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  • Phineas Redux

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 23 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

In the fourth of the ‘Palliser’ stories, Trollope follows Phineas Finn’s return to the dangerous world of Westminster politics. When his political rival is murdered, Phineas is thrown under suspicion and eventually finds himself standing trial at the Old Bailey. The situation is complicated by the presence of two women in his life: his old flame Lady Laura, whose estranged husband is determined to destroy Phineas’s reputation, and the wealthy and enigmatic widow, Madame Max.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superb

  • By Philip on 25-07-12

An excellent listen, shame about the volume fluctuations

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

I’ve absolutely loved every book in this series and Timothy West is a fabulous narrator but I do wish they’d get a consistent audio level. It doesn’t matter if you are indoors listening on an iPad or similar but in the car it drives me potty when you lose it for several sentences or longer due to a dropped voice. Maybe I just need a new car. But the plot line, the characters and the narrator are all excellent.

  • Comedy Club (Series 4)

  • By: Danielle Ward, Bobby Mair, Archie Maddocks, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36

Welcome to Audible's finest Comedy Club. In this fourth series of live showcases, stand by for more full length stand-up sets by both established stars and emerging newcomers of the comedy scene. This series features performances from: writer, creator and all round comedy hero Danielle Ward; the unhinged and hilarious Bobby Mair; antipodean comedy legend Dai Henwood; pithy and smart Peter Brush; and the instantly likeable Archie Maddocks.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Apparently . . .

  • By Simon on 01-04-19

Appalling

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

Reviewed: 22-03-19

What a turn-off from the first opening address. If you cannot be funny without using the F word and C word frequently then you are just not funny and should find another job.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Citadel

  • By: Kate Mosse
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 26 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 339
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 332

From the No.1 internationally bestselling author comes the third heart-stopping adventure exploring the incredible history, legends and hidden secrets of Carcassonne and the Languedoc. Set during World War II in the far south of France, Citadel is a powerful, action-packed mystery that reveals the secrets of the resistance under Nazi occupation. While war blazed in the trenches at the front, back at home a different battle is waged, full of clandestine bravery, treachery and secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Michelle on 04-12-12

Relentlessly gloomy, too long

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

Reviewed: 18-10-18

The narrator should have been coached on how to pronounce the French words, names, places and phrases - the constant awful pronunciation was irritating and detracted from an otherwise ok rendition. The story needed to be half as long and would then have been twice as interesting. I liked the supernatural element because it relieved the unremitting sourness of the rest of the story. I would never have got past the first two chapters had this not been our book club book. I am not tempted to try any more Kate Moses on the basis of this one.

  • Swallows and Amazons

  • Swallows and Amazons Series, Book 1
  • By: Arthur Ransome
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512

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 twelve 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nostalgic children's adventures

  • By Lou on 27-01-14

An Adverb Free Zone!

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

I had to think about what it was that made this book unexpectedly plain fare and I realised that it is weirdly devoid of adjectives or adverbs! Not necessarily a bad thing I might add, but it makes it different. I missed this series as a child for some reason. I am sure my appreciation of it as an adult is totally different from that of its young readers. I did enjoy it for its description of such fabulous freedom and easy friendships and the sheer force of imagination of the child characters. I also learnt a bit about sailing! I will be catching up on the rest of the series now I have discovered it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • What Does This Button Do?

  • By: Bruce Dickinson
  • Narrated by: Bruce Dickinson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,112
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031

Pioneers of Britain's nascent rock and metal scene back in the late 1970s, Iron Maiden smashed its way to the top, thanks in no small part to the high-octane performances, operatic singing style and stage presence of its second but twice-longest-serving lead singer, Bruce Dickinson. As Iron Maiden's front man - first from 1981 to 1993, and then from 1999 to the present - Dickinson has been, and remains, a man of legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scream for me Audible

  • By Neil Pardoe on 19-10-17

So glad I listened to this!

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

There was nothing to suggest that I would like this book but the chaps in my household are great admirers of this gentleman both for his music and for his flying exploits so I gave it a try. It was absolutely brilliant! He has had a very interesting life indeed and he writes about it very engagingly. Just a teeny weeny little bit of megalomania maybe when he tells of having finally made it to world celeb status (I could not have told you his name personally before reading this book!) but i found 99% of it very listenable. And I'm old and grumpy and don't like loud music :)

  • The Cows

  • By: Dawn O'Porter
  • Narrated by: Dawn O'Porter, Karen Cass, Laura Kirman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,384

The Cows is a powerful novel about three women. In all the noise of modern life, each needs to find her own voice. It's about friendship and being female. It's bold and brilliant. It's searingly perceptive. It's about never following the herd. And everyone is going to be talking about it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Hippynat on 24-05-17

Surprised I enjoyed this book!

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

This was not a promising book for me, as there is not a lot of modern fiction that impresses me, I do not like swearing, and probably due to my advanced age I do not particularly revel in discussing sexual matters. Having said all of which, I think this book was enjoyable, very well-written and communicated the dilemmas, feelings and lives of its main characters very well indeed. I forgave it the liberal use of bad language as I do appreciate that it has its place and the context carried it off. There were one or two elements that were a bit difficult to accept such as the public revelation of Camilla's condition, the use by Stella of her "public" work email address for her nefarious purposes and the forwarding of Stella's fatal email by Camilla - I found these slightly irritating as none of them is likely to have occurred, but then these things were all needed to knit the plot together and the story was otherwise beautifully constructed. Let's face it - the ending was what we all hoped which may be a bit cheesy but after you have suffered so much with these characters through the development of the plot you really do deserve the gift of a satisfying ending! I did not always admire the feminist outpourings as they were sometimes a little trite and less than fully thought out but since they fitted the character who was responsible for them I tried not to examine the quality of the philosophy too closely. The book did deal with some very genuine women's issues and some very human ones. I found the examination of female friendships particularly fascinating, touching and well done.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • 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 643
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474

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

Delightful from beginning to end

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

Reviewed: 24-07-18

A superb narration by Timothy West, and the usual ponderous, deep attention to human motivations by Trollope with a satisfying ending if perhaps a touch predictable. Thoroughly enjoyable and whilst I was a little apprehensive about the description of this as his darkest novel , there was nothing especially surprising in it and no doubt it reflects pretty much “the way we live now”!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Small House at Allington

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 22 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

The Small House at Allington introduces Trollope's charming heroine, Lily Dale, to the Barsetshire scene. Lily is the niece of Squire Dale, an embittered old bachelor living in the main house on his property at Allington. He has loaned an adjacent small house rent free to his widowed sister-in-law and her daughters, Lily and Bell. But the relations between the two houses are strained, affecting the romantic entanglements of the girls.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Oh for a better reading

  • By Philadelphus on 01-03-08

Superb

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

Reviewed: 30-06-18

An excellent narration for this charming story. Evoked the characters and action beautifully and I was sorry when it finished. As usual Trollope’s minute observation of human nature and motivations makes this a story into which you can fall absolutely.

Pigs Have Wings
    
    
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        Jeremy Sinden
    
    


    
    Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
    15 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • Pigs Have Wings

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Sinden
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Clarence, ninth Earl of Emsworth, has good health, a large income, and a first-class ancestral home with gravel soil and rolling parkland. But these blessings count for nothing in the presence of a certain Sir Gregory Parsloe; Lord Emsworth is convinced he has evil designs on his pre-eminent pig, Empress of Blandings. It is fortunate for Lord Emsworth that there is at least one member of the family upon whom he can rely: The Hon. Galahad Threepwood is at hand.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Impossible

  • By Isobel on 13-04-18

Impossible

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

Reviewed: 13-04-18

What disappointed you about Pigs Have Wings?
The recording makes it impossible to appreciate it. It is too quiet and utterly muffled. Total wast of money.

Has Pigs Have Wings put you off other books in this genre?
No

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jeremy Sinden?
I like Mr Sinden when I can actually hear him

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Pigs Have Wings?
It needs Re-recording

Any additional comments?
A write-off

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Diary of a Bookseller

  • By: Shaun Bythell
  • Narrated by: Robin Laing
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 847
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 852

Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. In these wry and hilarious diaries, Shaun provides an inside look at the trials and tribulations of life in the book trade, from struggles with eccentric customers to wrangles with his own staff. He takes us with him on buying trips to old estates and auction houses, recommends books and evokes the rhythms and charms of small-town life, always with a sharp and sympathetic eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gentle pleasure

  • By Flint on 11-12-17

Slightly unpleasant.

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

The most disappointing thing about this book is the mean-spiritedness of the author. He is carping, snobbish, disparaging, judgmental and ungracious about the people who keep him in his business. If he doesn't like rubbing shoulders with people less intellectual, less educated or less well-dressed than himself or with different perspectives from his own then I think he should give up his shop and employ himself somewhere well away from his fellow man. He can't bear people who stand in his door ways, he laughs at someone whose trousers are made out of inferior material, he makes offensive comments about the way someone smells, he parodies the voice of an elderly lady who appears to be good enough to place regular orders with him, he takes care not to pay more than he must for a consignment of second hand books yet rants incessantly about people who ask for a discount when they buy several books from him - does it ever occur to him that some people are harder up than he is? I get the stuff about Amazon depressing the business of the local bookseller and sympathise but the upside is that people can buy a book without getting laughed at, made to feel stupid or made to feel in the way. Great reading by Robin Laing, but that was the only good thing about this audiobook.

52 of 66 people found this review helpful