she’s sure that planning the perfect Dickensian Christmas for all her friends will somehow reanimate her love. Even the murder of Mrs Tamworthy , does little to distract Agatha.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A lightweight and enjoyable listen.

  • By Elizabeh on 17-01-12

Easy reading

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

These books are a great read when you want an easy read without too much Brain input. All much the same format, but fun nonetheless.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Echoes

  • By: Maeve Binchy
  • Narrated by: Kate Binchy
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

This is the story of two very different children growing up in a small Irish seaside town in the 50s and 60s. Shouting their hearts' desires into the echo cave, praying that their destiny will lead them far away from the town in which they live. Castlebay, in winter empty and grey with wind and sea spray, becomes all bustle and colour in the gaudy days of summer. The paths of these two characters are destined to criss-cross in a quite unforeseen way, and eventually both roads will lead back to Castlebay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Binchy echoes strongly with real life

  • By Janice on 19-09-10

another winner

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

Missed this one in the order they were written so came back to it as my 'last' Maeve Binchy book alas as there will be no more. Very believable characters facing up to some emotional dilemmas as usual. Loss of faith, unplanned babies and social mores of the community they live in, riveting as always.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Christmas at Candleshoe

  • An Inspector Appleby Mystery
  • By: Michael Innes
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 38

When an American multi-millionaire is keen to buy an Elizabethan manor, she comes up against fierce opposition from a young boy, Jay, and his band of bowmen, who are prepared to defend the manor and its nonagerian owner against all comers. It seems likely that that behind a monumental, 17th-century carving, by the hand of Gerard Christmas, lies a hoard of treasure.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A strange tale.

  • By Aspiring Bookworm on 14-04-13

No inspector here.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-12

What an enjoyable few hours I have had listening to this recording, It is not as described as there was no Inspector Appleby in the recording at all. What there was ,was a book that was very different to what I had expected and I enjoyed it, even though I had guessed the end it was still fun getting there.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Christmas Book at Bedtime: Complete Series

  • By: Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Dickens, Laurie Lee
  • Narrated by: Patricia Routledge, Joss Ackland, Miriam Margolyes, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Everyone loves a bedtime story. And here are eight of the best from BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime, each with a Christmas theme, written by an array of literature's best-known names. They include Laurie Lee, Charles Dickens, and Hans Christian Andersen - just some of the storytellers included in this collection.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a little short

  • By Amazon Customer on 29-12-12

a little short

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-12

beautiful short stories well narrated by all the contributors. I personalty would have liked them a .little longer, but they were made for 15 min. slots on the radio. Great length for children's bedtime stories.

Shall come out every Christmas I think.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Thread

  • By: Victoria Hislop
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426

Thessaloniki, 1917. As Dimitri Komninos is born, a devastating fire sweeps through the thriving Greek city where Christians, Jews and Muslims live side by side. Five years later, Katerina Sarafoglou's home in Asia Minor is destroyed by the Turkish army. Losing her mother in the chaos, she flees across the sea to an unknown destination in Greece. Soon her life will become entwined with Dimitri's, and with the story of the city itself, as war, fear and persecution begin to divide its people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic and moving story of love ad war

  • By Kirstine on 21-07-12

Still first class

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Victoria Hislop never lets us down, thank goodness. She always leaves me wanting to know more about the history of the place where her books are set, learning and enjoyment, can't be bad!