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  • Julius

  • By: Daphne Du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Julius is a bleak and disturbing tale of one man’s unstoppable rise to the top and the shocking events that ensure he gets there. A dark twist on the typical rags-to-riches storyline, Julius follows the life of a young and ambitious French peasant (Julius Lévy) from his squalid life on the banks of the Seine to the vast majesty and wonders of London. With the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War, Julius is forced to flee for Algeria, where he soon learns the art of deception. Here, the listener is provided a glimpse into the mind of one of the most unlikable characters in literature. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Julius

  • By Alison on 16-04-11

A lesser known but outstanding book from Daphne du Maurier.

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Not as well known as Rebecca or My Cousin Rachel, but just as outstandingly good. The portrait of the driven and immensely successful Julius Levy, rising from the gutters of Paris and Algiers to wealth beyond dreams in London and then, finally, Paris. A life that begins with nothing and ends with nothing. What does it merit a man to gain the world ... A book that has intrigued and haunted me over the years. A parable and an inspiration. So good to re-live this saga through Audible.

  • The Scarlet Pimpernel

  • By: Baroness Orczy
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

A brand-new, unabridged recording of Baroness Orczy's classic tale of adventure, read by Julian Rhind-Tutt. Paris, 1792. The Terror has begun. Every day, scores of the French nobility are delivered to the guillotine. Trapped in the capital, they have no way of escape. But rumours abound of a league of young English gentlemen who are risking their lives to spirit French aristocrats away to safety across the Channel. Led by a man known only as the 'Scarlet Pimpernel', they leave no trace behind them save a single note.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-12-18

One of the legends of British literature

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

Reviewed: 16-08-18

Initially read at the age of 11, now re-read many years later and still much enjoyed. The first of Baroness Orczy’s books that created the legend of the Scarlet Pimpernel (le Mouron Rouge) the quintessential English aristocrat who, by means of subterfuge and disguise, frees French aristocrats from the guillotine, hidden behind a mask that keeps his identity a secret from all. Club land hero with a difference. An elegant Bulldog Drummond. An honourable Arsène Lupin. A wonderful book beautifully produced and read for Audible.

  • Lord Peter Wimsey: BBC Radio Drama Collection Volume 1

  • Three classic full-cast dramatisations
  • By: Dorothy L Sayers
  • Narrated by: Ian Carmichael, Peter Jones
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

Whose Body? first introduced Lord Peter to the world and begins with a corpse in the bath of a London flat. Clouds of Witness finds Wimsey investigating murder close to home, and in Unnatural Death he investigates the suspicious demise of an elderly woman. First broadcast on BBC radio in the 1970s and presented here in their entirety, these full-cast adaptations are admired by fans of the genre worldwide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I got totally immersed!

  • By caroline armstrong on 04-12-17

Classic and well performed Lord Peter Wimsey

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

Charming, intelligent, club land hero with a difference, Dorothy L Sayers Lord Peter Wimsey detective story. A pity not unabridged, but well performed and superbly played by Ian Carmichael. It is a tragedy that the Audible unabridged versions of the D. L. Sayers books are appallingly badly read.

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  • Mr Standfast: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 3

  • By: John Buchan
  • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Once again Brigadier General Hannay is taken from the trenches of the front line to save his country on a desperate mission. This time he must find the genius behind a vast network of spies infiltrating English pacifists and conscientious objectors. Hannay finds the man only to have him evade capture at the last moment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant -- but with blemishes

  • By PGA Eyre on 13-03-16

Wonderful Buchan

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

Reviewed: 23-07-18

Wonderful, honourable, escapist, adventure yarn. I always used to think that Greenmantle was the best but, after a fairly ponderous start, with the hero travelling Buchan style around the countryside, the pace hots up at the end to a predictable but romantic finale. My only criticism, though well read, the pronunciation of some of the French and Scottish names and words is abysmal. As for the Pytchley Hunt!! That aside though, if you enjoy John Buchan, this performance is thoroughly recommended. Pre cursor to James Bond.

  • The Grand Banks Café

  • Inspector Maigret, Book 9
  • By: Georges Simenon, David Coward Translator
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Sailors don't talk much to other men, especially not to policemen. But after Captain Fallut's body is found floating near his trawler, they all mention the Evil Eye when they speak of the Ocean's voyage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good yarn full of humanity

  • By Andrew Lyndon-Skeggs on 11-09-17

A good yarn full of humanity

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

Once again this shows that the essence of Simenon's books is not detection in the traditional sense, but detection through profound understanding of human psychology, particularly of women. Forgiving of those who trespass, dismissive of hide-bound bourgeoisie, Simenon has a pragmatic worldliness that is down to earth and reassuring. A cracking good, romantic story set against a background that Simenon himself knew so well; ships and the sea. If the world had more of Maigret's calm equilibrium and tolerance of human nature, it would be of benefit to all.

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  • Whose Body?

  • Lord Peter Wimsey: Book 1
  • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

It was the body of a tall stout man. On his dead face, a handsome pair of gold pince-nez mocked death with grotesque elegance. The body wore nothing else.Lord Peter Wimsey knew immediately what the corpse was supposed to be. His problem was to find out whose body had found its way into Mr Alfred Thipps' Battersea bathroom.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible performance

  • By Nicky on 12-04-15

Wonderful Wimsey, but oh dear the reading a disaster

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

Reviewed: 03-06-17

I am a great fan of Dorothy L Sayers books, particularly the Lord Peter Wimsey series. I was delighted to find that they have all been published, unabridged by Audio. I purchased a large part of the series and I looked forward immensely to listening to them. I started with the first, Whose Body, only to discover that it is really badly read. For a start, to have a woman's voice for the principal character, Lord Peter Wimsey, is quite wrong. But over and above, the reading is, quite simply, not good. It is banal and the accents all wrong. Oh what a tragic waste. Ian Carmichael and Edward Petheridgebare are infinitely better, but unfortunately their versions are mainly two hour abridged versions. I listen frequently to Audio books and they are, nearly all, outstanding and brilliantly read. I cannot believe, and am very disappointed that the unabridged Dorothy L Sayers Audio books have been completely ruined by a poor and inappropriate performance.

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  • Nerve

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Despair, suicide, and obsessive hatred, mixed well with humor, love, and horses, brew up into the story of a battle between one man's nerve and another man's cunning. Robert Finn, steeplechase jockey, finds himself the focus of a malicious campaign which is also afflicting his friends. He sets out to discover its source, and remove it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb description of racing

  • By Simon Evers on 25-01-09

Classic Dick Francis

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

Reviewed: 26-05-17

Classic Dick Francis and one of the best. The story may be formulaic, structured as all of the Dick Francis tales, but what an excellent and compelling story it is. I couldn't wait to find an opportunity to listen to each new episode. Recommended.

  • Greenmantle: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 2

  • By: John Buchan
  • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

The second of Richard Hannays’ adventures takes him from the trenches of the First World War on a mission of vital importance to the British campaign in the East. In an attempt to manipulate their Turkish allies the Germans have created a religious figurehead, a prophet of a new order to unify the disparate tribes of Asia and crush the allied offensive.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Peter Joyce brings Buchan to life...

  • By Lee Grant on 09-02-17

Wonderfully nostalgic; so pertinent today.

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

The best known of John Buchanan's books is the Thirty Nine Steps. The best of his novels is Greenmantle. The heroic loyalty and goo-humoured courage is of another era, but so very refreshing in today's climate. In the genre of the Clubland Heroes spanning from the Scarlet Pimpernel, to Bulldog Drummond, the Saint, James Bond and arguably George Smiley, the adventures of Richard Hannah are exhilarating, straightforward and nostalgic, filled with the hope, heroism and British values that leave us wistful in our egotistical modern age. But with all of that, Greenmantle is a great book, based on a theme that is strangely modern given the current wave of twenty-first century terrorism. A book that can be read and re-read, or listened to, many times with its wonderful array of memorable characters, including the chilling Madam Von Einem. Mad and bad she may have been, but also she was great!

  • The Hand

  • By: Georges Simenon, Linda Coverdale - Translator
  • Narrated by: Peter Brooke
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

'I had begun, God knows why, tearing a corner off of everyday truth, begun seeing myself in another kind of mirror, and now the whole of the old, more or less comfortable truth was falling to pieces.' Confident and successful, New York advertising executive Ray Sanders takes what he wants from life. When he goes missing in a snowstorm in Connecticut one evening, his closest friend begins to reassess his loyalties, gambling with Ray's fate and his own future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simenon psychology

  • By Andrew Lyndon-Skeggs on 24-11-16

Simenon psychology

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

Reviewed: 24-11-16

For many people, Simenon is Maigret and Paris. This is neither, and demonstrates the breadth of Simenon's writing and the depth of his understanding of human nature, and of women in particular. A disturbing but compelling psychological study set in America. Well read and thoroughly recommended, albeit a chilly read.

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  • An Inspector Calls (Classic Radio Theatre)

  • By: J. B. Priestley
  • Narrated by: Toby Jones, David Calder, Morven Christie
  • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367

The Birling family are spending a happy evening celebrating the engagement of Sheila Birling to Gerald Croft - a marriage that will result in the merging of two successful local businesses. Yet, just when everything seems to be going so well, they receive a surprise visit from an Inspector Goole who is investigating the suicide of a young girl.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • GCSE text

  • By Susan on 24-12-12

First rate version of an Inspector Calls

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

Reviewed: 28-05-16

It is hard not to think of the wonderful Alistair Sim production of an Inspector Calls and doubt that any other would be as good. Well this audible production though audible only, nevertheless has tremendous impact and is a compelling rendering of this mysterious and thought provoking story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful