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  • Jackdaws

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Two weeks before D-day, the French Resistance attacks a chateau containing a telephone exchange vital to German communications - but the building is heavily guarded, and the attack fails disastrously. Flick Clairet, a young British secret agent, proposes a daring new plan: she will parachute into France with an all-woman team known as the Jackdaws, and they will penetrate the chateau in disguise. But, unknown to Flick, Rommel has assigned a brilliant, ruthless intelligence colonel, Dieter Franck, to crush the Resistance. And Dieter is on Flick's trail....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping listen

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-09-18

Gripping listen

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

I am not sure how one enjoys a book that at times is quite brutal, but this book greatly exceeded my expectations and I found it quite gripping. I loved the way the author switched between telling the story from different angles, so that the same scene could be reflected from opposing sides. Extremely well read by Emilia Fox.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Archers: Family Ties 1951-1967

  • By: Joanna Toye
  • Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

The first fascinating part of Joanna Toye's delightful trilogy about life in Ambridge. Covering the years 1951-1967, Family Ties introduces the main characters: Dan, Doris, Phil, Christine, Jack and Peggy and their children, Walter Gabriel, the Fairbrothers and Tom Forrest. The early years are action-packed: Phil's courtship and marriage to Grace and her tragic death; his subsequent marriage to Jill and the birth of their children; Jack's drinking problem and later, the birth of Jennifer's illegitimate baby.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant background for new fans

  • By Jacqueline on 13-08-16

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 08-02-16

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

This book is to be recommended to any Archer's fan, whether you have been listening since 1951 or 2015.

What other book might you compare The Archers: Family Ties 1951-1967 to, and why?

No particular book

Which character – as performed by Miriam Margolyes – was your favourite?

Doris, but they were all good

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

The Original Archers

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 1
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,206

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known... of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul... of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame... and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By Robert on 31-10-10

A brilliant story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-02-12

An excellent holiday read and listen, couldn't wait to turn the next page. It was a great mix of fact and fiction, but amazed at the accuracy of historical content.

  • A Dangerous Fortune

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495

In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By Andrew on 12-05-11

An excellent listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-11-11

It moves at a great pace throughout and is an excellent story. As with previous books by this author one needs to be prepared for some graphic detail and colourful language which I could personally do without, but that said, his storytelling is fantastic.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Fall of Giants

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,509

A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a discovery

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-09-11

What a discovery

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-11

I have found this an absolutely absorbing listen, and have even found myself drawn to listen to another chapter at times outside my normal listening schedule. It has encouraged me to purchase a further two of the author's books as I had not listened or read any of his books before.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Dad's Army

  • The Very Best Episodes Volume 2
  • By: Phill Jupitus
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Diehard Dad's Army fan Phill Jupitus has chosen four of his favourite episodes of the radio sitcom that captured the heart of the nation. "There are episodes here you will be familiar with and some you may never have heard," he says. "But what I can promise is that they are all achingly funny."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always funny

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-08-11

Always funny

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-11

It does not matter how many times I hear these timeless episodes they are always funny.

  • The King's Speech

  • By: Mark Logue, Peter Conradi
  • Narrated by: Jamie Glover
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

Winner of the Best Picture Oscar 2011 Award. One man saved the British Royal Family in the first decades of the 20th century – amazingly he was an almost unknown, and certainly unqualified, speech therapist called Lionel Logue, whom one newspaper in the 1930s famously dubbed ‘The Quack who saved a King’. Logue wasn’t a British aristocrat or even an Englishman – he was a commoner and an Australian to boot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Loved It

  • By Jamie on 01-03-11

Thoroughly good listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-11

Full of amazing detail, I found it absolutely intriguing. It made the film look very short, thoroughly enjoyable.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Only Time Will Tell

  • Clifton Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,329

The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious work in four decades as an international best-selling author. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the chilling words, ‘I was told that my father was killed in the war’. But it will be another twenty years before Harry discovers how his father really died, which will only lead him to question: who was his father?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story-telling

  • By Kirstine on 16-06-11

Another excellent listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-11

I have never been disappointed with Jeffrey Archer and this is an excellent book. I will be checking every day to see when the next volume appears - always assuming there will be more - loved it!

  • Inspired By … The Bible Experience Audio Bible - Today's New International Version, TNIV: Old Testament

  • Old Testament
  • By: Inspired By Media Group
  • Narrated by: Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, and others
  • Length: 65 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

Like never before, you can experience the beauty and life-changing power of the Bible. Unique among audio Bible productions, The Bible Experience is a captivating performance of the Bible presented by a stellar ensemble of today's top-name actors, musicians, clergy, directors, and award-winning producers. This historic production also features a cinematic musical score, unparalleled sound design, and the highest production values.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Production

  • By Stephen on 21-12-07

A Brilliant Opener

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-07-10

An amazing start to an amazing series, this is truly absorbing listening whether you are a believer or not. This is truly the greatest story ever told, with a brilliant list of superb readers

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Rage

  • Courtney 2, Book 3
  • By: Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

There are heroes and there are monsters. But most of us are ordinary mortals caught up in events too turbulent for any of us. Perhaps when the battle is over, all we will inherit are the ashes of a once beautiful land.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rage abated

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-10-09

Rage abated

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-10-09

Picking up many of the characters from previous novels and moving their lives on, this story fails to capture some of the pace and even horror of earlier stories. Nevertheless an interesting listen, which was helped because of previous reads

1 of 1 people found this review helpful