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  • Twelve Years a Slave

  • By: Solomon Northup
  • Narrated by: Hugh Quarshie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532

Hugh Quarshie reads the extraordinary autobiography of Solomon Northup. His harrowing true story, first published in 1853, was a key factor in the national debate over slavery prior to the American Civil War, significantly changing public opinion on the topic of abolition. It tells the horrifying tale of Solomon Northup, an educated, free black man living with his wife and children in New York State, whose life takes an appalling turn when he is kidnapped, drugged and sold into slavery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • True Character

  • By BillyBlackBear on 21-03-14

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 06-04-15

Very nice tone and pace to the reading this made the rich language even more enjoyable to hear than it would have been had I read the book. I had seen the film and wanted to learn more which I am not sure I did but felt I should listen to the wider story. Interesting but not quite as good as I had hoped.

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  • Dear Fatty

  • By: Dawn French
  • Narrated by: Liza Tarbuck
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499

With a sharp eye for comic detail and a wicked ear for the absurdities of life, Dawn French shows just how an RAF girl from the west country with dreams of becoming a ballerina/bridesmaid/thief rose to become one of the best-loved comedy actresses of our time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Fabulous

  • By Christine on 02-12-08

An enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 24-08-13

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

Top three

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dear Fatty?

Lots of stories of family, loved the grannies and the queen,other story and the letter to her niece and daughter.

What about Liza Tarbuck’s performance did you like?

It was better than expected, I'm not a fan of Liza Tarbucks radio sessions so was anxious I would find the book a bit much but was pleasantly surprised to forget that it was her by the end.

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

Both seep realty, lots of chuckles

Any additional comments?

A nice easy listen with warmth and humour. Thank you

  • Long Walk to Freedom

  • The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
  • By: Nelson Mandela
  • Narrated by: Danny Glover
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297

The riveting memoirs of the outstanding moral and political leader of our time, Long Walk to Freedom brilliantly re-creates the drama of the experiences that helped shape Nelson Mandela's destiny. Emotive, compelling, and uplifting, Long Walk to Freedom is the exhilarating story of an epic life; a story of hardship, resilience, and ultimate triumph told with the clarity and eloquence of a born leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating & beautifully narrated.

  • By Karen on 27-08-06

Lacking warmth and depth of narration

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

Reviewed: 24-08-13

Would you listen to Long Walk to Freedom again? Why?

. I would listen to this book again but not until it is read by a better voice sorry.

How could the performance have been better?

I have already listened to conversations with myself and found it a beautiful listen, I had hoped for the same warmth and to learn more about this great man but sadly the American accent really affected this books listening, I found myself switching off and at times becoming annoyed by the lack of beauty that can be heard when the African language is pronounced in a tongue capable of giving it the rolls and ripples it deserves

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