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  • The Lady in the Tower

  • By: Jean Plaidy
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

One of history's most complex and alluring women, Anne Boleyn was irresistible to kings and commoners alike. Daughter of an ambitious country lord, Anne was sent to France to marry well and raise the family's fortunes. She soon surpassed even their greatest expectations when King Henry VIII swore he would put aside his loyal queen to make Anne his wife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent book by Jean Plaidy

  • By Daisy on 24-02-19

Another excellent book by Jean Plaidy

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

Reviewed: 24-02-19

Once again, Jean Plaidy has written an excellent historical novel, this time about Anne Boleyn, and I can recommend it without reservation.

Jean Plaidy is the best historical novelist in print as she does not give unnecessary descriptions of the sexual experiences of her characters, but remains conscious of the fact that she is dealing with real people who actually lived, and therefore draws a descret veil over the aspects of their lives which all decent people prefer to keep private. I applaud her for this and wish that other historcal novelists (most of them female, to their greater shame) would do as she does and desist from including material of a personal and private nature but about which they can have no factual, historical information whatsoever.

With regard to the narrator, I found her sometimes rather wooden, although at other times, better. She provides a reasonably passable reading, but cannot come close to the animation and superb diction and accents provided by Jilly Bond, who has narrated a good number of Jean Plaidy's other novels. However, the narration of this book in no way detracts from its enjoyability.

  • Mary Poppins

  • By: P. L. Travers
  • Narrated by: Olivia Colman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

When the East Wind blows Mary Poppins into the home of the Banks children, their lives go topsy-turvy and are changed forever. More than 80 years since we first met Mary Poppins, this original, classic story is still charming listeners and transporting new fans into the mysterious world of everyone’s favourite magical nanny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the movie.

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-01-19

Dreadful

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

Reviewed: 11-02-19

I never realised how poor the original story of Mary Poppins was. There is nothing endearing whatsoever about Mary herself, and infact, the book is tedious in the extreme to listen to. It's one of the very few books I haven't even been able to finish, as I just couldn't face returning to it after I'd taken a break. (I was running through it to vet it before giving it to my Grandchildren but I absolutely refuse to expose them to this). I now see that Disney did an amazing job with what was originally very sub standard material and Julie Andrews transformed Mary Poppins into a completely different, and much more likeable person. I'm returning this for a refund, and my advice to anyone considering purchasing it would be don't bother.

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  • The Forest

  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis
  • Length: 33 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

Few places lie closer to the heart of the nation's heritage than the New Forest. Now, Edward Rutherfurd weaves its history and legends into compelling fiction. From the mysterious killing of King William Rufus, treachery and witchcraft, smuggling and poaching run through this epic tale of well-born ladies, lowly woodsmen, sailors, merchants and Cistercian monks. The feuds, wars, loyalties and passions of generations reach their climax in a crime that shatters the decorous society of Jane Austen's Bath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History with emotions.

  • By Jody on 19-01-19

Superb

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

Reviewed: 10-02-19

This is another excellent book by Edward Rutherford. It leads us through the history of the New Forest from the time of William II (Rufus), skilfully weaving in some very entertaining stories with fascinating factual information concerning the region.

The only addition I would have found useful would have been a comment at the beginning stating which characters were real historical figures and which ones were the inventions of the author. I have had to do a lot of "Googling" to ascertain which stories were fact and which were pure fiction.

Other than that, this is one of the best book of its kind, and I do believe Edward Rutherford is in a class of his own in that regard.

Another very important aspect of an audio book is the narration, and I can truly say I found Roger Davis' work here to be flawless. A perfect reading of an excellent book.

I recommend it without reservation.

  • Dying in the Wool

  • By: Frances Brody
  • Narrated by: Sandra Hunt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

Take one quiet Yorkshire Village, add a measure of mystery, a sprinkling of scandal and Kate Shackleton - amateur sleuth extraordinaire! Bridgestead is a quiet village: a babbling brook, rolling hills and a working mill at its heart. Pretty and remote, nothing exceptional happens...except for the day when Joshua Braithwaite goes missing in dramatic circumstances, never to be heard of again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I tried this author's work!

  • By Caroline Adams on 23-01-17

Contains explicit sexual content

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

Reviewed: 11-01-19

This book contains explicit sexual content. I had to return it as I cannot have this kind of material in my library. Such a shame, as the story itself is good, and the explict material adds absolutely nothing.

  • The Follies of the King

  • By: Jean Plaidy
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Edward II's first act on coming to the throne is to recall Piers Gaveston from exile, and the new king's devotion to the shrewd and avaricious young man soon becomes a scandal. It is assumed that when Edward marries one of the most beautiful princesses in Europe his inclinations will change, but nothing can make him swerve from his attachment to Gaveston, who is clearly making the most of royal favour. The new Queen Isabella, accustomed to adulation, is bitterly humiliated; and she is not a woman to forget.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written

  • By Daisy on 13-09-18

Well written

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

Reviewed: 13-09-18

This is a very simple, clear telling of the story of Edward II. It is very tastefully done, and some difficult scenes are dealt with in a clear yet dignified way. There are no explicitly described violent or sexual scenes, yet the reader [listener] is under no doubt as to what happened. Very well done, and highly recommended to those who prefer not to have violent or sexual scenes described in detail. The narrator is a little too bright and overly expressive at times, making one feel at the beginning that she is reading a children's story, but as the story progresses, one becomes accustomed to her style and it becomes less noticeable. Her intonation and comprehension of what she is reading is evident, however, and she does very well in conveying the meaning of what it is she is reading. I have listened to a very large number of audio books, and she is one of the better narrators I have listened to. I would not hesitate to listen to another book read by Jilly Bond, nor would I hesitate to listen to another book written by Jean Plaidy.

  • Dublin: Foundation

  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Patrick Moy
  • Length: 28 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Edward Rutherfurd's great Irish epic reveals the story of the people of Ireland through the focal point of the island's capital city. The epic begins in pre-Christian Ireland during the reign of the fierce and powerful High Kings at Tara, with the tale of two lovers, the princely Conall and the ravishing Deirdre, whose travails echo the ancient Celtic legend of Cuchulainn. From this stirring beginning, Rutherfurd takes the reader on a graphically realised journey through the centuries. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable

  • By Daisy on 11-09-18

Thoroughly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

Without reservation or caveat I highly recommend this book along with its sequel, Ireland Awakening. The story lines are gripping, and the historical detail is fascinating. It is also flawlessly and superbly narrated by Patrick Moy. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is as good as London by the same author and better than Paris. If you are in any doubt whether or not to buy this book, doubt no longer. Get it! You won't be disappointed.

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  • Paris

  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Jane Wymark, Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 31 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

Inspired by the haunting, passionate story of the city of lights, this epic novel weaves a gripping tale of four families across the centuries: from the lies that spawn the noble line of de Cygne to the revolutionary Le Sourds who seek their destruction; from the Blanchards whose bourgeois respectability offers scant protection against scandal to the hard-working Gascons and their soaring ambitions. Over hundreds of years, these four families are bound by forbidden loves and marriages of convenience; dogged by vengeance and murderous secrets , and brought together by the tumultuous history of their city.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great book - hard to follow in Audible format

  • By Penny on 29-11-13

Not as good as London

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

Reviewed: 13-08-18

I listened to London and I really enjoyed it. I was disappointed with this book for several reasons. Firstly, it contains a few very strong expletives, most of which are uttered from the mouths of women. They add nothing whatsoever to the story and are completely unnecessary. Secondly, the story doesn't progress in a linear fashion, it jumps about in time. For anyone trying to follow the histories of the various characters, this is less than helpful. Also, unlike London, the book did not describe the early days of the city's foundation at all, which I found especially disappointing. One thing I did find helpful was that wherever French phrases were used an English translation was given.

The narration by both narrators was excellent, although I did not understand why two narrators were used, as there seemed no rhyme or reason why the voices changed when they did.

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 1
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,490

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known... of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul... of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame... and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By Robert on 31-10-10

Crudely written

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

Reviewed: 13-08-18

The book is reasonably entertaining. Prospective listeners should be aware that it contains a high quantity of sexually explicit descriptions and some strong expletives. The descriptive language and narrative used elsewhere is sometimes course, crude and vulger. If these things do not deter you, then the story is entertaining, if not a little implausible in places. The author shows his ignorance about some of the matters he is trying to decribe, but if the reader is equally ignorant, then this need not spoil the enjoyment of this story.

The narrator keeps switching between a northern English accent and a southern one. He shortens his vowels, and because the rest of his narration is in classic southern English accent, it sounds absurd. This hybrid of accents is very irritating.

  • London

  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 49 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

A wonderful, epic story that tells the history of the greatest city in the world, from Roman times to the present day. From the author of Paris, Sarum and New York. London has perhaps the most remarkable history of any city in the world. Now its story has a unique voice. In this epic novel, Edward Rutherfurd takes the listener on a magnificent journey across 16 centuries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By ms on 13-03-18

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

What a wonderful book! This has to be one of the best books I have read in a long time. In fact, it is so good, I am going to start it again immediately having just finished it because there is so much to take in. It is a potted history, not only of London, but of England, and has many fascinating details all presented in interesting cameo stories of individuals from the same families throughout the years.

As others have said, the narration is good except for the dialogue, which the narrator has chosen to perform in a whisper for some reason. Not only that but there are basically three voices used: good man, bad man and woman, so it is sometimes easy to get confused between the characters. Nevertheless, the book is quite lengthy and after a while I got used to this strange way of narrating the dialogue and stopped noticing it. It in no way detracted from the enjoy-ability of the book.

Kudos to Edward Rutherford. I'm going to buy the book "Paris" by the same author when I have re-read this one, and I hope it is as good.

  • Dunstan

  • One Man Will Change the Fate of England
  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Beevers
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516

The year is 937. England is a nation divided, ruled by minor kings and Viking lords. Each vies for land and power. The Wessex king Æthelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great, is readying himself to throw a spear into the north. Behind him stands Dunstan, the man who will control the destiny of the next seven kings of England and the fate of an entire nation. Welcome to the original game for the English throne.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dunstan Isn't quite a Caesar

  • By Simon on 16-05-17

Very enjoyable and informative

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

Reviewed: 24-06-18

I enjoyed listening to this book very much. The narrator did an outstanding job. It is very interesting to hear a tale told from this period of history, about which I know very little, so it has been good to learn about this particular historical character.