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  • The Woman in White

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Ian Holm
  • Length: 24 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668

Late one moonlit night, Walter Hartright encounters a solitary and terrified woman dressed all in white. He saves her from capture by her pursuers and determines to solve the mystery of her distress and terror. Inspired by an actual criminal case, this gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness and mistaken identity has never been out of print since its publication and brought Collins great fame and success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Anthony on 13-01-11

Very Interesting

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I thought that I had read this book before, so I was surprised when I found I hadn't. I mistook it for the woman in black, equally famous. I did enjoy it. It was interesting to note the differance between lives not that very long ago and now.
Yes I did enjoy it but probably for all the wrong reasons.

  • Best Practice

  • The Larkford Series, Book 3
  • By: Penny Parkes
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Dr Alice Walker has become accomplished at presenting a façade to the world - to anyone watching, she is the epitome of style, composure and professionalism. But perhaps it was to be expected that the cracks might begin to show at some point. Thankfully Grace is on hand to offer both friendship and support when it’s needed most. Meanwhile, Dr Holly Graham has her hands full both professionally and personally. Planning a wedding with Taffy Jones is challenging enough, even before some surprising news changes everything. At least beloved Larkford resident Elsie still has a few tricks left up her sleeve!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story - narrator dreadful

  • By Always sewing on 10-07-18

nice and easy

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I bought this series principally to send me to sleep and stop me thinking about daily stuff that get to you at night. This is perfect for this purpose, nothing to worry about nice people doing nice things. Accents a bit dodgey, especially Taffy but hey,.... so what.. I have listened to this story often and can dip in and out anywhere, as I know what happens to everyone. Sadly I have come to the end of the series... I can't see how there can be a follow up....unless they give Holly yet another set of twins or beatification.lol

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  • David Jason

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview
  • By: Robin Morgan-Bentley
  • Narrated by: David Jason
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 98

Sir David Jason, legendary television actor and comedian, joins us to talk about his role as the narrator in Audible’s original adaptation of Sir Terry Pratchett’s Unseen Academicals. The 37th Discworld novel, Unseen Academicals follows the wizards of Unseen University as they’re introduced to the game - and world - of football, whilst the citizens of Ankh-Morpork hope for their team’s victory on the pitch. We talk to David about his time in the recording studio and Pratchett’s incredible legacy. Also looking back at his own outstanding career, we discuss David’s embarrassing audition moments, his iconic roles and what Del Boy would think of Brexit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • quality

  • By Pete on 17-07-18

interesting

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I am very grateful for a freebee and these interviews are very interesting, as a rule. David Jason's is one of the good ones, others of the ones i loved are Miriam Margolyes and Gyles Brandreth. I think we tend to picture people like David Jason as being the character we know best, ie Del Boy or Frost so it is nice to hear them chatting as themselves, saying how things happened for them and why they did whatever. A new insight into that person...so thank you audible, more please.

  • The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau

  • By: Graeme Macrae Burnet
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Breton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 301

Manfred Baumann is a loner. Socially awkward and perpetually ill at ease, he spends his evenings quietly drinking and surreptitiously observing Adèle Bedeau, the sullen but alluring waitress at a drab bistro in the unremarkable small French town of Saint-Louis. But one day, she simply vanishes into thin air. When Georges Gorski, a detective haunted by his failure to solve one of his first murder cases, is called in to investigate the girl's disappearance, Manfred's repressed world is shaken to its core.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing Tale

  • By Deirdre More on 04-08-18

awful and boring and dreadfully narrated

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

Reviewed: 24-09-18

The headline sums up my feelings. I hate returning books or in the words the narrator" I got a wickle bit bored wiv this wickle stoweee so will have to abandon it wiv wee-gwet"
He may have a speech impediment, for which I am sorry, but I got the impression he was just being deliberately effete
If maybe the storwee had been weemotely interesting I might have continued, but no... When you really don't give a stuff about any of the characters it isn't worth wasting your time on it. Therre are sooo many books out there which will grab my interest. Plus when most of the time I am listening to books to get me through something boring...believe me this made me want to scream..oops skerweem
I am sorry but it nearly de-wove me insand, I kept having a go to see whether or not my intorence levels on one particular day were a bit low, but no.
Actually whether or not it really is absolutely infuriating or not I though to myself hey life's too short return it.

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  • Plague Pits & River Bones

  • The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Karen Charlton
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

London, 1812: Treacherous gangs roam the capital, and not even the Palace of Westminster is safe. When Detective Stephen Lavender is called in to investigate a highway robbery and a cold-blooded murder, both the cases take a dangerous and disturbing personal twist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love how

  • By Kevin on 21-02-18

boring story badly read

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

I persevered through a very very dreary narration about a story that really wasn't interesting or factually very accurate and I had to abandon...... it as there are so many better books and narrators out there..and had a refund.
Not for me ... sorry

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  • Waiting for Sunrise

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Roger May
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 278

Vienna. 1913. Lysander Rief, a young English actor, walks through the city to his first appointment with the eminent psychiatrist, Dr. Bensimon. He is sitting anxiously in the waiting room when an extraordinary woman enters.... Moving from Vienna to London's West End, the battlefields of France, and hotel rooms in Geneva, Waiting for Sunrise is a feverish and mesmerising journey into the human psyche, and a beautifully observed portrait of wartime Europe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Writer or Reader?

  • By Julian E. Boyce on 05-04-12

tedious, boring

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

Reviewed: 16-07-18

I can't imagine what possessed me to download this. Badly read, utterly pointless tripe.
I assumed therer was going to be a story linked to his psychosis... but if there was I gave up long before we got anywhere to being told what it was.
Story man who can't achieve an orgasm goes to Vienna?? to try and find out why, ends up having sex with a nutjob sculpture nympomaniac.. what happened after that I neither know nor care.. I got so bored by it I returned it.
If that doesn't put you off...well go for it..
Refund here I come, although knowing my luck is was a freebie

  • Not Quite Nice

  • By: Celia Imrie
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 614

Theresa is desperate for a change. Forced into early retirement, fed up with babysitting her bossy daughter's obnoxious children, she sells her Highgate house and moves to the picture-perfect town of Bellevue-sur-Mer, just outside Nice. With its beautiful villas, bustling cafes and shimmering cerulean sea, the village sparkles like a diamond on the French Mediterranean coast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fun and unexpected turns

  • By jacqui on 30-12-15

Not very good

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

Reviewed: 15-07-18

whereas I would not criticise Celia Imre as an actress I am afraid I can't say the same for her penmanship or narration.
I downloaded this because I have moved to France and I thought i would be able to relate to some of her experiences... thankfully not. The story I thought was going to be ok, it started off ...alright and had momements where it was enjoyable, however all the characters had unbelievably awful offspring, bad relationships and it made Nice sound like a bed of criminals and weird expats.
It was very hesitantly read by Celia Imrie, who to be frank sounded very amateurish.. which we all know isn't true. The characters all needed lessons in parenting, their offspring were all ill mannered, selfish and ungrateful brats.The storyline was not very believable and I won't be listening again, sorry Celia stick to acting.

  • The Invisible Ones

  • By: Stef Penney
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 439

Small-time private investigator Ray Lovell veers between paralysis and delirium in a hospital bed. But before the accident that landed him there, he had promised to find Rose Janko. Rose was married to the charismatic son of a travelling gypsy family, Ivo Janko. When Ray starts to investigate her disappearance he's surprised that her family are so hostile towards him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent story, narrated well

  • By Helen on 25-10-12

well I never guessed that.

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

I won't spoil the end, but normally I can work out what is going on and I really didn't see that one coming, well not all of it anyway
It was very well read and I would listen to Stef Penny again and the narrator, Dan Stevens is one of the better narrators.

  • The Plea

  • By: Steve Cavanagh
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

For years, major New York law firm Harland & Sinton has operated a massive global fraud. The FBI are on to them, but they need witnesses to secure their case. When a major client of the firm, David Child, is arrested for murder, the FBI ask con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn to secure Child as his client and force him to testify against the firm. Eddie's not a man to be forced into representing a guilty client, but the FBI have incriminating files on Eddie's wife, Christine, and if Eddie won't play ball, she'll pay the price.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpectedly good

  • By Janet on 22-03-17

Not bad at all

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

I enjoyed it despite the narrator whose voice was really annoying and grated and droned which detracted you from the story. It was well crafted and it was a constant did he?, didn't he.?
I would listen to another from this author, but with a different narrator

  • A Very English Scandal

  • Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment
  • By: John Preston
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585

It's the late 1960s, and homosexuality has only just been legalised, and Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal party, has a secret he's desperate to hide. As long as Norman Scott, his beautiful, unstable lover is around, Thorpe's brilliant career is at risk. With the help of his fellow politicians, Thorpe schemes, deceives and embezzles - until he can see only one way to silence Scott for good. The trial of Jeremy Thorpe changed our society forever: it was the moment the British public discovered the truth about its political class.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By C Hall on 13-08-16

The system at it's worst

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

This did not make easy or pleasant listening and I had to force myself to continue. That is why the marks are so low.Daniel Weyman read it very well.
I can remember some of it, but I was only in my teens at the time, and not really into politics, but I do remember the feeling that he had had a raw deal. So what if was he was gay?, or as it was then Homosexual. I remember my father being convinced people who were homosexual were doing it to be "difficult" and it was completely avoidable..., so the Judge at the trial didn't really supprise me.
What absolutely horrified me was the so called "upper classes" who felt they had a god driven right to do as they pleased and were entitled to do what ever they wanted and stamp on the "lower classes".
The sheer arogance of Jeremy Thorpe staggers me, the complicity of those around him, shocks me and the cover up that went on ..,.well it leaves me horrified. The way they "pulled rank" and told people to back off or their careers would end. The way that if people inconvenienced him when he had finished with them they were "disposed of".. oh but not by him.. his menials had to do that. The fraudulent use of other peoples money to fund his arrogance and depravity..craven.
I was incredulous at the depths the political leaders were prepared to go to to hide information so " the Liberal Party wouldn't suffer". I thought David Steel was a decent chap until I heard this..well says it all eh?
The barrister who got out of drink drive charges.. because of "the do you know who I am" stuff and getting senior members of the police to let him off and an appology..for having the temerity to try to arrest HIM!! absolutely disgusts me to the core.
Again to hear how the likes of Jimmy Saville, Cyril Smith et al were all know about, by the authorities and the police, but it was airbrushed out..again for fear of damaging the Liberal Party absolutely defies belief.
I am glad, in the end I listened to it...BUT I am sure this sort of thing still goes on..
The so called upperclasses...DISGRACEFUL arrogance
Hated it.......but listened to it ......to the end, came in and washed out my mouth to remove the very very bad taste that was left in my mouth.
I think if anyone had been watching me whilst I was listening the would have been amazed I could keep up such a contemptous expression for so long.
Should you listen?... reluctantly I would say..Yes