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Joanna Proxenos

United Kingdom
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  • The Reluctant Widow

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

Penniless Elinor is rather surprised at the carriage that meets her from the stage, and more so at the decayed grandeur of the house to which she's transported. Realising that there has been a case of mistaken identity she agrees to an audacious plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpectedly excellent

  • By JED on 01-02-16

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 14-08-18

My favourite Georgette Heyer. So well read, it has everything: intrigue, death, humour, love! Excellent!

  • Persuasion (AmazonClassics Edition)

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Seven years ago, Anne Elliot broke off her engagement to Captain Frederick Wentworth, convinced that marrying a man without money or status would be a grave mistake. Now, she is past her prime and single at 27. But when the estranged paramours reconnect through a couple renting the Elliot family estate, Anne discovers she may have another shot at romance - this time, on her terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great reading

  • By Theresa on 19-08-18

Well read Austen

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

Reviewed: 26-02-18

I was going to get the one read by Stevenson but the price was really good for this one. Only a very slight dislike, which wouldn’t put me off listening to him again: too many older women sounded like Lady Bracknell played by Edith Evans. Full of character though. One of my favourite Austens.

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  • Unravelling Oliver

  • By: Liz Nugent
  • Narrated by: Sam O'Mahony, Roy McMillan, Kevin Hely, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698

Oliver Ryan is a handsome and charismatic success story. He lives in the suburbs with his wife, Alice, who illustrates his award-winning children's books and gives him her unstinting devotion. Their life together is one of enviable privilege and ease - enviable until, one evening after supper, Oliver attacks Alice and beats her into a coma. In the aftermath, as everyone tries to make sense of his astonishing act of savagery, Oliver tells his story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging, Original and Very Well Crafted

  • By Simon on 28-07-17

Intriguing and complex lives

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook and was sorry that it was so short, but sometimes the good stuff comes in small packages.
How people's actions impact over and over again in devastating ways is fascinating, and the fact that one can find a flutter of sympathy for Oliver confirms this story as well told.
Excellent narration.

  • The Music Shop

  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Steven Hartley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

From the author of the worldwide best seller The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, a new novel about learning how to listen and how to feel and about second chances and choosing to be brave despite the odds. Because in the end, music can save us all.... It's 1988. Frank owns a music shop. It is jam-packed with records of every speed, size and genre. Classical, jazz, punk - as long as it's vinyl, he sells it. Day after day Frank finds his customers the music they need. Then into his life walks Ilse Brauchmann.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love me tender!

  • By Rachel Redford on 26-07-17

Consistently lovely

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

This author has written three of my favourite books, and the listen has been moving and pleasurable in each case.

In this one, which is brilliantly narrated, I have googled and listened to the music too! with much enjoyment. I think there is a movie here, which I would love to see.

  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

  • By: Helen Simonson
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862

Major Ernest Pettigrew (Ret’d) is not interested in the frivolity of the modern world. Since his wife Nancy’s death, he has tried to avoid the constant bother of nosy village women; his grasping, ambitious son; and the ever-spreading suburbanisation of the English countryside, preferring to lead a quiet life upholding the values that people have lived by for generations. But when his brother’s death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs Ali, the widowed village shopkeeper of Pakistani descent, the Major is drawn out of his regimented world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Old age is not for softies

  • By Morag on 24-05-11

Excellent.

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

Ah, lovely. And not a girlie lovely, but quite listenable for both genders. Read with simpatico by Bill Wallis. I shall look out more of both the narrator's and the author's work. Almost did a straight through listen.

  • Can You Forgive Her?

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 28 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

Can You Forgive Her? is the first of the six in the Palliser series. Trollope inextricably binds together the issues of parliamentary election and marriage, of politics and privacy. The values and aspirations of the governing stratum of Victorian society are ruthlessly examined, and none remains unscathed. But above all Trollope focuses on the predicament of women. 'What should a woman do with her life?' asks Alice Vavasor of herself, and this theme is echoed by every other woman in the audiobook.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!

  • By Sharon on 08-03-10

Trollope - satisfying, amusing, and read by my favourite narrator!

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

Reviewed: 14-04-16

This is my second time round with the Pallisers, and I am enjoying it almost more than the first! Politics and romance, riches and ruin, Timothy West brings it all to life with his marvelous narration. I had no idea they were re-running the series on the BBC when I decided to reListen, but I can see Susan Hampshire and Philip Latham as the main characters (so excellently cast) in my mind's eye, and hear them in Timothy's rendition. And now to get on with Phineas Finn!

  • Tennison

  • Jane Tennison, Book 1
  • By: Lynda La Plante
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524

In 1973 Jane Tennison, aged 22, leaves the Metropolitan Police Training Academy to be placed on probationary exercise in Hackney, where criminality thrives. We witness her struggle to cope in a male-dominated, chauvinistic environment, learning fast to deal with shocking situations with no help or sympathy from her superiors. Then comes her involvement in her first murder case. No one witnessed the savage beating of a tragic young girl who, the postmortem reveals, was pregnant when she died.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Before Prime Suspect

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-08-16

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 08-11-15

A really good listen in every way, and a great introduction to Tennison, with whom I have been long familiar. Her humanity, frailties and strengths, are immediately felt, and become an interesting thread beneath the storyline.

  • The First Bad Man

  • By: Miranda July
  • Narrated by: Miranda July
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 169

The first novel by the filmmaker, artist and bestselling author Miranda July confirms her as a spectacularly original, iconic, and important voice today, and a writer for all time. The First Bad Man is dazzling and unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't put it down!

  • By andriarna on 17-06-15

What it is to be alive

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

Reviewed: 24-07-15

It has moments of weirdness, but in the end it is touching and very human. I enjoyed it.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,315

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • waste of time

  • By Nicole on 02-10-16

Couldn't switch off...

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

Reviewed: 16-04-15

Compelling listen, well-narrated.

A jilted and obsessed alcoholic ex-wife weaves herself into the view from her window on the train, and then has to deal with the consequences.

Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,969
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,958

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Woodcutter

  • By jackie Hammond on 23-05-11

A very good book, exceptionally well read.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-10-11

I really enjoyed this book, and fell for Wolf Hadda myself, he is that special a character, and so richly brought to life by Jonathan Keeble's skilled narration. I don't usually bother with writing reviews, but this time it was necessary: the book is peppered with interesting people, has a great story-line, and I have to say I would love to come across Hadda again in some future adventure.