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  • The History Boys (Dramatised)

  • By: Alan Bennett
  • Narrated by: Richard Griffiths, Clive Merrison, Frances de la Tour
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

Richard Griffiths, Clive Merrison, and Frances de la Tour star as part of the National Theatre cast. At a boys' grammar school in Sheffield, eight boys are being coached for the Oxbridge entrance exams. It is the mid-eighties, and the main concern of the unruly bunch of bright sixth-formers is getting out, starting university and starting life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wish I'd read it when I was at school

  • By Tylertheviper on 03-01-18

Making history

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

Reviewed: 24-07-15

If you could sum up The History Boys (Dramatised) in three words, what would they be?

Coming of age

What did you like best about this story?

The interactions between the boys and the teachers and the way in which education is depicted.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

Dakin - a very cocky, arrogant young man!

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

It definitely made me want to cry in places.

  • The Tempest

  • By: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: Sir Ian McKellen, Emilia Fox, Scott Handy, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Sir Ian McKellen, fresh from his performance as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, is Prospero, and heads a strong cast in Shakespeare’s last great play. The wronged duke raises a tempest to shipwreck his old opponents on his island so that he can ensure justice is done. With Emilia Fox as Miranda, Scott Handy in the pivotal role of the sprite Ariel, and Ben Owukwe as Caliban.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tempestuous Performance

  • By Mr on 24-07-15

Tempestuous Performance

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

Reviewed: 24-07-15

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

Yes. Ian McKellen gives an excellent performance as Prospero and the recording really brings the play to life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tempest?

Ariel's music and also the way in which characters were brought to life through their own mannerisms and personalities.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Prospero is the central character and gives an unforgettable performance.

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

Yes - I easily could have.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Hobbit

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,273
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,282

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of 13 dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey ‘there and back again’. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!!

  • By Stuart on 12-06-11

Another one for the children (and for me)

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

One of the joys about audiobooks is the way that you can share your favourite childhood stories with your own children. My eldest has dyslexia, and so really struggles reading. However, he loves to listen to stories, and it is so wonderful to be able to share with him some of my old favourites such as this one. Rob Inglis does a great job reading and bringing to life the adventures of Bilbo, Gandalf and his dwarvish companions, and I am looking forward to purchasing Part 2 next month so we can finish off the tale! The original is so much better than the recent Hollywoodised film version!

  • The Waste Land & Four Quartets

  • By: T.S. Eliot
  • Narrated by: Paul Scofield
  • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

These are masterly readings, by renowned thespian Paul Schofield, of two substantial works of poetry by T.S. Eliot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for all literature lovers

  • By Mr on 23-12-12

A must for all literature lovers

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Whatever your feelings about poetry, it is an undeniable truth that it has so much more impact when it is heard than when it is read. What a joy therefore to come across this excellent audio-edition of these two complex and meaty poems by T. S. Eliot. The beauty of the audio-recordings lie in the way that you can listen to the poems as a whole again and again and discover more and more about the central truths they offer about life and what it is to be human with each listening. Not a choice for the fainthearted, but if you like literature and poetry, you will not regret buying this! An audiobook that stands an infinite number of re-readings.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
    311 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • The Uncommon Reader

  • By: Alan Bennett
  • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

Shortlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.
When the queen chases a straying corgi through the grounds of Buckingham Palace, she happens upon the City of Westminster travelling library, and begins a journey of discovery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very very funny, a riveting read

  • By Judi on 21-09-07

Rather fine comedy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

What would happen to the objective and unattached nature of the monarchy were the Queen to become interested in books? How would the mechanics of state respond if the Queen studied literature and sought to apply what she learnt from classics to her life and position? This is the hypothesis of this excellent story told in Bennett's customary wry humour which parodies so much about what it is to be British and the class system. I found myself getting very strange looks on the bus as I guffawed out loud at yet another downbeat but hilarious sentence from the master of prose. Unmissable.

  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

  • By: Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 953

A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting and beautiful

  • By S. Goodyear on 13-04-16

A treat for the senses

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Ever since I first read this novella as part of my studies for A Level English Literature, Conrad's prose transported me to a radically different world where colonial Africa became an arena where mankind itself battled to remain uncorrupted and unaffected by the darker side of humanity. Branagh, as we would expect from a master actor of his calibre, captures this conflict for man's soul excellently as he assumes the character of Marlow and takes us through his journey to Africa, up the snake-like river and into the very heart of darkness.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Clare in the Community

  • The Complete Series 1
  • By: Harry Venning, David Ramsden
  • Narrated by: Sally Phillips, Alex Lowe, Gemma Craven, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

Sally Phillips stars as Clare in the first series of the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 comedy. Like plenty before her, social worker Clare Barker has entered a caring profession so that she can sort out other people's problems rather than deal with her own. A control freak, she is entirely lacking in self-awareness, making her encounters with colleagues, family, and her partner, Brian, wonderfully entertaining and richly comic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clare in the Community

  • By MrsFiddleback on 04-09-09

A refreshing look at society

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Sally Phillips is an exceptionally funny actress at the best of times, but she certainly seems to attain a new level of comedy in this series. As Clare, she assumes the persona of a well-intentioned social worker who is yet blind to the various realities of both her own station in life and the realities facing those she tries to help. She has the habit of presenting a PC, official view which is then shown to be superficial and lacking, which is hilarious if you have ever worked with trying to help others. A must if you have ever been involved in social work, teaching, nursing or any caring profession. Hilarious.

  • Stephen Fry Presents a Selection of Oscar Wilde's Short Stories

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

"Oscar Wilde's Fairy Tales continue to exert the same pull over the imagination and emotions as they did when he first read them to his children in the 1880s. Written with inspired poetic intensity and sudden flowerings of the matchless wit for which he is so well remembered, the stories combine the wisdom of parables with the impact of drama."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A family favourite

  • By Wendy on 01-02-09

Reliving childhood memories

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

As a child I loved reading the short stories of Oscar Wilde and have vivid memories of the golden statue of the happy prince and his little swallow who stays with him and the selfish giant's garden. What a joy therefore to discover these six tales on Audible to relive those memories and play them to my children. Stephen Fry is an excellent reader, and somehow manages to capture both the simplicity and complexity of these tales, that have just as much to offer to me now as an adult as they did as a child. It is great to be able to share these tales now with my children and to see that Wilde's stories impact them just as much as they did me when I was there age. Too good not to share.