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  • The Well Beloved

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Anneliese Rennie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Can desire, that never-ending pursuit of something magical and special - be ever satisfied? This last novel by 19th century realist Thomas Hardy (Tess of the D'Ubervilles, Jude The Obscure, Far From The Madding Crowd) tells the story of the sculptor Jocelyn Pierston's search for the ideal woman, through three generations of a Portland family. One of Hardy's most neglected novels and a precursor to Shaw's Pygmalion, it is a semi-autobiographical tale of an artist pursuing his muse through the forms of many women. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wrong narrator

  • By Barbara on 13-01-19

Wrong narrator

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-01-19

How anyone could imagine that an American could narrate Thomas Hardy is beyond belief. This is being returned!

  • The Silent Cellar of Salo

  • The Lake Garda Mystery Series, Book 5
  • By: K T Ashbourne
  • Narrated by: Claire Nicholls
  • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

In The Silent Cellar of Salò, 19-year-old amateur detective Kim finally must face the unexpected consequences of all the lies she has told since she arrived in Italy. She ends up in a truly terrible fix and must search her inner self for every particle of endurance, ingenuity, and guile to secure her own well-being, both physically and mentally. It is an ordeal from which it will take her some time to recover, but every cloud has its silver lining, and she finds a ray of true happiness when romance comes calling at the door. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great listen

  • By Barbara on 22-12-18

Another great listen

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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: 22-12-18

So easy to listen to Claire, I love her interpretation of the characters, she really gives them life.
Claire is my favourite narrator, adapting seamlessly to different writing styles.

  • The Sellout

  • By: Paul Beatty
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 587

Born in Dickens, Los Angeles, the narrator of The Sellout spent his childhood as the subject in his father's racially charged psychological studies. He is told that his father's memoir will solve their financial woes. But when his father is killed, he discovers there never was a memoir. Fuelled by despair, he sets out to right this wrong with the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A hilarious must-listen for the ages

  • By Gabe Fleming (Audible staff) on 14-08-17

Challenging Read

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

Reviewed: 13-12-16

As an older English woman living in a comfortable white neighbourhood, I can only try to understand, find it hard to imagine what it must be like to experience racism. Books like this should be required reading in my children's schools.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • 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 6,832
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,347

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

Forget your sleep timer

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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: 11-09-16

Riveting read - after finding second book a bit hard going I wasn't expecting the third to keep me up all night!
Reminiscent of watching my kids devouring each instalment of Harry Potter.

  • Jude The Obscure

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

This is the story of a young country workman obsessed by his ambition to become an Oxford student, interwoven with his fraught relationships with two women.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Irritating in places

  • By Gio Clairval on 08-02-16

Hardy at his best and darkest

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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: 26-04-15

Thomas hardy reminds us how far he was ahead of his time with this stunning, sad, story on the perils of love and marriage.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Running with the Kenyans

  • By: Adharanand Finn
  • Narrated by: Paul Tyreman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

After years of watching Kenyan athletes win the world's biggest races, Adharanand Finn set out to discover just what it was that made them so fast - and to see if he could keep up. Packing up his life he moved from Devon to Iten, in Kenya, to eat with, interview, sleep beside and - most importantly – run with, some of the greatest runners in the world. In the distance rests his dream, to join the best of the Kenyan athletes in an epic first marathon across the Kenyan plains.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • interesting read - even for a non-runner like me!

  • By Joanne on 10-11-13

Should have bought the abridged version

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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: 03-04-15

Great story, but far too much detail - recommend an abridged version unless you are really interested in the minutia of Kenyan who's who and their best times - definitely does what it says on the tin though!

  • The Road Home

  • By: Rose Tremain
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

Lev is on his way from Eastern Europe to Britain, seeking work. But Lev has an outsider's vision of the place we call home. Lev begins with no job, little money, and few words of English. He has only his memories, his hopes, and a certain skill preparing food.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narration, Good Story

  • By Yogita on 13-10-08

Enlightening

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

Reviewed: 07-03-15

Narration brought this story to life, giving insight to economic migration. The sometimes heartbreaking story of Lev is unfolded to inspire the listener to persevere and believe in his dream.

  • Alan Turing: The Enigma

  • By: Andrew Hodges
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 409

It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades--all before his suicide at age forty-one. This classic biography of the founder of computer science, reissued on the centenary of his birth with a substantial new preface by the author, is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Turing an enigma.

  • By Dennis G. on 14-02-15

Hard work!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-02-15

It was always going to be a hard story to listen to - should have tried the abridged version - far too much maths and science altogether for a layperson to take in. Did finish it though - now can watch the film version with a greater understanding and appreciation of a much wronged genius.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Churchill Factor

  • How One Man Made History
  • By: Boris Johnson
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159

The point of The Churchill Factor is that one man can make all the difference. On the eve of the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill's death, Boris Johnson explores what makes up the 'Churchill Factor' - the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blood, toil, tears and sweat...

  • By FictionFan on 19-11-14

Erratic

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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: 18-02-15

Jumps about all over modern history and gives an astonishingly fresh view on the greatest Englishman ever. Churchill lived a dozen lives simultaneously and all to the full. This book illustrates this perfectly.

  • The Rainmaker

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

It's summer in Memphis. The sweat is sticking to Rudy Baylor's shirt and creditors are nipping at his heels. Once he had aspirations of breezing through law school and punching his ticket to the good life. Now he doesn't have a job or a prayer-except for one: an insurance dispute that leaves a family devastated and opens the door for a lawsuit, if Rudy can find a way to file it. By the time Rudy gets to court, a heavyweight corporate defense team is there to meet him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favourite Grisham Book

  • By M on 02-12-14

Excellent

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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: 03-01-15

Well written and well read, good listen in the car. Typical Grisham - believable characters in a twisting storyline - another to add his reading list.