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  • Lady Susan

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Harriet Walter, Kim Hicks
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Lady Susan was the first of Jane Austen's novels to be completed. Less known than Austen's six great later novels, it demonstrates the wit and sharp observations of Jane Austen - and is shown at its best in audiobook form, with different actresses presenting real characters as they read their letters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect

  • By Avril on 03-06-14

Wicked lady

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

Reviewed: 12-07-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Lady Susan to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lady Susan - a refreshing change from Jane Austen's whiter than white heroines.

What about Harriet Walter and Kim Hicks ’s performance did you like?

They performed their characters well.

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

It was gripping at times.

Any additional comments?

It is a short story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • BBC Radio Shakespeare

  • Much Ado About Nothing (Dramatised)
  • By: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: David Tennant, Samantha Spiro, Full Cast
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 47

BBC Radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Version

  • By Ms on 23-12-12

Much Ado About Nothing

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

Reviewed: 12-07-14

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

It is a terrific version of the play with an incredible cast - David Tennant, Samantha Spiro, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Emilia Fox and Maxine Peake to name a few.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,155
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,151
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,120

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

The Martian

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

Gripping, informative, adventure.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Martian?

I don't want to spoil it, but it occurs at the end. I'll keep it vague - when someone was enacting a very risky possible solution.

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

He performed the different parts well and brought out the main character's emotions.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

A gripping story of a man marooned on Mars, using all of his ingenuity to survive and escape. Some of the technical details went over my head, but the main character is engaging and there are a lot of moments of dark humour. And the potatoes.

  • Classic Radio Theatre: Private Lives (Dramatised)

  • By: Noel Coward
  • Narrated by: Paul Scofield, Patricia Routledge
  • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Paul Scofield and Patricia Routledge star in Noël Coward’s classic comedy of manners. Private Lives was written in 1930 and has been a mainstay of British theatre ever since. This sharply funny play of reversals focuses on Elyot and Amanda, a passionate but feuding couple who divorced five years before. Now, on the first night of their honeymoons with their new partners, they find that they are all staying in the same hotel on the French Riviera. Fireworks are inevitable....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So funny

  • By Kate on 08-08-17

Great adaptation

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

Reviewed: 05-01-14

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

If you like the play, this is a great version.

What did you like best about this story?

The wit and performances.

Have you listened to any of Paul Scofield and Patricia Routledge ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Patricia Routledge was great, but I couldn't help picturing Hyacinth Bouquet occasionally.

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

Can't live with each other, can't live without each other.

  • A Highland Christmas

  • Hamish Macbeth
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

In dark, wintry Lochdubh, Christmas Cheer is about as welcome as a flat tyre on a deserted road. The Calvinist element in town has always resisted what they view as secular frivolity, so for most of the townsfolk there'll be no carols, feasting, gifts - or even whisky on Christmas Day! And for PC Hamish Macbeth there's no holiday from crime - he finds himself hunting for a missing cat belonging to a lonely spinster.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice, gooey Christmas listen

  • By Jennifer on 01-01-14

Nice, gooey Christmas listen

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

Reviewed: 01-01-14

What did you like best about A Highland Christmas? What did you like least?

It was a gentle story, set in a fictional area of the Highlands. If you're looking for the polar opposite of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" this is it.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

It was a bit sentimental at times.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Last Argument of Kings

  • The First Law: Book Three
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 27 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,156
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,752
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,738

The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe and no-one can be trusted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I miss it already.

  • By John on 18-09-11

Last Argument of Kings

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

Reviewed: 13-12-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Last Argument of Kings to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Last Argument of Kings?

This is very difficult to do without spoiling some of the twists that the book takes.

Have you listened to any of Steven Pacey’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, he narrated the first two books in the trilogy superbly as well. The characters are distinctive. He brought out the drama and moments of dark humour well.

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

The challenges faced by the characters were gripping. There are some "edge of your seat" plot turns.

  • World Without End

  • The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 2
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 45 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,404
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,722

On the day after Halloween, in the year 1327, four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge. They are a thief, a bully, a boy genius, and a girl who wants to be a doctor. In the forest they see two men killed. As adults, their lives will be braided together by ambition, love, greed and revenge. They will see prosperity and famine, plague and war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bereaved when it ended

  • By bex4ad on 15-03-11

First audiobook I've given up on

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-03-12

I bought this after seeing the television adaption of "Pillars of the Earth." I got to the second part of the download and gave in. I could not buy in to these characters existing in the 14th century. The main characters' outlook and dialogue at times felt anachronistic. The main dislike for myself was the high frequency of the explicit sex scenes - a bit more moving forward with the plot would have been preferable.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful