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  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,254
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,141

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling

  • By penobscott on 10-07-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 08-04-16

This book is thoroughly gripping and read well. It recounts Shackleton's adventures in a dramatic way that keeps you wanting more. One of my top 5 audio listens.

  • Beatrix Potter: The Complete Tales

  • By: Beatrix Potter
  • Narrated by: Gary Bond, Michael Hordern, Rosemary Leach, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter are now available as a downloadable, digital audiobook, complete and unabridged! The 23 tales in this set have never lost their popularity, and sell in their millions all over the world. Meet again the famous characters that children love and adore: Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, The Flopsy Bunnies, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Tom Kitten, Jeremy Fisher, Jemima Puddle-Duck and many more. These stories are beautifully brought to life by a talented cast of readers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • complete Beatrix Potter

  • By Deirdre on 05-07-12

Love it!

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

Reviewed: 30-11-14

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This is a must have for all Beatrix a Potter fans. The stories come to life brilliantly and all the narrators are excellent. It is suitable for all ages and is a relaxing listen, great for car journeys. What is interesting is there are done stories here that I'm not so familiar with so this is a good book to refresh those childhood memories!!

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

  • By: L. Frank Baum
  • Narrated by: Anne Hathaway
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway ( Rachel Getting Married, Alice in Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films ( The Dark Knight Rises), lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant narration

  • By Julia Brown on 30-11-14

Brilliant narration

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

Reviewed: 30-11-14

Any additional comments?

Anne Hathaway does a great job of bringing this story to life. She uses different voices to depict the characters and I looked forward to my next instalment each day. The story is good, and there are some variations from the film which is interesting. I will definitely be looking for other books read by Anne Hathaway. My only complaint is I wish it was longer!!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Signal Red

  • By: Robert Ryan
  • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

8th August 1963. A team of criminals, led by a charismatic mastermind, commits a crime that will shock the nation – the Great Train Robbery. The gang hold up a Royal Mail train en route to London and escape with millions. It is wealth beyond their wildest imaginings. But Scotland Yard determine to track them down, one by one, by fair means or foul...

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Julia Brown on 15-08-14

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 15-08-14

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I bought this book as I enjoyed the TV short film on last Christmas. But I am very disappointed. The story is very slow and spends a lot of time introducing characters. The language is also very offensive and needless, although some might say accurate and authentic. On a positive note, the narrator does a good job in changing his voice to express characterisation. This is my first Robert Ryan book but I'm not sure yet if I will try another.

  • The Enchanted Collection

  • By: Anna Sewell, Louisa May Alcott, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and others
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden, Simon Vance, Michael Page, and others
  • Length: 40 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

This is a collection meant to be cherished for a lifetime. Whether encountering these cherished tales for the first or the 50th time, listeners will find enchantment in this collection.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 brilliant books well read

  • By Dragonbadger on 30-09-17

Fantastic stories and value for money

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

Reviewed: 09-07-14

Any additional comments?

This book contains a collection of children's stories, all classics. I use this collection to help me relax and even sleep, and the gentle nature of the stories does just that. Obviously these are children's stories but they appeal to adults too. All the narrators do a great job and the length of the total collection makes it super value for money with just one credit.
You can't go wrong.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Twilight: Twilight Series, Book 1

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ilyana Kadushin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728

When 17-year-old Isabella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father she expects that her new life will be as dull as the town itself. In spite of her awkward manner and low expectations, she finds that her new classmates are drawn to this pale, dark-haired new girl in town. But not, it seems, the Cullen family. These five adopted brothers and sisters obviously prefer their own company and will make no exception for Bella.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but couldn't bear the narrator.

  • By Lorraine on 14-06-10

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 09-07-14

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Twilight is a brilliant series. It is written in the first person so you feel totally involved with the plot, getting a thorough understanding of character motivations and intentions. The story is imaginative without being too young. A great book for all ages. The story is full of suspense and I can't wait to listen to the sequels too.

  • New Moon: Twilight Series, Book 2

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ilyana Kadushin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415

For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of an evil vampire but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realise their troubles may just be beginning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ilyana Kadushin - great narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 28-09-09

Brilliant escapism

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

Reviewed: 08-07-14

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Although this is my least favourite of the series, it is still an excellent book and worth listening to. The story deviates to look at the motivation of other characters which in essence enriches the book and gives the reader for information on the background and history of Jacob. This book has a super ending which is quite nail biting!! I am looking forward to listening to book 3 and 4. The narration isn't bad and I'm glad all of the series has the same narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Little Lord Fauntleroy

  • By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Narrated by: Johanna Ward
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

One day Ceddie Errol is visited by a gruff lawyer at the tiny house he shares with his widowed mother, and his life is never to be the same: for waiting in England is Dorincourt Castle, where Ceddie is to reside as the sole living heir to the irascible, proud, and selfish Earl of Dorincourt. It will be up to this virtuous boy to capture and warm the Earl's heart and transform him into a doting grandfather and responsible landlord.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Relaxing story

  • By Julia Brown on 08-07-14

Relaxing story

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

Reviewed: 08-07-14

Any additional comments?

This is a story I remember from childhood and it was just as good as I remembered. The narration was excellent and kept me interested. It is definitely worth listening to if you want a simple story to listen to in the evening. The American accent wasn't bad and the characters were suitably brought to life. I will look for other audible books from the authors and from the narrator, Joanna Ward.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sounds of the British Coastline

  • A Journey in Sound Along the Shores of Britain
  • By: Cheryl Tipp
  • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

This download of atmospheric recordings takes you on a journey around Britain's spectacular coastline. Relax to the gentle sound of lapping waves on a shingle beach or stand on a cliff alive with the sounds of nesting seabirds. The download include a tranquil Norfolk harbour as Black-headed Gulls glide past and an awakening Hampshire reed bed where the rich song of the Reed Warbler dominates the dawn chorus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for sleep

  • By Julia Brown on 01-05-14

Great for sleep

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

Reviewed: 01-05-14

Any additional comments?

If you want to relax to the sounds of wildlife at the coast then this is perfect. There is no narration at all.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Railway Children

  • By: Edith Nesbit
  • Narrated by: Johanna Ward
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

Roberta, Peter, and Phyllis were quite happy living in their ordinary red-brick house located in the suburbs. But when their father was called away, the children and their mother were compelled to move to a dark, shabby cottage in the country, and their lives changed more then they ever could have imagined. At first the country seemed lonely and dull. Then one afternoon, a walk led them to a railway tunnel. There they met Perks, the porter, made friends with the kind Station Master, and waved to the Green Dragon train.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Julia Brown on 01-05-14

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 01-05-14

Any additional comments?

This story is thoroughly engaging and a delight to hear. The narration is not bad but the characters could be brought to life a little more. But, a worthwhile listen.