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Cassandra Watts

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  • Nineteen Eighty-Four

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,832

Big Brother is watching you.... 1984 is the year in which it happens. The world is divided into three superstates. In Oceania, the Party’s power is absolute. Every action, word, gesture and thought is monitored under the watchful eye of Big Brother and the Thought Police. In the Ministry of Truth, the Party’s department for propaganda, Winston Smith’s job is to edit the past. Over time, the impulse to escape the machine and live independently takes hold of him and he embarks on a secret and forbidden love affair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent narration.

  • By Chris on 20-12-16

An absolute classic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-07-18

Thought provoking, and hard hitting because of how much it resonates with modern society. A powerful book, well written and narrated.

  • Skippy Dies

  • By: Paul Murray
  • Narrated by: Patrick Moy
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

Skippy and Ruprecht are having a doughnut-eating race one evening when Skippy turns purple and falls off his chair . . .And so begins this epic, tragic, comic, brilliant novel set in and around Dublin’s Seabrook College for Boys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspired, funny, heartrending & addicitive!

  • By Linda A. Davies on 24-06-11

Funny, sad and dark

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-07-18

A fantastic book that explores different themes; some relatable, and some dark and very sad. A thought provoking book, well read and hard to put down!

  • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Andrew Scott
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Penguin presents Roald Dahl's The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More, read by Andrew Scott. Roald Dahl turns his pen to anything, twisting everyday life into powerful and sometimes terrifying fantasies. Seven superb stories, full of Roald Dahl's usual magic, mystery and suspense: meet the boy who can talk to animals and the man who can see with his eyes closed, and find out about the treasure buried deep underground on Thistley Green.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable but not top class Dahl

  • By Patrick on 20-12-15

Great stories, not the best narration

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

I really enjoyed the stories but the narrator could have improved a little. In ‘the wonderful story of Henry Sugar’, sometimes the way he narrates doesn’t actually fit with what is going on, like when the man is excited and he is whispering the dialogue. I’ve heard a BBC version of that story which I much prefer. However his performance in the other stories was alright.

  • Corduroy Mansions

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Corduroy Mansions is the affectionate nickname given to a genteelly crumbling mansion block in London's vibrant Pimlico. This is the home patch of - among others - a lovelorn literary agent, possibly the first ever nasty Liberal Democrat MP and Freddie de la Hay, an urbane terrier trained to be vegetarian and respectful of feline rights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like chocolate for the ears.

  • By Vivien on 08-08-09

Gentle

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

Reviewed: 21-10-17

Very gentle story, little bits of silliness which make it relatable. A relaxing listen, ideal for bedtime :-)

  • The Miracle at Speedy Motors

  • No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

It has never occurred to Precious Ramotswe, as she discusses over cups of bush tea with her associate Mma Makutsi such important matters as the afterlife and the purchase of a fine new bed with a heart-shaped headboard, that there may be disadvantages to being the best-known lady detective in Botswana.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Carries on as a good feel listen

  • By Sandra on 10-05-08

A gentle and amusing addition to the series

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

Reviewed: 09-09-17

What made the experience of listening to The Miracle at Speedy Motors the most enjoyable?

A gentle storyline, amusing and made more enjoyable by the wonderful narration.

What does Adjoa Andoh bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I enjoy the way she brings life to each character in a unique way. You can really imagine each person :-)