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  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,446
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,442

One of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Pride and Prejudice, is vividly brought to life by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike ( Gone Girl). In her bright and energetic performance of this British classic, she expertly captures Austen’s signature wit and tone. Her attention to detail, her literary background, and her performance in the 2005 feature film version of the novel provide the perfect foundation from which to convey the story of Elizabeth Bennett, her four sisters, and the inimitable Mr. Darcy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect

  • By katherine on 30-01-16

Perfection!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-16

Rosumund Pike brings this beloved story to life. Every character is voiced perfectly, but especially Mrs Bennett, Mr Collins and Lady Catherine.

This made me fall in love with this novel all over again. A must-listen for Austen fans.

  • #Girlboss

  • By: Sophia Amoruso
  • Narrated by: Sarah Jes Austell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, read by Sarah Jes Austell. The first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasn't fashion. It was a stolen book. At age 17 she was a dumpster-diving, shoplifting anarchist. By 29 she was the founder and CEO of Nasty Gal, a $100 million-plus fashion empire. Filled with brazen wake-up calls ("You are not a special snowflake"), frank observations ("Failure is your invention"), and behind-the-scenes stories....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Irritating Montone Narration

  • By Sarah on 10-05-17

Rather patronising and SO American

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

Reviewed: 12-01-16

There was something about Amoruso's ideas and lessons that were patronising and humble bragging. It's very peppy and grey to get yourself pumped up in lots of ways, but I also thinks she took it a little too far sometimes.

The narration, however, was superb.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Christmas Carol

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 223

"Every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding," says Ebenezer Scrooge. Mean old Scrooge despises Christmas until Christmas Eve, when a haunted voice from the past changes his life: overnight! Many know this story but few have experienced the true marvel of the tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliantly narrated Christmas classic

  • By saraht on 09-12-15

Fun and festive!

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

Reviewed: 30-12-15

Studying Great Expectations for my A-levels really set me against Dickens, but I thoroughly enjoyed this. It's fun, Cbristmassy and not the worst, dense, monstrosity I expected from Dickens!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spartacus retold mixed with Red Faction

  • By Gary on 16-03-14

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 29-12-15

Though the narration was brilliant, I didn't like the change from sci-fi to dystopia and I found myself uninterested in the characters and the plot.

DNF at 70%.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

  • By: Felicia Day
  • Narrated by: Felicia Day
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533

The Internet isn't all cat videos. There's also Felicia Day - violinist, filmmaker, Internet entrepreneur, compulsive gamer, and former lonely homeschooled girl who overcame her isolated childhood to become the ruler of a new world...or at least semi-influential in the world of Internet geeks and Goodreads book clubs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and charming and nerdy :)

  • By Beccameriel on 18-08-15

Warm, funny and utterly charming!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

Would you consider the audio edition of You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, but I can't think of a better way to experience Felicia's story than in her own voice. Her performance was one of the best I've listened to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)?

The personal depth Felicia went into when discussing the depressed and anxiety she has experienced during her career was surprising and very touching to hear about, while remaining empowering.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Felicia discusses meeting a fan at a Con who she had helped out in Twitter by retesting a plea for funding with cancer treatments. That RT allowed the woman to cover nearly all of her costs and she later met Felicia in remission.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended! Very quick to listen to and lots of fun.

  • Carmilla

  • By: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Narrated by: Phoebe Fox, Rose Leslie, David Tennant, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 210

Audible Originals brings you a brand new audiobook adaptation of J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s classic gothic novella, Carmilla - starring Rose Leslie ( Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey), David Tennant ( Doctor Who and Broadchurch) and Phoebe Fox ( Life in Squares and The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing

  • By Kindling Micky on 29-10-15

Completely brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-15

I had read this at university as part of a Gothic literature module and enjoyed it, but I loved it listening to this. It's dark, twisty and seductive - a must for fans of vampires and the Gothic.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Age Of Innocence

  • By: Edith Wharton
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Wharton’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel set in upper class New York City. Newland Archer, gentleman lawyer and heir to one of New York City's best families, is happily anticipating a highly desirable marriage to the sheltered and beautiful May Welland. Yet he finds reason to doubt his choice of bride after the appearance of Countess Ellen Olenska, May's exotic, beautiful 30-year-old cousin, who has been living in Europe. This novel won the first ever Pulitzer awarded to a woman.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • great book but terrible narration

  • By Curran on 18-07-18

Dry narration and slow plot

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

Reviewed: 07-09-15

What disappointed you about The Age Of Innocence?

I found the narration dry and uninteresting. I kept drifting away and not being bothered to go back to where I was last paying attention and I just found there to be nothing in the story to hold my attention.

Would you ever listen to anything by Edith Wharton again?

I don't think so. I would like to give her another go by physically reading her, however, as I've enjoyed short stories by her previously.

Would you be willing to try another one of Mary Sarah’s performances?

I have Anne of Green Gables narrated by her, but if I don't get along with that - I've already read it physically so I know I like the story - then I won't be listening to anything else narrated by Mary Sarah.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. I really, really wanted to like it.

  • The Song of Achilles

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia. Here he is just another unwanted boy living in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. Yet one day, Achilles takes the shamed prince under his wing. As they grow into young men their bond blossoms into something far deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles's mother. When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • gripping and beautiful

  • By mrs on 07-04-13

Spellbinding!

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

Reviewed: 28-08-15

I loved everything about is book: the romance, the history, the betrayal, the love, the beautiful writing. It's one I'll be rereading over and over again.

David Thorpe's narration does justice to the characters and the story with a distinct voice for each character. Perfect!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret History

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: Donna Tartt
  • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,438
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168

The smartest murder-mystery you will ever hearA misfit at an exclusive New England college, Richard finds kindred spirits in the five eccentric students of his ancient Greek class. But his new friends have a horrific secret. When blackmail and violence threaten to blow their privileged lives apart, they drag Richard into the nightmare that engulfs them. And soon they enter a terrifying heart of darkness from which they may never return.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting tale

  • By mj on 06-09-16

Unbelievably good

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

Reviewed: 14-08-15

The narration is spot on and the story is dark and compelling. I loved it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Bone Season

  • By: Samantha Shannon
  • Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 458
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 455

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Expected more

  • By Colette on 30-08-13

Loved the narrator but the story wasn't for me

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

Reviewed: 02-08-15

I just couldn't get into this. The world is incredibly complex and the opening chapters felt like a bit of an info dump. I ended up just not caring so I DNFed halfway through chapter three.