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Frances Ravden-Green

Bedfordshire
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  • Subterranean Homesick Blues: The Complete Series 1-3

  • A BBC Radio 4 Drama
  • By: A L Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Anna Calder-Marshall, Bill Nighy
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Maggie and John had a passionate but disastrous affair in their younger days, but it didn't last. Now in their late 60s, a surprise encounter gives them another chance to take up where they left off. Will they manage to find the best in each other and finally get together? Or will old wounds and an awareness of their ageing bodies deter them? Will the treadmill created by the high-cost, high-pressure 21st century, and their endless other commitments and interruptions large and small, overwhelm them? Or will they take the final risk? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great two hander

  • By rob roughley on 26-09-18

Rubbish

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

Reviewed: 25-03-19

Very disappointed. And I really like Bill Nighy, but not in this.
I feel rather saddened by it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The New Boy

  • By: Doreen Tovey
  • Narrated by: Joy Gelardi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

"So there we were, driving along with an earth-box, a bag of turkey and, squalling his head off on my knee in Sheba's basket, the new boy." The Toveys are no strangers to disaster, particularly the Siamese-related kind, but when their beloved Solomon dies unexpectedly, they're faced with a completely new type of problem - do they find another cat to replace the one they've lost?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting

  • By Frances Ravden-Green on 19-03-19

Enchanting

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

Reviewed: 19-03-19

Even though Joy Gelardi does her best to ruin this enchanting book she doesn’t quite manage it. We share more laughter and tears with Doreen,Charles and those cats.

  • Cats in May

  • By: Doreen Tovey
  • Narrated by: Joy Gelardi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

The Toveys attempt to settle down to a quiet life in the country. Unfortunately for them, however, their tyrannical Siamese cats have other ideas. From causing an uproar on the BBC to staying out all night and claiming to have been kidnapped, Sheba and Solomon's outrageous behaviour leaves the Toveys at their wits end.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious,sad,loving.

  • By Frances Ravden-Green on 18-03-19

Hilarious,sad,loving.

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

Reviewed: 18-03-19

A cat lover’s dream. I have all Ms Tovey’s books and I wish they were all on Audible but,please,NOT by this reader. Her silly voice ruins the books for me. When you read an author’s autobiography you have to join them in their sorrows as well as their joys and I willingly join Ms Tovey in this.
I cried when her husband died and cried even more when she died. I am just thankful she has left her books to us to enjoy.

  • The Unknown Ajax

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

Miles from anywhere, Darracott Place is presided over by irascible Lord Darracott. The recent drowning of his eldest son has done nothing to improve his temper. For now he must send for the unknown offspring of the uncle whom the family are never permitted to mention. Yet none of that beleaguered family are prepared for the arrival of the weaver’s brat and heir apparent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eeeh, it's gradely

  • By Maggie on 17-05-14

The Unknown Ajax

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

Reviewed: 18-04-18

I really enjoyed this narration. Clearly spoken and fully believable.
It was never one of my favourites as a book but as an audiobook it’s delightful.

  • White Silence

  • Elizabeth Cage, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Kate Scarfe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,473
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,471

Elizabeth Cage is a child when she discovers that there are things in this world that only she can see. But she doesn't want to see them, and she definitely doesn't want them to see her. What is a curse to Elizabeth is a gift to others - a very valuable gift they want to control. When her husband dies, Elizabeth's world descends into a nightmare. But as she tries to piece her life back together, she discovers that not everything is as it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By mollyeyre on 23-09-17

White Silence

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

Reviewed: 27-09-17

This is the first of this author's books that I have read and I enjoyed it so much. I understood another reviewer who had said he had to read it all in one sitting. It's a story so exciting and hopeful. So magical without being magic. I suppose psychological thriller with genuine magical powers coming from our heroine would be an excellent way to describe it. I can't wait for book 2!!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Northanger Abbey

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Catherine Morland reads tales of Gothic romance, yet leads a country life in Wiltshire. When she travels to Bath, she meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney. She is invited by his sister and father to stay at Northanger Abbey, where she meets all the trappings of Gothic horror that she has read about. Fortunately, she has her own good sense and irresistible but unsentimental hero, Henry Tilney.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love the story, hate the voice.

  • By hattie on 02-03-16

Northanger Abbey

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

Reviewed: 14-08-17

Never read this book but thoroughly enjoyed hearing it. The narrator was just perfect and I shall enjoy listening to it several times more.

  • Once Upon a Time in the North

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Full Cast, Philip Pullman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388

When Lee and his daemon, Hester, land in the Arctic town of Novy Odense, they quickly become embroiled in an out-and-out political brawl. So when Iorek offers to help, Lee is only too happy to accept. Together they take on a slippery politician, his monstrous gas-powered gun and a murderous gunfighter. And so begins a friendship that will continue throughout their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable story and great narration

  • By Rosie and Duncan on 08-11-11

Once Upon A Time In The North

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

Reviewed: 14-08-17

Beautifully read by the author with actors joining him as the characters. It's just as I had imagined and was thoroughly enjoyable.

  • The Making of a Marchioness

  • By: Frances Hodgson-Burnett
  • Narrated by: Lucy Scott
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Frances Hodgson Burnett published The Making of a Marchioness in 1901. She had written Little Lord Fauntleroy 15 years before and would write The Secret Garden in 10 years' time; it is these two books for which she is best known. Yet Marchioness was one of Nancy Mitford's favourite books, was considered 'the best novel Mrs Hodgson Burnett wrote' by Marghanita Laski, and is taught on a university course in America together with novels such as Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and Daisy Miller.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A demonstration of Edwardian Manners

  • By Laurence on 29-10-11

The Making Of A Marchioness

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

You must all know this story. You've probably read it a hundred times,but the difference it makes having the story read to you by this particular narrator makes such a beautiful difference. I kept noticing lines that I had missed,found myself actually in the story.
Oh so very beautiful. I shall now listen to it a hundred times.