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  • Verdi: The Man Revealed

  • By: John Suchet
  • Narrated by: John Suchet
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Giuseppe Verdi remains the greatest operatic composer that Italy, the home of opera, has ever produced. Yet throughout his lifetime, he claimed to detest composing and repeatedly rejected it. He was a landowner, a farmer, a politician, and a symbol of Italian independence, but his music tells a different story. An obsessive perfectionist, Verdi drove collaborators to despair, but his works were rightly lauded from the start as dazzling feats of composition and characterization. From Rigoletto to Otello, La Traviatato to Aida, Verdi's canon encompassed the full range of human emotion. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The many layers of Verdi, the man and his music

  • By Rachel Redford on 23-02-18

Simply Brilliant.

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

Reviewed: 26-01-18

This book is a must for all classical music fans. I am a huge John Suchet fan and have all his books so I was very excited to find Verdi The Man Revealed in audible format. It was a huge treat to hear John read this book and I fervently hope more of his wonderful books, of course read by him, are going to become available on Audible.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • On a Dark Sea

  • The DCI Dani Bevan Detective Novels, Book 2
  • By: Katherine Pathak
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

When 14-year-old Maisie Riddell goes missing from a Glasgow high school, DCI Dani Bevan knows she needs to act fast, particularly as the headmistress is the wife of her DS, Phil Boag. But as the inquiry into the girl's disappearance deepens, Bevan finds herself caught in the fallout from a broken marriage, unsure of whose word she can really trust. The DCI is required to take her search to Norway in order to discover the truth about Maisie's secret life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Brilliant

  • By Sophies40 on 19-03-17

Just Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 19-03-17

This is my new favourite series, DCI Dani Bevan is very personable and I always enjoy David Monteath's narrations. I have found this series enjoyable and entertaining and have been been relieved that the violence has been kept to a minimum. I eagerly await the arrival of the next book in the series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Animal

  • The Autobiography of a Female Body
  • By: Sara Pascoe
  • Narrated by: Sara Pascoe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,638

Take a funny and illuminating tour of the female body with award-winning comedian Sara Pascoe. Women have so much going on, what with boobs and jealousy and menstruating and broodiness and sex and infidelity and pubes and wombs and jobs and memories and emotions and the past and the future and themselves and each other. Here's a book that deals with all of it. Sara Pascoe has joked about femininity and sexuality on stage and screen, but now she has a book to talk about it all for a bit longer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • clever great wonderful important book

  • By alex on 02-05-16

Started off well

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

Reviewed: 19-03-17

What did you like best about Animal? What did you like least?

It started off well but then got graphic and depressing so I turned it off.

Would you ever listen to anything by Sara Pascoe again?

No

What three words best describe Sara Pascoe’s voice?

Not the best

Was Animal worth the listening time?

Only the first half

  • Agatha Raisin: Dishing the Dirt

  • Agatha Raisin Series, Book 26
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 470

A therapist moved into the village of Carsely, and Agatha Raisin hated her. Not only was this therapist, Jill Davent, romancing Agatha's ex-husband, but she had dug up details of Agatha's slum background. Added to that, Jill was counselling a woman called Gwen Simple from Winter Parva, and Agatha firmly believed Gwen to have assisted her son in some grisly murders, although has no proof she had done so.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Fun!!

  • By Winsome Gillette-Fussell on 11-02-16

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 19-03-17

Would you try another book written by M. C. Beaton or narrated by Penelope Keith?

I am a big fan of Penelope Keith but this book was a big disappointment, I will not be buying another one in this series.

Would you ever listen to anything by M. C. Beaton again?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of Penelope Keith’s performances?

Yes Penelope Keith is brilliant

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Penelope Keith was the only redeeming quality.

Any additional comments?

I found Agatha Raisin spiteful, malicious and catty, I could not listen for long.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Neil Dudgeon

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview
  • By: Robin Morgan
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Star of ITV's Midsomer Murders Neil Dudgeon joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios to discuss his narration of the Cherringham books, a cosy crime series set in a sleepy English village.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From Midsomer to Cherringham

  • By Steven Emsley on 21-12-17

Simply the Best

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

The Cherringham Cosy Crime Series are my absolute favourite on Audible not only because they are enjoyable and uplifting stories as the baddies always get caught but because Mr Dudgeon reads them so with such precision and finesse. Thank you Mr Dudgeon.

  • As the Crow Flies

  • By: Damien Boyd
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 265

Rock climbers can't afford to make careless mistakes. But Detective Inspector Nick Dixon's former climbing partner, Jake Fayter, died doing just that. Or so it seems. Dixon suspects foul play, but his only leads are unreliable accounts of something odd happening in Cheddar Gorge seconds before Jake fell.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Average story, dreadful narration

  • By MRS FFION M WORTHINGTON on 17-11-17

Good Story but

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

Reviewed: 28-02-17

A good story that was ruined by the terrible narration so I would hesitate to get anymore in this series.

  • Mozart & Beethoven: The Lives and Legacies of History's Most Famous Composers

  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Guy Veryzer
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

This audiobook analyzes the themes and progression of the composers' most famous works, comparing and contrasting them to each other and other composers' great works.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Struggled to finish this.

  • By Sophies40 on 20-05-16

Struggled to finish this.

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

Reviewed: 20-05-16

Would you try another book written by Charles River Editors or narrated by Guy Veryzer?

No

Would you ever listen to anything by Charles River Editors again?

No

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He droned on and his voice was monotonous.

Do you think Mozart & Beethoven: The Lives and Legacies of History's Most Famous Composers needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No I did not enjoy this book so would not want another from the same author.

Any additional comments?

Rather listen to Professor Robert Greenberg if you are interested in classical music. I find him entertaining and absolutely brilliant.

  • Driving Home for Christmas

  • By: Emma Hannigan
  • Narrated by: Grainne Gillis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Christmas at Huntersbrook House has always been a family tradition - log fires, long walks through the snowy fields and evenings spent in the local pub. And this year the three grown-up Craig children are looking forward to the holidays more than ever. Pippa to escape her partying lifestyle and mounting debts in Dublin; Joey the demands of his gorgeous girlfriend who seems intent on coming between him and his family; and Lainey to forget about her controlling ex and his recent engagement to another woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Total Escapism

  • By Sophies40 on 07-12-14

Total Escapism

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

Reviewed: 07-12-14

What made the experience of listening to Driving Home for Christmas the most enjoyable?

This is such a feel good story about a wonderfully warm down to earth Irish family. I enjoyed listening to their trials and tribulations, it really got me into the Christmas spirit.

What other book might you compare Driving Home for Christmas to, and why?

No, it stood out on it's own.

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

No.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I was delighted to find the author has written another book about the same family and I have already downloaded it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Before the Poison

  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater, Sandra Duncan, Al Senter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

Through years of success in Hollywood composing music for Oscar-winning films, Chris Lowndes always imagined he would come full circle, home to Yorkshire with his beloved wife, Laura. Now he’s back in the Yorkshire Dales, but Laura is dead, and Chris needs to make a new life for himself. The isolated house he buys sight unseen should give him the space to come to terms with his grief and the quiet to allow to him to work. Kilnsgate House turns out to be rather more than he expected, however.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Relaxing book.

  • By compo on 29-09-11

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 21-03-14

Would you listen to Before the Poison again? Why?

Yes, I enjoyed this book immensely. I am an Inspector Banks fan and took a chance on this book as it was written by the same author. It was very different from an Inspector Banks novel, more of a ghost story, but I was not disappointed.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character Chris was my favourite, he came across as thoughtful and sensitive, yet he remained a strong and highly respected character despite his visions.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narrators were wonderful and totally brought the book to life. Their voices matched exactly with how my imagination perceived the characters to be.

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

Parts of it were tragic and very sad, but I would not expect any less from Peter Robinson.

Any additional comments?

A brilliant book, as good as Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks books. I did not want it to end.

  • After You'd Gone

  • By: Maggie O'Farrell
  • Narrated by: Lesley Mackie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

A distraught young woman boards a train at King's Cross to return to her family in Scotland. Six hours later, she catches sight of something so terrible in a mirror at Waverley Station that she gets on the next train back to London, where a traffic accident leaves her in a coma.'AfterYou'd Gone' follows Alice's mental journey into how she came to be this way, as she twists together threads of memory in a plot that grips from the outset.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A memorable family saga

  • By Kirstine on 11-06-13

Stunning!

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

Reviewed: 21-03-14

Would you consider the audio edition of After You'd Gone to be better than the print version?

Having not read the book and only listened to the audio I cannot say.

What other book might you compare After You'd Gone to, and why?

I can't think of any quite as good.

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

No I have not listened to any other of Lesley Mackie's performances but going by this one I would like to.

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

I laughed and cried, it is a highly emotional book that is beautifully excecuted.

Any additional comments?

I loved the main character Alice, Lesley Mackie's wonderful narration brought her to life. This book is a gripping family saga and I was sorry when it came to an end.