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  • Miss Mapp

  • By: E. F. Benson
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Miss Elizabeth Mapp, magnificent grande dame and heiress, is always on the lookout lest her neighbors fall outside the bounds of perfect, exemplary manners. But her tightly controlled world is soon beset on all sides by interlopers, first in the disturbingly masculine form of two very different retired army officers, both of whom are anything but retiring in their conflicting aims upon her heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • and escapist delight

  • By Philip on 22-04-10

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

Benson at his sharpest and funniest; matched by Nadia May's superb, lively narration. A treat!

  • The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 3

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, cast
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,336
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,605

In The Amber Spyglass, the third and final instalment in His Dark Materials...the war between good and evil reaches a shattering conclusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mr Pullman Please Write Book 4!

  • By Paula on 30-01-08

Good, but deserved to be better

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

Reviewed: 13-05-18

Author's narration perfect; main characters' voices good; others irritated, as did the awful electronic music.

  • The Return of the Native

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Alan Rickman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268

Set on Egdon Heath, a fictional barren moor in Wessex, Eustacia Vye longs for the excitement of city life but is cut off from the world in her grandfather's lonely cottage. Clym Yeobright who has returned to the area to become a schoolmaster seems to offer everything she dreams of: passion, excitement and the opportunity to escape. However, Clym's ambitions are quite different, and marriage only increases Eustacia's destructive restlessness, drawing others into a tangled web of deceit and unhappiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvellous.

  • By Pauline on 17-08-11

Marvellous.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-11

I could listen to Alan Rickman read the blurb off a tin of paint, but he is wonderful reading this, and the story itself is a gem of plotting and pathos to rival any moden storyline, and the touches of humour are typical Hardy. As soon as I'd finished it, I listened to it again.

33 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • The Battle for Gullywith

  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Susan Hill
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

A stone army, an enchanted castle, mysterious ancient powers - and some very clever tortoises - Olly finds there's more than meets the eye at Gullywith. When his family moves to Gullywith Farm in the Lake District, Olly just can't imagine being happy in his new home. Gullywith is the coldest house in the world and no one has lived there for years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A magical tale

  • By artemis99 on 30-01-09

disappointed

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-11

Such a shame. Susan Hill is a great author but she makes the mistake of reading this like she's reading to very young children, and as I work with children, I know that the rather patronising style quickly palls with them, as well as me! Someone else e.g Nadia May? would do a much better job. Do it again, please!