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F. Wynn

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  • A Tale of Love and Darkness

  • By: Amos Oz
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

It is the story of a boy growing up in the war-torn Jerusalem of the 40s and 50s in a small apartment crowded with books in 12 languages and relatives speaking nearly as many. His mother and father, both wonderful people, were ill-suited to each other. When Oz was 12 and a half years old, his mother committed suicide - a tragedy that was to change his life. He leaves the constraints of the family and the community of dreamers, scholars, and failed businessmen to join a kibbutz.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Jo Brown on 04-03-17

Meandering Memoire

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

Reviewed: 17-04-19

The narrator, Stefan Rudnicki was excellent.
The memoire had many gems , but it was very repetitive .
It was interesting to learn of the birth of the State of Israel, and of the new settlers, and the problems they encountered; and of the experiences of his family during this time.
Amos Oz, spends time relating details that were plainly boring: the titles of every book he has read,( and he has read a lot of books! ) and
other inconsequential information.
If he had had a good editor who could have tidied the script , it would have been a very good book .

  • You Are Dead

  • Roy Grace, Book 11
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,195

You are Dead is the 11th thrilling crime novel in Peter James' Roy Grace series, narrated by Daniel Weyman. They were marked for death. The last words Jamie Ball hears from his fiancée, Logan Somerville, are in a terrified mobile phone call. She has just driven into the underground car park beneath the block of flats where they live in Brighton. Then she screams and the phone goes dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fantastic read!

  • By Liane on 31-05-15

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 17-04-18

What a long time in the telling. A serial killer in my opinion. Daniel Weyman the only good thing about the book.

  • The Riddle of the Third Mile

  • Inspector Morse Mysteries, Book 6
  • By: Colin Dexter
  • Narrated by: Samuel West
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

By the 16th of July, the Master of Lonsdale was concerned but not yet worried. Dr Browne-Smith had passed through the porter's lodge at approximately 8:15 a.m. on the morning of Friday, 11th July. And nobody had heard from him since. Plenty of time to disappear, thought Morse. And plenty of time, too, for someone to commit murder....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the riddle of the thitd mile

  • By kay appleton on 28-05-18

A Convoluted Tale

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

As re title. A little muddled at times, too many twists and turns , and messy in construction. Not one of Colin Dexter's best.
A wonderful performance from Samuel West.

  • Tennessee Williams

  • Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh
  • By: John Lahr
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Ashley
  • Length: 26 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh gives intimate access to the mind of one of the most brilliant dramatists of his century, whose plays reshaped the American theater and the nation's sense of itself. This astute, deeply researched biography sheds a light on Tennessee Williams's warring family, his guilt, his creative triumphs and failures, his sexuality and numerous affairs, his misreported death, even the shenanigans surrounding his estate.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ruined by Narrator

  • By F. Wynn on 09-09-16

Ruined by Narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-09-16

I looked forward to this book as I am a great admirer of Tennessee Williams. I have read other books written by John Lahr and thought that I was 'on a winner' with my choice.
The narrator was dreadful . She ruined the book completely. I could not bear to listen to it. I have had to mark the three categories or this will not be accepted so I have complied. As I did not finish the book, these are not true. I am sure that the book is very good, the experience wasn't .

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,567
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,258

'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the '30s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the greats.

  • By Simon on 05-10-15

A Disappointment

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

This book has been widely heralded as a masterpiece . It is not. The narration was awful. I did not finish the book, in fact I hardly started it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
    346 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • Stoner

  • By: John Williams
  • Narrated by: Robin Field
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

William Stoner is born at the end of the 19th century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar's life, far different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A life so ordinary so well told .

  • By Crocker on 30-07-13

Remarkable

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

Reviewed: 28-09-15

This is a wonderful book. The reader managed to convey the core of Stoner's character, and the book's essence perfectly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488

Dorian Gray, a handsome and narcissistic young man, lives thoughtlessly for his own pleasure - an attitude encouraged by the company he keeps. One day, after having his portrait painted, Dorian makes a frivolous Faustian wish: that he should always remain as young and beautiful as he is in that painting, while the portrait grows old in his stead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect introduction to audiobooks

  • By 451 on 10-03-15

A Masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 19-09-15

This was excellent in all .
A wonderful story read with great sensitivity . The narrator brought every character and scene to life.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Poetry of W. B. Yeats

  • By: William Butler Yeats
  • Narrated by: William Butler Yeats, Siobhan McKenna
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

A wonderful selection of Yeats' finest work, read by the author himself along with Siobhan McKenna and others.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing

  • By F. Wynn on 08-09-15

Very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 08-09-15

This is awful. The poems are repeated twice which is annoying. The reading is not consistent. Siobhan McKenna and Cyril Cusack are fair but W.B.Yeats's rendition of the poems is dreadful. I have not rated it as it does not deserve even one star. It is a very old recording obviously . There must be a more recent reading of these poems. It seems that I must fill in the star rating section before this can be submitted. I do this reluctantly

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Persuasion

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 937
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772

Anne Elliot has grieved for seven years over the loss of her first love, Captain Frederick Wentworth. But events conspire to unravel the knots of deceit and misunderstanding in this beguiling and gently comic story of love and fidelity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Persuaded.

  • By M on 18-10-13

A Lady to Rely on

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

Reviewed: 24-08-15

Jane Austen, witty and clever, never fails.
Juliet Stevenson brings everything she reads to life.
A perfect combination.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Sleep

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 754
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 752

Los Angeles PI Philip Marlowe is working for the Sternwood family. Old man Sternwood, crippled and wheelchair-bound, is being given the squeeze by a blackmailer and he wants Marlowe to make the problem go away. But with Sternwood's two wild, devil-may-care daughters prowling LA's seedy backstreets, Marlowe's got his work cut out - and that's before he stumbles over the first corpse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh Philip....

  • By Hannah on 22-10-17

Unbeatable Chandler

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

Reviewed: 16-08-15

Once again Chandler has me in his thrall. Ray Porter brings the characters and action off the page. What entertainment !

1 of 2 people found this review helpful