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  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses

  • Read by the Cast of the Stage Play
  • By: Choderlos de Laclos
  • Narrated by: Dominic West, Janet McTeer, Una Stubbs, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 277

From the sumptuous private drawing rooms of 18th-century Paris to the decadent estates and chateaus of the French countryside, La Marquise de Merteuil and Le Vicomte de Valmont hatch a long-distance plan of vengeance and seduction. Valmont is determined to conquer the famously pious Madame de Tourvel, whose husband is abroad on business. However, Merteuil has other plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A timeless tale of lust and revenge

  • By Ms. D. A. O'neil on 05-02-16

Insightful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-02-18

Great introduction to the full version of the audio book. The cast are perfect for the roles.

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    Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    53 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • A Severed Head

  • By: Iris Murdoch
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

Martin Lynch-Gibbon believes he can possess both a beautiful wife and a delightful lover. But when his wife, Antonia, suddenly leaves him for her psychoanalyst, Martin is plunged into an intensive emotional re-education. He attempts to behave beautifully and sensibly. Then he meets a woman whose demonic splendour at first repels him and later arouses a consuming and monstrous passion. As his Medusa informs him, 'this is nothing to do with happiness'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intellectuals behaving badly!

  • By The Aardvark on 18-06-15

Great listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-17

Excellent narration by Derek Jacobi. Therefore, in my humble opinion, this was money well spent.

  • The Modern Scholar: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • By: Thomas F. Madden
  • Narrated by: Thomas F. Madden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

In this informative and lively series of lectures, renowned history professor Thomas F. Madden serves as the ultimate guide through the fall of ancient Rome. Professor Madden correlates the principles of Roman conduct that would forever change the world. Rome was an empire unlike the world had ever seen, and one that will likely never be duplicated. Peopled with personages of great distinction and even greater ambition, the Roman Empire contributed many of history's proudest advancements.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Madden Hit

  • By Olivier on 09-02-14

Great insight

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-01-17

A very considered narration of an important subject in history. What I most enjoyed about this audio book was the amount of background knowledge on the Caesars who ruled Rome.
I would recommend this audio for anyone interested in the fall and fall of man's greatest empire.

  • Rousseau: Philosophy in an Hour

  • By: Paul Strathern
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Philosophy for busy people. Listen to this succinct account of the philosophy of Rousseau in just one hour. In Rousseau we encounter a walking ego, a naked sensibility - his arguments are both deeply stirring and deeply inconsistent. Yet whilst his contemporaries Kant and Hume may have been superior academic philosophers, the sheer power of Rousseau’s ideas was unequalled in his time. It was he who encouraged the introduction of both liberty and irrationality into the public domain, lamenting how ‘man is born free but everywhere he is in chains’. This audiobook is an expert account of Rousseau’s life and philosophical ideas - entertainingly written and above all easy to listen to. Also included are selections from Rousseau’s work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Rousseau in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring liberal moralizing

  • By Mr. R. J. Lucas on 24-02-19

insightful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-04-16

An excellent narration of Rousseau. A helpful guide to any aspiring philosopher or student of Rousseau.

  • The Children of Men

  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

The year is 2021. No child has been born for 25 years. The human race faces extinction. Under the despotic rule of Xan Lyppiat, the Warden of England, the old are despairing and the young cruel. Theo Faren, a cousin of the warden, lives a solitary life in this ominous atmosphere. That is until a chance encounter with a young woman leads him into contact with a group of dissenters. Suddenly his life is changed irrevocably as he faces agonising choices which could affect the future of mankind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • clear and atmospheric narration

  • By Eager on 03-04-16

clear and atmospheric narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-16

Weyman delivers a superb narration, not only bringing the character's to life, but adding a touch of class to storytelling.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Times

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Peter Batchelor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

One of Dicken’s best works appraising English society. Highlights the social and economic pressures of the times. A masterwork.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bachelor's narration of this classic is pure class

  • By Eager on 30-03-16

Bachelor's narration of this classic is pure class

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-03-16

Listening to Batchelor narrate this classic novel is like savouring every mouthful of your favourite food.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • MEMBER GIFT: The Tales of Max Carrados

  • By: Ernest Bramah
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,172
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,176

Max Carrados, a fictional detective series, was first introduced to the literary world by Ernest Bramah in 1914. In the Edwardian era, Carrados' stories often outsold Sherlock Holmes, with the blind detective sharing top billing with his fictional rival. George Orwell wrote that together with those of Conan Doyle, they were "the only detective stories since Poe that are worth rereading".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Lena on 17-12-15

fascinating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-03-16

Seriously gripping from beginning to end. Fry's narration is sublime, adding drama and subtle character at every stage.

  • Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 18 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 81

Alexander the Great-one of the most renowned figures in antiquity-has inspired everything from medieval romances to blockbuster movies, and military leaders from Julius Caesar to Napoleon to the U.S. general Norman Schwarzkopf. But who was this great king of Macedon? And why is he so legendary? These 36 spellbinding lectures take you deep inside the world of Alexander to witness the astonishing feats of military genius that made his name renowned for millennia after his death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A tad boring for novices and casual history fans

  • By Paul on 18-04-17

Very well presented lectures

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

Reviewed: 21-02-16

What made the experience of listening to Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire the most enjoyable?

Easy to listen, follow and understand this complex subject.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire?

There are many memorable moments, thus too many to choose and write about.

What does Professor Kenneth W. Harl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His commentary is clear and he has a genuine passion for his subject

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

No