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  • David Copperfield [Audible]

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 36 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557

Between his work on the 2014 Audible Audiobook of the Year, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel, and his performance of Classic Love Poems, narrator Richard Armitage ( The Hobbit, Hannibal) has quickly become a listener favorite. Now, in this defining performance of Charles Dickens' classic David Copperfield, Armitage lends his unique voice and interpretation, truly inhabiting each character and bringing real energy to the life of one of Dickens' most famous characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brought me back to Dickens

  • By JD on 21-02-16

David Copperfield brought to Life!

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

Reviewed: 16-04-16

I'm a huge fan of Charles Dickens, who is a master storyteller and a genius at creating extraordinary and memorable characters. The supremely talented and very versatile Richard Armitage gives us a really impressive interpretation of all the characters and does full justice to Dickens' masterpiece. It's an artistic/literary 'marriage' made in heaven in my opinion, and I hope Richard can be convinced to do more narrations for Audible in the future.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Birdsong

  • By: Sebastian Faulks
  • Narrated by: Peter Firth
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725

Set before and during the great war, Birdsong captures the drama of that era on both a national and a personal scale. It is the story of Stephen, a young Englishman, who arrives in Amiens in 1910. His life goes through a series of traumatic experiences, from the clandestine love affair that tears apart the family with whom he lives, to the unprecedented experiences of the war itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Modern classic, beautifully narrated

  • By Declan on 08-05-11

A total experience

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

Reviewed: 01-10-14

I love Sebastian Faulks work, his powerful writing transports his readers body and soul to another place, every time and Birdsong is surely one of his best. The emotional journey and transformation of the young man through the War is described with such devastating emotion and attention to detail, that the reader (or listener) can't help but be drawn into it. I have rarely been moved by a book so much. It brought me to tears on several occasions. I would give it 10 stars if I could. My last word goes to Peter Firth, a superb actor, who did the book proud. His mellifluous voice was perfect, he managed to add another dimension to the already perfect prose. Thank you very much to all concerned.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 1
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,905
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,041

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Nick Moore on 15-07-13

The Work of a Master Story Teller!

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

Reviewed: 01-10-14

This was my first experience of Robert Galbraith (aka. J K Rowling) 's work and I am now one of his/her greatest fans! The story is completely enthralling.I have had to force myself to turn my MP3 player off for fear of offending my nearest and dearest! The plotting and construction of the narrative is second to none in modern fiction. The development of all the characters is equally impressive. I already know Robert Glenister's work on TV and he always gives a first class performance. But his narration of this book is right up there with the best. His delivery, pacing, and impressive versatility with characterisation is some of the best I have listened to. All in all a great pleasure and one that I shall certainly listen to again and again. A big thank you to all concerned!!

  • Persuasion

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Geraldine McEwan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Penguin Classics presents Jane Austen's Persuasion, available as a digital audiobook as part of the Penguin English Library series. Persuasion, Jane Austen's last novel, is a moving, masterly, and elegiac love story tinged with the heartache of missed opportunities. It tells the story of Anne Elliot who, persuaded to break off her engagement to the man she loved because he was not successful enough, has never forgotten him. When he returns, he brings a second chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolute Perfection

  • By Annie on 02-08-14

Absolute Perfection

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

Reviewed: 02-08-14

I have read this book many times and always manage to find something new. I think it is one of the finest examples of Austen's genius.
Listening to this narration by the incomparable Geraldine McEwan's has only served to enhance the experience, she does more than justice to Austen's skill and and ascerbic wit as a social commentator, with her wonderfully entertaining performance. Absolute Perfection on every level.

  • Eight Months on Ghazzah Street

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

Frances Shore is a cartographer by trade, a maker of maps, but when her husband's work takes her to Saudi Arabia she finds herself unable to map the Kingdom's areas of internal darkness. The regime is corrupt and harsh, and the streets are not a woman's territory; so she becomes confined in her flat. As her days empty of certainty and purpose, her life becomes a blank – waiting to be filled by violence and disaster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing

  • By Maddy on 10-07-14

A Superb Book

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

Reviewed: 02-08-14

I am ashamed to say this was my first experience of Hilary Mantel's writing and it was a revelation. I was so impressed by her skilful and witty creation of characters, ex-pats and locals and their interactions and relationships. The choking, claustrophobic atmosphere of Ghazzah Street and its environs was moving, exciting and tense. There was no let up. I loved every single minute of it. I have to mention Sandra Duncan, who did a great job on the narration too. I am familiar with her acting work, so it was no surprise. But Hilary Mantel was, and she has got herself another fan!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Atonement
    
    
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    Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
    89 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • Atonement

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Atonement is the novel for which Ian McEwan will always be remembered. Enthralling in its depiction of childhood, love and war, class and England, at its centre is a profound and profoundly moving exploration of shame and forgiveness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By stella on 13-04-13

An enthralling and moving experience.

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

Reviewed: 25-06-14

Ian McEwan is one of my favourite authors, and this, in my opinion, is one of his greatest novels. I was interested to see how it makes the transition into an audiobook and I wasn't disappointed. The narrator, Carole Boyd was superb, and even managed to emphasise areas of the plot which I had not paid enough attention to when reading it as a paperback (three times - so far!), as well as watching the film version. The story is a classic tragedy of love and loss, betrayal and atonement. It never ceases to move me to tears. Absolutely wonderful. Thank you

  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel

  • By: A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265

It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet - son of the old king, nephew of the new - becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception - and murder. Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage ("Thorin Oakenshield" in the Hobbit films), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ten hours well spent

  • By JD on 21-05-14

Absolutely Mesmerising

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

Reviewed: 25-06-14

This was a brilliantly executed adaptation of my favourite Shakespeare play. Witty, moving, dramatic and completely compulsive listening. I cannot praise Richard Armitage's reading of it highly enough. His versatility with so many different accents and his interpretation of the different characters was genuinely exceptional. I've listened to it twice, so far, and I think it is also the the way he varies the rhythm and pace of his reading which makes it such an riveting performance. All in all another 5 star audiobook. Thank you to everyone concerned.

  • Venetia

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

Venetia Lanyon, beautiful, intelligent and independent woman, lives in comfortable seclusion in rural Yorkshire with her precocious brother Aubrey. Her future seems safe and predictable: Either marriage to the respectable but dull Edward Yardley, or a life of peaceful spinsterhood. But when she meets the dashing, dangerous rake Lord Damerel, her well-ordered life is turned upside down, and she embarks upon a relationship with him that scandalizes and horrifies the whole community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Prepare to Swoon

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-08-10

My first audiobook experience

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

Reviewed: 30-03-14

Where does Venetia rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's the first, so nothing to compare it with yet! But I enjoyed it tremendously and it made my train journey a lot more bearable!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Venetia. She's a great heroine. Comparable to Lizzie Bennett.

What about Richard Armitage’s performance did you like?

I was interested to see how he would perform using only his voice and I wasn't disappointed. I am always very impressed by the way he 'lives' and gets under the skin of his characters, which inevitably makes his performances very moving and compelling to watch. He showed great versatility here, with the variation in pace and tone as well as accent. All in all, another 5 star performance from Mr Armitage.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I enjoyed the book in its entirety and don't think I could pick any one 'moment' that was more moving than another.

Any additional comments?

I shall be using the audiobooks when I'm travelling or walking my dog. It's a way of maximising my time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful