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  • A Time of Love and Tartan

  • 44 Scotland Street, Book 12
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

If only Pat Macgregor had an inkling of the embarrassment - romantic, professional, even aesthetic - that flowed from accepting narcissistic ex-boyfriend Bruce Anderson's invitation for coffee, she would never have said yes. And if only Matthew, her boss at the art gallery, hadn't wandered into his local bookshop and picked up a particular book at a particular time, he would never have knocked over his former English teacher or attracted the attentions of the police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • marvellous!

  • By "julietdawn" on 11-12-18

David Rintoul is superb

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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: 18-11-17

I love this series of novels. They are witty and poignant. Life is beginning to come right for Bertie and his father, Stuart. As stated above, David Rintoul is an excellent narrator. Why hasn't he done the earlier ones? Please, an English accent on the earlier ones? They need to be redone. I'll buy them all when Rintoul does them.

  • The Year of Living Danishly

  • Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country
  • By: Helen Russell
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,440

When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn't Disneyland but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long, dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries. What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born or made?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Year Of Writing Heinously more like!

  • By D. Payne on 22-03-18

Enchanting

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

Reviewed: 01-10-16

I found my children and husband listening as there is just so much humour, insight and information. I envy her experience. We should all go to Denmark!

  • The Shepherd's Life

  • By: James Rebanks
  • Narrated by: Bryan Dick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442

These modern dispatches from an ancient landscape tell the story of a deep-rooted attachment to place, describing a way of life that is little noticed and yet has profoundly shaped this landscape. In evocative and lucid prose, James Rebanks takes us through a shepherd's year, offering a unique account of rural life and a fundamental connection with the land that most of us have lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Ms J Randalls on 01-12-15

you will love this

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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: 29-09-16

this a personal and unsentimental memoir of a life that, I hope will never disappear. Bryan Dick narrates in the UK a lovely Cumbrian accent. that adds to the atmosphere.

  • Bleak House

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Hugh Dickson
  • Length: 37 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

The case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce has ground its way through the courts for generations. At its heart are Ada Clare and Richard Carstone, who find love - and terrible loss - through their involvement in the endless battle. Meanwhile, her friend Esther Summeson, who believes she is an orphan, gradually discovers the truth of her identity. The court case throws out a web ensnaring all who come near it, including Lady Dedlock, the menacing lawyer Tulkingham, detective Bucket and tragic little waif Jo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bleak House far from bleak

  • By Jane on 23-04-09

My favourite Dickens

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

Reviewed: 29-07-16

Excellently told. Hugh Dickson gives a wonderful performance. Dickens combines humour with dark social critique.

  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 218

Jane Austen's most popular novel, originally published in 1813, some 17 years after it was first written, presents the Bennet family of Longbourn. Against the background of gossipy Mrs. Bennet and the detached Mr. Bennet, the quest is on for husbands for the five daughters. The spotlight falls on Elizabeth, second eldest, who is courted by Darcy, though initially she is more concerned with the fate of her other sisters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best narrator ever!

  • By Hannah on 25-11-06

beautifully rendered

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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: 12-04-16

I won't sport with anyone's intelligence by critiquing Jane Austen but Emilia Fox's delivery is outstanding.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Blackhouse

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,780

The Isle of Lewis is the most desolate and harshly beautiful place in Scotland. When a bloody murder on the island bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburgh, police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate. Since Fin himself was raised on the island, the investigation represents not only a journey home but a voyage into his past. Each year twelve island men sail out to a remote and treacherous rock called An Sgeir on a perilous quest to slaughter nesting seabirds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book

  • By Flint on 09-04-16

alba noir

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-16

Gripping, atmospheric; skillful use of flashbacks woven into a present day mystery. Homage to tradition.

  • Deep Sleep Deep Relaxation Subliminal

  • Binaural Beats Solfeggio Harmonics Confidence And Self Esteem While You Sleep Or Power Nap
  • By: Subliminal Hypnosis
  • Narrated by: Joel Thielke
  • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

This subliminal hypnosis program is the answer to all your sleeping problems. By using subliminal techniques, your subconscious mind will receive subliminal messages that will allow your thoughts to calm themselves and let you relax deeply so that you can fall asleep quickly and stay asleep. Even power naps will become more refreshing as you learn how to fall into a deep, relaxing sleep that will leave you feeling recharged and rejuvenated even if you are only asleep for a short time. All you have to do is sit back and relax, and let your subconscious mind do all the work for you!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • it really works

  • By mcawood on 03-01-16

it really works

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

The sounds of gentle rain and hypnotic suggestions distract an overactive mind and bring sleep.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Adam Bede

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Adam Bede, the novel that Alexandre Dumas called "the masterpiece of the century", is set in the English Midlands at the turn of the eighteenth century. It is the moving story of three people troubled by unwise love. Adam Bede, a young man possessing dignity and character, loves too blindly; Hetty Sorrel, pretty, vain, and self-centered, loves too recklessly; and Arthur Donnithorne, a dashing young squire, loves too carelessly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An astounding performance.

  • By mcawood on 06-10-15

An astounding performance.

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

Reviewed: 06-10-15

The range of accents and expression makes this story come alive. It is a demanding novel and May's performance does full justice to Eliot's scope and breadth.

  • The Sound of Waves

  • By: Yukio Mishima
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Set in a remote fishing village in Japan, The Sound of Waves is a timeless story of first love. A young fisherman is entranced at the sight of the beautiful daughter of the wealthiest man in the village. They fall in love, but must then endure the calumny and gossip of the villagers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Through That Perilous Night

  • By Antti on 27-10-14

A gem

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

What did you like most about The Sound of Waves?

This is a gentle story of integrity and redemption set in an island community in Japan.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Shinji is a young and dignified character. His loyalty to his love, and hers to him, shows the commitment of two people who live for each other.

What about Brian Nishii’s performance did you like?

The narrator's performance was understated and perfect for the requirements of the novel.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The restraint, dignity and fidelity of the characters shows the courage of the human soul enduring the difficulties of human life and love.