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Maureen

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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  • Good Evening, Mrs Craven

  • The Wartime Stories of Mollie Panter-Downes
  • By: Mollie Panter-Downes
  • Narrated by: Lucy Scott
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

For fifty years Mollie Panter-Downes' name was associated with The New Yorker, for which she wrote a regular 'Letter from London', book reviews and over thirty short stories; of the twenty-one in Good Evening, Mrs Craven, written between 1939 and 1944, only two had ever been reprinted - these very English stories have, until now, been unavailable to English readers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable listen

  • By Maureen on 15-09-11

Very enjoyable listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-09-11

I had not heard of Mollie Panter-Downes until I came across this book. For people like me who did not live through the 2nd World War it paints some wonderful pictures of life for those 'left at home'. Some of the stories are very witty and others poignant. It is well read by Lucy Scott. I certainly plan to listen to it again soon and play it to an elderly relative for whom I am sure it will bring back many memories. I have no hesitation in recommending this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cotillion

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

The three great-nephews of cantankerous Mr Penicuik know better than to ignore his summons, especially when it concerns the bestowal of his fortune. His freakish plan is that his fortune will be his step-daughter's dowry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Witty, charming and wonderfully read.

  • By Bettym on 08-11-10

Great Fun

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-09-11

Perhaps not the most profound story, but highly entertaining. Interesting characters, very witty dialogue and some lovely references to places and exhibits on the London tourist scene. Very well read - particularly Freddy. My only disappointment was that Kitty sounded a bit more mature and 'worldly wise' than Georgette Heyer portrayed her. That, however, did not in any way spoil the book for me. If you want something which will lift the spirits, I recommend Cotillion.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Talisman Ring

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

The legend of the Headless Horseman and a proposed marriage de convenance both have their impact on the mystery of a golden talisman ring and Lord Lavenham's young heir, Ludovic. Neither Sir Tristram Shield nor Eustacie, his young French cousin, share the slightest inclination to marry one another, yet it is Lord Lavenham's dying wish. For there is no one else to provide for the old man's granddaughter while Ludovic remains a fugitive from justice...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A much loved friend

  • By Stephanie on 04-11-08

Great Fun

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-07-11

Georgette Heyer is not only wonderfully accurate on all details of the regency period but her books are such good fun. This one is no exception. The story is light-hearted but full of enough twists and turns to keep you interested to the end. The characters are delightfully attractive or wicked (as required) and the witty dialogue highly entertaining. The Talisman Ring is among the best of Gerogette Heyer's novels and is beautifully read by Phyllida Nash.

If you want some light listening to lift your spirits or wile away a long journey you could not do better that chose this book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Frederica

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Clifford Norgate
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

Rich and handsome, the hope of ambitious mothers and despair of his sisters, the Marquis of Alverstoke sees no reason to put himself out for anyone. But when a distant connection applies to him for help, he finds himself far from bored.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Fun

  • By Maureen on 18-07-11

Great Fun

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-07-11

I remember Frederica being one of my favourite Georgette Heyer books when I was an avid fan many years ago. I am so glad that I listened to the friend who told me they made excellent audio listening. She was right. I knew how accurate Georgette Heyer was on Regency matters but had forgotten (or not realised so long ago) just how funny the books were - particularly Frederica. The book is beautifully read. What a tonic it was to listen to the exploits of the different members of the Merriville family - not forgetting the dog!

I highly recommend Frederica - particularly if you are looking for some light relief in these days of so much doom and gloom. It is also a great companion for a long drive or a tedious journey.

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Castles in the Air

  • By: Judy Corbett
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Strevens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Castles in the Air is a beautifully written, autobiographical story of rescuing an ancient mansion. Gwydir Castle was inhabited by ravers and rats until Judy Corbett and her husband Peter Welford found and acquired this 500-year-old house mouldering in the foothills of Snowdonia. Despite the toads, strange smells and squatters, they decided to mortgage themselves to the hilt to bring the castle back to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Maureen on 02-07-11

Fascinating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-11

Well written, interesting and highly entertaining book. It is full of descriptions and stories - some horrifying and many amusing. The book did not inspire me to take up castle renovations (rather the reverse!) but definitely left me wanting to know what had happened since the end of the book. A great armchair read. The excellent narrator added to the enjoyment. I will certainly be recommending this book to my friends. (It would also be great fun to book a night in one of the guest rooms!)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Kidnapped

  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

After his father dies, David Balfour is told to go to his uncle for his inheritance. But the uncle has no intention of letting the riches go - so he plots to kill Balfour, ultimately arranging for him to be kidnapped as a slave bound for the American colonies. Balfour's future looks bleak - until he witnesses a shipwreck and befriends the lone survivor, a rugged Highlander named Alan Breck Stewart. Together, they plan their rebellion - and the fight back home to claim Balfour's inheritance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Recommended

  • By Maureen on 17-01-11

Highly Recommended

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-11

An excellent fast-moving story which is very well read.

I remember thoroughly enjoying Kidnapped as a teenager and wondered if I would be disappointed hearing it so many years later. Not so! As an adult I still enjoyed the rollicking adventure and but now picked up on some of the other features of the book, for example the humour in some of the exchanges and the historical background. Knowing many of the Scottish settings only added to the enjoyment.

Full of great characters and with a real feel for Scotland this was an excellent holiday listen.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Age of Innocence

  • By: Edith Wharton
  • Narrated by: David Horovitch
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Countess Ellen Olenska, separated from her European husband, returns to old New York society. She bears with her an independence and an awareness of life which stirs the educated sensitivity of the charming Newland Archer, engaged to be married to her cousin, May Welland. Though he accepts the society's standards and rules he is acutely aware of their limitations. He knows May will assure him a conventional future but Ellen, scandalously separated from her husband, forces Archer to question his values and beliefs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Most enjoyable

  • By Maureen on 25-05-10

Most enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-05-10

This book conveys you to a lost world. On the surface there is much that was attractive about the life of the wealthy upper class in New York in the 1870s. In this book, however, you are also presented with the constraints and restrictions of what, all too often, was a meaningless life.

Edith Wharton presents you with the agonising choices facing the young, in particular, when passion and the wish for freedom tempts them to flaunt accepted conventions and morality.

The book is beautifully written with many touches of humour.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
    51 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • Elizabeth

  • By: David Starkey
  • Narrated by: Robert Powell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

An abused child, yet confident of her destiny to reign, a woman in a man's world, passionately sexual yet, she said, a virgin, Elizabeth I was to be famed as England's most successful ruler. This absorbing book, by concentrating on her early years from her birth in 1533 to her accession in 1558, shows how her experiences of danger and adventure formed her remarkable character and shaped her opinions and beliefs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and informative

  • By Francesca on 13-05-06

Fascinating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-10

An excellent very well researched book. By concentrating on the early part of Elizabeth's life you get an indepth understanding of the people and events which formed Elizabeth's character. The book is 'easy and interesting listening' and is very well read by the author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Room With a View

  • By: E.M. Forster
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Set in Italy and England, this is a rich and romantic story of Lucy Honeychurch and the choice she must make between love and convention.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Jane Austen you'll like this too.

  • By Paul & Susy on 30-09-07

Delightful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-10

A delightful book beautifully written, full of humour and well read. It pokes fun at Edwardian gentility and conventions. Through its graphic descriptions you can just feel the lazy heat of afternoons in the Italian sun and the warmth of an English summer playing tennis or splashing about in the water. A definite winner.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • David Copperfield

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 34 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473

When David Copperfield escapes from the cruelty of his childhood home, he embarks on a journey to adulthood which leads him through comedy and tragedy, love and heartbreak, and friendship and betrayal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Joy of Audible

  • By Mr David Newton on 15-09-09

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-10

This is a superb audiobook full of humour as well as sadness. It is peopled with wonderful and memorable characters and Martin Jarvis marvellous reading brings them alive.

I was forced to read this book at school when I was obviously far too young and did not 'get' the humour. What a mistake! Only now, after 40 years, was I tempted to try it again. I am now off to get other Dickens audio books!

I highly recommend this book to you . . . it is just made to be read aloud and I can think of no better person than Martin Jarvis to do so.

19 of 20 people found this review helpful