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  • On Mardle Fen: Series 1-6

  • The Complete BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramas
  • By: Nick Warburton
  • Narrated by: full cast, Helen Longworth, John Rowe, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Trevor Peacock (The Vicar of Dibley) stars as inspired chef Warwick Hedges in this comedy drama set in an idiosyncratic restaurant in the Cambridgeshire Fens. Warwick’s son, Jack, works alongside his father, which makes him permanently anxious. They are assisted by Samuel, an earthy odd-job man 'who crawled out of the slime with the eels', and Zofia the Polish waitress. Whether hosting unusual guests, dealing with flooding, fuelling father-son rivalry or moving strange stones from the edge of the Fen to his restaurant 'at his own peril', Warwick certainly keeps Mardle Fen on its toes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • innocent escapism

  • By Mrs Elizabeth Jane Lait on 14-11-18

So Special

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

Reviewed: 29-08-18

Despite an entirely forgivable false start, this series of plays becomes one of the brightest stars of recent BBC drama, and possibly the very best. It will not disappoint; it will intrigue, delight, spook, shake to laughter or to cry, amaze, set-you-on-the-seat's-edge, endear you to characters, attract you the Cambridgeshire Fens - astound you with the writer's creativity and skill. Stunning. For those who side with Toad from the Wind in the Willows, here you will see his human counterpart in riot; outrageous AND vulnerable. I followed this series with when broadcast with greed. Atmospherically it is true to the Fens, and having stayed 3 times where it is rumoured the plays are based, it seems all perfectly credible. There are no weak links in acting, writing, or production - such well matched music too. Snap this up. Something like this does not come along every day. Become a fan of Warwick, and all at Mardle Fen (The Anchor). Riddled with goodness and value for money/credit. Enjoy.

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  • The Complete Barchester Chronicles (Dramatisation)

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey, Alex Jennings
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580

Here is a new audio edition of the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of Anthony Trollope's gently satirical tales of provincial life, available together in one download. Nearly 20 hours of ironic, witty, and wonderfully written drama is contained in this audiobook. The cast includes Anna Massey, Alex Jennings, David Haig, Rosemary Leach, Kenneth Cranham, Emma Fielding, and Brenda Blethyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Barchester comes alive!

  • By Ian Henderson on 05-06-08

Here Lies Treasure

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

Reviewed: 14-07-18

If you have a listening credit to spare, this must represent one of the best bargains on Audible. It is just under 20 hours of dramatisation by the the standout Martyn Wade. His take on Trollope never disappoints. The extensive cast is wonderful for their very many fine performances. The production values are high, as to be expected from the BBC. Trollope's satire, humour, hoots, indignations, joys, triumphs, disappointments and comeuppances are all here in a rich parade of human nature. This collection is one to come back to again and again. I am so pleased it sits in my Audible library. Spoil yourself.

  • The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire

  • The Complete Series
  • By: Rod Duncan
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
  • Length: 29 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501

The complete set of The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire trilogy, featuring The Bullet Catcher's Daughter, Unseemly Science and The Custodian of Marvels. Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life - as herself and as her brother, the private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Steampunk Adventuress rights wrongs

  • By Andrew on 23-02-18

Excellent Introduction to Steam Punk

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

Reviewed: 14-07-18

Have today completed the trilogy, both listening and reading. Found the three books a good introduction to Steam Punk, and have the next book/reading ready to go. The different take on things is refreshing. Gamma Whelan is ideally suited to voice the stories of heroine, Elizabeth. Found 'The Custodian of Marvels' marginally not quite the match of the first two volumes, but this is probably a taste issue. Best word to describe? Cinematic.

  • The Outcasts of Time

  • By: Ian Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 859
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 792

December 1348: With the country in the grip of the Black Death, brothers John and William fear that they will shortly die and go to Hell. But as the end draws near, they are given an unexpected choice: either to go home and spend their last six days in their familiar world or to search for salvation across the forthcoming centuries - living each one of their remaining days 99 years after the last. John and William choose the future and find themselves in 1447, ignorant of almost everything going on....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imaginative, thought-provoking historical fiction

  • By Kirstine on 13-10-17

Unexpectedly Good

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

Having read one of his Time Traveller's guides, and its true depth of detail, I was wary of this novel. My hesitancy was wrong and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Mortimer includes historical details, but these are subordinate to the story. The time 'road movie' device works efficiently enough and is far from clinical. The audiobook's narration is excellent, and I found myself searching Audible on his name alone. Testimony enough.

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  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,524

When nine-year-old Liesel arrives outside the boxlike house of her new foster parents at 33 Himmel Street, she refuses to get out of the car. Liesel has been separated from her parents, "Kommunists", forever, and at the burial of her little brother, she steals a gravedigger's instruction manual, which she can't read. It is the beginning of her illustrious career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen

  • By Karen on 17-05-07

Enriching, Humbling, Searing, Beautifully Read

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

Having just finished listening and reading this powerful book I need a pause before a new adventure. This book involved me and moved me in the way only genuinely good books can do. Enough has been said elsewhere about its storyline. As this is Audible, best then to focus on the narration of Allan Corduner. Simply put, perfect. And desperately moving. Corduner is at one with the book. More than this his intelligence is quick and subtle, knowing how to address anything and all. Some narrators posture, sound unknowing, un-researched. His narration is ' as natural as breathing'. Allan Corduner's narration sits along with Fenella Woolgar's of 'Life After Life'; both are exemplary.

  • Do No Harm

  • Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery
  • By: Henry Marsh
  • Narrated by: Jim Barclay
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727

What is it really like to be a brain surgeon, to hold someone's life in your hands, to drill down into the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason? In this brutally honest account, one of the country's top neurosurgeons reveals what it is to play god in life-and-death situations. Henry Marsh gives us a rare insight into the intense drama of the operating theatre and the exquisite complexity of the human brain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Brain surgeon in the 21st century nhs

  • By David on 15-07-14

Missing Coda and Narrator Take Away From Book

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

My paperback copy has an additional 13.5 pages of a Coda. To me it seems wrong that my audiobook omits this (as does the Kindle version in my family sharing). That and a tendency to gruffness and regularly exasperated tone of the narrator takes the edge off a book that any would-be doctor should be required to read. Or for that matter any health professional. A stunning book. Experience it.

  • The Essex Serpent

  • By: Sarah Perry
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 939
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 871
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 873

London 1893: When Cora Seaborne and her son Francis reach Essex, rumours spread from further up the estuary that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming lives, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist is enthralled, convinced that it may be a previously undiscovered species. As she sets out on its trail she meets William Ransome, Aldwinter's vicar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Authentic Voice

  • By Christina on 20-09-16

Not Quite

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

Reviewed: 27-02-18

Read and listened to this novel at the same time setting the speed at 1.25. Found the performer better in straight narration that in various character voices that sounded too limited for me. For this reason my rating on performance sits midway. Overall 4 stars then, and glad that I read and listened to the novel.

  • A Presumption of Death

  • By: Jill Paton Walsh, Dorothy L Sayers
  • Narrated by: Edward Petherbridge
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

In A Presumption of Death, Jill Paton Walsh tells how World War II changed the lives of Peter, Harriet and their growing family. The story opens in 1940. Harriet Vane - now Lady Peter Wimsey - has taken her children to safety in the country. But the war has followed them: glamorous RAF pilots and even more glamorous land-girls scandalise the villagers; the blackout makes the nighttime lanes as sinister as the back alleys of London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than Sayers on her own!

  • By Barbara Hembling on 07-02-17

Satisfied

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

Reviewed: 27-02-18

Thoroughly absorbed by this tale and enjoyed being enveloped in the world presented. Performance by Edward Petherbridge was ideal and, as on TV, shows himself an entirely credible Peter Wimsey. Satisfied with book and audio.

  • How to Stop Time

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,085
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,938
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,935

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to jazz age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover - working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he'd never witnessed them firsthand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb as I expected from Matt Haig

  • By Kaggy on 17-07-17

Pleased to Read It

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

Reviewed: 27-02-18

I was pleased to read and listen to this book, though it marred for me by the sense of rapid/rushed ending (William Boyd-like). Episodic, cinematic, undemanding but interesting read. Can see why film rights were 'snapped-up' so avidly.

  • Life After Life

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,894
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,708
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,689

What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale. What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing story, beautifully told.

  • By susan on 02-05-13

By Far the Best Audiobook Reading

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

Reviewed: 27-02-18

This was my first read/listen of a Kate Atkinson novel and I found it stunning. The reading/performance by Fenella Woolgar was pitch-perfect. She gave a reading that allowed the book to speak itself. There were no mannerisms that can blight a reading. Instead there was a truly sensitive understanding of the text that makes this my most favourite Audiobook to date. It is an example to all of how author, book, performer, and production come together to make something quite special.

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