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  • Jane Austen at Home

  • By: Lucy Worsley
  • Narrated by: Ruth Redman, Lucy Worsley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

On the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death, historian Lucy Worsley leads us into the world in which our best-loved novelist lived. This new telling of the story of Jane's life shows us how and why she lived as she did, examining the rooms, spaces and possessions which mattered to her and the way in which home is used in her novels to mean both a place of pleasure and a prison. It wasn't all country houses and ballrooms; in fact her life was often a painful struggle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By Gabrielle Harvey-Jones on 27-05-17

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

A fascinating and very enjoyable re-telling of Jane Austen's life. I found the narration of the quotes of family and friends slightly jarring, but otherwise I loved it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Little Book of Lykke

  • Secrets of the World's Happiest People
  • By: Meik Wiking
  • Narrated by: Meik Wiking
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

The world has reached unprecedented levels of wealth, but while we have succeeded in getting richer, we have failed in getting happier. While many people live lives of quiet desperation, a few people find themselves at the very top of the scale when it comes to happiness. Their behaviour is different. Their outlook is different. Their priorities are different. What can we learn from the world's happiest people?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart warming and inspiring

  • By Debbie on 17-09-17

Another wonderful book from Meik Wiking

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

Reviewed: 23-09-17

I'm starting to think Meik Wiking is a modern day hero. This book is uplifting, inspiring and a joy to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,876
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,578
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,514

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking but overconfident

  • By Jan W. H. Schnupp on 24-09-15

Outstanding

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-07-17

A superb book - fascinating, thought-provoking and entirely engaging. It held my attention all the way through. The amazing content is matched by high-class narration. Highly recommended.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Magic Apple Tree

  • A Country Year
  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Elaine Claxton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Looking out from Moon Cottage, Susan Hill records the sights and smells, the people, gardens, animals, births, festivals and deaths that mark the changing seasons in the small Oxfordshire community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By Karen Thomas on 22-06-18

A bit dated

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

Lovely content but a bit dated now (written 35 years ago!) and the narration makes the author sound a bit smug. Grated on my nerves at times.

  • Julian Fellowes's Belgravia

  • By: Julian Fellowes
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,461

Julian Fellowes's Belgravia is the story of a secret. A secret that unravels behind the porticoed doors of London's grandest postcode. Set in the 1840s, when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche, Belgravia is peopled by a rich cast of characters. But the story begins on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. At the Duchess of Richmond's now legendary ball, one family's life will change forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reminiscent of Georgette Heyer

  • By Lorna on 17-07-16

Brilliant!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-17

I loved this audiobook and couldn't switch it off! The characters are really strong and I was fully caught up in the story, genuinely concerned for the outcome. Juliet Stevenson is, I think, my favourite narrator. I listened to this over Christmas and New Year and it was a real treat.

  • A Boy Called Christmas

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631

You are about to listen to the true story of Father Christmas. It is a story that proves that nothing is impossible. If you are one of those people who believe that some things are impossible, you should put this book down right away. It is most certainly not for you. Because this audiobook is full of impossible things. Are you still reading? Good. Then let us begin....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lovely Christmas story

  • By DF on 16-12-16

A new Christmas classic

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

Reviewed: 31-12-16

A magical story from the wonderful Matt Haig - perfect Christmas bedtime listening for little kids and big kids alike! Full of clever links and jokes and the odd political comment on our times. Stephen Fry's narration is joyous and captivating.

  • Land of the Midnight Sun

  • My Arctic Adventures
  • By: Alexander Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Alexander Armstrong
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

In an adventure of a lifetime, Alexander Armstrong heads north into an ever more hostile Arctic winter to explore the farthest reaches of the globe. In an epic journey, he navigates some of the Earth's toughest terrain, first travelling through the glittering landscape of Scandinavia then on to the isolated islands of Iceland and Greenland, as far as the infamously treacherous Northwest Passage. His final frontier is Canada and Alaska, where his journey ends on the international dateline between the USA and Russia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a pleasant way to pass a few hours

  • By Dorothy & Joe Yeomans on 21-04-17

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 25-10-16

I didn't find I learned very much about the culture of the places or could imagine myself there. It was just a lot of Alexander Armstrong describing the cold - more stand up comedy than good travel writing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Middlemarch

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 35 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,169
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 926

Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All consuming

  • By Caro on 27-04-11

Epic

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

Reviewed: 24-10-16

I was surprised by how much I got caught up in the story. After a slow-ish start, I found I cared very deeply for these characters who survive across the centuries and who will stay with me for a long time.

Juliet Stevenson's narration deserves an Oscar!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Little Book of Hygge

  • The Danish Way to Live Well
  • By: Meik Wiking
  • Narrated by: Meik Wiking
  • Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

Denmark is often said to be the happiest country in the world. That's down to one thing: hygge. ' Hygge has been translated as everything from the art of creating intimacy to cosiness of the soul to taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things. My personal favourite is cocoa by candlelight....' You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one or sharing comfort food with your closest friends. It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!!

  • By Paul Wilkinson on 16-09-16

A little book of happiness

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

Reviewed: 21-10-16

A lovely introduction to the concept of hygge that made me feel sheer happiness whilst I was listening to it. Highly recommended for a cosy listen.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Nigel

  • My Family and Other Dogs
  • By: Monty Don
  • Narrated by: Monty Don
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 236

When Monty Don's golden retriever, Nigel, became the surprise star of BBC's Gardeners' World, inspiring huge interest, fan mail and even his own social media accounts, Monty Don wanted to explore what makes us connect with animals quite so deeply. In many respects Nigel is a very ordinary dog - charming, handsome and obedient, as so many are. He is also a much loved family pet. He is also a star. By telling Nigel's story, Monty relates his relationships with other special dogs in his life in a memoir of his dogs past and very much present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Tony Swinton on 28-09-16

Just lovely

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

Reviewed: 14-10-16

A moving and inspiring account of dog ownership (and gardening) told lovingly and beautifully by the wonderful Monty Don.