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Louise Hirst

Northampton, England
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  • The Wolf of Wall Street

  • By: Jordan Belfort
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers
  • Length: 20 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,127

Stock market multimillionaire at 26, federal convict at 36, he partied like a rock star, lived like a king, and barely survived his rise and fall as an American entrepreneurial icon. By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could, on drugs, sex, and international globe-trotting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narration is Brilliant

  • By Deborah on 24-01-14

Mad life! Brilliant narration!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-15

This is a great, of the wall story about a man who started with nothing and became a millionaire shifting stocks in Wall Street. His life is unbelievable!

The narration is brilliant and really brings the story alive .

  • A Prisoner of Birth

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,445
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879

Danny Cartwright and Spencer Craig were born on different sides of the track. Danny is an East End Cockney mechanic, Spencer is a West End barrister. When they meet, their lives will never be the same again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Prisoner of Birth (Unabridged

  • By Jean on 15-04-08

Murder, courts, prison, retribution and justice!

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

Reviewed: 07-01-14

What did you like most about A Prisoner of Birth?

I love the way Jeffrey writes. This book comprises of 5 sections (book 1-5) taking you from the scene of a murder, to trial, to imprisonment, to revenge and finally justice. The story is clever and complex and brilliantly written with characters that you care for so much, as well as those that you loathe. It's a huge story so many twists and turns, and it's a story that will never leave your head once you're finished.

My favourite chapters were those within HMP Belmarsh and the trials.

Fantastic!

What does Roger Allam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Roger's portrayal of the characters is outstanding. He has a voice that commands you to listen and this worked extremely well in the court chapters.

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

Yes! But unfortunately, it's a huge story so I had to listen to it over about a week.

Any additional comments?

Apart from the Prisoner Diaries (which I absolutely love), this is the first novel I have had the pleasure of reading (listening to) by Jeffrey Archer. It won't be my last!

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,029
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,829
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,824

When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind – until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out. Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Over hyped and dreadfully narrated

  • By AdaT on 29-06-12

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 14-10-13

What did you like most about Fifty Shades of Grey?

The slow reveal of Christian's issues.

What does Becca Battoe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She was able to bring out Anna's character better than I did in my imagination.

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

Yes. I was enthralled by the romantic connection. I felt lost at the end of the book and was glad I could listen to the next one immediately!

  • Fifty Shades Freed

  • Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 20 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994

When Ana Steele first encountered the driven, damaged entrepreneur Christian Grey, it sparked a sensual affair that changed both their lives irrevocably. Ana always knew that loving her Fifty Shades would not be easy, and being together poses challenges neither of them had anticipated. Now, finally together, they have love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of infinite possibilities. But just when it seems that they really do have it all, tragedy and fate combine to make Ana's worst nightmares come true....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Toe curling good

  • By leanne on 09-07-12

I like this narrator...

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

Reviewed: 14-10-13

What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades Freed the most enjoyable?

Being able to listen to it when I'm driving, cooking, doing the dishes...!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Christian.Because... he's Christian!

What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

I liked Becca's performance. I thought she got all the characters spot on and, although at first, I thought Christian sounded a bit strange, it soon became apparent that that just wasn't the case. The narration flowed and it didn't once affect the telling of the story in a negative way.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

That would be telling! ;-)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dangerous Lady

  • By: Martina Cole
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

Maura, the Ryan clan's youngest and only daughter, is the last person anyone expects to take on gangland London. But with her eldest brother Michael by her side she fast becomes the queen of organised crime. Smart, tough and beautiful, no one is a match for her. But with power comes a price, and Maura is forced to put her heart on the line. She might be a dangerous lady but everyone has a weakness....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • crooks

  • By Amazon Customer on 31-01-18

The perfect voice for a good story

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

Reviewed: 14-10-13

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

Yes - the story is great and the narrator is spot on.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Michael. Because he's a strong male lead, which I enjoy the most.

What does Annie Aldington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She narrates it brilliantly, but I can't say that she brought anything more than my own imagination would have created.

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

There are always certain sayings, retorts and opinions that Martina Cole adds in her stories that make me chuckle.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Guards! Guards!

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,100
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,099

If you find yourself ruminating on questions like "Where have all the dragons gone?" then this is the story for you. Explore the crazy, creepy land called Discworld, where you'll discover that the dragons aren't asleep or dead - they're dormant, packed in like huge, scaly sardines. Join in the search for the key to their closed-in, comatose world in this eighth fantastical Discworld novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eminently Re-readable

  • By mollyeyre on 08-07-13

Great to hear the voice of my favourite characters

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

Reviewed: 14-10-13

What made the experience of listening to Guards! Guards! the most enjoyable?

I was able to listen whilst at the gym.

What did you like best about this story?

I'm loving Terry Prachett's stories based around The Watch. Love Captain Vimes and thought I'd start from the beginning having read a couple of the later stories.

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

No I haven't.

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

Captain Vimes to the rescue!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful