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  • The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: William Boyd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth depicts the random encounters that bring the past bubbling to the surface, the impulsive decisions that irrevocably shape a life and the endless hesitations and loss of nerve that wickedly complicate it. These funny, surprising and strangely moving stories are a resounding confirmation of Boyd's powers as one of our most original and compelling storytellers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get on with the next one!

  • By Christina on 14-11-17

Thank you Mr Boyd

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

What a treat to have William Boyd read his superb stories. I wish there were more

  • Beatrice and Virgil

  • By: Yann Martel
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

When Henry receives a letter from an elderly taxidermist; it poses a puzzle that he cannot resist. As he is pulled into the world of this strange and calculating man, Henry becomes increasingly involved with the lives of a donkey and a howler monkey - named Beatrice and Virgil - and the epic journey they undertake together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought Provoking

  • By Lucy on 03-07-10

Layer under layer. Intriguing and excellent

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

Reviewed: 18-04-18

Henry is a famous author but his latest book is rejected because it is too complex. Using another way in Yann Martel delivers the same intention as Henry’s through a story within a story that is wonderfully written. His choice of words is brilliant. His pace is superb.

  • Life Is Elsewhere

  • By: Milan Kundera
  • Narrated by: Richmond Hoxie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

A budding poet and his adoring mother are the central characters of this intriguing early novel by Milan Kundera. He takes us through the young man's fantasies and love affairs in a characteristic tour de force, alive with wit, eroticism and ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mythical and ranges over many worlds

  • By Patrick on 26-09-16

Mythical and ranges over many worlds

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

Reviewed: 26-09-16

I thoroughly enjoyed this. It opened up new thoughts and dimensions constantly. Post structuralist at times and surreal at other times, it has a good story at its heart. And it was written in 1973... I'd only come across Laughter and Forgetting before. Thank you Faber and Faber

  • The High Mountains of Portugal

  • By: Yann Martel
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

From the author of the international publishing sensation Life of Pi comes the story of a quest for a lost relic. The journey takes us from Africa in the 1600s through Portugal at the turn of the last century to contemporary North America. Showcasing Martel's trademark delight in the fundamental stories that unite us, The High Mountains of Portugal unfolds with a dazzling lightness of touch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a fascinating book

  • By Rajinder Kaur Atwal on 05-01-17

Captivating

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

Reviewed: 20-07-16

This richly written story wanders through time, on the edge of normality, rooted in the essence of being human. A bit of a mystery, the ends tie up leaving you wanting more.

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  • Washington Square

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

A wealthy spinster receives a proposal from a dashing suitor, and her father threatens her with disinheritance if she accepts, in Henry James's masterful exploration of the moral consequences of a tender heart's ruthless manipulation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterly story telling

  • By Stephen on 30-05-10

The best reading IMHO

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

Reviewed: 14-02-15

This is the best reading of all available in Audible I think. Natural emphasis and good pace. The story resonates today just as it did in the 19th Century

  • Lincoln

  • By: David Herbert Donald
  • Narrated by: Dick Estell
  • Length: 30 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

In the best-selling tradition of Truman, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David Herbert Donald offers a new classic in American history and biography - a masterly account of how one man's extraordinary political acumen steered the Union to victory in the Civil War, and of how his soaring rhetoric gave meaning to that agonizing struggle for nationhood and equality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very thorough biography

  • By Nils on 13-04-13

The world of Abraham Lincoln opens up beautifully

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

The day after seeing 'Lincoln' in the cinema, I bought this audio book. It is superb. An extremely thorough biography from Abraham Lincoln's early life through to his assassination... in a very enjoyable and easy 30 hours. The author spent decades researching his subject and it shows in the detail. It's also clear that he left out a lot of extraneous information, so it is never boring. I thoroughly recommend this insight into one of the great men of the modern world.