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  • A Kind Man

  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Maggie Ollerenshaw
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Tommy Carr was a kind man; Eve had been able to tell that after half an hour of knowing him. There had never been a day when he had not shown her some small kindness. The birth of a daughter, Jeannie Eliza, crowns the young couple’s happiness - just as her shockingly early death casts them low. But they do not need to talk about Jeannie because she remains with them, and their love does not change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a kindman

  • By barbara bar on 14-04-13

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 02-11-17

This is a beautiful, sad and heartwarming story that the narrator tells movingly bringing out the character's calmness, emotion and motivation. I shall be going back to it again.

  • Wuthering Nights: An Erotic Retelling of Wuthering Heights

  • By: Emily Bronte, I.J. Miller
  • Narrated by: Joy Pratt
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Romantics everywhere have been enthralled by Emily Bronte's classic novel of the tragic love between beautiful, spirited Catherine Earnshaw and dark, brooding Heathcliff. The restrained desire between these two star-crossed lovers has always smoldered on the page. And now it ignites into an uncontrollable blaze. In Wuthering Nights, writer I.J. Miller reimagines this timeless story to reveal the passion between Catherine and Heathcliff - in all its forbidden glory.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Porn by another name.....

  • By Sara on 31-03-16

Certainly fills the gaps!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

Would you listen to Wuthering Nights: An Erotic Retelling of Wuthering Heights again? Why?

Most certainly. A confident delivery, appropriately matched to character and regional accent works beautifully, even if Heathcliff sometimes seems a little comedy Yorkshire. The story follows accurately that of the original accurately, and has some really nice touches bringing in words, phrases and speeches I remember well.

The erotic aspects are well written, most certainly explicit and, one must say, thoroughly enjoyable. They fit with the characters and situations perfectly, and you can imagine perfectly that these are the missing elements from Bronte's original - if only the Victorian publishers had been a little more open minded I like to think this is exactly what she had in mind!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tricky. Nellie is considerably less annoying than in the original, and Catherine is perhaps more self-indulgent... Isabella becomes a more rounded character, and you do feel for both her temptation and predicament as we proceed. Hindley is as obnoxious as ever... On balance I think probably Heathcliff, brutal as he is in his frustration and anger, but it's a close run thing between him, Catherine and Nellie,

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

She delivers the story well, with a tone that is engaging. At no point does she try and overplay the erotic aspects with faux sensuality, which frequently destroys the erotic element of audiobooks. She reads the whole as a proper story superbly, with excellent pace, intonation and characterisation; if there's one thing she brings that I couldn't have gained from a reading, it's the feminine voice, which adds immensely to the story.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Ha! Not laugh or cry, but it did elicit a reaction.

Any additional comments?

One of the best erotic books I've read or listened to, with excellent narration.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • City of Women

  • By: David R. Gillham
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Bertish
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

It is 1943 - the height of the Second World War. With the men taken by the army, Berlin has become a city of women. And while her husband fights on the Eastern Front, Sigrid Schröder is, for all intents and purposes, the model soldier's wife: She goes to work every day, does as much with her rations as she can, and dutifully cares for her meddling mother-in-law, all the while ignoring the horrific immoralities of the regime. But behind this façade is an entirely different Sigrid, a woman who dreams of her former Jewish lover.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favourite listen of 2013

  • By Fibri on 10-12-13

Sadly disconnected

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

Would you listen to City of Women again? Why?

I would certainly read it, whether I would listen again is another matter. What should be a really engaging story is sullied by a somewhat cold delivery. I'm not sure whether that's because the lead character is cold and aloof, or whether it's the delivery that has he words delivered exceedingly forcefully, which makes you feel she's almost shouting at the others in the story.
That said, the gradual immersion in the lot works well, and the slow realisation of the propaganda the citizens are being fed works well, and the characters surrounding her are well rounded and believable. Just a shame about that steam-rollering disconnection.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The slight and yet exceedingly strong willed young lady who leads with bravery, courage and not a little recklessness our heroine to act rather than wallow.

What three words best describe Suzanne Bertish’s performance?

Cold, disconnected, confident

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

No, it wasn't that engaging, although as you get into the story of Auntie and the undercover world, it certainly becomes much more engaging.

  • The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 2

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, cast
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,262

The thrilling second book in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, read by the author and a full cast. In this stunning sequel to Northern Lights, the intrepid Lyra Silvertongue and her daemon, Pantalaimon, find themselves in a shimmering, haunted other world – Cittagazze where soul-eating Spectres stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. Here she meets twelve-year-old Will Parry, a fugitive from a third universe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book... but why the changes?

  • By Kirsty on 06-01-08

Why Americanise?

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

Wonderful story, well told, but why do we have to put up with an American translation? Sidewalk, traffic circle... It really annoys me and spoilt the presentation. Don't do it.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful