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  • Part 1 (Nicholas Nickleby)

  • The Dickens Collection: Original Audio Show
  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Nearly nineteen-year-old Nicholas Nickleby suffers a change in fortunes when his father dies, leaving him, his sister Kate and his mother in financial need. They approach their distant uncle, the businessman Ralph Nickleby, for aid. After much consideration, and not before making enquiries through the family’s acquaintance Miss La Creevy, Ralph begrudgingly agrees to help them. He suggests that Nicholas should take a job as assistant schoolmaster at Dotheboys Hall, a school in Yorkshire run by one-eyed Mr Squeers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally fantastic!

  • By shona lidgey on 09-05-19

Totally fantastic!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-19

I am so happy I chose this! The combination ofCharles Dickens brilliant characterisations and Kobna Holbrook-Smith’s wonderfully clever and completely consistent voices and narration made the listening a complete and utter delight. Thankyou!

  • Anne of Green Gables

  • By: Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Rachel McAdams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 369

With all of the pluck and charm of its eponymous young hero, Rachel McAdams ( The Notebook, Spotlight, Midnight in Paris) delivers a spectacular reading of Montgomery's beloved bildungsroman. In moments both funny and bittersweet, McAdams' voice is imbued with the spark that has made Anne a much-loved symbol of individualism and cheer for over a century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic rendering of well-loved book

  • By carolr on 15-12-17

Wonderful audiobook!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-12-18

Having read this book and others in the series 40 years ago, and loved them, I could not resist a reading by Rachel McAdams, and it did not disappoint. The story is fresh, uplifting, gentle and restorative. Rachel McAdams read it beautifully. Thankyou .

  • Thérèse Raquin

  • By: Emile Zola
  • Narrated by: Kate Winslet
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 380

Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet ( The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • gripping and vivid

  • By Rebecca on 08-04-12

Harrowing but riveting!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-09-18

Kate Winslett reads this superbly! The story is so macabre and awful and yet totally absorbing. I just had to find out what happened. The Narrator’s soothing voice guides the listener through a horror of debasement. Great listen. Thanks .

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Elijah Wood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348

A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A slow, meandering journey

  • By Paul on 06-02-15

Wonderful listen!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-03-18

Elijah Wood is supreme. His accents, tones and personification are supreme. I’ve read Tom Sawyer but not Huckleberry Finn. I loved it. It was eye opening, shocking but also gentle and sweet. It has aroused my interest in that time and place and was so well told as a story. Definitely recommend.

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    Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
    369 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter

  • By: Rod Duncan
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 351

Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life - as herself and as her brother, the private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus. But when she comes up against an agent of the all-powerful Patent Office, her life and the course of history will begin to change. And not necessarily for the better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enticing world

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-08-15

Fascinating and beguiling

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-18

Loved this story. So imaginative and the details make it work so well I could believe in the history and the characters. Beautifully read, the narrator invested great sympathy in the protagonists. Thankyou!

  • The Keeper of Lost Things

  • By: Ruth Hogan
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood, Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,719

Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before. Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners. But the final wishes of the Keeper of Lost Things have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story to become lost in...

  • By Mrs JEL on 02-04-17

Wonderful book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-11-17

Full of interesting and appealing characters, romance, pathos and humour. I loved this book. It carried me along wanting to know more all the time. The narration was excellent. Thanks!

  • Ptolemy's Gate

  • The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 3 (Unabridged)
  • By: Jonathan Stroud
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 172

Three years on from the events in The Golem's Eye, the magicians' rule in London is teetering on a knife-edge, with strikes, riots, and general unrest. The Prime Minister is largely controlled by two advisors, one of whom is 17-year-old Nathaniel. Meanwhile, living under a false identity, Kitty has been researching djinn; she has come to believe that the only way to destroy the magicians is for an alliance of some kind between djinn and ordinary people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I will always love these books

  • By Maya Connell on 16-12-18

What a brilliant book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-09-17

I have absolutely loved listening to this trilogy and the last book has been fabulous. Exciting, clever and most of all really poignant. Steven Pacey reads it beautifully as always and it is overall a wonderful listen. Wish there were more!

  • The Word Is Murder

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,990

A wealthy woman strangled six hours after she's arranged her own funeral. A very private detective uncovering secrets but hiding his own. A reluctant author drawn into a story he can’t control. What do they have in common? Unexpected death, an unsolved mystery and a trail of bloody clues lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's new thriller. Spread the word. The word is murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Unemployed Detective

  • By Sarah on 30-08-17

Excellent entertainment!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-17

I love Anthony Horowitz ' works in all the different genres so was looking forward to this and was not disappointed! It was a macabrely funny and clever book and definitely kept me guessing. The narration suited the style of writing perfectly , I thought, and was very credible. Thanks!

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  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,633

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighbourhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Despite the narrator

  • By James on 06-02-15

A beautiful journey

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-06-17

I have loved listening to this book. The characters were so well portrayed and the interweaving of stories very cleverly achieved. The author has presented a very clear and frank experience of WW2 in such a delicate and sympathetic way, but also covered wider aspects of life. Emotive and moving.
The narrator was excellent, and has kept me enthralled to the end. Thanks.


  • The Fourth Protocol

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683

Plan Aurora, hatched in a remote dacha in the forest outside Moscow and initiated with relentless brilliance and skill, is a plan within a plan that, in its spine-chilling ingenuity, breaches the ultra-secret Fourth Protocol and turns the fears that shaped it into a living nightmare. A crack Soviet agent, placed under cover in a quiet English country town, begins to assemble a jigsaw of devastation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Espionage in the Cold War era

  • By C on 23-12-12

Thrilling and absorbing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-05-17

This is the second Frederick Forsyth novel I have listened too and I was again enthralled. David Rintoul read engagingly and cleverly. I was totally impressed by the Author's in depth knowledge. Thanks! A great yarn!