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  • The Grand Sophy

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Clare Wille
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humourless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving. With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged versions simply don't work

  • By Maureen on 16-11-11

Very Enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-10-11

This version of a well loved book has been skillfully abridged and the story flows very well and is also well read. I must admit that I would have preferred the unabridged version but hey, beggers cannot be choosers and I really enjoyed this reading. More Georgette Heyer please!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
    27 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • Vintage Murder

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: James Saxon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

New Zealand theatrical manager Alfred Meyer wanted to celebrate his wife's birthday in style. The piece de resistance would be the jeroboam of champagne. But something went horribly wrong and Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn witnessed it himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most enjoyable

  • By Susan on 18-05-11

Most enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-05-11

Well done that man! James Saxon turns up a truly versatile rendition of a favourite book. Highly recomended.

Busman’s Honeymoon (Unabridged)
    
    
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        Ian Carmichael
    
    


    
    Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
    177 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • Busman’s Honeymoon (Unabridged)

  • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Narrated by: Ian Carmichael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

Murder is hardly the best way for Lord Peter and his bride, the famous mystery writer Harriet Vane, to start their honeymoon. It all begins when the former owner of their newly acquired estate is found quite nastily dead in the cellar. And what Lord Peter had hoped would be a very private and romantic stay in the country soon turns into a most baffling case, what with the mis-spelled ‘notise’ to the milkman and the intriguing condition of the dead man: there wasn’t any blood on his smashed skull and he had six hundred pounds in his wallet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellently read

  • By Susan on 04-10-10

Excellently read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-10

I really enjoyed this reading of Busman's Honeymoon by the late great Ian Carmichael. I am biased i know but, to me, he was Wimsey. He rattles on in great style bringing all the joys of the newly wed down to the angst of finally nailing the killer. Highly recomended.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Mr Darcy's Diary

  • By: Maya Slater
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

For the first time we discover what really happened between his sister and the dastardly Wickham. How did he distract his friend Bingley from pining for his beloved Jane? Why did he propose to another young woman? Only to his diary does he tell his true story. At last we see Darcy as he really is; and, beneath his polite facade, we find a sensitive, private and passionate man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slater reveals Darcy's soul

  • By Catherine on 03-04-14

Most enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-09-10

After reading both positiva and negative reviews on the paper version of this book I decided to try the audio version for myself. Most enjoyable if not a little eye opening. I did get fed up with the moaning about his position with regards his feelings towards Elizabeth but, other than that, I enjoyed the reading very much. Of course it helped to 'see' the actor doing the reading as Mr Darcy as he actually played the part in an early BBC production.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lightning

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430

A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book - superbly read

  • By Susan on 09-08-10

Excellent book - superbly read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-10

My husband is the Dean Koontz fan. I bought this in order that we could sit and listen to this together whilst I was knitting and he was not knitting! I fould it an excellently thought out book if a little 'strange' at first but coming to a fast paced finale. It was excellently read and I have to admit to a 'go faster, section that did my knitting no good at all. Really enjoyable.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Whisky Galore

  • By: Compton Mackenzie
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

It's 1943, and the war has brought rationing to the Hebridean Islands of Great and Little Todday. When food is in short supply, it is bad enough, but when the whisky runs out, it looks like the end of the world. Morale is at rock bottom. George Campbell needs a wee dram to give him the courage to stand up to his mother and marry Catriona. The priest, the doctor and, of course, the landlord at the inn are all having a very thin time of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected gem

  • By Susan on 09-08-10

Unexpected gem

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-10

Thoroughly enjoyable reading of a classic tale. David Rintoul does a superb job of keeping all the charactes sounding slightly different so you can pick out all the personalaties as the book progresses. Excellently done.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Toll-Gate

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Daniel Hill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Captain John Staple’s exploits in the Peninsula had earned him the sobriquet Crazy Jack amongst his fellows in the Dragoon Guards. Now home from Waterloo, life in peacetime is rather dull for the adventure-loving Captain. But when he finds himself lost at an unmanned toll-house in the Pennines, his soldiering days suddenly pale away beside an adventure - and romance - of a lifetime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More action, less manners - but vintage Heyer

  • By Maggie on 19-06-14

An excellently read version

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-10

I have always enjoyed this book but usually 'skipped' the bits I did not understand! The reader gives an excellent rendition of the story and, for the first time for me, brings to life the rich clever narrative of 18th Century broad Yorkshire mixed with thieves cant, I think! I enjoyed the audible version so much that I have passed it on to my 80 year old Mum who has also given it a delighted thumbs up and now wishes me to download more for her! A slightly different Georgette Heyer Regency Romance but very enjoyable.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Friday's Child

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Eve Matheson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

This story of mistaken love is a romantic fiction set in the English Regency period. It centers on Lord Sheringham who has been rejected by the woman he loves but the woman who has secretly loved him since childhood is waiting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of Heyer's best

  • By Stephanie on 28-02-09

Highly Recomended

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-10

Superb book which was read brilliantly by Eve Matheson who captured, for me, the youth and vitality of 'kitten' and she didn't do bad job on all the rest of the characters either!
This has always been a favourite of mine and although, in this day and age, very silly in places, it still remains a firm favourite although now it is an audio favourite. Well done Eve!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Seeress of Kell

  • Malloreon, Book 5
  • By: David Eddings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
  • Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 199

Time was running out for Garion and his companions in their quest to recover Garion's infant son and heir. If they could not locate the Place Which Is No More, then Zandramas, the Child of Dark, would use Garion's son in a rite that would raise the Dark Prophecy to eternal domination over the universe. Only the Seeress of Kell could reveal the site of that mysterious place, and she could only do that once Garion and Polgara had fulfilled an ancient prophecy in the mountain fastness of the Seers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story ruined

  • By Susan on 05-07-10

Excellent story ruined

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-10

Superb finale to the series which, to me, was totally ruined by a boring monotonous reading. I read somewhere that Mr Eddings had based his lands on standard types eg Sendar as English Arends as French etc. The reader seems to have done the reading in variations of whining American. Sorry but it totally grated on me and ruined a favourite book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful