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  • The Snowman

  • Inspired by the original story by Raymond Briggs
  • By: Michael Morpurgo
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24

When James wakes to see snow falling one December morning, he is delighted and rushes outside to make a snowman. With coal eyes, an old green hat and scarf and a tangerine nose, he is perfect and James can hardly bear to go inside and leave him. In the middle of the night, he wakes and creeps out to see his snowman again - and to his amazement, the snowman comes to life.... This special tale of true Christmas magic will bring everyone's favourite childhood festive character to a brand-new audience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • childhood revisited

  • By anne hunt on 02-01-19

Christmas Magic

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

Reviewed: 23-10-18

I am a great fan of Richard Armitage and he has truly excelled in his reading of this magical story.
His voice is like an orchestra and he really captures the essence of what is like to be a child at Christmas.
Wonderful story by Michael Morpurgo which will surely become a Christmas Classic. I am planning to buy several copies of the book to give as Christmas presents and I will be reading it to my grandchildren but I also want them to listen to the story of James and his snowman friend. Thank you Richard for sprinkling some Christmas Magic. James says the snowman gave him his voice - you have given your voice to this narrative - I cannot rate this highly enough,

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shepherd's Life

  • By: James Rebanks
  • Narrated by: Bryan Dick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496

These modern dispatches from an ancient landscape tell the story of a deep-rooted attachment to place, describing a way of life that is little noticed and yet has profoundly shaped this landscape. In evocative and lucid prose, James Rebanks takes us through a shepherd's year, offering a unique account of rural life and a fundamental connection with the land that most of us have lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Ms J Randalls on 01-12-15

A Great Read

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

Reviewed: 03-08-15

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

Yes because it gives an honest view of the hardships faced by farmers. James Rebanks writes very movingly about his family and the Lake District. He is at his best when describing the weather and the landscape. There is something poetical in his prose.

Who was your favorite character and why?

James' grandfather. I think he was a real character and would be an interesting person to meet.

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

I haven't listened to Bryan Dick before but I thought he was very good as narrator.

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

I love the Lake District and have spent many holidays there so could relate to the place.
Tears in my eyes over "foot and mouth" and just loved the winter snowy scene when he braved the elements to make sure his sheep were safe.

Any additional comments?

This is going to make me sound very "old fashioned" but I do wish the author had not used so many swear words. I accept it is how people speak but I don't want to read it and it spoilt the book at times. He can do better than that - at its best his writing is magical.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Black Sheep

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Barbara Leigh-Hunt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

He had nothing to recommend him but his smile, and she was surely too old, and had too much commonsense, to be beguiled by a smile... Miss Abigail Wendover's efforts to detach her spirited niece Fanny from a plausible fortune-hunter are complicated by the arrival in Bath of Miles Caverleigh. The black sheep of his family, a cynical, outrageous care-for-naught with a scandalous past - that would be a connection more shocking even than Fanny's unwise liaison with his nephew!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely book, shame about the reader

  • By Orna on 28-06-09

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 07-09-14

What did you like best about Black Sheep? What did you like least?

I love Georgette Heyer's books and Black Sheep is one of my favorites but I was disappointed with Barbara Leigh Hunt's reading. When speaking as "narrator" she was fine but "in conversation" between characters the voices were too similar and often too old.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Miles because he is an interesting character who has led a colourful life.
I like his sense of humour and the dialogue between him and Abigail sparkles.

How could the performance have been better?

With a different narrator

Do you think Black Sheep needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No
Georgette Heyer's work should stand alone. If she wanted a follow up book I am sure she would have written one.

Any additional comments?

I have several Georgette Heyer audio books and the very best narrator is Richard Armitage who stands head and shoulders above all others.

  • Venetia

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

Venetia Lanyon, beautiful, intelligent and independent woman, lives in comfortable seclusion in rural Yorkshire with her precocious brother Aubrey. Her future seems safe and predictable: Either marriage to the respectable but dull Edward Yardley, or a life of peaceful spinsterhood. But when she meets the dashing, dangerous rake Lord Damerel, her well-ordered life is turned upside down, and she embarks upon a relationship with him that scandalizes and horrifies the whole community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Prepare to Swoon

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-08-10

Prepare to Swoon

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-10

I have written a review of the Sylvester Audio Book read by Richard Armitage and said that the pairing of his voice and Georgette Heyer's prose was a marriage made in heaven and I am very pleased that he has been asked to read Venetia.

I thought Sylvester was very good but this is excellent. Once again a range of different characters are lifted from the page and come alive, each with their own distinctive personality.

Rake Damerel will make you swoon, Lady Denny is marvellous and Mrs Scorrier is priceless. I haven't counted accurately but I think there are about 20 characters each brilliantly portrayed.
Quite a vocal feat.

I have rated this 5 stars because I feel the audio book merits it but, yet again, I am very disappointed with the abridgement.
So much is lost. Sometimes it is only a small scene such as when Lambert Steeple buys a brooch for Venetia but these add much to our understanding of the characters. And the final chapter has been cut out of recognition.
If you haven't read the book, I urge you to do so, fill in the gaps and enrich your listening pleasure.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Sylvester

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She finds him insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and begin a new-found liking and respect for each other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nectar for the ears

  • By Amanda on 22-12-10

A Dream Come True

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-10

I have been a lover of Georgette Heyer's books for very many years. I am also a fan of Richard Armitage and have listened with enjoyment to his previous audio work of the Robin Hood stories and his absolutely amazing rendition of The Lords of the North.

So to have my favourite actor reading my favourite author is a dream come true. The pairing of Georgette Heyer's prose and Mr. Armitage's dark velvet voice is a marriage made in heaven.

This audio book is sheer listening enjoyment from beginning to end. There is a wide range of characters all lifted from the page and given their own distinctive voice. Mr. Armitage doesn't just read the book, he acts it. Listening to him read, has enriched and added to my enjoyment of the book.

I have rated this 5 star because as an audio book, I feel it is merited. However, the abridgement itself disappoints. So much warmth and humour is missing and also several important scenes which help us to understand the on/off relationship between Sylvester and Phoebe.

I encourage anyone who hasn't read the book to do so and fill in the gaps. It will add to your enjoyment of the audio book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful