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  • Frederica in Fashion

  • The Six Sisters, Book 6
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Claire Morgan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

How could colourless Frederica withstand a Season's scrutiny after the five beauties before her had married so magnificently? Disguised as a chambermaid, Freddie found her way into the household of the fashionable Duke of Pembury. That wild gentleman was soon on to her tricks and found himself escorting the lady to London. Once on the marriage mart, the five sisters preened and primped the youngest until Freddie could not recognize herself!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly entertaining.

  • By Agatha on 04-06-18

Pathetic ... both story and reader

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Cannot believe that M.C.Beaton wrote this. Not improved by the dreadful reading..possibly the worst narration on Audible with risible attempts at varying the voices. Had the review system allowed 'nil points'...that would have been a valid review!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Transcription

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,110

In 1940, 18-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathisers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past for ever. Ten years later, now a producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful

  • By Mary Compton on 12-09-18

What a tangled web...neatly unravelled at the end

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

Reviewed: 19-09-18

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. A good mixture of fact and fiction with each supporting the other brilliantly.
The reader was superb and could not be bettered.
All in all, a very enjoyable audiobook ...my first by Kate Atkinson, and am looking forward to trying more by her.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Anne and Charles

  • Passion and Politics in Late Medieval France: the Story of Anne of Brittany’s Marriage to Charles VIII
  • By: Rozsa Gaston
  • Narrated by: Anna Parker-Naples
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

When Anne of Brittany's father dies in 1488, she becomes Duchess of Brittany, her country's ruler at age 11. For the next three years, the unmarried, orphaned duchess is pursued by suitors while Brittany is invaded by its larger, more powerful neighbor of France. With no other way out, at age 14 she agrees to marry Charles VIII, King of France, to save her country. Better to be a queen than a prisoner.... Unexpectedly, a passionate relationship ensues. Yet Charles cannot shake off bad habits he has brought into their marriage, and Anne cannot help him in his darkest area of struggle.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A sad waste of a credit...badly written and even more badly read!

  • By Bookaholic on 06-05-18

A sad waste of a credit...badly written and even more badly read!

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

At first I thought I had accidentally bought a children’s book...until a clumsy attempt at 'adult' content suddenly appeared. The authors vocabulary appears to be limited...the same adjective or adverbs appear repetitively. Cliche ridden and filled with anachronistic phrasing interspersed with pompous attempts at appropriate speech patterns.
The reader makes he book even worse...risible attempts at changing her voice. All in all...a waste of money and time.

  • The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club

  • By: Sophie Green
  • Narrated by: Fiona Macleod
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

In 1978 in Australia's Northern Territory, life is hard, and people are isolated. Telephones are not yet a common fixture. But five women find a way to connect. Sybil, the matriarch of Fairvale Station, misses her eldest son and is looking for a distraction while Kate, Sybil's daughter-in-law, is thousands of miles away from home and finding it difficult to adjust to life at Fairvale. Sallyanne, mother of three, dreams of a life far removed from the dusty town where she lives with her difficult husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written book interweaving the stories of several women in the harsh land of Australia’s Northern Territory.

  • By Bookaholic on 06-05-18

Well written book interweaving the stories of several women in the harsh land of Australia’s Northern Territory.

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

Thoroughly enjoyed the book and engaged with the characters ...slightly spoiled by the narrators inability to speak like a Texan...otherwise she read very well.

  • Mud, Muck and Dead Things

  • By: Ann Granger
  • Narrated by: Judith Boyd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

A Campbell and Cater mystery. Crime in the Cotswolds just got deadly. When Lucas Burton arrives at a deserted farm, hoping to conduct a business deal, he stumbles across the body of a girl. And that's just the start of his problems. Penny Gower, from the local stables, spots his car leaving the crime scene, and when her friend Andrew Ferris calls the police it's only a matter of time before Lucas gets a visit from someone he'd rather not see...

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing

  • By Shipp on 12-10-12

An enjoyable story well narrated

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

Reviewed: 19-10-17

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Characters, backgrounds neatly interwoven and loose ends tied up at the end.
Superbly read by Judith Boyd...as ever.

  • Career of Evil

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 3
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,978
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,477

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past whom he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another gripping story.

  • By Bernadette on 22-10-15

Brilliant nail-biter...stories within stories...can't wait for the next one.

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

Good story, good characters, well-researched...and the sum of the parts becomes so much greater than the whole. Gripping, albeit pretty graphic in parts and maybe not for the faint hearted. This is the third in the series and is going to be a hard act to follow...soon I hope.
Robert Glenister's narration is perfect...don't unleash anyone else on Cormoran Strike...RG is unbeatable.

  • Conclave

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Roy Mcmillan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,116

The Pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, 118 cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world's most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next 72 hours, one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bizarrely gripping

  • By Biker on 12-01-17

Superbly written and read

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

Reviewed: 06-11-16

Although I guessed the outcome at the first 'clue', the suspense was maintained throughout the book. The initially confusing cast of important characters reduced with each vote, intensifying the experience.
The reader was absolutely the best that I have heard on Audible...perfect pace, expressive voice and accurate accents when needed. Quite a feat given how many characters he had to juggle with.
Perfect match of author and reader.

  • Version Control

  • A Novel
  • By: Dexter Palmer
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 147

Rebecca Wright has reclaimed her life, finding her way out of her grief and depression following a personal tragedy years ago. She spends her days working in customer support for the Internet dating site where she first met her husband. But she has a strange, persistent sense that everything around her is somewhat off-kilter: She constantly feels as if she has walked into a room and forgotten what she intended to do there; on TV, the president seems to be the wrong person in the wrong place; her dreams are full of disquiet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Will I read a better book in 2016?!

  • By Jenny on 07-03-16

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 02-07-16

An interesting version of the classic time travel paradox genre. Well written and performed. Worth listening to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mary Anne

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Mary Anne knew the grinding heel of poverty, and determined it would never grind her again. With beauty, brains, ambition, and the glittering decadence of Regency London to sustain her, she chose the only route that could take a cockney girl to the top, as mistress to the Royal Duke of York. But soon she provoked a scandal that rocked the country, placed the Duke on trial before Parliament, and risked losing Mary Anne everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfullly written and narrated

  • By Ruth on 04-07-08

Superb

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

Reviewed: 13-03-16

Beautifully written, superbly read...faultless in every way. Evokes the era and characters splendidly and Carole Boyd's reading could not be better.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Farthing

  • Small Change, Book 1
  • By: Jo Walton
  • Narrated by: John Keating, Bianca Amato
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

One summer weekend in 1949 - but not our 1949 - the well-connected "Farthing set", a group of upper-crust English families, enjoy a country retreat. Lucy is a minor daughter in one of those families; her parents were both leading figures in the group that overthrew Churchill and negotiated peace with Herr Hitler eight years before....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Clumsy, stereotypical, dreadful narrators

  • By Bookaholic on 06-02-16

Clumsy, stereotypical, dreadful narrators

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

Reviewed: 06-02-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing...it seems very amateur...poor characterization, anachronistic speech, badly researched, badly read.

Has Farthing put you off other books in this genre?

Only by this author

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of John Keating and Bianca Amato ?

Anyone who naturally spoke British English ...jarring accents, wrong emphasis, words mispronounced...irritating.

What character would you cut from Farthing?

All of them...stereotypes with nothing interesting to offer.

Any additional comments?

Interesting premise but excecuted badly. Pebbles of 'historical' facts dropped in to a puddle of stereotypes. The readers leave a lot to be desired, accents slip, constantly jarring.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful