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GRANGE OVER SANDS, United Kingdom
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  • Bertie: A Life of Edward VII

  • By: Jane Ridley
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 22 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Entertaining and different, this is an enjoyable study of a flawed yet characterful Prince of Wales seen through the eyes of the women in his life. Edward Vll, who gave his name to the Edwardian Age and died in 1911, was King of England for the final 10 years of his life. He was 59 when at last he came to the throne. Known as Bertie, the eldest son of Victoria and Albert, he was bullied by both his parents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bertie - the untold story

  • By Katherien Watt on 24-12-12

excellent book and reading

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-12-12

It's a surprise to realise that Linda Snell is reading this to you, but don't let that put you off - an excellent performance (although her Kaiser Wilhelm is a little camp) and the book, as all the amazon reviews agree, is well written and informative.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Alex's Adventures in Numberland

  • Dispatches from the Wonderful World of Mathematics
  • By: Alex Bellos
  • Narrated by: Alex Bellos
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 172

The world of maths can seem mind-boggling, irrelevant and, let's face it, boring. This groundbreaking book reclaims maths from the geeks. Mathematical ideas underpin just about everything in our lives: from the surprising geometry of the 50p piece to how probability can help you win in any casino. In search of weird and wonderful mathematical phenomena, Alex Bellos travels across the globe and meets the world's fastest mental calculators in Germany and a startlingly numerate chimpanzee in Japan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful journey through mathematics

  • By Nichiless on 09-12-11

BUT THE LAST CHAPTER IS MISSING

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-06-12

the ebook version (which also has the advantage of diagrams etc) also has a final chapter - Chapter 11 the end of the line

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Sense of an Ending

  • By: Julian Barnes
  • Narrated by: Richard Morant
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 630

Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Sense of an Ending

  • By Carol on 01-09-11

Superb narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-11

The narration on this audiobook is so good that I started to worry that it was taking over my 'reading' of the book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Stranger's Child

  • By: Alan Hollinghurst
  • Narrated by: James Daniel Wilson
  • Length: 19 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51

In the late summer of 1913 the aristocratic young poet Cecil Valance comes to stay at ‘Two Acres’, the home of his close Cambridge friend George Sawle. The weekend will be one of excitements and confusions for all the Sawles, but it is on George’s sixteen-year-old sister Daphne that it will have the most lasting impact, when Cecil writes her a poem which will become a touchstone for a generation, an evocation of an England about to change for ever.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Murder by Narrator

  • By Christina on 28-07-11

One more vote for the narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-11

This just goes to show that taste in narrators is very personal - which is why it is a good idea to listen to the preview. I thought he had an excellent differentiation between voices.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Little Stranger

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 362

In a dusty postwar summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at twenty to nine. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not overly ghostly

  • By Tracey on 07-07-09

Superb narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-07-09

The book is excellent - as many of the reviews on Amazon testify. Even more so, the narration is superb. I was a little uneasy initially with the (always difficult) approach of a male narrator to older and younger female voices, but after a few minutes all concerns were dispelled. I'll now look out books by the same narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful