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  • Swallows and Amazons

  • Swallows and Amazons Series, Book 1
  • By: Arthur Ransome
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507

For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Originally published over a half-century ago, the twelve books are still eagerly read by children and adults alike – by all those captivated by the world of adventure and imagination. Such longevity is not only due to Ransome’s unparalleled gift of storytelling, but also his championing of qualities such as independence and initiative; virtues that appeal to every generation, whether young or old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nostalgic children's adventures

  • By Lou on 27-01-14

Terrible Narration!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-19

I love this book, so when I saw this as an audio book I had to get it. Later when I first listened to it I thought it was fine, but later when I listened to it again I could point out several mistakes. The Narrator (Gareth Armstrong) sometimes mistakes words and different terms, and in the later stories (I have some of them too) he changes names. I am really annoyed by some of the voices, John's is really annoyingly thick, Susan's is to mother like, and Titty's is very childish. Roger's is alright and I like the Amazon's voices. I don't think that Gareth Armstrong should ruin anymore stories for anyone. People like particular things and they most certainly don't like different terms in a story that they already have read, especially ones they like.

  • Pigeon Post

  • Swallows and Amazons Series, Book 6
  • By: Arthur Ransome
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 97

For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Originally published over a half-century ago, the 12 books are still eagerly read by children and adults alike - by all those captivated by the world of adventure and imagination. Such longevity is not only due to Ransome’s unparalleled gift of storytelling, but also his championing of qualities such as independence and initiative; virtues that appeal to every generation, whether young or old.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book. Awful narration.

  • By Kit on 16-08-18

The WORST narration EVER!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

I loved the story1 I hate the narration. It makes Dick sound like he has a blocked nose. Nancy and Peggy sound OK. I like their accent. But Gareth Armstrong makes all of them so childish.

  • Swallowdale

  • Swallows and Amazons Series, Book 2
  • By: Arthur Ransome
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 181

For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Originally published over a half-century ago, the twelve books are still eagerly read by children and adults alike – by all those captivated by the world of adventure and imagination. Such longevity is not only due to Ransome’s unparalleled gift of storytelling, but also his championing of qualities such as independence and initiative; virtues that appeal to every generation, whether young or old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book ever

  • By Mrs on 04-02-17

Pro's and Con's<br /><br />

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Arthur Ransome mixed the swallows names up
Really annoying .But I still like it though.