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  • The Happy Return

  • By: C. S. Forester
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

Horatio Hornblower sails South American waters and comes face to face with a mad revolutionary in a novel that ripples with risk and gripping adventure. Throughout his escapades, Forester's hero remains resourceful and courageous.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good audiobook brought to life by Christian Rodska

  • By A on 27-09-13

RIp roaring adventures on the high seas!

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

Reviewed: 19-09-18

I have been a fan of the Hornblower books since I was a teenager, and they are still as fresh and exciting as they ever were. Christian Rodska reads them beautifully, using the naval terms easily, conveying the excitement and the tension of the dramatic passages of action, but also communicating the internal struggles of our moody hero. His reading of them brings them to life and I would recommend them to anyone.

  • Lady of Quality

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Eve Matheson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

When spirited, independent Miss Annis Wynchwood embroils herself in the affairs of a runaway heiress, she is destined to see a good deal of Mr Carleton, Lucilla's uncivil and high-handed guardian. And, chafing at the restrictions of Bath society, Annis has to admit that at least Mr Oliver Carleton is never boring.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Irritating Leading Man

  • By SarahC on 06-01-15

Mixed feelings

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

Reviewed: 13-09-18

The story is classic Heyer: a spirited heroine, an unconventional hero, and plenty of beautifully drawn supporting characters to fill out the picture.

I bought the book and continue to listen to it because I like the story.

However, I am not a fan of Ms Matheson. Her voice is too often shrill, especially when dealing a with a female character in an emotional state. She does not always select the correct voice for a particular character either, especially when there is a spirited and fast moving interchange. Perhaps this last criticism is harsh, but it does spoil some scenes for me. I have to be in a positive frame of mind to bear listening to this, whereas listening to Phyllida Nash read Heyer can put me into a great frame of mind no matter where I started. Richard Armitage could read a grocery list and I would be enthralled, I regret that his performances are of abridged versions of the Heyer novels.
Please can we have more of the Heyer novels made available on Audible, unabridged, and with top quality performers. For instance, I love These Old Shades but will not buy the version currently available because it is abridged and the performance is dire in the short clip one can listen to.
Audible, I doubt if I am the only Heyer fan waiting for some new performances to become available!

  • Venetia

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

Venetia Lanyon, beautiful, intelligent and independent, lives in comfortable seclusion in rural Yorkshire with her precocious brother Aubrey. Her future seems safe and predictable: Either marriage to the respectable but dull Edward Yardley, or a life of peaceful spinsterhood. But when she meets the dashing, dangerous rake Lord Damerel, her well-ordered life is turned upside down, and she embarks upon a relationship with him that scandalizes and horrifies the whole community. Has she found her soul mate, or is she playing with fire?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great read!

  • By Marjo on 02-06-14

Delightful!

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

Venetia has been one of my favourite Heyer's since I was a teenager. I have had a different audio version for years, which I have thoroughly enjoyed except that it was abridged. I finally spent a much valued credit on this unabridged version. No regrets.
Phyllida Nash reads Heyer beautifully. She has a wonderful range of voices for all the characters, including the males. She manages to convey laughter in her tones at exactly the right time too. Her light touch brings out all the humour, and the whole story comes to life.
Since Audible seems to be producing new recordings of Heyer to replace outdated versions, I hope there could be new recordings of "These Old Shades", "Devil's Cub", and "Frederica", to name a few. The narration on those available at present is so bad I will not buy them. I am sure Phyllida Nash would read them delightfully.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Hanging Tree

  • Rivers of London, Book 6
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,028
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,828

Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant or the Folly, even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But Lady Ty's daughter was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favour. Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the house and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant we're talking about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As usual, a great read.

  • By Justine on 12-12-16

Left hanging?

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

Reviewed: 27-11-16

The book started very well and felt as if it would return the the excellent form of the earlier books in the series. I enjoyed the humour and the mix of characters. However, the ending is such a disappointment. It felt as if it had been finished for a particular deadline, rather than being brought to a proper conclusion in its own right. I can appreciate that certain threads of the story have to be left so that they can be picked up in the next book, but everything was rushed, bundled up in a most unsatisfactory way. I shall undoubtedly read the next one when it appears, but with less of the pleasurable anticipation with which I awaited this one. Perhaps the next should be the last.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933

On 14th June, 2007, the King of Sweden disappears. In 1994 South Africa dismantles six missiles developed during its brief nuclear weapons programme. In 1961 Nombeko Mayeki is born in a Soweto shack. Seemingly destined for a life nasty, brutish and short, her path takes an entirely unpredictable turn. Because really this story is all about the seventh South African missile - the one that was never supposed to have existed. The one that Nombeko knows far too much about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Intellectual Laugh-out-loud Read!!

  • By Lulu on 03-12-15

Delightfully funny

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

Reviewed: 28-03-16

The story is complex because the time period it spans is extensive, it is set in South Africa and Sweden, and some Chinese and Israelis play vital roles. The humour starts in the opening scene and pervades the whole piece. I could not stop listening and was laughing aloud at times. Even when parts of the plot become inevitable, the way the story is told kept me enthralled. If your interests include international politics of the twentieth century, the seemingly endless capacity for stupidity of people, and serendipitous events, you will enjoy this. The oddities of people are beautifully observed and the eponymous heroine is charming, highly intelligent and great fun to get to know.

  • 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 6,693
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,219

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

Unstoppable

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

Reviewed: 09-11-15

I could not tear myself away: complex, gruesome in places, and had me holding my breath at times. The third novel in the series is the best so far.

  • Bath Tangle

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Sian Phillips
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

The Earl of Spenborough has always been noted for his eccentricity. Leaving a widow younger than his own daughter Serena is one thing, but quite another is leaving Serena's fortune to the trusteeship of the Marquis of Rotherham -- a man whom Serena once jilted and who now has the power to give or withhold his consent to any marriage she might contemplate. When Serena and her lovely young stepmother Fanny decide to move to Bath, Serena makes an odd new friend and discovers an old love, Major Hector Kirkby.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely reading

  • By Caroline on 25-07-09

Great fun!

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

Reviewed: 22-08-15

This is typical Heyer, though one with a more mature hero and heroine than some. It is beautifully read by Ms Phillips, who captures the humour so well. It had me laughing out loud, especially towards the end.

  • The Eyre Affair

  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Kruger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419

There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where the Crimean war still rages, dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is deeply disappointed by the ending of 'Jane Eyre'. In this world there are no jet-liners or computers, but there are policemen who can travel across time, a Welsh republic, a great interest in all things literary - and a woman called Thursday Next. In this utterly original and wonderfully funny first novel, Fforde has created a fiesty, loveable heroine and a plot of such richness and ingenuity that it will take your breath away.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Audio problems mar an otherwise entertaining read

  • By Charles on 06-06-13

Great Fun!

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

Reviewed: 24-07-15

The story moves along at a great pace with never a dull moment. The plot is clever and the dialogue witty. The narrator is excellent too. I have already purchased the next in the series in order to discover what happens to Thursday Next.

  • Frederica

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Clifford Norgate
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

Rich and handsome, the hope of ambitious mothers and despair of his sisters, the Marquis of Alverstoke sees no reason to put himself out for anyone. But when a distant connection applies to him for help, he finds himself far from bored.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Fun

  • By Maureen on 18-07-11

Oh dear!

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

Reviewed: 30-01-15

This is a witty, humorous and highly entertaining story ruined by the narration. Alverstoke sounds as if he is in his sixties. Frederica has always been one of my favourite Heyer's, but I can hardly bear to listen to this version. To be fair, most of the other characters are fine, but having a hero who sounds old enough to be the heroine's father is inappropriate. He is supposed to be in his thirties.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Les Miserables

  • By: Victor Hugo
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 57 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 163

Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A slog but well worth it.

  • By Alan on 07-06-11

Epic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

I have not seen the musical or the film. I doubt if I would have picked up the book to read, simply because of the time required to read it, but I have no regrets at all about having bought the full audiobook. Yes, there are some lengthy digressions, and I did wonder about the relevance of the history of the many convents of Paris, but was engrossed by the description of the Battle of Waterloo, and the journey through the sewers of Paris. I wished on a number of occasions that I could see a map of Paris as it was at the time, so that I could follow the footsteps of the characters with greater understanding. This was incredibly good value for one credit and I recommend it highly.