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  • Slow Horses

  • Slough House, Book 1
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771

Slough House is Jackson Lamb’s kingdom; a dumping ground for members of the intelligence service who’ve screwed up: left a secret file on a train, blown surveillance, or become drunkenly unreliable. They’re the service’s poor relations – the slow horses – and bitterest among them is River Cartwright, whose days are spent transcribing mobile phone conversations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Smiley than Pilgrim

  • By Robert on 17-08-17

How believable was that

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

Reviewed: 31-10-18

Really enjoyed this book. Such a beautiful narration. The story line was so believable and ghastly a reflection of our times almost. A recommended listen

  • The Deceiver

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

Sam McCready is The Deceiver, one of the Secret Intelligence Service's most unorthodox and most valued operatives, a legend in his own time. The end of the cold war has, however, strengthened the hand of the Whitehall mandarins, to whom he seems about as controllable as Genghis Khan, so Sam is to have his fate decided at a special hearing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superb short stories

  • By Brodie on 29-06-14

Great Story, wonderul narration

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

New to Frederick Forsyth definite convert. Loved the format of the deceiver I could visualise McCreedy, the lovable loner. Spy stories -audible I’m on it

  • How Hard Can It Be?

  • By: Allison Pearson
  • Narrated by: Poppy Miller
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

Kate Reddy is back! This is the follow-up to the international best seller I Don't Know How She Does It, the novel that defined modern life for women everywhere. This time she's juggling teenagers, aging parents and getting back into the workplace, and every minute will have you laughing and thinking: it's not just me. Kate Reddy is counting down the days until she is 50, but not in a good way. Fifty, in Kate's mind, equals invisibility.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life's Rollercoaster

  • By Allison on 11-10-17

Topical storyline

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

Loved the narrator and her narration style.
Full of humour and pathos what a lovely luaten

  • A Tale of Two Cities

  • The Dickens Collection: An Audible Exclusive Series
  • By: Charles Dickens, Simon Callow - introduction
  • Narrated by: Simon Callow
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

Exclusively from Audible. 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' So begins Charles Dickens' most famous historical drama: a gripping tale of war, social injustice and the choice between darkness and light. After being unjustly imprisoned for 18 years, French doctor Manette is released from the Bastille jail in Paris and embarks upon a journey to London in the hope of finding the daughter he never met.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic story, by a master storyteller

  • By Phil Culmer on 07-03-18

Narrative and Narration sublime

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

Reviewed: 13-07-18

It is so uplifting to the mind to listen to such a wonderfully written tale. It confers an ‘eruditeness’ to the listeners

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  • Villette

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Mandy Weston
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

Long overshadowed by Jane Eyre, Villette is widely admired as one of Charlotte Bronte's finest works. This story of a young teacher at a girlâ¿¿s school in the city of Villette is a particular challenge for the young reader, for it requires maturity of vision, a fine narrative sense - and a command of French! Mandy Weston, a newcomer to Naxos AudioBooks, tells the story magnificently.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent reading

  • By Caroline on 19-12-08

Tellement Francaise pourquoi

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

Very well read but a little too long, the characters became a bit If a bother to invest in. The ridiculous French insertions. I stayed with it having read similar criticisms of the narration. Might just take them in board in future

  • The House of Special Purpose

  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Richard Teverson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Russia, 1915: At the age of 16, Georgy Jachmenev steps in front of an assassin's bullet intended for a senior member of the Russian Imperial Family and is instantly proclaimed a hero. Before the week is out, his life as the son of a peasant farmer is changed for ever when he is escorted to St Petersburg to take up his new position - as bodyguard to Alexei Romanov, the only son of Tsar Nicholas II.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Russian history spliced with romantic fantasy

  • By Kirstine on 13-07-15

A sad and heartwarming tale

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

Reviewed: 22-04-18

A well narrated evocative story of old Russia. I was captivated by this beautiful love story weaving back and forth through the young mans life. I found it quite moving

  • A Change of Climate

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 259

Ralph and Anna Eldred live in the big Red House in Norfolk, raising their four children and devoting their lives to charity. But the constant flood of 'good souls and sad cases' welcomed into their home hides the growing crises in their own family. From the violent townships of South Africa to the windswept countryside of Norfolk, this is an epic yet subtle family saga about what happens when trust is broken...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A haunting tale acutely observed

  • By linda on 24-12-12

Insightful

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

Reviewed: 27-03-18

So readily recognisable after some real thought . The idea of the professional religious person. The mind ruling the heart...family second the ‘other persons’ plight quietly taking pre-eminence over the essential needs of the family. I thought Anna’s inability to forgive was so very very moving.

  • The Eustace Diamonds

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: David Shaw-Parker
  • Length: 29 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Before Sir Florian Eustace dies, he gives his beloved wife Lizzie a beautiful and expensive diamond necklace valued over £10,000. Dispute soon rages between the Eustace family and the manipulative and conniving Lizzie: it's claimed that the diamonds are a precious family heirloom, but Lizzie argues they were a gift. Is she lying? As the family's lawyer determines to reunite them with the jewels, Lizzie resorts to increasingly desperate measures, until one day the jewels are stolen. Who is responsible? The Eustace Diamonds is a wonderfully absorbing blend of cynicism and humor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love Trollope

  • By esther curry on 03-03-18

Love Trollope

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

Initially I found the narrator’s voice a little condescending- but it grew on me during the overlong narrative. Lady Eustace became a little difficult a character either to like or maintain an interest. The Trollope narrative was a overlong.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lost for Words

  • By: Stephanie Butland
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396

Loveday Cardew prefers books to people, and her job in a York bookshop is her refuge. If you look carefully, you might see the first lines of the novels she loves the most tattooed on her skin, but there are secrets Loveday will never share. Into the bookshop come a poet, a lover, a friend and three mysterious deliveries, each of which stirs unsettling memories she wants to forget. Turning the pages of her past will be the hardest thing Loveday has ever done. Can she trust those around her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Special

  • By Jordan Brewitt-Taylor on 13-08-17

Such sorrow with hope and healing

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

A moving narrative which will stay with me. Captures the desperate despair of lost love

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,116

Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator Hand Picked By Tartt- Outstanding!

  • By Tara Mcgrath on 02-12-13

not altogether life affirming

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

well narrated, a storyline i found difficult to stay with, depressed the spirita a little. repetive aspects a little like life i suppose. not sure I'd reccommend as 'good lusten'