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  • All Change

  • By: Elizabeth Jane Howard
  • Narrated by: Penelope Wilton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

The final book in the landmark Cazalet Chronicles, recently broadcast on BBC Radio 4. It is the 1950s and as the Cazalets' beloved matriarch, the Duchy, passes away, she takes with her the last remnants of a world - of great houses and servants, of class and tradition - in which the Cazalets have thrived. Louise, now divorced, becomes entangled in a painful affair; while Polly and Clary must balance marriage and motherhood with their own ideas and ambitions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Sort of an Ending

  • By Alison on 05-05-15

Superb close to The Cazalet Chronicles

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

I am bereft at having to say goodbye. Incomparable storytelling. Wish there was another instalment.

  • The Light Years

  • Cazalet Chronicle, Volume 1
  • By: Elizabeth Jane Howard
  • Narrated by: Jill Balcon
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 294

The tangled lives of three generations evoke a vanished world in this, the first volume of the Cazalet Chronicle. Home Place, Sussex, 1937. The English family at home.... For two unforgettable summers they gathered together, safe from the advancing storm clouds of war. In the heart of the Sussex countryside these were still sunlit days of childish games, lavish family meals and picnics on the beach.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A snapshot of pre-WW2 upper middle class life

  • By Knucklebones on 09-01-12

Powerful and memorable

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

Reviewed: 22-04-18

Second time round even better. Believable characters with a great sense of place and history

  • The Spoilt City

  • By: Olivia Manning
  • Narrated by: Harriet Walter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

It is 1940, and Guy and Harriet Pringle and their friends in the English colony in Bucharest find their position growing ever more precarious. The phony war is over and invasion by the Germans is an ever-present threat... This is the second part of The Balkan Trilogy, which began with The Great Fortune and concludes with Friends and Heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top quality story of Brits in wartime Europe

  • By Silvine on 09-03-18

Top quality story of Brits in wartime Europe

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I loved it. Felt totally immersed in that period. Characters are utterly believable and fascinating.

  • Black Box Thinking

  • The Surprising Truth About Success
  • By: Matthew Syed
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,458

Columnist for The Times and best-selling author of Bounce: The myth of talent and the power of practice, Matthew Syed argues that the key to success is a positive attitude to failure. What links the Mercedes Formula One team with Google? What links Dave Braisford's Team Sky and the aviation industry?What is the connection between the inventor James Dyson and the footballer David Beckham? They are all Black Box Thinkers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book about learning from mistakes

  • By Kenny Marshall on 09-10-16

Everyone should read it

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

A transformative & life changing book. Wish I'd read it in my risk averse youth.

  • The Great Fortune

  • By: Olivia Manning
  • Narrated by: Harriet Walter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

It was a strange, uncertain world that Harriet entered when she married Guy Pringle. Guy taught English at the university at Bucharest, a city of vivid contrasts, where professional beggars exist alongside the excesses of mid-European royalty and expatriate journalists with a taste for truffles and quails in aspic. Underlying this is a fitful awareness of the proximity of the Nazi threat to a Romania which is enjoying an uneasy peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful cast of characters, starring Bucharest!

  • By Mary on 10-05-15

Powerful insight into Brits abroad in WW2

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

Reviewed: 17-01-17

Manning writes with assurance about this complicated early period of World War II . She clearly knew what she was writing about but besides her formidable understanding of that period of history the human interest is not lost and she writes convincingly about emotions, friendships and the complexities of a young marriage. I cannot wait to listen to the next part. Harriet Waters is an excellent narrator and handleds the various accents required of her pretty well. A slight criticism would be that on occasions she does not complete a word (ie plurals are pronounced as singulars) and allows her voice to drift away. Anyone not familiar with the English language might not know what the word is sometimes! That minor aspect apart I have not enjoyed such intelligent, insightful writing for a while besides learning about Romania and Britain during the War.

  • And Then There Were None

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682

Agatha Christie's world-famous mystery thriller, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by the mysterious U.N. Owen. Over dinner, a record begins to play, and the voice of an unseen host accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret. That evening, former reckless driver Tony Marston is found murdered by a deadly dose of cyanide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still a superb read!

  • By Mr on 15-11-15

Totally satisfying whodunit. Utterly brilliant

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

Reviewed: 30-12-16

The best Christie I have encountered so far. Terrific narration by Dan Stevens. I felt I was marooned with them all on Soldier Island off the coast of Devon and that does not happen with all the fiction I read ! Christie constructed and sustained a fascinating and intriguing scenario that not many crime writers could match. The story never falters nor fails to Intrigue throughout.

  • 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 3,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,053
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,057

'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

Well told rendition of a well known story

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

Reviewed: 22-12-16

I read the Christmas Carol every Christmas time and never tire of the tale. It was an interesting experience listening to it this year. Jacobi is just the right narrator. Maybe Scrooge was not quite as heartless sounding as I have him in my own internal interpretation but then it's good not to get too stuck in one's ideas! The text was not strictly adhered to but I think the license used was forgivable and fleshed out some of the areas where Dickens failed to elaborate. I will certainly listen to this again and learn the Christmas Carol's lessons afresh I am sure.

  • Magpie Murders

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner, Samantha Bond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,334

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life. She's worked with the revered crime writer for years, and his detective, Atticus Pund, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It's just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway.... But Conway's latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who? How? Where & Why?

  • By Mrs Q on 10-10-16

Compelling and complicated whodunit

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

Reviewed: 17-11-16

Staggered at how much planning and intrigue must have gone into creating this book. Themes and strands from 21st century life interweave with a 1950s murder mystery. Told by two accomplished narrators. The hardback will be going into a few Christmas stocking this year.

  • Winter Pilgrims

  • Kingmaker, Book 1
  • By: Toby Clements
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,099
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094

February 1460. In the bitter dawn of a winter’s morning, a young man and a woman escape from a priory. In fear for their lives, they are forced to flee across a land ravaged by conflict. For this is the Wars of the Roses, one of the most savage and bloody civil wars in history. Where brother confronts brother, king faces king, and Thomas and Katherine must fight just to stay alive....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic read

  • By Loraine on 10-01-16

Just too graphically bloodthirsty for me

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

Reviewed: 17-02-16

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

More historical context and less of the minute description of every horrible physical encounter between people whether male or female. Even a dead, trapped fox is described in unnecessary, agonising detail. All I needed to know was that it was dead ! Similarly in fights; just tell me who comes out alive and carry on. I really don't need all that ghastly detail.

What other book might you compare Winter Pilgrims to, and why?

As I have only managed the first five chapters I could not say. I am sorry not to be able to get to the historical part of the book as other reviewers clearly think it is excellent. I just can't take any more gore and expect this aspect is going to continue.

What about Jack Hawkins’s performance did you like?

Very good. No complaints.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Amazing sense of place; I felt I was really there in 15th century England.

Any additional comments?

Only to add that I do find the style of writing in the continuous present (if that is the correct term) palls rather. Another factor in my decision to give up and return the book incomplete.

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  • Complete NIV Audio Bible, Volume 2: Prophets, Gospels, Acts and Letters

  • By: New International Version
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 37 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 147

Ever since he became a Christian at the age of forty, it has been Poirot actor David Suchet's dream to make an audio recording of the whole Bible. In between filming the final episodes of Poirot, David Suchet spent over 200 hours in the recording studio to create the very first full-length audio version of the NIV Bible spoken by a single British actor. Volume 2 of the NIV Audio Bible includes the Prophets, Gospels, Acts and Letters, covering the books of Isaiah to Revelation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great reading - and an index!

  • By Alan on 20-11-14

Access is tricky to this excellent rendition

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

Reviewed: 05-09-15

If you could sum up Complete NIV Audio Bible in three words, what would they be?

Life changing words

What other book might you compare Complete NIV Audio Bible to, and why?

None

Which scene did you most enjoy?

NA

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

NA

Any additional comments?

If you buy this audiobook you will be surprised to find that all the chapters on the audio are only identified by a list of chapters from 1-510. Yes, really. No mention of the individual prophets or New Testament writers.To find out where, say, you access Ezekiel 15 you have to look it up on an accompanying list sent as a pdf. Hardly handy if you are listening on a country walk! My use of this audiobook has been greatly improved by putting bookmarks at the start of each book. A time consuming effort but worth it. What a pity that the producers of this audiobook did not stop to think, or take advice, on how its listeners might wish to make use of this valuable resource. The Bible is not a book in which one begins in Genesis and keeps going. Well, not usually anyway. Quick, easy access to each individual book is vital. 'Chapter 294' is an almost worthless signifier unless you have a very mathematical brain and can work out that that is Mark 16 or you are able to carry sheets of A4 paper with you everywhere that lists the chapter numbers. Btw if you are trying to find a particular chapter and use the pdf that accompanies the audiobook, the chapters given are incorrect by one digit. If you want Revelation 1 don't go to chapter 490 as per the list: go to 489 instead. It is a petty that despite other comments similar to mine there has been no amendment or modification to the crass system that was initially put in place with this otherwise excellent work. Even with the bookmarks it is still tricky finding a specific chapter in a lengthy prophet like Isaiah. I suppose I should bookmark each of the 66 chapters individually!

14 of 15 people found this review helpful