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Glastonbury, United Kingdom
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  • Pride and Prejudice, with Songs from Regency England

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Jane Austen's most famous novel, Pride and Prejudice is brought to sparkling new life in this "wonderful, unforgettable" recording from AudioFile Earphones award-winning narrator Alison Larkin. Always a witty and original voice, Alison Larkin follows her narration of Pride and Prejudice with songs from Regency England, to give the listener a sense of what after dinner family entertainment might have sounded like in Jane Austen's time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable!

  • By Arwen on 16-11-17

Very enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 16-11-17

I love Jane Austen and I love this performance of Pride and Prejudice. The narrator knows the story and tells it well. Her characters are recognisable and I love the piano interludes between a good number of the chapters too. The scene from a Regency drawing room at the end is fun, even though it sounds like far more people are there than the Bennett's drawing room would hold! And a bit echoey for such a full room too. That is my only 'negative' about this book. I highly recommend it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fry Chronicles

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,997
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,813

This dazzling memoir promises to be a courageously frank, honest and poignant read. It will detail some of Fry's most turbulent and least-well-known years, with writing that will excite you, make you laugh uproariously, move you, inform you, and, above all, surprise you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours of delighted listening

  • By Mary on 21-09-10

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 30-06-16

Loved it from start to finish. Stephen Fry narrating his own biography is the best! He knows his own story and brings it with everything he wants to put into it and it sizzles. Highly recommended!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Have His Carcase

  • Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 8
  • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

The best of the golden age crime writers, praised by all the top modern writers in the field including P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, Dorothy L. Sayers created the immortal Lord Peter Wimsey. In his eighth appearance (and the second book featuring Harriet Vane), he solves a murder on a deserted English beach. With an introduction by Elizabeth George. A young woman falls asleep on a deserted beach and wakes to discover the body of a man whose throat has been slashed from ear to ear...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Story fab, reader must be replaced

  • By Arwen on 29-12-15

Story fab, reader must be replaced

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

Reviewed: 29-12-15

I love the Lord Peter Wimsey books and listening to them could be a real treat if it wasn't for the awful reader. She misses commas, mispronounces words and overall sometimes makes it hard to understand what she is reading. Her French accent has been learned from a computer and she doesn't know what she is saying! Please, please have someone else read these gorgeous books, someone with a more pleasant voice who can actually read? I've got three books read by her and I'm not getting more, not because of the stories - they are fab, that goes without saying - but because of that unpleasant, sharp voice and the total lack of understanding what she's reading.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Gaudy Night

  • Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 12
  • By: Dorothy L Sayers
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

The best of the golden age crime writers, praised by all the top modern writers in the field including P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, Dorothy L. Sayers created the immortal Lord Peter Wimsey. The twelfth book featuring Lord Peter (the third novel to feature Harriet Vane) is set in an Oxford women's college. Harriet Vane has never dared to return to her old Oxford college. Now, despite her scandalous life, she has been summoned back.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awful performance nearly spoils good book

  • By Annemarie on 28-07-16

Great story!

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

Reviewed: 20-10-15

I love this story. Dorothy Sayers is one of my favourite detective story writers and this is the first audio book of hers I've listened to. I thoroughly enjoyed it, although I had to get used to the narrator. She speaks in quite a determined way, and rather sharpish. I had to really get past that and I definitely enjoyed the second listen better, because she didn't bother me so much anymore. Her characters are not very distinctive, so sometimes you don't quite know who is talking, but Ms Sayers has provided for that by making it clear in the text, so that doesn't bother me so much. All in all a good experience and a great story!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Black Sheep

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Barbara Leigh-Hunt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

He had nothing to recommend him but his smile, and she was surely too old, and had too much commonsense, to be beguiled by a smile... Miss Abigail Wendover's efforts to detach her spirited niece Fanny from a plausible fortune-hunter are complicated by the arrival in Bath of Miles Caverleigh. The black sheep of his family, a cynical, outrageous care-for-naught with a scandalous past - that would be a connection more shocking even than Fanny's unwise liaison with his nephew!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely book, shame about the reader

  • By Orna on 28-06-09

Great story, of course!

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

Reviewed: 23-09-15

I love this story, as I love most if not all of Georgette Heyer's Regency novels. However, in this case I often find the reader beyond irritating. She keeps in the 'voice' even after the speaker is finished. For instance: if someone asks a question, she doesn't just let the speaker ask, she keeps asking. Her voice keeps going up even though the text is narrative, not a character speaking. And she does it with everything. If someone is surprised or angry or whatever else, she keeps speaking in that voice until well after the speaker is finished. And it grates on my nerves, which makes this story hard for me to enjoy. Such a shame! I'd love to hear this read by Phillida Nash...

  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes

  • The Heirloom Collection
  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 58 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,659

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A long and rewarding listen....

  • By Lee on 29-04-15

Stunning stories, excellent performance

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

Reviewed: 15-03-14

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

Oh yes, I would recommend this book. The stories are good and Simon Vance performes it with great gusto. The whole is very enjoyable indeed!

Who was your favorite character and why?

It's hard not to pick Sherlock Holmes himself. Mr Vance gives him such a great character, it's a joy to listen to. He really comes to life.

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

My Vance uses his voice to his best advantage by giving all the characters their own voice, he even does a reasonable female voice! And when he doesn't keep up the, of necessity rather strenuous, use of these female voices continually, they still remain believable. In short, a joy to listen to, time and time again!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The unabridged Sherlock Holmes - come and see!

Any additional comments?

A must for all Sherlock Holmes lovers!

22 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • The Quiet Gentleman

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

When Gervase Frant, 7th Earl of St Erth, returns at last from Waterloo to his family seat at Stanyon, he enjoys a less than welcome homecoming.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ruined by narrator

  • By Caroline on 13-07-15

Great story!

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

Reviewed: 15-03-14

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

I'm not at all sure I would recommend this book because of the awful performance!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Miss Morville - I love her straightness and how she doesn't care one jot about how people think of her. I like that a lot!

What didn’t you like about Cornelius Garrett’s performance?

His voice is not always pleasant to listen to, but the worst thing is his pronounciation. Unless these things have been researched and found to be as he does pronounce some of the words in this book, in which case he will be correct, of course. But when playing 'fiches' from the French become 'fish' in English, I don't see how a 'valet' is suddenly pronounced in the French(-ish) manner, sounding 'valay'. Same goes for the 'landaulet' and what is it with 'grimace'? He says 'grimACE', stressing the latter part of the word. The way he pronounces 'Sal Volatile' sounds something like 'Sal VolAtiLAY' - very strange. Also, he forgets commas, so I have had to listen several times to a number of sentences because I couldn't work them out until I put in the commas myself and then suddenly they made sense. He does not seem to appreciate the story much in general, and gives a rather deprecating performance. No, I do not like this performance at all.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No - not with this voice.

Any additional comments?

It might be absolutely wonderful when read by someone who appreciates the story, understands it better and knows how to pronounce his English!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful