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  • Jamaica Inn

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 913
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912

Jamaica Inn stands alone on Bodmin Moor, stark and forbidding, its walls tainted with corruption. Young Mary Yellon soon learns of her uncle Joss Merlyn's strange trade here. But does he deal in blacker secrets still?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A grand story..narration not so grand

  • By Jeremy P. James on 24-08-11

Narration lets this down.

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

Reviewed: 23-03-18

I went ahead and listened to this despite the reviews about poor narration. They were right! But I did listen through to the end.

  • The Green Road

  • By: Anne Enright
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 187

A darkly glinting novel set on Ireland’s Atlantic coast, The Green Road is a story of fracture and family, selfishness and compassion - a book about the gaps in the human heart and how we learn to fill them. The children of Rosaleen Madigan leave the west of Ireland for lives they never could have imagined in Dublin, New York and various third-world towns. In her early old age, their difficult, wonderful mother announces that she’s decided to sell the house and divide the proceeds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Family Gathering

  • By Sharon on 23-08-15

Fantastic narration

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

Reviewed: 14-09-17

I thought the narration was one of the best II've heard. Great characterisations and accents.

The book is told from the pout of views of five different family members and their separate lives. So when listening to the audio version this can get confusing, as as one chapter is 3 hour long and often it doesn't tell you it's switched to another character's voice! I missed being able to leaf back through a book to remind of who's who when a character returns later in the book.

  • Ireland

  • A Novel
  • By: Frank Delaney
  • Narrated by: Frank Delaney
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Ireland travels through the centuries by way of story after story, from the savage grip of the Ice Age to the green and troubled land of tourist brochures and news headlines. Along the way, we meet foolish kings and innocent monks, god-heroes and great works of art, shrewd Norman raiders and envoys from Rome, leaders, poets, and lovers. Each illuminates the magic of Ireland, the power of England, and the eternal connection to the land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Story

  • By George on 28-08-06

Lends itself very well to an oral rendition

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

Reviewed: 20-02-15

It was better than expected, as I've recently listened to some books that didn't work well in the audio version, for example, Life of Pi, which I found too rambling to follow.

This story is about a storyteller and is beautifully told and narrated by the author. Contrary to the
impression the book cover gives, it's a simple and very human tale that gently guides you through thousands of years of Irish history.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Dark-Adapted Eye

  • By: Barbara Vine
  • Narrated by: Harriet Walter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Like most families, they had their secrets...and they hid them under a genteelly respectable veneer. No onlooker would guess that prim Vera Hillyard and her beautiful, adored younger sister, Eden, were locked in a dark and bitter combat over one of those secrets. England in the '50s was not kind to women who erred, so they had to use every means necessary to keep the truth hidden behind closed doors - even murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling exposure of a family’s secrets

  • By Kirstine on 06-07-15

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-14

If you could sum up A Dark-Adapted Eye in three words, what would they be?

This book is often rated as Ruth Rendell's best, and I agree. It's so much more than a crime novel; and Ruth Rendell is so much more than a crime writer. It's not for nothing Jeanette Winterson calls her mother.
Having read the preview, I did hesitate, as I wondered whether it would be too unsettling at night going to sleep listening to the 'voice' of a victim/ criminal without Inspector Wexford as a sane, down-to-earth intermediary, but it wasn't the case at all. The narrator of the story is an ingenue, and it was performed wonderfully by Harriet Walter.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

  • By: Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 470

In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she's a 17-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in 'Elsewhere', she has never understood Brimstone's dark work - buying teeth from hunters and murderers - nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn't whole.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ASTONISHING

  • By @Scattered_Laura on 11-10-11

A mistake

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

Reviewed: 10-08-14

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I gave up on this book about 1 hour in. Just not my thing. It seems to be aimed at teenage girl readers -- which I didn't realise from reading the reviews on here and the book blurb. It was actually positive Audible reviews urging me to read it that made me pick it. I wish I'd checked to see what else these people rated first!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sepulchre

  • By: Kate Mosse
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Researching a biography of the composer Claude Debussy in the apparent tranquility of the Pyrenean foothills, Meredith Marin also seeks the key to her own complex legacy. Armed with a haunting piece of piano music and a sepia photograph, she soon becomes immersed in the story of a tragic love, a missing girl, an unquiet soul, and the strange events of one cataclysmic night more than a century ago.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Narration

  • By PinkMilk on 20-12-07

The narrator's syrupy, girlish tone ruined this

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

Reviewed: 04-03-14

If you could sum up Sepulchre in three words, what would they be?

The narrator affected a girlish voice which grated with me -- does she know the audience that Kate Mosse writes for?

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Lorelei King?

Lorelei King is capable of a different voice -- I've heard her in radio plays.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,399

My name is Peter Grant, and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

Poor narration put me off

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

Reviewed: 04-03-14

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

I gave up about a third of the way through -- which was the first time I'd ever done that with an audio book. I couldn't stand the poor diction and the cool disinterested tone of the narrator. I didn't take to the story either -- though might try reading the book instead.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s performances?

No

  • Hothouse Flower

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Beth Chalmers
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

As a child, Julia Forrester spent many idyllic hours in the hothouse of Wharton Park estate, where her grandfather tended the exotic flowers. So when a family tragedy strikes, Julia returns to the tranquility of Wharton Park and its hothouse. Recently inherited by charismatic Kit Crawford, the estate is undergoing renovation. This leads to the discovery of an old diary, prompting the pair to seek out Julia's grandmother to learn the truth behind a love affair that almost destroyed Wharton Park.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such variety - real escapism

  • By Karen on 26-02-12

Hothouse Flower

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-02-12

This is a sweet and romantic story.

I do not recommend listening to this book in this unabridged 18 hour version. The plot is not a dense one and does not merit such a long narrative. It bored me and I longed to be able to skip forward through pages like you can with a book. I worked out the big denouement of the plot very early on and hung on in the anticipation that I might be wrong. I wasn't. There was one minor surprise in the plot, and the end was hard to believe, but the main plot was very predictable.
I found Beth Chalmers' narration a bit tedious, as she gave many of the characters the same nasally posh voice.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Wolf Hall

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and later his successor. Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged Version!

  • By J. Smith on 04-01-19

Excellent narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-11

The delivery by Downton Abbey star, Dan Stevens, was excellent. He managed to differentiate between all the characters so well.
The script was very lively, with lots of speech. I found it too closely edited, at times, and spent too much time rewinding to try and clarify the meaning. For example, many times the narrator said, "He arrived.." or "He said", etc, and it was not clear who the 'he' referred to was. It would have taken up little extra spoken time to say 'Cromwell' or 'Henry' arrived. Apart from that it was great

3 of 6 people found this review helpful