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  • A Passionate Man

  • By: Joanna Trollope
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Bron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Archie Logan, a country doctor, and his wife Liza lead an orthodox-seeming life, and everything is well until Archie's father, a widower for over 30 years, falls in love. His choice, a woman of powerful charm, has a profound effect on all the Logans, adults and children alike. The house and family turn from being a refuge to being a cage. Archie and Liza risk losing everything they have built.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved every minute of it!

  • By Pam on 02-06-15

Not the slightest pause between scenes

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

Reviewed: 14-11-16

When scenes change without the chapter changing too, there is absolutely no pause in the reading, so it takes time to realise the story has moved on. The characterisation of voices is good, however. I was not impressed with the 2 main characters - both act stupidly and a bit selfishly. Generally a rather depressing book - not one of her best.

  • The Complete Barchester Chronicles (Dramatisation)

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey, Alex Jennings
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592

Here is a new audio edition of the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of Anthony Trollope's gently satirical tales of provincial life, available together in one download. Nearly 20 hours of ironic, witty, and wonderfully written drama is contained in this audiobook. The cast includes Anna Massey, Alex Jennings, David Haig, Rosemary Leach, Kenneth Cranham, Emma Fielding, and Brenda Blethyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Barchester comes alive!

  • By Ian Henderson on 05-06-08

Some of the 6 stories are better than others!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-15

I find the first 2 books irritating (though not Mr Harding!) because there's too much of the Proudies & of Dr Grantly - and too much politics (though less of this than in the unabridged version). The second 2 are much better, as Dr Thorne & Miss Dunstable, and the 2 heroes and heroines are particularly likeable - though Mark is rather irritatingly gullible in Framley Parsonage! The 5th one is depressing - with the stupid Lucy, and in the last one Mr Crawley is irritating, though the end is good!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Venetia

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

Venetia Lanyon, beautiful, intelligent and independent, lives in comfortable seclusion in rural Yorkshire with her precocious brother Aubrey. Her future seems safe and predictable: Either marriage to the respectable but dull Edward Yardley, or a life of peaceful spinsterhood. But when she meets the dashing, dangerous rake Lord Damerel, her well-ordered life is turned upside down, and she embarks upon a relationship with him that scandalizes and horrifies the whole community. Has she found her soul mate, or is she playing with fire?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great read!

  • By Marjo on 02-06-14

One of her best books!

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

Reviewed: 18-04-15

One of my favourite GH books, as there is so much sparkling dialogue between hero & heroine. It is also one of her less improbable story lines - the plot is on the whole believable! These things could have happened in that era, but I liked the fact that hero & heroine were resisting the established norms! The reading is excellent - I particularly liked her portrayal of Damerel.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Faro's Daughter

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Laura Paton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

Fiery, strong-willed Deb Grantham, who presides over a gaming house with her aunt, is hardly the perfect wife for the young and naive Lord Mablethorpe. His lordship's family are scandalized that he proposes to marry one of 'faro's daughters', and his cousin the proud, wealthy Max Ravenscar - decides to take the matter in hand. Ravenscar always gets his way, but as he and Miss Grantham lock horns, they become increasingly drawn to each other. Amidst all the misunderstandings and entanglements, has Ravenscar finally met his match?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unabridged at last!

  • By Maggie on 09-08-14

Main characters not well read

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

Reviewed: 15-03-15

I was really disappointed in Laura Paton's portrayal of Max - much too 'stylised' (pompous?), and not nearly forceful enough. Also, though less so, by Deb (and her aunt) - among other excellent readers of GH books (besides those mentioned by 'Maggie') are Cornelius Garrett & Sian Phillips.

(Like her aunt!) I do get a bit irritated by Deb! Why can't she be more straightforward? She could have told Max at the outset that she had no intention of marrying Adrian, and was insulted at the suggestion she could be bribed - but then there wouldn't have been a story! Nor would we have had the usual excellent interplay between the main characters, which is what appeals to me most in her books.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Arabella

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

When Arabella first arrives in London, she has only one mission: to snare a rich husband. With a mind to beat the competition, she pretends to be a rich heiress and soon finds herself the talk of the town, pursued by the most eligible bachelors in the city. But she has her sights on one man only: the much-hunted Mr Beaumaris. Our feisty heroine puts up a fight and deals the worldly-wise Beaumaris a deft hand in the game of love; at first grudgingly charmed, he soon becomes smitten.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of GH's best!

  • By Alison on 02-02-15

One of GH's best!

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

Reviewed: 02-02-15

The summary given for 'Arabella' gives a very false impression of the book. Arabella is an entirely innocent girl from the country, who naturally wants to see more of the world, and enjoy life in London. It is her innocence that makes the book so enjoyable, and the fact that she does what her conscience tells her is right, never mind the consequences. She is not 'after a rich husband', but her parents want her to make a 'good' match, so she feels it her duty to find a suitable husband. She did not 'have her sights' on Mr Beaumaris, nor does she 'put up a fight' - she was entirely taken by surprise when he proposed to her, and only then realised she was in love with him - and then declined him for reasons of conscience, until he told her he knew her secret.

22 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • The Masqueraders

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ruth Sillers
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

After participating in the Jacobite Rising of 1745, Robin and Prudence, brother and sister, become engaged in a swashbuckling, romantic adventure. Our hero and heroine must cross-dress and switch genders if they are to escape prosecution a humorous move that allows Heyer to explore the manners and language affectations of the period as the two romp through the elite saloons and clubs of London.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story let down by the narrator

  • By Sheila on 13-05-14

Excellent, comic romance from 18th C

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

Reviewed: 06-01-15

The 'Old Gent' is captivating! The reader reflects the style of the period with her exaggerated delivery.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Man in the Wooden Hat

  • By: Jane Gardam
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Filth - ‘Failed In London Try Hong Kong’ - is a successful lawyer when he marries Elisabeth in Hong Kong soon after the War. Reserved, immaculate and courteous, Filth finds it hard to demonstrate his emotions. But Elisabeth is different; she’s a free spirit. She was brought up in the Japanese Internment Camps, which killed both her parents, but left her with a lust for survival and an affinity with the Far East.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super, but do read "Old Filth" first

  • By SEB on 04-08-11

A 2nd view of Old Filth's story

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

Reviewed: 02-04-14

An excellent 2nd point of view of Old Filth's story, before and in Hong Kong.

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  • Last Friends

  • By: Jane Gardam
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Old Filth and The Man in the Wooden Hat told with bristling tenderness and black humour the stories of that Titan of the Hong Kong law courts, Old Filth QC, and his clever, misunderstood wife Betty. Last Friends, the final volume of this trilogy, picks up with Terence Veneering, Filth's great rival in work and - though it was never spoken of - in love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The 3rd book about Old Filth

  • By Alison on 02-04-14

The 3rd book about Old Filth

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

Reviewed: 02-04-14

An excellent follow-up from a 3rd point of view, to Old Filth's story before and in Hong Kong.

  • Not That Sort of Girl

  • By: Mary Wesley
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

For the whole of Rose's respectable married life, she had kept faith with two men. To Ned she was a perfect wife, mother of his son, and elegant hostess of Slepe. To Mylo, Rose was an impetuous and unconventional mistress, answering his erratic and impassionate calls throughout 50 years of tactful duplicity. After Ned's funeral Rose looks back on a life of dual constancy, passion, humour, and the ambiguities of love - and chooses her future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone loves Mylo

  • By Mel Chambers on 08-08-17

An excellent story

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

Reviewed: 02-04-14

You think you know people, but they turn out not to be what they seem!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cousin Phillis

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Joe Marsh
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

Cousin Phillis – a miniature masterpiece – is set in the 1840s, when the coming of the railway was changing the face of England, and quiet rural communities, coming into contact with the outside world, were changed forever. The story focuses on the effect these changes have on a naïve country girl, Phillis, as she encounters love, with all its pains and pleasures, for the first time.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The coming of the railway in the 19th century...

  • By Alison on 02-04-14

The coming of the railway in the 19th century...

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

Reviewed: 02-04-14

A rather sad tale - and not worth the money, though it gives a good feel for country life in the 19th century.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful