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  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046

In 1940, 18-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathisers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past for ever. Ten years later, now a producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full Marks Kate

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-09-18

Not her finest hour

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

I have been a great admirer of Kate Atkinson since 'Behind the Scenes at the Museum' reading everything that she has published since. I thought that she was at the top of her game with 'Life After Life' and 'A God in Ruins' so was really looking forward to 'Transcription'.
I stuck with it thinking that it was going to emerge as some sort of pastiche but it never did. If cliches weighed an ounce each and you took 'Transcription' on a plane for a holiday read then you would have spent all your holiday money on excess baggage. I can only think that Random House was being deferential to one of their established authors. If she had submitted this manuscript in place of 'Behind the Scenes..'.my guess is that it would have ended up in the slush pile. Sorry Kate - maybe best to leave this sort of stuff to John le Carre and go back to what you do best.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Rabbit Redux

  • By: John Updike
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

It's 1969, and the times are changing. America is about to land a man on the moon, the Vietnamese war is in full swing, and racial tension is on the rise. Things just aren't as simple as they used to be - at least not for Rabbit Angstrom. His wife has left him with his teenage son, his job is under threat and his mother is dying. Suddenly, into his confused life - and home - comes Jill, an 18-year-old runaway who becomes his lover.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An Audio Masterclass

  • By Mrs. Terrie Rintoul on 27-09-18

An Audio Masterclass

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

Reviewed: 27-09-18

I would recommend that this is required listening for all aspiring audio book narrators. William Hope will show you how it's done.

  • Room to Dream

  • A Life
  • By: David Lynch, Kristine McKenna
  • Narrated by: David Lynch, Kristine McKenna
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 109

In this memoir, David Lynch - cocreator of Twin Peaks and writer and director of groundbreaking films like Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive - opens up about a lifetime of extraordinary creativity, the friendships he has made along the way and the struggles he has faced - sometimes successful, sometimes not - to bring his projects to fruition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential Listening

  • By Kevin on 21-06-18

The scales fell from my eyes

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

Reviewed: 30-07-18

I have to say that I never cared much for David Lynch but this book has turned me into a fan. It is very interestingly structured with alternating chapters, the first straight from the biography, the second is Lynch giving his take on what you have just read. This gives the audio version the edge because Lynch himself narrates his chapters, bringing them to life in an extraordinary way. Love David Lynch or hate him, I am willing to bet that after reading this book you will come out respecting him as a major and extremely important artist.

  • Rosie

  • By: Rose Tremain
  • Narrated by: Rose Tremain
  • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Rose Tremain grew up in postwar London, a city of grey austerity, still partly in ruins, where both food and affection were fiercely rationed. The girl known then as ‘Rosie’ and her sister, Jo, spent their days longing for their grandparents' farm, buried deep in the Hampshire countryside, a green paradise of feasts and freedom, where they could at last roam and dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful book

  • By Carol on 20-04-18

Good - but softly spoken

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

Reviewed: 26-05-18

Perhaps those producing the recording should have realised that Rose Tremain (wonderful writer that she is) extremely softly spoken and adjusted a few buttons on the sound mixing desk to compensate for this. Even with the volume on my IPad turned up to the limit I found myself straining to hear her. It didn't quite spoil it but it was irritating at times through no fault of the narrator who can't help her voice.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
    46 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • Rough Music

  • By: Patrick Gale
  • Narrated by: Patrick Gale
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

In the late 1960s, aged seven, Julian is taken on the perfect beachside holiday to North Cornwall. When American cousins unexpected join the party, however, emotions rapidly reach fever pitch and events spiral dangerously out of control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gay 'cult' classic read by the author

  • By Christoph Fischer on 20-07-17

The full five stars...

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

Reviewed: 31-03-18

Quite simply the best book I have listened to for a long time, made even more special because it is narrated by the author Patrick Gale.

If he had a fan club I would definitely join...

  • Cat's Eye

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

Elaine Risley, a painter, returns to Toronto to find herself overwhelmed by her past. Memories of childhood - unbearable betrayals and cruelties - surface relentlessly, forcing her to confront the spectre of Cordelia, once her best friend and tormentor, who has haunted her for 40 years. An exceptional novel from the winner of the 2000 Booker Prize.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Careless editing.

  • By Eva O'Donnell on 16-02-14

Sloppy editing lets this audiobook down

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

Reviewed: 22-02-18

Margaret Atwood's arresting semi autobiographical novel is badly let down by those responsible for its production. I lost count of the number of times sentences were repeated by the narrator. OK, not everyone gets it right first time but someone else must take responsibility for listening to each recording session and editing out the bad takes. Unacceptable, unprofessional and, to the listener, extremely irritating.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Munich

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987

Set over four days against the backdrop of the Munich Conference of September 1938, Munich follows the fortunes of two men who were friends at Oxford together in the 1920s. Hugh Legat is a rising star of the British diplomatic service, serving in 10 Downing Street as a private secretary to the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain. Paul von Hartmann is on the staff of the German Foreign Office - and secretly a member of the anti-Hitler resistance. They have not been in contact for more than a decade.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • excellent, shame a key passage was missing!

  • By Toast Cartoons on 02-10-17

Key passage missing

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

What happened here? Following up with other reviewers. There is a crucial passage missing. The current version should be pulled and re- released. I am sure that Robert Harris won't be best pleased.















0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Legacy of Spies

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,095
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,084

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, is living out his old age on the family farmstead in Brittany when a letter summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself are to be scrutinised under disturbing criteria by a generation with no memory of the Cold War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New life into a favourite series

  • By nicole on 10-09-17

Still a master story teller but...

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

His attitude to women has always worried me a bit and with this book it seems to be getting worse. Or perhaps I am just more aware of it. There is not a single female character that is not sexually evaluated in some way and some of the 'men only' dialogue is a real cause for concern. I know that a number of conversations are set in the sixties so perhaps this can be forgiven but the same thing happens in conversations between men which are set in the present day.
There is no doubt in my mind that he is one of our finest writers but perhaps some tactful (woman?) editor should have a quiet word in his ear that the times they are a changing - well, actually they have changed...

  • Nutshell

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 781

Nutshell is a classic story of murder and deceit, told by a narrator with a perspective and voice unlike any in recent literature. A bravura performance, it is the finest recent work from a true master. To be bound in a nutshell, see the world in two inches of ivory, in a grain of sand. Why not, when all of literature, all of art, of human endeavour, is just a speck in the universe of possible things?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not McEwan's best, by a significant margin

  • By Sarah Rayner on 29-12-18

Love him or hate him Ian McEwan is always worth reading

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

Clever ( some will say too clever but that's mostly jealousy talking), thought provoking, witty and creepy.
Nutshell is McEwan to its long-nailed fingertips.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Charioteer

  • By: Mary Renault
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 41

After surviving the Dunkirk retreat, Laurie Odell, a young homosexual, critically examines his unorthodox lifestyle and personal relationships, as he falls in love with a young conscientious objector and becomes involved with a circle of world-weary gay men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent story magnificently narrated

  • By Kindle Customer on 22-07-16

A complex and poignant love story far ahead of its time

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

Reviewed: 12-09-16

Wonderful to see Mary Renault's marvellous work now available on Audible. I hope that it will open it up to a wider audience.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful