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  • Apprentice - Scarlet City - Part I

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,927

A rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London, the Scarlet City, the centre of medieval England, the Scarlet City trilogy is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!!

  • By Daniel on 09-12-17

Great historical drama

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

Reviewed: 20-02-18

nice dramatic story, although the main character isn't always as likeable. but I guess all of us are flawed ;) great reading by Miriam Marguiles and very good performances from the other actors. Annettes voice is a bit too helpless for me though.

Nicely adapted, but sometimes the music was a bit too alike between chapters. or it was too ominous when the story was light-hearted.. personally, I think there didn't need to be music underlying all the narrations, the background noises were well done though!

I want to know what happens so I'm getting the next one, guess that says it all!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Company of Liars

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,343

On this day of ill omen, plague makes its entrance. Within weeks, swathes of England will be darkened by death's shadow. While panic and suspicion flood the land, a small band of travelers comes together to outrun the breakdown in law and order. But when one of their number is found hanging from a tree, the chilling discovery confirms that something more sinister than plague is in their midst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Medieval Road Movie - Well worth a listen

  • By I. Jamie on 02-02-09

very dark and gruesome

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

Reviewed: 22-02-17

I love historical novels and after seeing so many great reviews couldn't wait to get started. although the storytelling is pretty good it's just too much blood and spooky stuff for me. I've read lots of bloody books about the iron age or Vikings but I just couldn't see the point of it here plus the 'supernatural or not' element was too much for me. very dissapointed.

  • A Christmas Carol

  • By: Charles Dickens, R. D. Carstairs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi, Kenneth Cranham, Miriam Margolyes, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,053

'If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips, would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!' Charles Dickens’ ghostly tale of sour and stingy miser Ebenezer Scrooge has captivated readers, listeners and audiences for over 150 years. This Christmas, Audible Studios brings this story to life in an audio drama featuring an all-star cast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THANK YOU 🎄🤶🏻🎄& Merry Christmas

  • By Highlight on 14-12-16

great - lovely Christmas present

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

Reviewed: 16-12-16

A wonderful, stunning performance of a great book. I thoroughly enjoyed this, thank you Audible!

  • Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,417

Jon Ronson is fascinated by madness, extraordinary behaviour and the human mind. He has spent his life investigating crazy events, following fascinating people and unearthing unusual stories. Collected here from various sources (including The Guardian and GQ America) are the best of his adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More please Jon

  • By Matthew on 03-11-12

A collection of suprising real life stories

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

Reviewed: 29-09-14

This is quite a big collection of short stories/articles that Jon Ronson wrote over the years. His style of journalism is very distinct and it is not for every one, he makes himself part of the story. But I quite enjoyed that. I always like listening to a book read by the author because they know how they intended it to be read and for these stories that was definilty the case. I do have to say that I did expect more 'fun' strange stories but there were a couple of truly depressing ones. One of them I actually did not listen to because it is a subject which is bit tough for me personally. But overall I really enjoyed this book.
I did look for other material by Jon Ronson and found that he repeats himself in his books, so if you already own some of his books, make sure you realise there might be some overlap!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Broadbent
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,914

When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof, or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking - to save someone else's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gentle but engaging

  • By Ms on 17-06-12

You'll be glad if he gets to Berrick-on-Tweed

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

Reviewed: 29-09-14

The biggest reason I downloaded this book is because it is narrated by Jim Boadbent and he did not disappoint. He has got such as wonderful warm voice that seems to envelop you. I've got mixed feelings about the book itself. I think Rachel Joyce does have some good ideas and I really liked her writing style but it is a bit long in places. Some 'twists' I could see coming from miles away, but there were a couple that did take me by surprise. There were parts that were a bit depressing but I do have to say on the whole I found it to have a positive vibe. I enjoyed this quite a lot and will definitely keep my eye out for a next book?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Three Men In A Boat

  • By: Jerome K Jerome
  • Narrated by: Hugh Laurie
  • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Martyrs to hypochondria and general seediness, J. and his friends George and Harris decide that a jaunt up the Thames would suit them to a ‘T’. But when they set off, they can hardly predict the troubles that lie ahead with tow-ropes, unreliable weather-forecasts and tins of pineapple chunks – not to mention the devastation left in the wake of J.’s small fox-terrier Montmorency.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A trip along the Thames with Hugh Laurie

  • By Brooksies on 29-09-14

A trip along the Thames with Hugh Laurie

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

Reviewed: 29-09-14

I never read this book before but have obviously heard about it so when I saw Hugh Laurie was the narrator I thought I don't have any excuse not to listen to this. I am glad I did. It's a wonderful plunge in a bygone society where three hypochondriacs and a dog go on a trip on the Thames. Jerome K Jerome really describes the scenery very well and it gives you an insight into what gentlemen used to get up to. Hugh Laurie is wonderful as always and the perfect person to read this book with his Cambridge accent. Enjoyed it immensly.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow of a Doubt (Dramatized)

  • Classic Movies on the Radio
  • By: Academy Award Theatre
  • Narrated by: Joseph Cotten
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

This radio dramatization of the classic Hitchcock movie, which also starred Joseph Cotten, originally aired on September 11, 1946.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful suspense...

  • By Brooksies on 29-09-14

Wonderful suspense...

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

Reviewed: 29-09-14

Shadow of a doubt is my favourite Hitchcock film and I love most of them, big fan. I stumbled across this radio show and was very pleased I downloaded it. The quality is really good and the radio drama is very well done. I split my sides laughing when the advert for the toothpaste came in though. But is nice to listen to what used to pass for an advert in times before. Nice book to listen to in-between, seeing as it is short you can listen in one setting.

  • Superworm

  • By: Julia Donaldson
  • Narrated by: Imelda Staunton
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's wiggly, squiggly superhero is now available as an audio download.

Brilliantly performed by award-winning actress Imelda Staunton, this audio download contains the full story with music, the Superworm Listening Game, and the brand-new Superworm song.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superworm is so grand!

  • By Brooksies on 29-09-14

Superworm is so grand!

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

Reviewed: 29-09-14

We love Julia Donaldson in our house and have many many books. For a change I tried a audio book. Superworm is a funny story and really nicely read by Imelda Staunton, which makes up for missing out on the drawings. The story itself is only about 10 minutes, the rest of the time is made up by a song, a quiz and a karoake version of the song. My son (4,5) did enjoy it though and has listened quite a lot of times. He usually asks me to turn it of after the song now though. Quiz was fun the first time.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Halfway to the Grave

  • Night Huntress, Book 1
  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing narration

  • By Mrs Joanna Morrow on 20-05-11

A halfling is not always a hobbit!

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

Reviewed: 29-09-14

If you could sum up Halfway to the Grave in three words, what would they be?

Vampires Revenge Romance

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the main person, Cat/Cathy/Catherine/Kitten. I like how she ticks. I hate, hate, hate her mother! I kept hoping a vampire would finish her off.

Would you be willing to try another one of Tavia Gilbert’s performances?

No. Like other reviewers said, her 'British English' is bad. I did not think it would be as bad as it was. I have not read the books so I can't

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When two boys chat up Cat in the bar and the scenes after that, when she realises that there are good and bad people and good and bad vampires and she is starting to make her own mind up and not just follow blindly the hate speech from her mother. I think that is very fitting for our society where racism and religious hate are still very much part of our world.

Any additional comments?

I did enjoy the book, it was quite a good story and I might get the real books, but won't download another one unless they change the reader. Really, did nobody when recording this book point out that British people speak very very different?

  • EMPEROR: The Gates of Rome, Book 1 (Unabridged)

  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723

On a small estate just outside Rome in the first century BC, two boys become blood brothers, little imagining the extraordinary future that lies before them. As friends and rivals, Gaius and Marcus are destined to find lasting fame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb but there is an issue

  • By Anonymous User on 02-01-19

Caesars youth as imagined by Iggulden

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

Reviewed: 29-09-14

I love historical novels and enjoy stories from the Romans or English kings/queens, most of all.

This books is the first in a series and I was looking forward to listen to it after reading good things about it. I was a bit dissapointed. It was ok, quite well written but.... I understand that any author writing historical novels is filling in the gaps with his fantasy and there is not so much known about the youth of Caesar so I understand that in this respect he could use his fantasy. But, why to totally change things that are known? The author explaines in his afterword that he thinks the real story was to confusing, but I do not agree. Novels are fiction, I understand, but I think he took a bit to much license with the truth. I will not be reading the second book any time soon...