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  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,311
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197

From the Orange Prize-winning, internationally best-selling author of The Song of Achilles comes the powerful story of the mythological witch Circe, inspired by Homer's Odyssey. In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By madeleine davitt on 06-05-18

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 05-03-19

I was not that keen on Song of Achilles but this is outstanding. Highly recommended.

  • The Complete George Smiley Radio Dramas

  • BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: full cast, Simon Russell Beale
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,452
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,303

The complete collection of acclaimed BBC Radio dramas based on John le Carré's best-selling novels, starring Simon Russell Beale as George Smiley. With a star cast including Kenneth Cranham, Eleanor Bron, Brian Cox, Ian MacDiarmid, Anna Chancellor, Hugh Bonneville and Lindsay Duncan, these enthralling dramatisations perfectly capture the atmosphere of le Carré's taut, thrilling spy novels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent series

  • By Chill on 29-06-16

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 26-09-16

Great series of dramatisations. Excellent cast, classic cold war spy tales. Hugely enjoyable. Highly recommend

  • Barkskins

  • By: Annie Proulx
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 25 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

From Annie Proulx, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain, comes her masterpiece, 10 years in the writing - an epic, dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic novel about taming the wilderness and destroying the forest, set over three centuries. In the late 17th century, two illiterate woodsmen, Rene Sel and Charles Duquet, make their way from Northern France to New France to seek a living.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very detailed story, but couldn't finish

  • By Scotch-writer on 24-12-16

Epic & intriguing

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

Reviewed: 02-08-16

Great book, flawless performance. Combines family history with ecology & the changes over centuries. Recommended.

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  • SPQR

  • A History of Ancient Rome
  • By: Mary Beard
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,459

Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the rape of Lucretia - still strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil liberty today. SPQR is a new look at Roman history from one of the world's foremost classicists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and erudite

  • By Mr. D on 01-12-15

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 02-06-16

Knew very little actual *facts* about the Roman empire but this warm, discursive book was a joy.

  • A Little Life

  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is an immensely powerful and heartbreaking novel of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance. When four graduates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success and pride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply disturbing and yet i couldn't stop reading

  • By Jenny on 05-01-16

Outstanding.

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

Reviewed: 09-05-16

I don't usually read (listen to) books with almost entirely male protagonists - but this is exceptional. Heart-rending, searing study of male friendship, love & partnership. One of the best portrayals of the life long impact of abuse.

  • Wives and Daughters

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Prunella Scales
  • Length: 25 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258

Molly Gibson, the only daughter of a widowed doctor in the small provincial town of Hollingford, lost her mother when she was a child. Her father remarries wanting to give Molly the woman's presence he feels she lacks. To Molly, any stepmother would have been a shock, but the new Mrs. Gibson is a self-absorbed, petty widow, and Molly's unhappiness is compounded by the realisation that her father has come to regret his second marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb characterisation by a first class reader

  • By Philadelphus on 01-06-07

Heartbreakingly lovely

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

Delightful. Well crafted and complex characterisations. Highly recommended. Had no idea it was unfinished. Brilliant.

  • The Way We Live Now

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468

In this world of bribes, vendettas, and swindling, in which heiresses are gambled and won, Trollope's characters embody all the vices: Lady Carbury is 'false from head to foot'; her son Felix has 'the instincts of a horse, not approaching the higher sympathies of a dog'; and Melmotte - the colossal figure who dominates the book - is a 'horrid, big, rich scoundrel...a bloated swindler...a vile city ruffian'. But as vile as he is, he is considered one of Trollope's greatest creations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! Fantastic!

  • By Sharon on 15-11-09

Superb narration

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

Reviewed: 25-03-15

Classic story, brilliantly read. Great characters and social /political comedy.
Highly recommended - my first Trollope but definitely not my last.

  • Anna Karenina

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Judy Franklin
  • Length: 35 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

It tells of the love affair between Anna and Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century Russia, faith is challenged, bonds are broken, love dies and is reborn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By James on 10-07-10

Long but satisfying

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

Reviewed: 10-02-15

Slightly old fashioned narration style but good differentiation between the characters. Good for long journeys.