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  • Their Lost Daughters

  • Audible's breakthrough crime author of 2018
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,791

Deep in the muddy fields of the Lincolnshire Fens, a teenage girl is found wandering, delirious, claiming to have been drugged at a party. Metres away, the drowned body of another girl is found on an isolated beach. And all this on a small stretch of land where, nearly 10 years ago, the shocking disappearance of a young girl remains an open case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smokin' Start to a New Series!

  • By Simon on 14-06-18

Breakthrough...really

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

Reviewed: 18-12-18

I don't like writing bad reviews I really don't, being an author is hard work with very little return - but for Audible to laud this and line up such a fine actor... actually I can't say what I think of it and remain a decent human being, don't believe the hype, I'm going to ask for my 99p back, really I want it back.

  • Girls & Boys

  • By: Dennis Kelly
  • Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

A pulse-pounding new play from Tony Award-winning® playwright Dennis Kelly takes you on a journey that is at once hilarious, gripping, and heartbreaking. This world-premiere production starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, An Education) is available exclusively on Audible after a celebrated run at the Royal Court Theatre in London and off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My biggest regret...

  • By Mr. R. A. Booth on 29-06-18

If you can’t get to the West End

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

Reviewed: 27-06-18

Brilliant writing - Paris is Leeds with wider streets - and a powerful, believable performance - sex, grime, puke and lots of humour, shame if you missed the show - but as long as London is regarded as the only place in England that wants culture - this is the next best thing.

  • Art & Fear

  • Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
  • By: David Bayles, Ted Orland
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Art & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. This is a book about what it feels like to sit in your studio or classroom, at your wheel or keyboard, easel or camera, trying to do the work you need to do. It is about committing your future to your own hands, placing free will above predestination, choice above chance. It is about finding your own work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Valuable insight from experienced artists

  • By Jane on 07-06-16

Great Gift

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

Reviewed: 28-03-18

Would you listen to Art & Fear again? Why?

Yes and have because it’s insightful smart and thought provoking and yet is packed with sharp common sense observations

What was one of the most memorable moments of Art & Fear?

Taking your art seriously is ok

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

No

Any additional comments?

If you’re an artist, writer or know one of these breed and have seen them struggle to accept the manual or the responsibility, get them this book

  • Toast on Toast

  • Cautionary tales and candid advice
  • By: Steven Toast
  • Narrated by: Matt Berry - as Steven Toast
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,077

In Toast on Toast - part memoir, part "how to act" manual - Steven Toast draws on his vast and varied experiences, providing the reader with an invaluable insight into his journey from school plays to RADA and from "It's a Right Royal Knockout" to the Colony Club. Along the way he reveals the secrets of his success. He discloses how to brush up on and expand your technical and vocal skills, how to nail a professional voiceover, and how to deal with difficult work experience staff in a recording studio....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Helpless with laughter!

  • By Wayne on 11-11-15

Utter joy

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

Revisiting the world of Steven Toast is a comic treat, complete with coughs, hiccups and smooth as chocolate advert voice, perfect.

  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,141

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • oh, how I missed it.

  • By evgenia on 18-07-17

Dire

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

Reviewed: 15-08-17

A clumsy and terribly dated rendering of what could have been a decent story, rather like a third rate radio play, I listened for as long as I could but the line "snow, this is not Virginia, something's different but what, my arm" did for me...

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  • Doctor Zhivago

  • By: Boris Pasternak
  • Narrated by: Phillip Madoc
  • Length: 18 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

On they went singing 'Eternal Memory', and whenever they stopped, the sound of their feet, the horses and the gusts of wind seemed to carry on their singing - Doctor Zhivago is the epic novel of Russia in the throes of revolution and one of the greatest love stories ever told. Yuri Zhivago, physician and poet, wrestles with the new order and confronts the changes cruel experience has made in him and the anguish of being torn between the loves of two women.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An epic of love and war

  • By Kirstine on 21-12-17

Brilliant performance

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

Reviewed: 18-11-16

This must have been one of Phillip Madoc's very last performances and was certainly his last major undertaking, and his voice gives Zhivago the depth, warmth and crisp frostiness it deserves. A great new translation and a wonderful performance.

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  • Krapp's Last Tape, Not I, That Time, & A Piece of Monologue

  • By: Samuel Beckett
  • Narrated by: Jim Norton, Juliet Stevenson, John Moffatt, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

These four works show Samuel Beckett at his most penetrating. Both Krapp's Last Tape (1958) and Not I (1972) are among the most striking pieces written for the theatre in the 20th century. An old man sits at a table, playing back old tapes made when he was younger, mixed glimpses of past feelings. In Not I, we have just a mouth expressing memories and torment in a torrent of words.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Of course it's genius

  • By ReadingWild on 05-11-16

Of course it's genius

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

Reviewed: 05-11-16

Although Not I may have been done 'better, hearing it at less than the speed intended by the author allows the words to hit home and they really do, just about the best representation of mental anguish/ illness (?) ever written.

  • Lara: The Untold Love Story That Inspired Doctor Zhivago

  • By: Anna Pasternak
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

The heartbreaking story of the passionate love affair between Boris Pasternak and Olga Ivinskaya - the tragic true story that inspired Doctor Zhivago. Though Stalin spared the life of Boris Pasternak, the writer's lover, typist and literary muse Olga was sent twice to Siberian labour camps because of her association with him, miscarrying their child on her first visit. When released, she always assumed that Boris would leave his wife for her, but he failed to do so.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A superbly well narrated, informative and enlightening window into personal cost of love in the twentieth century USSR

  • By Deborah D on 22-11-16

Epic

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

Reviewed: 09-10-16

Epic, grand and very moving, it seems Dr Zhivago is more truthful and truth more heartbreaking than one could reasonably expect...thank god.

  • Young Romantics

  • The Shelleys, Byron and Other Tangled Lives
  • By: Daisy Hay
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Young Romantics tells the story of the interlinked lives of the young English Romantic poets from an entirely fresh perspective - celebrating their extreme youth and outsize yearning for friendship as well as their individuality and political radicalism. The book focuses on the network of writers and readers who gathered around Percy Bysshe Shelley and the campaigning journalist Leigh Hunt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By ReadingWild on 14-09-16

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 14-09-16

Well written, well researched and the reach of the piece is wider than the usual suspects, giving a real sense of how the now identified group held (or not) together - great purchase.

  • Three Sisters

  • By: Anton Chekhov
  • Narrated by: Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Westfeldt, Sarah Zimmerman, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Chekhov’s masterpiece in a full-cast performance starring Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Westfeldt, Sarah Zimmerman and Jon Hamm. Meet Olga, Masha, and Irina, warm and cultured young sisters who were reared in the exciting hubbub of Moscow, but have been living in the dull, gossipy backwaters of Russia for far too long.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Passable production

  • By ReadingWild on 30-05-16

Passable production

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

Reviewed: 30-05-16

Sorry to say I've seen better, although I cannot fault the performers; much of Chekov is about the tension between what is said and what is seen...and as the seen option is missing here, so is half the performance

1 of 1 people found this review helpful