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  • Treasure Island

  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Gabriel Woolf
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

First published in 1883, Treasure Island remains one of Robert Louis Stevenson's best-known and best-loved works.

A classic coming of age adventure, featuring buried treasure, treacherous pirates, and the eponymous Long John Silver, Treasure Island tells the enthralling story of Jim Hawkins, a young cabin boy, who sets sail on an 18th century voyage in search of a pirate's buried gold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fifteen men on a dead man's chest?

  • By Dai Griffiths on 09-11-08

A great reading by Gabriel Woolf

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

I've tried several of the RNIB readings and Treasure Island is by far the best in terms of quality and enjoyment.
Gabriel Woolf has a wonderful voice and his accents are excellent. Definitely an audiobook I'll happily listen to to again and again.

  • The Warden

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Nigel Hawthorne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Set in the world of the Victorian professional and landed classes, the story centres on Mr Harding, a clergyman of great personal integrity who is nevertheless in possession of an income from a charity far in excess of the sum devoted to it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Trollope perfectly read by Nigel Hawthorne

  • By APD on 25-07-18

Trollope perfectly read by Nigel Hawthorne

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

Reviewed: 25-07-18

A perfect reading of Trollope's the Warden by the much missed Nigel Hawthorne.
A few audio glitches (e.g. ~4:52:18) and accidental cuts at the end of audio chapters (e.g. ~2:35:04), but, otherwise, an excellent reading that kept my interest for almost 8 hours.

A bargain at £2.49 when bought with the Kindle eBook (~£1). However, I haven't been able to synchronise the audio & text, and, to be perfectly honest, I'd rather either listen or read this gentle story - not both! (If it was a play or poetry, then perhaps it would work.)

  • Dorothy L. Sayers

  • A Careless Rage for Life
  • By: David Coomes
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Known to millions as the creator of Lord Peter Wimsey and the best-selling author of a dozen detective novels, Dorothy Leigh Sayers was in reality a complex woman - moved, she said, by “a careless rage for life.” It is this complex Sayers, brilliant student, controversial apologist, witty, bawdy, intolerant of fools - he woman “terrified of emotion” - who is revealed in this new biography.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting biography, sound quality too harsh

  • By APD on 25-07-18

Interesting biography, sound quality too harsh

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

Reviewed: 25-07-18

As a Dorothy L Sayers fan I was excited to find this reading of David Coomes' biography.
However, I've struggled with the audio quality - Wanda McCaddon is clearly a good reader, but the audio is very harsh and hard on my ears, I suspect it's a digitisation issue.
I've enjoyed listening to Wanda McCaddon reading EF Benson's Miss Mapp (in her other guise of Nadia May), so I don't believe it could be her mellifluous tones.

  • The Five Jars

  • By: M. R. James
  • Narrated by: Roy Macready
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

M. R. James (1862-1936) was provost of King's College, Cambridge, and Eton College. He was a highly regarded scholar and academic but is today remembered for his ghost stories, which are considered among the finest in the genre. His short novel for children, The Five Jars, is a bewitching fairy tale in the form of a letter to a young friend, telling of the writer's strange experiences after discovering a box containing five jars with labels that indicate the mysterious powers of their contents.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great reading, terrible AUDIBLE audio

  • By APD on 20-07-18

Great reading, terrible AUDIBLE audio

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

Reviewed: 20-07-18

Roy Macready is an excellent reader - he brings MR James to life and his voice reminds me of Peter Tuddenham's. A beautifully paced reading as with his MR James Ghost Stories and other readings.

Sadly, AUDIBLE have done their usual "magic" on the audio quality of this recording and it has a lot of audio compression artefacts and harsh sound. Why is the best quality available barely 64kbps?
Come on AUDIBLE, buck up your audio ideas and join the 21st century - this is far worse than a 30 year old analogue audio cassette recording.

  • Ghost Stories - Volume Two

  • By: M. R. James
  • Narrated by: Roy Macready
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

M. R. James (1862-1936) was provost of King's College, Cambridge, and Eton College. He was a highly regarded scholar and academic in his time but today is remembered for his ghost stories, which are considered among the finest in the genre. The six stories in Volume Two are: "The Ash Tree", "Martin's Close", "Lost Hearts", "The Tractate Middoth", "After Dark in the Playing Fields", and "Wailing Well".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent MRJ readings - poor AUDIBLE quality

  • By APD on 23-03-17

Excellent MRJ readings - poor AUDIBLE quality

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

Reviewed: 23-03-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The audio quality. Come on AUDIBLE (not the excellent Roy Macready) gives us decent quality audio.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ghost Stories - Volume Two?

The Tractate Middoth when Eldred is first seen.

What about Roy Macready’s performance did you like?

His characterisation and the different voices. Roy Macready's voice reminds me of Peter Tuddenham - perfect for MR James ghost stories

Did Ghost Stories - Volume Two inspire you to do anything?

Complain to AUDIBLE about the audio quality yet again.

Any additional comments?

Why is the audio ENHANCED AUDIBLE audio quality so poor? 64kbps and ~95MB for over 3 hours of audio is terrible.

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  • The Chronicles of Clovis

  • By: H. H. Munro - Saki
  • Narrated by: Ian Richardson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

The Chronicles of Clovis, published in 1911, was the third in Saki (H. H. Munro)'s series of very funny and very vicious stories. As an insider, Saki was ideally poised to eviscerate the Edwardian middle class way of life, and his pitiless and magnetic sense of humour - teamed with an ability to wield that sharpest of writer's tools, the (very) short story - makes these some of the funniest and most quotable of tales. All of the running themes in Saki's work are here.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Joy of Saki

  • By Hawfinch on 11-12-15

Perfect reading - attrocious audio quality

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Having decent quality audio - how can a 7 hour reading fit in to an 80MB file? The audio is very harsh and ruins Ian Richardson's reading.

Which character – as performed by Ian Richardson – was your favourite?

Clovis

Any additional comments?

For the price, why not supply us with decent audio quality? This is far worse than tape!