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  • The Bookshop

  • By: Penelope Fitzgerald, David Nicholls - introduction
  • Narrated by: Eve Karpf, David Nicholls, Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop. Hardborough becomes a battleground. Florence has tried to change the way things have always been done, and as a result she has to take on not only the people who have made themselves important but natural and even supernatural forces, too. Her fate will strike a chord with anyone who knows that life has treated them with less than justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short but sweet

  • By Maggieannie on 29-12-16

Dull And Depressing

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

Let me start by emphasising that reader's performance is excellent.

The characters are vivid although one-dimensional - each only seemed to want one thing and serve one function and I didn't particularly care about any of them. The descriptions are lively and original. So why the one star? The problem is the plot which is too simple (twists and turns? No.) and pedestrian. And then there's the ending - not dramatic, not cathartic, just an inevitable slide into dreary failure. If you're looking for an escapist, nostalgic, uplifting read this is not the book for you.

I'm astonished this has been made into a film. I'm half tempted to watch it to see what changes they've made, if any, to improve on the book.

  • The Grapes of Wrath

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,194
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 990
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 995

Shocking and controversial when it was first published, Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning epic remains his undisputed masterpiece. Set against the background of Dust Bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of the Joad family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel west in search of the promised land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book with a great voice

  • By James on 16-04-11

Gripping and heartwrenching migrant insight

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

Reviewed: 09-09-16

I really was blown away by Steinbeck's lucid prose but especially the excruciatingly vivid insights into the appalling plight of the migrants, equally relevant today. I was surprised how much this book gripped me. Steinbeck does sometimes picture scenes in rich detail which can make the pace seem slow at the start but this is absolutely worth sticking with because the tension ratchets up as their situation worsens and it adds to the painful suspense.

I thought the Joad family were really brought to life by the different voices used by the excellent narrator. All in all I would highly recommend this - not just for a compelling story but for the thought-provoking illumination of the emotional and physical struggle of any migrants forced from their homes against their will.

  • The Mill on the Floss

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Laura Paton
  • Length: 20 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Maggie Tulliver has two lovers: Philip Wakem, son of her father’s enemy, and Stephen Guest, already promised to her cousin. But the love she wants most in the world is that of her brother Tom. Maggie’s struggle against her passionate and sensual nature leads her to a deeper understanding and to eventual tragedy

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivated

  • By seahorse on 14-02-15

Superb Narrator For A Gripping Story

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

Where does The Mill on the Floss rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

My favourite book so far.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mill on the Floss?

Not really moments, but the characters are so well drawn (helped by Laura Paton's narration) so are really vivid: Tom, Mrs Tulliver, Lucy and Philip Wakem in particular.

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

Really brought it alive. I doubt I would have had the persistence to finish the book if reading it but I really loved how she had different voices for the different characters.

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

Without giving the story away, I thought the ending was a bit contrived.

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