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  • Faust

  • By: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Narrated by: Auriol Smith, Gunnar Cauthery, Stephen Critchlow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Faust is one of the pillars of Western literature. This classic drama presents the story of the scholar Faust, tempted into a contract with the Devil in return for a life of sensuality and power. Enjoyment rules, until Faust’s emotions are stirred by a meeting with Gretchen, and the tragic outcome brings Part 1 to an end. Part 2, written much later in Goethe’s life, places his eponymous hero in a variety of unexpected circumstances, causing him to reflect on humanity and its attitudes to life and death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A modern classic

  • By L WILSON on 13-07-16

A modern classic

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

Reviewed: 13-07-16

I Think this goes better as a drama than a book. It makes the story etc. flow making it easier to follow.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Cargo of Eagles

  • By: Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by: Philip Franks
  • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Albert Campion sets out to plumb the secrets of Saltey, an ancient hamlet on the Essex marshes. Once the haunt of smugglers, now it hides a secret rich and mysterious enough to trap all who enter – and someone in the village is willing to terrorise, murder, and raise the very devil to keep that secret to themselves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Only bettered if unabridged

  • By Michelle on 26-06-11

Well done Albert

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

Reviewed: 27-01-16

In spite of this being an abridged version of the book, I still found it first class

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Tapestried Chamber

  • By: Sir Walter Scott
  • Narrated by: Donna Barkman
  • Length: 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

This tale, published in 1828, is based on The Story of an Apparition, a ghost story published in Blackwood's 10 years earlier by an author identified only as A. B. Sir Walter Scott took that rather flimsy story and turned into a masterful tale of the supernatural.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good story ruined by the narrator

  • By L WILSON on 03-12-15

A good story ruined by the narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-12-15

This is a good short story written by Walter Scott. It's a shame about the reader, who succeeded in ruining it.
I wasn't sure if she was narrating the story, or trying to get into the Guinness Book of Records for reading it in the shortest time possible.

  • The Canterbury Tales [Blackstone]

  • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis, Jay Carnes, Ray Porter, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

In this edition, we hear, translated into modern English, 20-some tales, told in the voices of knight and merchant, wife and miller, squire and nun, and many more. Some are bawdy, some spiritual, some romantic, some mysterious, some chivalrous. Between the stories, the travelers converse, joke, and argue, revealing much about their individual outlooks upon life as well as what life was like in late 14th-century England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Olde English classic

  • By Zoe on 07-04-13

English Classic

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

I wish Goodreads allowed us a half mark, as this book is worth 4 1/2 star rating. I could not give it 5 as that belongs to the original Middle English version which I have read along side this version.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Case of the Love Commandos

  • By: Tarquin Hall
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

The wonderful fourth outing for Delhi detective Vish Puri. When Ram and Tulsi fall in love, the young woman’s parents are dead set against the union. She’s from a high-caste family; he’s an Untouchable, from the lowest strata of Indian society. Young Tulsi’s father locks her up and promises to hunt down the “loverboy dog.” Fortunately, India’s Love Commandos, a group of volunteers dedicated to helping mixed-caste couples, come to the rescue. But just after they liberate Tulsi, Ram is mysteriously snatched from his hiding place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining, funny and clever

  • By B Gumbrell on 21-06-15

Great series

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

Reviewed: 24-11-15

I was a delight to find people sitting down to eat a proper meal. From the many books I've read, I was beginning to think the majority of people eat on salad, noodles and pizza. I was also impressed by the main character being able to eat two Scottish Bonnets. I've only ever managed one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dead Witness

  • A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Detective Stories
  • By: Michael Sims
  • Narrated by: Dee Macaluso
  • Length: 23 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

The Dead Witness gathers the finest adventures among private and police detectives from the 19th century and into the early 20th - including a wide range of overlooked gems creating the finest ever anthology of Victorian detective stories. "The Dead Witness", the 1866 title story by Australian writer Mary Fortune, is the first known detective story by a woman, a suspenseful clue-strewn manhunt in the Outback. This forgotten treasure sets the tone for the whole anthology....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good collection of stories ruined by the narrator

  • By Peter on 26-03-14

Spoiled by bad narrator

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

Reviewed: 16-11-15

Poor reading, diction and substitutes Country for County. Sadly Reads with no feeling or inflection.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Odin: The Origins, History and Evolution of the Norse God

  • By: Jesse Harasta, Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Anthony R. Schlotzhauer
  • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

A one-eyed old man, with a gray cloak and a wide-brimmed hat leaning on a staff. A wanderer who appears when least expected, bringing triumph or doom. The god of prophecy, poetry and fate. A shape changer. A sorcerer. The god Odin cuts a dramatic figure in Norse mythology and is still a part of the popular imagination. He is the inspiration for figures like J.R.R. Tolkien's Gandalf the Grey, and he still appears in modern literature as varied as Marvel Comics and Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book,pity about the cyclist

  • By L WILSON on 18-10-15

Good Book,pity about the cyclist

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

Reviewed: 18-10-15

This would have been an excellent book if 'twas the for the cyclists who ripped through it as if he couldn't wait the get to the finishing line. Please select your readers better!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Initiation of Alice in Wonderland

  • The Looking Glass of Lewis Carroll
  • By: Philip Gardiner
  • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Strange lands, peculiar animated beings, and altered perceptions created to entertain and confuse. White rabbits, a mad queen, a baby transforming into a pig, and conundrums by the score - what on earth does it all mean? Lewis Carroll was the enigmatic man who created a magical and surreal reality populated by characters mined from the depths of his imagination. Were they simple tales of fantasy to entertain children, or something considerably more profound?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Shame about the presentation

  • By L WILSON on 10-10-15

Shame about the presentation

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

Reviewed: 10-10-15

The content had great potential, but I find speculation about the author is unnecessary. We could have done with a good narrator instead of a boring note reader, and "one of our operators will be with you soon" gingle in the background all through it. The large junk of music between the two parts was also unnecessary. I also noted that the jingle wasn't playing during his own opinion. Not Recommended!

  • Uncle Abner

  • Master of Mysteries
  • By: Melville Davisson Post
  • Narrated by: Walter Covell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

If you look at any listing of the ten most important books of detective stories published in the United States, chances are you will find Uncle Abner on most of them. It is generally recognized as one of the most important contributions to American dectective fiction between Poe and Hammett. In fact, there are some critics who call it the single finest collecton of American detective stories ever written.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as expected

  • By L WILSON on 12-03-15

Not as good as expected

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

Reviewed: 12-03-15

Having read reviews of this book, I have to admit to being more than a little disappointed. No way can these writings be compared to Doyle or Sayers.

  • Classic BBC Radio Horror: Appointment with Fear

  • By: Edgar Allan Poe, John Dickson Carr, Monckton Hoffe
  • Narrated by: Valentine Dyall, Marjorie Westbury, Marius Goring, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Four chilling episodes from the famous 1940s BBC radio series, introduced by Valentine Dyall, AKA The Man in Black. These are the four sole surviving episodes from the BBC archive: ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’ by Edgar Allan Poe (18/9/1943); ‘The Speaking Clock’ by John Dickson Carr (13/4/1944); ‘The Clock Strikes Eight’ by John Dickson Carr(18/5/1944); ‘And The Deep Shuddered’ by Monckton Hoffe (20/11/1945). Amongst the cast are Marjorie Westbury, Marius Goring and Gladys Spencer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Childhood memories

  • By L WILSON on 12-03-15

Childhood memories

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

Reviewed: 12-03-15

This was an excellent series. I loved listening to it. It was exciting waiting to hear the next story the following week. Nice to know a new generation can enjoy these remaining stories.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful