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  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Saunders
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,845
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,830

A heartwarming festive tale of redemption and cheer, The Christmas Hirelings is the story of a lonely widower who reluctantly invites a group of children to his manor for Christmas. It showcases the benefits of opening your doors and hearts during the holiday season.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! What a wonderful Christmas tale.

  • By Helen SJ on 17-12-18

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

Reviewed: 14-12-18

An obvious story line, but well told, and excellently narrated. Jennifer Saunders knows how to tell (NOT perform) a story, and there was no music to spoil things. Happy Christmas to all involved!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Quintessential Englishman!

  • By Simon on 21-10-18

Ruined by the intrusive musak

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

Reviewed: 14-12-18

Stephen Fry was brilliant. The historians were brilliant. The subject matter was brilliant.

But.

The music "behind" the speech was so loud that there were times when I could not hear what the interviewees were saying. As a result, listening to this was not relaxing, but hard work. Such a shame.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - Makers, Mysteries and Magic

  • A Behind the Scenes Documentary
  • By: Pottermore Publishing, Mark Salisbury, Hana Walker-Brown
  • Narrated by: Dan Fogler
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

Available only in audio, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - Makers, Mysteries and Magic lifts the lid on the moviemaking secrets behind the latest installment in J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts series. Narrator Dan Fogler (who plays No-Maj Jacob Kowalski) will guide you through the process of creating the magical on-screen world and explore the story, themes, and characters of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice companion to the film - how it was made

  • By sean beesley on 01-12-18

Inane narration and music spoil it

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

Reviewed: 14-12-18

Declaring an interest - I am a complete Harry Potter and JK Rowling geek. I loved the first FB film. So I was really looking forward to this.

This is really a documentary, rather than a book. The interviews with the film makers were fascinating. But Dan Fogler trying, and failing, to be funny was embarrassing. Added to that, the use of music in front of the speech tipped this into unreadable.

I gave up after an hour or so.

Very, very disappointing.

  • Harry Potter: A History of Magic

  • An Audio Documentary
  • By: Pottermore Publishing, Ben Davies
  • Narrated by: Natalie Dormer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 389

The history of magic is as long as time and as wide as the world. In every culture, in every age, in every place and, probably, in every heart, there is magic. Harry Potter: A History of Magic reveals some of the hidden stories behind real-world magic and explores some of J.K. Rowling's magical inventions alongside their folkloric, cultural and historical forebears.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Better as a documentary - read review to the end

  • By Elle on 04-10-18

More documentary than book

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

This is not the Hogwart's library book, but a book to go along side the exhibition. It is much more like a documentary than a book, and once I realised this I enjoyed it immensely. Lots of good scientific and historical research in this. There is a narrator, but also many interviews with people who know their stuff. This works, except that the production people should have made sure the voice levels were the same throughout - some interviewees are very quiet.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Mother Teresa

  • A Life Inspired
  • By: Wyatt North
  • Narrated by: David Glass
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Mother Teresa's life teaches us that it is never too late to make a difference in the world. As a figure of the 20th century, she saw the rapid changes taking place in the world and among its people. She asked individuals to contemplate the meaning of ideas such as home, love, and family and to be open to new conceptions of these terms in the midst of our changing world. In doing so, Mother Teresa introduced a new, modern way of doing missionary work.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Spoilt by terrible naration

  • By ElizabethLovick on 31-12-16

Spoilt by terrible naration

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

Reviewed: 31-12-16

This is a very brief over-view of the life of Mother Teresa. It tries to put her life and actions into the context of the times in which she lived. The content is interesting, but all the time I was left wanting more detail.

The book was spoilt by the worst naration ever! It was a reall effort to keep listening, and if the content has not been so interesting I would have given up.

  • The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules

  • By: Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 376

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules is an incredibly quirky, humorous, and warm-hearted story about growing old disgracefully - and breaking all the rules along the way! 79-year-old Martha Andersson dreams of escaping her care home and robbing a bank. She has no intention of spending the rest of her days in an armchair and is determined to fund her way to a much more exciting lifestyle. Along with her four oldest friends - otherwise known as the League of Pensioners - Martha decides to rebel against all of the rules imposed upon them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great for the first two hours...

  • By ElizabethLovick on 31-12-14

Great for the first two hours...

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

Reviewed: 31-12-14

The book started well, and I enjoyed the first couple of hours. It then got very silly and boring, and I didn't finish it.

The premise is a good one, and the characters, although extreme, are engaging. But the situation gets too unbelievable and silly. At the point where where I thought 'That wouldn't work' I lost interest.

But it would make a very good sitcom...

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham, Volume 1
    
    
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        Charlton Griffin
    
    


    
    Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
    3 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham, Volume 1

  • By: W. Somerset Maugham
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Winner of the 2001 Audie Award for Classic Fiction, this is an unparalleled presentation of Maugham's stories, complete with sound effects and music.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant stories, terrible narration

  • By ElizabethLovick on 19-04-10

Brilliant stories, terrible narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-04-10

Maugham's short stories are matchless. Each is different, but they all draw you in and leave you wondering what happened next. They are all set between the wars, many in the Far East, and all revolve round the way different people interact with each other.

BUT ? and it a very big BUT ? before you buy, make sure you can stand the narration.

This is an American recording, and is narrated by an American putting on a very bad English accent. I can usually ignore such things, but on this I heard every mispronunciation ? there were so many and they were so jarring. Khaki does not rhyme with tacky; long does not rhyme with sawn.

If that wasn't enough, there are sound effects. A bit of music between the stories I can handle. But jungle noises repeated all through a story set in Malaya I can not, especially with 'suspense' music on top.

So brilliant stories. But do check the sound sample before you buy.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

The Summing Up
    
    
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        Charlton Griffin
    
    


    
    Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
    1 rating
    Overall 3.0
  • The Summing Up

  • By: W. Somerset Maugham
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

William Somerset Maugham (1874�1965) was born at the height of British imperial power. When he died, the British Empire was all but a memory. In Maugham's lifetime, as his civilization slowly disappeared, people from all walks of life, the proud, the urbane, the crude, and the desperate, passed beneath the lens of his dispassionate scrutiny. Transformed into some of the most unforgettable literary works of the 20th century, his experiences re-emerged in his plays, fiction, and essays.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting book, boring narrator

  • By ElizabethLovick on 19-01-09

Interesting book, boring narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-01-09

Make sure you listen to a good, long sample before you buy this book! The subject matter is, in the main, fascinating to any fan of Maugham. But here it is read by an American pretending to be English - and he gets it wrong time and time again, both pronounciation of individual words and the cadances of phrases.

In the autobiographical sections of the book I found I could overlook the narration, but in the sections when he discusses metaphysics, the narration obscured the meaning time and time again, and I found my mind wandering.

If you can cope with the narration, a fascinating book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful