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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 2,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,953
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,945

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

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 27-11-17

One of my favourite books, read beautifully. I've always loved Jane Austen's novels, but I hadn't read any of them for a while. I'd almost forgotten just how funny they can be, and the humour comes across very well in audiobook form.

  • God's High Calling for Women

  • By: John MacArthur
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

The subject of women in the church is both important and controversial. John MacArthur is not afraid of either. In this revised work, MacArthur examines what the Bible teaches in I Timothy 2:9-15. He discusses topics ranging from the attitude and appearance of women, to their role in and contribution to the church. God's High Calling for Women can be used alongside or apart from the audio series available from Grace to You in either a personal or group study.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible

  • By Jessica on 21-04-17

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 21-04-17

What disappointed you about God's High Calling for Women?

This book is dire. Lots and lots about women should not do - no dressing like a prostitute at church, ladies, no going to church to find a man, no dressing like a prostitute at church, no authority, no dressing like a prostitute at church... about 25% of the book is spent on this.
So what is God's high calling for women, other than not wearing stripper shoes on a Sunday morning?Apparently God's high calling for women is 'the role of subordination and subjection'.

The arguments used by the author are so full of flaws and blatant, deliberate misreadings of Scripture that I find the book highly objectionable.The author claims that 'when Eve stepped out from under the protection of Adam, she was highly vulnerable and fell'. No. Eve was tempted by Satan and chose to disobey God. Genesis 3 makes it clear that conflict in the relationship between man and woman came as a result of the fall.

The argument that women should not prophesy in church begins with mentioning a Scriptural basis and then misinterpreting a whole lot of other Scripture. 'There were loads of women prophetesses in the Bible, but they don't count because they were women and women have never been prophetesses because only men get to do that!' It's not exactly the world's best argument. Why not just discuss the relevant passage in the NT and leave it at that? I'm not a fan of Scripture being twisted to support an argument. Not everything needs to backed up with sixty different irrelevant quotations. I think the author needs to remember the story about the man who decided that he would live his life by the first verse he set eyes on when opening his eyes to a random page, and opened the Bible to 'he went and hanged himself'.

I'm also not a fan of 'here is a passage from Paul's letter... Odd numbered verses should be considered in light of the cultural traditions of the day, but even numbered verses should be taken literally'. Although there are many parts of the Bible where an understanding of the culture of the day does shed light on the Scripture in question, choosing whether or not to consider this based on whether or not it fits your argument gets you nowhere.In summary, this book says almost nothing about God's high calling for women. It says a lot about what women shouldn't do (REMEMBER, NO PROSTITUTE DRESSES IN CHURCH) but pretty much nothing else (there is a very brief mention of the need for women to be well-educated in Scripture so that they can raise their children to know God's word, but this takes about a fifth of the time devoted to the no stripping in church thing).

TLDR: full of blatant misreadings of Scripture, and about as enlightening as a broken lightbulb. And remember: no dressing like a hooker in church.

Would you ever listen to anything by John MacArthur again?

No. I had expected better from a relatively well-known Christian writer, but I was very disappointed with his method of (mis)reading Scripture.

How could the performance have been better?

A little less smug male self-satisfaction would have been nice. It would have made the book a little more palatable.

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

There were occasionally a few nuggets of wisdom hidden in the dungheap. Just not enough of them to make it worth spending two hours filtering dung with my ears.

Any additional comments?

I should make it clear that I'm not fundamentally opposed to some of what the author tries, and fails, to say. I actually agree that the New Testament teaches that women should not take on public preaching roles in church and that it is a blessing for a woman to be able to raise her children to know God and the Scriptures. I'm also pretty sure that church is not the place for dressing like a prostitute. I just have a really big problem with how MacArthur twists Scripture to the point where some of what he says (i.e. Eve fell because she disobeyed man, not because she disobeyed God) utterly contradicts the word of God.

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  • Faith of Our Fathers

  • Daily Devotional Collection from Inspired Christian Authors, Vol. 1
  • By: J. R. Miller, Jonathan Edwards, J. C. Ryle, and others
  • Narrated by: Christopher Glyn
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Many Christians still love to read the classic sermons and devotionals of the great 19th-century English preacher Charles H. Spurgeon. But there were many other Christian writers of the same era who also penned inspired devotionals. This collection of timeless treasures contains 100 classic devotionals from 23 inspired writers read for a modern audience by the unique and emotive voice of British narrator Christopher Glyn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn't work as an audiobook, but good content

  • By Jessica on 13-04-17

Doesn't work as an audiobook, but good content

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

Reviewed: 13-04-17

The content of this audiobook is good, and taken individually there is a lot of useful food for thought in each of the individual sections, but I must admit I really struggled to get through this. I think I would have got a lot more from it in printed book format - because each section was only five(ish) minutes long, if I was distracted for a minute I'd missed a significant amount of the section.

  • Running Like a Girl

  • By: Alexandra Heminsley
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Heminsley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483

Alexandra had high hopes: the arse of an athlete, the waist of a supermodel, the speed of a gazelle. Defeated by gyms and bored of yoga, she decided to run. Her first attempt did not end well. Six years later, she has run five marathons in two continents. But, as her dad says, you run with your head as much as with your legs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's not just for girls or runners

  • By Amazon Customer on 22-06-13

A verg enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 14-05-16

Excellent - really enjoyable and inspiring. One peeve - there is nothing more irritating than hearing someone refer to a toilet as a bathroom (in the interest of hygiene and general accuracy when referring to the public variety, let's just not). Unfortunately, a book about running is inevitably going to mention it at some point. Other than that, this book amused me during a couple of long trajn journeys and left me wanting to go out and run (like a girl).

  • Hunger for God

  • Desiring God Through Fasting and Prayer
  • By: John Piper
  • Narrated by: Cris Obrien
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

There is an appetite for God. And it can be awakened. I invite you to turn from the dulling effects of food and the dangers of idolatry, and to say with some simple fast: "This much, O God, I want you."Our appetites dictate the direction of our lives - whether it be the cravings of our stomachs, the passionate desire for possessions or power, or the longings of our spirits for God.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great book

  • By shauno on 15-10-18

Good overall, but wanders off-topic

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

Reviewed: 11-04-16

Started off well, but lost its subject (fasting) and spent a chapter ranting about abortion. I happen to agree with the author on the topic, but if I want to listen to a rant about abortion I will do - I don't really want it inserted into a book on fasting via a tenuous link. 'All these people in the Bible fasted and their motives/methods/pride pleased/displeased God. Because God rewards those who do His will and are nice to others without getting up themselves about the whole business, we should fast and pray about serioua world problems. I am now going to talk about abortion, abortion law in America, American governmental ills and how the Supreme Court ia a failure of democracy for 45 minutes.'

Having said that, the other five hours were excellent. I would just recommend skipping the last chapter as it really doesn't relate to the topic of the book. With that in mind, I would still recommend it to anyone interested in Christian fasting and a Biblical argument for it.

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,053
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056

A kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth from best-selling storytelling legend Neil Gaiman. A BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Anansi Boys, featuring an all-star cast lead by Lenny Henry, will premiere on Christmas Day 2017. Fat Charlie Nancy is not actually fat. He was fat once but he is definitely not fat now. No, right now Fat Charlie Nancy is angry, confused and more than a little scared - right now his life is spinning out of control, and it is all his dad's fault.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Anansi brought up to date

  • By Joyceline on 28-02-07

Not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 25-04-15

Would you try another book written by Neil Gaiman or narrated by Lenny Henry?

Yes - I'm a big fan of Neil Gaiman, as a rule, and I was quite happy with the narration.

Any additional comments?

I really couldn't get into Anansi Boys. I really don't enjoy stories or films where anyone is embarrassed, because it makes me cringe, and the first hour is all about how embarrassing Fat Charlie's dad was.
I didn't finish listening to this, but I wouldn't rule out ever going back and listening to the rest of it.

  • The Graveyard Book

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,710
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,150

When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this

  • By Mr. P Shaw on 25-11-08

A wonderful book for anyone of any age

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

Reviewed: 25-04-15

Where does The Graveyard Book rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Right up at the top, alongside Neverwhere (also a Gaiman), Heart of Darkness (Conrad) and Richard Armitage's reading of love poetry.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Graveyard Book?

The danse macabre!

Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favourite?

Miss Lupescu.

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

The final chapter where Bod was growing up made me want to cry into my tea - it was moving without being slushy and that made it all the more touching.

Any additional comments?

Listen to it! I avoided The Graveyard Book for a while, thinking that I wouldn't like it because it was written for children. Having read it, I'm very glad I changed my mind - it's a wonderful book. I think I read an interview with Gaiman once where he said that when he writes for children, he is particularly choosy about the words he uses, because as there are fewer words in children's novels he can't afford to be sloppy and use words that he just happens to like. You can really see that in The Graveyard Book, because the word and the sphrasing and the overall structure are just absolutely perfect.
On a slightly different note, I love that Bod's love of stories is reflected in the episodic structure of the novel - I can imagine the ghosts in the graveyard telling Bod's story in this way for centuries to come.

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised)

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,424
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,108

A dynamic remastering of the original BBC Radio 4 full-cast serial - Fit the First to Fit the Sixth - which spawned a phenomenal hitchhiking legend. The original series of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, remastered by Dirk Maggs (director of the Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential Phases) to give a full, vibrant sound, now with Philip Pope’s version of the familiar theme tune and specially re-recorded announcements by John Marsh. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • funny, adventurous and youthful

  • By Ryan on 07-10-09

Still hilarious

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

Reviewed: 01-04-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to be better than the print version?

No - they're equally fantastic in slightly different ways.

What other book might you compare The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to, and why?

It defies comparison. But don't panic.

Any additional comments?

This is a good books for clearing out the seat next to you on the bus. There's nothing quite like the snort of laughter that escapes after Slartibartfast announces that he loves fjords because they give a lovely baroque feeling to a continent for getting rid of gum-chewing cowards who don't want to sit next to the local nutter.

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  • Neverwhere

  • A BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatisation
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,299
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215

A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Adaptation

  • By flubb on 08-01-15

An excellent performance

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

Reviewed: 30-03-15

What made the experience of listening to Neverwhere [Adaptation] the most enjoyable?

It's a fantastic story read by brilliant actors.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

The Marquis de Carabas.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Mind the Gap.

"Sorry. Wrong London"

Any additional comments?

It would have been nice for there to be some sort of division between the end of the story and the beginning of the best quotes/bloopers/etc - having already listened to the unabridged version, I got massively confused when it just seemed to continue on after the ending. It took a few sentences for me to realise that I was listening to an assortment of great quotes.

  • Stardust

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776

In the English countryside at the dawn of the Victorian era, life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall. Tristan Thorn has lost his heart to the beautiful Victoria Forester, but she is as distant as the star they see fall from the sky one evening. For the prize of Victoria's hand, Tristan vows to retrieve the star for his beloved. It is an oath that sends the lovelorn swain over the town's ancient wall and into a world that is dangerous and strange beyond imagining.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A proper fairy story

  • By Beccameriel on 08-12-14

A fantastic fairy tale

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

Reviewed: 14-03-15

Where does Stardust rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

High - fantasy is probably my favourite genre to listen to and this is my second favourite fantasy audiobook after Neverwhere.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Primus! He has a hearty, booming sort of charm, despite the whole murderous intentions thing.

What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

He's fantastic at performing a wide range of voices and doesn't sound as if he's taking the mickey out of all his female characters.

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

I didn't have a particularly strong emotional reaction, but I really enjoyed listening to it and wanted to find out what happened at the end.

Any additional comments?

This book deserves five stars, but I listened to it straight after Neverwhere, which was absolutely brilliant.