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  • The Silk Roads

  • A New History of the World
  • By: Peter Frankopan
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,910

The sun is setting on the Western world. Slowly but surely, the direction in which the world spins has reversed: where for the last five centuries the globe turned westward on its axis, it now turns to the east.... For centuries, fame and fortune were to be found in the West - in the New World of the Americas. Today it is the East that calls out to those in search of adventure and riches. The region stretching from Eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia, deep into China and India, is taking center stage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor reading.

  • By Paul on 29-08-17

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 13-04-16

Really interesting and thought provoking. Well read. A ittle complex to follow at the beginning so I am looking forward to a second listen.

  • Catherine the Great

  • Portrait of a Woman
  • By: Robert K. Massie
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a woman!

  • By Jim on 29-05-13

Sometimes reads like a glossy magazine

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

Reviewed: 24-01-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I might recommend the book, but in paper form. The narrator reads well but insists on using a very annoying, breathy female voice for Catherine and other female characters and uses these voices a lot. The title is "A Portrait of a Woman" and does dwell a lot on her life as a woman, her lovers in particular, which at times makes it read like an article from 'Hello'. The 'history' chapters were well written and narrated. I just wish there had been more of them.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Catherine the Great?

Her seizure of power as the Empress.

Would you be willing to try another one of Mark Deakins’s performances?

Possibly not. Only if assured there were no female impersonations, because otherwise he reads very well. Some the foreign accents were a bit hammy as well.

Did Catherine the Great inspire you to do anything?

Find out more about Peter the Great and The Russian Revolution.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,851

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had doubts, I never should have. Brilliant

  • By Andy on 26-01-15

Great narration with the 3 readers

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

Reviewed: 28-04-15

I found the initial build-up a little slow but eventually got into the flow and listened to the final hours in one go. Lots of terribly flawed characters all of whom were hard to like or empathise with unless perhaps you have an alcohol dependency. Interesting use of a diary-like format but one where the victim describes in the first person the moment up to their own death. I did find the ending exciting.

  • Azincourt [Agincourt]

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Torsten Wahlund
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Slaget vid Azincourt är ett av världens mest berömda slag. En liten sjuk och hungrig armés seger över en fem gånger större ­ fiende. Kung Henrik V beslutar att anfalla Frankrike för att hävda sin rätt som kung, men lider ett massivt nederlag i Harfleur. Trots detta tar han sin svårt sargade här vidare mot ett till synes oundvikligt nederlag. Den 25 oktober 1415 står hans 6 000 man öga mot öga med 30 000 franska soldater i Azincourt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's in Swedish

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-04-12

It's in Swedish

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-12

Hmmm....how did I not spot this was in Swedish before I downloaded it, given even the blurb was in Swedish?

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Thérèse Raquin

  • By: Emile Zola
  • Narrated by: Kate Winslet
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 266

Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet ( The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • gripping and vivid

  • By Rebecca on 08-04-12

Dark story, beautifully read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-12

I would have loved to have read the paper version of this book myself but Kate Winslet's reading was the next best thing. The story is mesmerising and the narration drags you into a dark, suffocating atmosphere steadily descending into terrifying madness.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall

  • By: Paul Torday
  • Narrated by: Richard Mitchley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

From the best-selling author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen comes a story of inheritance, a great country house, and a way of life that is disappearing...Ed Hartlepool has been living in self-imposed exile for five years, but with a settlement regarding his inheritance looming, he must return to his ancestral seat, Hartlepool Hall.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Legacy

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-02-12

The Legacy

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-12

This book is full of dark humour which you sometimes find yourself smiling at despite the subject matter not being something you should be smiling at. At the beginning of the book I thought the story was going to be more farce-like but actually turned out to touch on some fairly serious subjects with feeling and pathos. The only think I found slightly annoying was that it almost felt like the story was written and then the editor moved some chapters around to add a level of suspence/surprise to the story. However, when the 'truth' was revealed it was never a great surprise so it might have been better just to tell the story straight, so to speak. It was very well read and I will look for more books by this narrator, and look forward to more books by this author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Heaven's Command

  • An Imperial Progress - Pax Britannica, Volume 1
  • By: Jan Morris
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

The Pax Britannica trilogy is Jan Morris’s epic story of the British Empire from the accession of Queen Victoria to the death of Winston Churchill. It is a towering achievement: informative, accessible, entertaining and written with all her usual bravura. Heaven’s Command, the first volume, takes us from the crowning of Queen Victoria in 1837 to the Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The story moves effortlessly across the world, from the English shores to Fiji, Zululand, the Canadian prairies and beyond. Totally gripping history!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining

  • By Amazon Customer on 31-08-11

Very entertaining

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-08-11

An enjoyable voyage through the history of empire building, jumping from country to country with enough detail to get a good understanding without getting bogged down in it. The book probably does pick and choose the most sensational parts of the imperial progress, but often this whets the appetite to read more on a particular subject that by necessity the author could only recount at a fairly high level. The book is not only about the battles of empire, but includes fascinating sections, for example, on the great explorers

7 of 8 people found this review helpful