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  • Lady Chatterley's Lover

  • By: D H Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

The story of Lady Chatterley and her love for her husband's gamekeeper outraged the sensibilities of Edwardian England. Lawrence had already been dismissed as a purveyor of the obscene for the attitudes to sex that he had shown in The Rainbow, which had been fiercely suppressed on its publication in 1915. Chatterley, written in several versions around 1928 in Italy in the final part of Lawrence's life, was a deliberate choice on the author's part to address sex head on.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Probably a five 🌟 book, but my courage failed me.

  • By Cara on 30-12-17

Probably a five 🌟 book, but my courage failed me.

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

Reviewed: 30-12-17

I've never read a book like this before. I know that he had very many important things to say so I tried to shelve the prude in me so that I could hear what he had to say. Having read a few other Lawrence I knew that he could use ,'naughtiness' to make his point. His use of language is quite beautiful. That's when it's deliberately not! He was a brave man for his time - no wonder the book was banned. Even today this could be seen as very explicit. I don't think that it is needlessly excessive in its use of crudeness. No rude word was accidentally written. He set out to crush such taboos for once and for all!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lady Audley's Secret

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Kim Hicks
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Lady Audley is universally adored: Beautiful, kind and charming, she enamors all whom she meets. It is not until the strange disappearance of widower George Talboys that her behavior takes an odd turn. George's friend, Robert Audley, Lady Audley's nephew-in-law, is on the case; an upper-class layabout turned detective, he is determined to get to the bottom of things.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very compelling story.

  • By Jonathan on 08-02-17

Yes, she is something of an enigma!

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

Reviewed: 24-12-17

I absolutely loved this book! My interest was held consistently and I didn't want it to end. Such an interesting story - twisting and turning in unexpected directions. Deeply satisfying!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Can You Forgive Her?

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: David Shaw-Parker
  • Length: 33 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Young, attractive and wealthy, Alice Vavasor is a woman in the prime of her life. And yet one question torments her: "What should a woman do with her life?" Torn between the kind but dull Mr. Grey and her dangerous and exciting cousin George, she is prone to constant indecision and uncertainty, much to the detriment of Mr. Grey. Can You Forgive Her? is a crisp and engaging novel, brimming with romance, humor, and pathos. It is the first of six in Trollope's celebrated Palliser series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling tale

  • By MadgeUK on 02-09-17

Another age comes to life

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

Reviewed: 14-12-17

This is a wonderful book with so many interesting characters and storylines. Despite the politics of the time being somewhat foreign to me, I felt very much at home in this era. Unfortunately I had to return to 2017! Trollope is very definitely one of my favourites!

  • The Small House at Allington

  • Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 5
  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: David Shaw-Parker
  • Length: 25 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

The fifth novel in the Chronicles of Barsetshire, The Small House at Allington, concerns the lives of the two Dale girls, Lily and Bell, who live at the Small House. While Bell is in love with the local doctor James Crofts, Lily is pursued by two men: the worldly, rich and handsome Adolphus Crosbie and the poor but honest Johnny Eames. With each determined to gain her hand in marriage, who will she choose?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sad to say goodbye

  • By Cara on 01-05-17

Sad to say goodbye

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

I loved the various characters. David Shaw-Parker​ ISA delightful narrator. he makes an already good book great! Enjoyed but now I miss them.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Framley Parsonage

  • Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 4
  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: David Shaw-Parker
  • Length: 21 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

In Framley Parsonage, the fourth novel of Trollope's Chronicles of Barsetshire, the author leaves the confines of Barchester and looks to the countryside, where he relates the moral difficulties of Mark Robarts, the young clergyman who has recently been appointed Vicar of Framley. Desperate to keep up with the local aristocracy, the country parson is persuaded to underwrite the debts of Sowerby, a well-respected peer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Enjoyable Book<br />

  • By Amazon Customer on 28-06-16

Mr Trollope, how could one not love you!

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

Anthony Trollope doesn't know how to disappoint. My only feelings of dread are palpable when I imagine the Barsetshire Chronicles coming to an end. How am I going to survive? Read more Trollope of course, while realising that other books penned by him are different in flavour. The couple of books that I've read from a different series are excellent too, but they could as easily be written by someone else. This only goes to show what a versatile author he is. I do wish that there were endless numbers of these books ahead of me. Mrs Gaskell did say that she wished he would write Framley Parsonage forever! I understand now ...

  • Far From the Madding Crowd

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Jamie Parker
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

In a remote corner of early Victorian England, where traditional practices remain untouched by time, Bathsheba Everdene stands out as a beacon of female independence and self-reliance. However, when confronted with three suitors, among them the dashing Sergeant Troy, she shows a reckless capriciousness that threatens the stability of the whole community. Published in 1874, and an immediate best seller, Far From the Madding Crowd established Thomas Hardy as one of Britain's foremost novelists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great reading/performance by Jamie Parker.

  • By smileyguillum on 03-10-16

Hardy delights!

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

Reviewed: 27-11-16

This wonderful story was narrated to advantage by the wonderful Jamie Parker! How does he manage all of those wonderful accents?! I shall search for titles rendered even more stunning by this son of RADA.

Thomas Hardy is a poet first and foremost. Of this I am glad! His poetic descriptions burst on to the page, bringing nature and its scenery to vibrant life. Colours dance in striking harmony; the anger of the elements ravages crops. We feel it all. We are alternately shocked to the core and cradled by the beauty of his words.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dr Thorne

  • Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 3
  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: David Shaw-Parker
  • Length: 22 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

It tells the tale of Frank Gresham and Mary Thorne, a couple intent on marriage despite their conflicting social backgrounds. Frank is engaged in a fierce battle with his family as his mother vehemently opposes the marriage and pushes him to marry a wealthy heiress; however, Frank shuns her attempts and is determined to accept Mary on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's a treat

  • By Milica on 02-11-16

I cannot get enough of Mr Trollope

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

Reviewed: 14-11-16


Trollope does not disappoint. His characters are delightful and his humour exquisite! Looking forward to the next one in the series 'Chronicles of Barsetshire'.