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Leeds, United Kingdom
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  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Brontë
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 19 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528

The work tells the story of Jane's early life, her experience at Lowood School and as a governess. Her refusal to accept Rochester's love on any but her own strictly moral terms is a passionate cry for independence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Flawless 'Jane Eyre'

  • By Mrs PDJ on 21-10-15

Beautifully read, brings the book to life

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-12

I read Jane Eyre many years ago at school and really enjoyed it. Juliet Stevenson's reading brings the story to life. Even though I knew the story, I found I was gripped by it anew and couldn't wait to hear what happened next. The emotion is conveyed beautifully and the characterisation is excellent. I highly recommend this version.

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  • Matilda

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: David Ian Davies
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Tiny and innocent, Matilda is the child of Harry and Zinnia Wormwood, who have no respect for their daughter. Having just entered her first year of school, Matilda makes friends in Miss Honey's class and quickly amazes her teacher with reading and math skills she has not yet been formally taught. Her intelligence amazes Miss Honey. Enter Headmistress Miss Trunchbull, who despises and mistreats the school's children with torture and violence that no one has the courage to challenge.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Very odd way of reading

  • By Marie on 01-03-12

Very odd way of reading

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-12

The reader is very choppy in style - particularly when switching between narrative and dialogue and the voices are not particularly good. Very disappointing reading of a favourite book.

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  • Charmed Life

  • The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Volume 1
  • By: Diana Wynne Jones
  • Narrated by: Tony Robinson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29

Cat had no doubt that the man standing in the middle of the kitchen was the ‘Dark Stranger’. Cat’s sister Gwendolen had been told by a Fortune-Teller that she was destined for Great Things, and that a ‘dominant Dark Stranger’ would have something to do with it. So it was hardly surprising that when Cat saw the tall, dark, well-dressed man standing in the kitchen, he thought it was Gwendolen’s ‘Dark Stranger’ come to help her start ruling the world.... Sometimes it can be a trial being the brother of a powerful witch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as I remember it

  • By Clare on 01-08-11

Charming book - not so charmingly read

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-10-11

I have loved this book for nearly 30 years. I am not really loving Tony Robinson's reading. His voice is rather lugubrious and there is just not enough variation in the voices. If possible, it is making a very exciting book just a bit boring. Read it instead.

  • Unseen Academicals

  • Discworld, Book 37
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,483
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 969
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 972

Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always so much more than fantasy

  • By Mary on 27-12-09

Good story, brilliantly read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-10-11

This story has grown on me -and though at first I thought it wasn't one of Pratchett's best, it improves on repeat listening and reading! Stephen Briggs is just one of the best readers EVER. He has very clear, distinct voices, so you know who is speaking. Even better than that, he has obviously thought really hard about conveying the personality of each character through their voice. He's terrific and really performs with energy and delight. This and Going Postal are probably my favourite Pratchetts read by Briggs. I wish he'd re-record the earlier Nigel Planer ones, which are ok, but he has a tendency to do about a quarter of his characters as thick sounding when it really isn't in character. Good fun

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  • The Steep Approach to Garbadale

  • By: Iain Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

The Wopuld family built their fortune on a board game called Empire, now a wildly successful computer game. So successful, in fact, that the American Spraint Corp wants to buy the Wopulds out. Alban, who has been evading the family tentacles for the last few years, thinks Spraint should be treated with suspicion, but he also has other things on his mind. What, for example, drove his mother to take her own life?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By Jane on 20-06-07

Good story, great narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-04-10

Peter Kenny's narration is superb as some of the other reviewers have mentioned. He beautifully renders personality, mood, accent, age and gender for all the diverse characters from Scottish hard man to dotty maiden aunt. The story is good - I didn't mind the narration hopping about and I think it actually added to the story. I did find it dragging a bit in the final quarter, hence the 4 stars rather than 5. I might have skipped a few pages had I been reading rather than listening. It's quite an episodic book, but the episodes are linked together by a common thread and the central character is likable and interesting enough to continue to engage. Overall, well worth the listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful