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DENBIGH, United Kingdom
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  • Persuasion

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Sinead Dixon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Anne Elliott, Jane Austen's only aging heroine, has devoted her life to caring for her financially irresponsible family. Just when she is growing content with her uneventful lifestyle, a long-lost flame re-enters the picture - now as the beau of her significantly younger cousin. Anne is now faced with a choice: will she watch Captain Wentworth settle into life with another woman, or will she strive to win back his love and escape her family?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • shocking America narrator. very poor pronunciation

  • By kel on 12-09-18

persuasion Jane Austin

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

The narrator was appalling, why have an American reading a very English book? It spoilt the whole experience.

  • Tea Time for the Traditionally Built

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

It is a troublesome fact on which even Mma Ramotswe and her assistant Mma Makutsi agree: there are things that men know and ladies do not, and vice versa. It is unfortunate, for example, when Mma Ramotswe's newest client is the owner of the ailing Kalahari Swoopers, that one thing lady detectives know little about is football.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By DT teacher on 27-10-18

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 04-09-16

I enjoyed. This book good flow to story, light read. Excellent for summer holidays! Good fun unisex readers

  • A Grave Concern

  • The Twenty Second Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
  • By: Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Identifying the murderer of the Chancellor of the university is not the only challenge facing physician Matthew Bartholomew. Many of his patients have been made worse by the ministrations of a 'surgeon' recently arrived from Nottingham, his sister is being rooked by the mason she has commissioned to build her husband's tomb and his friend, Brother Michael, has been offered a bishopric which will cause him to leave Cambridge.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • So disappointing

  • By SEB on 15-10-16

Poor reading

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

Reviewed: 27-06-16

Excellent story brilliant research spoils by very disjointed reading with confusing voices all rather similar spoils flow of story trying to differentiate between them. Pity excellent book spoilt

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Journeys in English

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

This highly entertaining BBC Radio 4 series is written and presented by Bill Bryson and based on his best-selling book, Mother Tongue. In it, he romps through the history of Britain to reveal how English became such an infuriatingly complex - but ultimately world-beating - language.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A quick few lessons in our other tongue

  • By David on 12-02-10

Amusing, as ever.

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

Bill Brysonis always very entertaining and informative, reads the book in an easy way. Excellent mixture of fact and amusing incidents, one feels to be with him every step of the way. Would recommend it highly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bath Tangle

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Sian Phillips
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

The Earl of Spenborough has always been noted for his eccentricity. Leaving a widow younger than his own daughter Serena is one thing, but quite another is leaving Serena's fortune to the trusteeship of the Marquis of Rotherham -- a man whom Serena once jilted and who now has the power to give or withhold his consent to any marriage she might contemplate. When Serena and her lovely young stepmother Fanny decide to move to Bath, Serena makes an odd new friend and discovers an old love, Major Hector Kirkby.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely reading

  • By Caroline on 25-07-09

A most enjoyable listen. Perfect English, good story line.

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

Reviewed: 31-05-16

Excellent book for anybody who appreciates period English. Perfectly read, enjoyable tone, no slang, no swearing, well modulated tones, perfect for period.

  • A Civil Contract

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

Set in the Regency period, this is a classic tale of misunderstood love and an arranged marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This one grows on you

  • By Stephanie on 28-02-09

Interesting period book

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

Reviewed: 16-04-16

Excellent book, well read, most interesting story.wonderful descriptive English, very much of the period, could be considered old fashioned, but made up for by the great use of adjectives. Brilliant reading, well modulated voice. Most enjoyable.

  • Venetia

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

Venetia Lanyon, beautiful, intelligent and independent, lives in comfortable seclusion in rural Yorkshire with her precocious brother Aubrey. Her future seems safe and predictable: Either marriage to the respectable but dull Edward Yardley, or a life of peaceful spinsterhood. But when she meets the dashing, dangerous rake Lord Damerel, her well-ordered life is turned upside down, and she embarks upon a relationship with him that scandalizes and horrifies the whole community. Has she found her soul mate, or is she playing with fire?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great read!

  • By Marjo on 02-06-14

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 19-12-15

Brilliant story beautifully read, well worth having, period derail brilliant, and interest held throughout. I would recommend it for an excellent light read.

  • Michael Palin: New Europe

  • By: Michael Palin
  • Narrated by: Michael Palin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

Michael Palin reads his own account of a journey into a new Europe. Michael Palin's New Europe starts with a simple idea: that only a couple of hours from home are a half of Europe that is for him as unknown and unexplored as the plateau of Tibet or the vastness of the Sahara. Cut off for most of his life by Cold Wars and Iron Curtains, Europe's eastern lands are now open for business - and Michael sets off to discover them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable but superficial

  • By Andrei S. on 13-04-17

Excellent, exciting,informative!

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

Reviewed: 23-07-15

Most interesting,visiting unusual place. Well described towns, interesting facts, lovely descriptive passages. Well up to other Palin adventures, some very unusual places visited off usual tourist trails

  • The Wind in the Willows

  • By: Kenneth Grahame
  • Narrated by: Mary Woods
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

The Wind in the Willows is a book for those "who keep the spirit of youth alive in them; of life, sunshine, running water, woodlands, dusty roads, winter firesides." So wrote Kenneth Grahame of his timeless tale of Rat, Mole, Badger, and Toad, in their lyrical world of gurgling rivers and whispering reeds, a world that is both beautiful and benevolently ordered. But it is also a world threatened by dark forces.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Poor narrator for traditional English story

  • By Shirley on 08-03-14

Poor narrator for traditional English story

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

Reviewed: 08-03-14

What would have made The Wind in the Willows better?

Clearly narrated by ENGLISHMAN

What did you like best about this story?

The original. Story is brilliant , spoilt by female narrator

How could the performance have been better?

Good English diction by man as the original story was told, you can,t mess around with traditional stories

What character would you cut from The Wind in the Willows?

NONE, how can you even write this????

Any additional comments?

You cannot improve on the original