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  • Meridon

  • Wideacre, Book 3
  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Charlie Sanderson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

The third volume in the best-selling Wideacre trilogy. Set in the 18th century, they launched the career of Philippa Gregory, the best-selling author of The Other Boleyn Girl and Three Sisters, Three Queens. Meridon, a desolate Romany girl, is determined to escape the hard poverty of her childhood. Riding bareback in a travelling show while her sister, Dandy, risks her life on the trapeze, Meridon dedicates herself to freeing them both from danger and want.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good end to a twisted saga

  • By VP on 21-05-18

Not Gregory’s finest hour

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

Reviewed: 07-05-19

A very disappointing, weak storyline peppered with too much repetition to the point of embarrassment. The narrator was difficult to understand, with inflection on almost every alternate syllable coupled with a cotton wool voice swallowing her words. A real shame as Philippa Gregory usually has a much higher standard.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 3

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, cast
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,629
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,883

In The Amber Spyglass, the third and final instalment in His Dark Materials...the war between good and evil reaches a shattering conclusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mr Pullman Please Write Book 4!

  • By Paula on 30-01-08

Where’s the fire?

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

Reviewed: 29-04-19

A dark fantasy, some topics a bit grim even for older children. The narration was too fast for complete comprehension by a first-time listener, would have been easier to enjoy at a more moderate speed.

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Narrated by: Charlie Norfolk
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228

January 1946 and writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a man in Guernsey, who has found her name written inside a book. As they exchange letters, she is drawn into the eccentric world of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which boasts a charming cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!

  • By Christina O'Brien on 30-07-18

Delightful history of a desperate time

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

Reviewed: 13-03-19

In a wonderful narrative voice, the reading of correspondences tells of a harrowing time for the people of Guernsey during the German occupation, their frank sincerity peppered with simplicity and wit. Time well spent listening to Charlie Norfolk bring the author’s writing to life - would definitely listen to this one again.

  • Arabian Nights: Volume 1

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Marty Ross
  • Narrated by: Zahra Ahmadi, Raghad Chaar, Omid Djalili, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412

This multicast dramatisation of Arabian Nights: Volume 1 is an Audible Original reenvisioning of three iconic tales - with a twist. Adapted by the great Marty Ross, whose previous audio dramas include Romeo and Jude, Dark Shadows, Doctor Who and Blood and Stone, listeners can expect to hear Sheherezade, Ali Baba & 40 Thieves and Julnar the Sea Born as they've never done before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fiery, comedic and bursting with life.

  • By Elizabeth Ann Duffy on 19-05-18

Like tuning into a story on the radio

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

Reviewed: 08-03-19

Interesting tales, had no problem understanding the dialogue until the final story – heavily accented shrieking and monster dialogue incomprehensible.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Radium Girls

  • They Paid with Their Lives. Their Final Fight Was for Justice.
  • By: Kate Moore
  • Narrated by: Kate Moore
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

In 1917, as a war raged across the world, young American women flocked to work, painting watches, clocks, and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium. It was a fun job, lucrative and glamorous - the girls themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered head to toe in the dust from the paint. They were the radium girls. As the years passed, the women began to suffer from mysterious and crippling illnesses. The very thing that had made them feel alive was in fact killing them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding and well researched book

  • By Janis Uk on 14-02-19

Secrets of wartime US corporate lies and deception

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

Reviewed: 25-02-19

As children of the 50s, we were fascinated by watch faces that glowed in the dark, but had no idea of the ticking time bomb history behind them. A frustrating, heartbreaking and often shocking true story which could have been much improved by the use of a more sophisticated vocabulary, this writing style was more suited to 10-year-old children sitting around a campfire, as was the choice of narrator and her constant, exaggerated inflection, which proved to be highly irritating to this seasoned reader.

  • The Break

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,236

The story of a relationship that everyone thought was forever and which is now in danger of being for never, The Break is about getting older and staying in love when life, real life, is trying to pull you apart.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly Disappointing

  • By Angela Marchi on 18-09-17

Should come with an excessive blasphemy warning...

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

Reviewed: 28-10-18

Started out to be a rather well structured sad story, but quickly dissolved into so much blasphemy, I could not continue to listen – overwhelmed the plotline, had to stop listening and delete☹️...

  • Wallis in Love

  • By: Andrew Morton
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

Wallis in Love brings a fascinating new perspective on the 20th century's most controversial royal scandal. Andrew Morton's impeccable research and unerring skill for riveting storytelling combine to present a strong case for a new and startling reveal: that the woman who rocked the world with her uncompromising passion for the Prince of Wales may have fooled everyone by keeping the object of her true passion hidden away....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fairytale gone terribly wrong

  • By Mommiecat on 25-09-18

Fairytale gone terribly wrong

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

Reviewed: 25-09-18

Having long been fascinated with the history of Mrs Simpson (who went to school not far from where I grew up), the sad details of her increasingly unenviable life which went from bad to worse revealed a most sobering story. I wonder how different the tale might have been had she not been obsessed with the acquisition of a royal title. I did find the narrator’s monotonous droning a bit disappointing, as though he were bored out of his mind.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • City of Friends

  • By: Joanna Trollope
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 202

The day Stacey Grant loses her job feels like the last day of her life. Or, at least, the only life she'd ever known. For who was she if not a City high-flyer, Senior Partner at one of the top private equity firms in London? As Stacey starts to reconcile her old life with the new - one without professional achievements or meetings but instead long days at home with her dog and ailing mother, waiting for her successful husband to come home - she at least has The Girls to fall back on. Beth, Melissa and Gaby.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit of a disappointment

  • By Liz on 27-02-17

A massacre of accents

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

Storyline about friends in the city, could make an interesting movie, but not really something I could sing myself into. Most noticeably, the appalling “American“ accent of the narrator was so distracting, it was hard to concentrate on the dialogue. I can honestly say I have never heard an American accent so all over the place – going from the southwest to the deep south to I don’t know where, and all by the same character. Would have been much more enjoyable without this massacre - might be a good idea just to stick to English and Welsh.

  • The Something Girl

  • The Frogmorton Farm Series, Book 2
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509

It's life as usual at Frogmorton Farm - which is to say that events have passed the merely eccentric and are now galloping headlong towards the completely bizarre. Once again Jenny struggles to stay afloat in the stormy seas of matrimony with her husband, Russell Checkland, together with an unlikely mix of Patagonian Attack Chickens, Jack the Sad Donkey and Mrs Crisp's mysterious boyfriend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From beginning to end, a brilliant audio book.

  • By Lesley on 05-11-17

Wonderful follow-up to “The Nothing Girl”

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

There’s something about this story which just pulls the reader in, and the narrator does a superb job of all the characters, from Thomas, Jenny’s imaginary horse/friend, to Richard, the manipulative uncle, to Jenny herself with her slight stutter. I look forward to the next in the series, as Thomas has let slip that someone else will be joining Jenny, husband Russell and baby Joy.

  • The Shape of Water

  • By: Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

The Shape of Water is set in Cold War-era Baltimore at the Occam Aerospace Research Center, which has recently received its most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man captured in the Amazon. What unfolds is a stirring romance between the asset and one of the janitors on staff, a mute woman who uses sign language to communicate with the creature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 6 Star Performance

  • By Darren on 21-03-18

Mesmerising Story!

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

Wasn’t quite sure about this one at the very beginning, but the skilled narration soon brought the entire tale to life, depicting every character in the first person with a unique voice. So glad I listened to this before seeing the movie - highly recommended!