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  • Picnic at Hanging Rock

  • TV Tie-In Edition
  • By: Joan Lindsay
  • Narrated by: Yael Stone
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

A haunting and enigmatic tale that will keep you awake and wondering long after you've finished this classic mystery. Everyone agreed that the day was just right for the picnic to Hanging Rock - a shimmering summer morning warm and still, with cicadas shrilling.... St Valentine’s Day, in the midst of the hot summer of 1900, a party of schoolgirls went on a picnic to Hanging Rock. Some were never to return....   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally available on audio

  • By Aristophaness on 12-07-18

Is it a true story or not ?

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

Reviewed: 27-07-18

I was familiar with the old film of the same name and always thought it was a fascinating true story, not realising there was a novel. I began watching the TV serial, enjoyed the first episode, but found it a bit hard to follow half way through the second episode and stopped watching . By then I had listened to some of the audiobook which I was so enjoying, much easier to follow the story, that I watched the first 3 tv episodes again on iPlayer. I really enjoyed the book , which isn’t overlong, and the mysterious supernatural air of the rock comes across in the book. Others may find the inconclusive ending annoying, but sometimes it’s the story telling that’s important.
I’ve enjoyed the tv series having read and finished the book, even though there are many differences in the story. It’s a book and programme I will certainly read again.

  • The Woman in White

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Ian Holm
  • Length: 24 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744

Late one moonlit night, Walter Hartright encounters a solitary and terrified woman dressed all in white. He saves her from capture by her pursuers and determines to solve the mystery of her distress and terror. Inspired by an actual criminal case, this gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness and mistaken identity has never been out of print since its publication and brought Collins great fame and success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Anthony on 13-01-11

Brilliant!!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-14

If you could sum up The Woman in White in three words, what would they be?

Compulsive , enthralling, unputdownable

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character because of his determination to find the truth

What about Ian Holm’s performance did you like?

His voices

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Victorian melodrama

Any additional comments?

A very enthralling story unusually told from the viewpoint of different characters so that circumstances and links helped the understanding of the story to unfold.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Winter Holiday

  • Swallows and Amazons Series, Book 4
  • By: Arthur Ransome
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 134

For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Originally published over a half-century ago, the twelve books are still eagerly read by children and adults alike – by all those captivated by the world of adventure and imagination. Such longevity is not only due to Ransome’s unparalleled gift of storytelling, but also his championing of qualities such as independence and initiative; virtues that appeal to every generation, whether young or old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as the book

  • By Victoria on 23-06-13

As good as the book

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

Reviewed: 23-06-13

I have been reading all the swallow and amazon books over and over again for the last 30 years and only now are they on audiobook. Winter holiday is how you imagine winters were when you were a child (some of mine were) and you get snowed in and extra time off school. The story is brilliant with a twist at the end that Arthur Ransome manages to achieve in many of his books. The characters are just as I have imagined them, and I still want to be there and be one of them. Although some of the books are about sailing this one is not but if you love winter wonderland and snow from the comfort of your fireside this is an adventure story for you.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful