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  • The Claverings

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

At the opening of The Claverings (1866) the beautiful Julia Brabazon jilts her lover Harry Clavering in order to make a marriage of convenience with a wealthy but dissolute earl. Harry licks his wounds, leaves London to train as a civil engineer, and falls in love with his employer's daughter, to whom he soon becomes engaged. But when Julia returns unexpectedly as a wealthy widow, the flame of Harry's old love is rekindled.    

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent reading, of a mediocre Trollope

  • By Christopher Leach on 07-02-19

Excellent reading, of a mediocre Trollope

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

Reviewed: 07-02-19

so good to have an English reader of supremely English literature
Flo Gibson is an anathema to Trollope's pure prose, her accent and poor syntax grates on the ear
please record Trollope with a reader, sympathetic to his style

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Attenbury Emeralds

  • A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery
  • By: Jill Paton Walsh
  • Narrated by: Edward Petherbridge
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

It was 1921 when Lord Peter Wimsey first encountered the Attenbury emeralds. The recovery of the magnificent gem in Lord Attenbury's most dazzling heirloom made headlines - and launched a shell-shocked young aristocrat on his career as a detective. Now it is 1951. A happily married Lord Peter has just shared the secrets of that mystery with his wife, the detective novelist Harriet Vane. Then the new young Lord Attenbury - grandson of Lord Peter's first client - seeks his help again, this time to prove who owns the gigantic emerald that Wimsey last saw in 1921.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • True to characters if not to language and discretion.

  • By Ms. E. Morgan on 03-12-16

excellent piece of Whimsey worthy of his creator,

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

beautifully read , expertly crafted story, enjoyed to the end, delicately woven touches of romance too

  • The Great Impersonation

  • By: E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

East Africa, 1913. The disgraced English aristocrat Everard Dominey stumbles out of the bush and comes face to face with his lookalike, the German Baron von Ragastein. Months later, Dominey returns to London and resumes his glittering social life. But is it really Dominey who has come back - or a German secret agent seeking to infiltrate English high society?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Evokes the pre WW1 era very well

  • By H. Tollyfield on 17-11-18

excellent

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

Reviewed: 13-07-18

we'll written and well read
a taste of the last month's before the first war
written with insight and intrigue before the world began to slide down hill

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • They Came to Baghdad

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Baghdad is the chosen location for a secret summit of superpowers, concerned but not convinced, about the development of an, as yet, unidentified and undescribed secret weapon. Only one man has the proof that can confirm the nature of this fantastic secret weapon, a British agent named Carmichael. Unfortunately the criminal organisation responsible for the weapon's development will stop at nothing to prevent him entering Baghdad and presenting his proof to the assembled delegates.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Like an Eric Ambler, but with a heroine

  • By MigratingFishSwim on 13-11-16

exciting adventure<br />

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

Reviewed: 29-06-18

Cristie draws beautiful ly on her experiences as archeologist wife and brings to life the sights, and sounds of Baghdad with mystery and humour, one of her best.

  • Summer Half

  • By: Angela Thirkell
  • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

A captivating comic novel from Angela Thirkell's much-loved 1930s Barsetshire series: trainee barrister Colin Keith makes an ill-advised foray into teaching at Southbridge School. To his parents' dismay, Colin Keith - out of the noble but misplaced sense of duty peculiar to high-minded young university graduates - chooses to quit his training for the Bar and take a teaching job at Southbridge School.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some wonderful characters.

  • By LettyBIRD on 07-02-18

a gentle entertaining read

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

summer in a preparatory school between the wars. narrator excellent, very good to hear language free from obscenity and violence.
characters well drawn living in the last decade of security

  • The Incredible Crime

  • By: Lois Austen-Leigh
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

Spirited, beautiful, and thoroughly unconventional, Prudence Pinsent is a remarkable young woman. One fine morning she sets out for Suffolk to join her cousin Lord Wellende for a few days hunting. On the way Prudence encounters Captain Studde of the coastguard who is pursuing a quarry of his own. Studde is on the trail of a drug smuggling ring that connects Wellende Hall with the cloistered world of Cambridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • beautifully written and a compelling read

  • By Christopher Leach on 07-11-17

beautifully written and a compelling read

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it reflects the mores of its period, holds your attention to the end and is worthy of an Austen writing between the wars, several generations on.
I hope her other novels will soon be available on audible.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • An Inspector Appleby Mystery, Book 18
  • By: Michael Innes
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

When a germ-warfare expert goes missing, his twin brother impersonates him as a cover-up, but for how long can this last? Inspector Appleby is sent on a series of wild goose chases, which take him to a preparatory school, to the estate of an eccentric earl, and to a remote Atlantic rock, before a truly shocking climax.Born in Edinburgh in 1906, the son of the city's Director of Education, John Innes Mackintosh Stewart wrote a highly successful series of mystery stories under the pseudonym Michael Innes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent book

  • By Christopher Leach on 12-05-17

excellent book

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

fascinating story very relative to our current world situation in view of the fragile balance of power now existing and our need for a superhuman solution

  • Mrs Griffin Sends her Love

  • And Other Writings
  • By: Miss Read
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

From organising the school summer fete - 'Because of our inability to recognise our climatic shortcomings from the outset, arrangements for outdoor jollities get completely out of hand' - to the sometimes rather odd passions of childhood - 'I collect stones with holes in them' - Miss Read captures the essence of rural life, and in particular of village schools, as only she can.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Miss Griffin Sends her Love

  • By Anonymous User on 21-03-19

enjoyable dip into the past

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

Reviewed: 27-04-17

interesting mixture of country life when children had a real childhood in a now vanishing world
excellent narator

  • Joy in the Morning

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 132

Trapped in rural Steeple Bumpleigh, a man less stalwart than Bertie Wooster would probably have given way at the knees. For among those present were Florence Craye, to who Bertie had once been engaged...and her new fiance 'Stilton' Cheesewright, who regarded Bertie as a snake in the grass...also Zenobia Hopwood and her guardian Lord Worplesdon, whose violent antipathy to 'Boko' Fittleworth amounted to obsession...and that biggest blot on the landscape, Edwin the Boy Scout.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story but............

  • By sd rogerson on 22-08-05

superbly amusing farce

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

Reviewed: 23-02-17

incomparable Wodehouse, forget reality and let him lift your heart and spirits. Cecil reads perfectly.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • An Autobiography

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Judith Boyd
  • Length: 28 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Agatha Christie’s ‘most absorbing mystery’ – her own autobiography. Over the three decades since her death on 12 January 1976, many of Agatha Christie’s readers and reviewers have maintained that her most compelling book is probably still her least well-known. Her candid Autobiography, written mainly in the 1960s, modestly ignores the fact that Agatha had become the best-selling novelist in history and concentrates on her fascinating private life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First Class Writing and Reading

  • By Sydney on 04-04-14

heading

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

Reviewed: 25-12-16

excellent excellent excellent excellent excellent excellent only putting these in as I can't submit less than 20 words. A period piece.