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  • Pigeon Post

  • Swallows and Amazons Series, Book 6
  • By: Arthur Ransome
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 97

For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Originally published over a half-century ago, the 12 books are still eagerly read by children and adults alike - by all those captivated by the world of adventure and imagination. Such longevity is not only due to Ransome’s unparalleled gift of storytelling, but also his championing of qualities such as independence and initiative; virtues that appeal to every generation, whether young or old.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book. Awful narration.

  • By Kit on 16-08-18

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 22-06-15

I love this series. Tales of a bygone era where children could roam free just being kids

  • The Shadow of the Wind

  • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563

Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the 'cemetery of lost books', a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out 'La Sombra del Viento' by Julian Carax. But as he grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By MRS LESLEY J E MACLEAN on 23-12-12

A great listen

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

Reviewed: 02-12-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Shadow of the Wind to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version but the audio was well read and engaging. I would recommend it.

What about Daniel Philpott’s performance did you like?

The book can be a little slow paced but Philpott kept things moving and there was good continuity.

Any additional comments?

A friend recommended this book years ago and I've only just got round to listening. Why did I wait? I listened from start to finish in one weekend and resented every minute I had to unplug my earphones.

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