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  • Merivel, A Man of His Time

  • By: Rose Tremain
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

The Restoration is over and Robert Merivel, renowned physician and courtier to Charles II, now faces the anxieties of middle age. Questions crowd his mind: has he been a good father? Is he a fair master? Is he the King's friend or the King's slave? In search of answers, Merivel sets off for the French court. But Versailles leaves him in despair, until a chance encounter with a seductive Swiss botanist allows him to dream of an honourable future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughtful, moving and gently humorous

  • By Linda on 19-12-14

Pure bliss

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

Reviewed: 24-08-18

This sequel to the brilliant Restoration is narrated faultlessly by Sean Barrett. Merivel’s story and his voyage of self knowledge is truly captivating and I cannot recommend the two books highly enough. There are echoes of I, Claudius and Claudius the God within, which believe me is high praise indeed. The flashes of humour are priceless and Merivel’s character will stay with me for, I trust and hope, a very long time. I am spellbound by this wonderful man. Thank you Rose Tremain. Genius.

  • Restoration

  • By: Rose Tremain
  • Narrated by: Paul Daneman
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

When a twist of fate delivers an ambitious young medical student to the court of King Charles II, he is suddenly thrust into a vibrant world of luxury and opulence. Blessed with a quick wit and sparkling charm, Robert Merivel rises quickly, soon finding favour with the King, and privileged with a position as 'paper groom' to the youngest of the King's mistresses. But by falling in love with her, Merivel transgresses the one rule that will cast him out from his new-found paradise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly convincing

  • By AReader on 14-02-15

Near perfection

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

Reviewed: 26-07-18

I loved reading this book when it was released. I love this audiobook just as much - Paul Daneman’s narration is masterful (my only cavil would be the erroneous Norfolk accents employed). Tremain’s storytelling is unsurpassable. Beautiful.

  • Never Mind

  • A Patrick Melrose Novel, Book 1
  • By: Edward St Aubyn
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

At his mother’s family house in the south of France, Patrick Melrose has the run of a magical garden. Bravely imaginative and self-sufficient, five-year-old Patrick encounters the volatile lives of adults with care. His father, David, rules with considered cruelty, and Eleanor, his mother, has retreated into drink. They are expecting guests for dinner. But this afternoon is unlike the chain of summer days before, and the shocking events that precede the guests’ arrival tear Patrick's world in two.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An absolute treat!

  • By bookylady on 11-06-18

The first of five intriguing books

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

What does Alex Jennings bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Alex Jennings brings his intelligence and considerable vocal skills to this darkly comic portrayal of a monstrous father who detonates his innocent young son's childhood. His use of tones to play the many and varied roles, from gender to gender and from toddler to demented old lady, he nails them all. Riveting.

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

There is a crisis which I won't describe here; suffice to say it brought me to tears.

Any additional comments?

The fact there are a further four to listen to is a pleasure in itself, once you start the first. I am looking forward to listening to St Aubyn's latest book too.....bliss.

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  • Life After Life

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,725
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,705

What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale. What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing story, beautifully told.

  • By susan on 02-05-13

A thought provoking and engrossing marvel.

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

Reviewed: 02-07-14

What made the experience of listening to Life After Life the most enjoyable?

I actually had the book as well as the audio and switched from one to the other; a fascinating experiment which worked beautifully depending upon what situation I was in each time. Fenella Woolgar is sublime and her voice(s) followed me to the book. Brilliant.

  • Next Season

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Blakemore
  • Narrated by: Philip Bird
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

A novel from the director of the film Country Life. A young actor struggles to make his way in the theatre, experiencing the quick, intense relationships that flare within the closed world of the theatre as he acts out small, solid roles with a famous classical company outside of London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read for any thespians of the rep days

  • By Ian Grieve on 15-10-17

Truthful, candid and brilliant

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

Reviewed: 31-01-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

As the great Michael Frayn stated, "It's unfair that Michael Blakemore, one of the world's great theatre directors, is also such a good writer!" Simon Callow adored this book too. Anyone even remotely interested in acting will love this book - it is a pitch perfect account of a young man striving to learn his craft in rep in 1960's England. Beautifully drawn characters abound, and, crucially, the innate humour of Michael Blakemore shines through. A perfect gem. And a touching, realistic love story too....

Have you listened to any of Philip Bird’s other performances? How does this one compare?

As usual, Philip Bird brings his considerable intelligence to the narration. There are many and varied voices in this book and all the characterisations and accents are spot on. Masterful.

Any additional comments?

Theatre lovers should also find Arguments with England, Michael Blakemore's memoir and the second volume, the recently launched, Stageblood, irresistible.

  • Bone Idle

  • By: Suzette A Hill
  • Narrated by: Simon Hurst, Suzette A Hill, John Beresford Frye
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

This is the third novel featuring the Rev Oughterard, vicar of St Botolph's and genteel murderer of parishioner Mrs Elizabeth Fotherington. So far eluding arrest (but with fears of imminent exposure), he is in the grasp of his blackmailing pal, the shady Nicholas Ingaza, who forces him to steal a valuable figurine of a prancing pig from collector Claude Blenkinsop. Naturally the project backfires and the hapless vicar is plunged into further skulduggery during which someone is murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More laughs with Francis, Maurice and Bouncer.

  • By Mrs on 22-01-12

More laughs with Francis, Maurice and Bouncer.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-01-12

Same but different to the marvellous A Load of Old Bones - Simon Hurst on fine form again as the poor old Rev, the author herself gives us an excellent sardonic, laconic Maurice and good old Bouncer is a bit of a scene stealer. The 'Brighton-type' plays a large part in the shenanigans and Clinker et al make their appearances to great comic effect. More please!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful