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  • The Wings of the Dove

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: Flo Gibson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

The beautiful Milly Theale, an American heiress suffering from an incurable disease, searches for happiness in Europe, where she is exposed to romance, artifice, and calculating duplicity.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • poor quality sound

  • By kerrymay on 07-10-13

poor quality sound

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

Reviewed: 07-10-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Have found more than once that when purchasing older titles which have been recorded for playback on cassette they are poor quality when using digital playback. This was distracting and in places unsuitable for listening to in the car

Would you be willing to try another book from Henry James? Why or why not?

Have listened to several

Would you listen to another book narrated by Flo Gibson?

yes

If this book were a film would you go see it?

yes

  • Bring Up the Bodies

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,392

By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith's son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church. In Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Maddy on 02-06-12

Times change people don't

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-12

I think this old adage is the reason this book, and Wolf Hall works so well. I genuinely felt as though I had spent a couple of weeks in the 16th century by the end of this book. The execution scene was one of the most poignant I had ever read.

  • Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

  • By: Jeanette Winterson
  • Narrated by: Jeanette Winterson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374

When Jeanette Winterson left home at 16 because she was in love with a woman, Mrs. Winterson asked her: "Why be happy when you could be normal?" This book is the story of a life's work to find happiness. It is the story of how the painful past returned to haunt Jeanette's later life, and send her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her real mother. It is also a book about other people's stories, showing how fiction and poetry can form a string of guiding lights, a life raft which supports us when we are sinking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oranges Is Not The Only Book

  • By Blake's Tyger on 23-12-12

Genuine writer/reader

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-12

I loved listening to Jeanette telling her own story. She has a really interesting regional accent mixed with a more southern clipped vowels. I would say that there was a heavier emphasis on philosophy and a lot more musing - if you're expecting a 'what happened next' you will be disappointed.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Brixton Beach

  • By: Roma Tearne
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Strevens
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Opening dramatically with the horrors of the 2005 London bombings, this is the profoundly moving story of a country on the brink of civil war and a child's struggle to come to terms with loss.London. On a bright July morning a series of bombs bring the capital to a halt. Simon Swann, a medic from one of the large teaching hospitals, is searching frantically amongst the chaos and the rubble.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Splendid naration

  • By jane joensen on 22-06-14

Inescapable carnage

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-12

Didn't enjoy this book anywhere near as much as 'The Swimmer'. However, it was stylishly written and the characters were believable. Loved the contrast between the beauty of Sri Lanka and the dreary portrayal of 70's London

  • The Warden

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

The first novel of six in Trollope's series of the Chronicles of Barsetshire introducing the fictional cathedral town of Barchester and the characters of Septimus Harding, the Warden, and his son-in-law Archdeacon Grantly. The Warden concerns the moral dilemma of the conscientious Reverend Septimus Harding, who finds himself at the centre of a bitter conflict between defenders of Church privilege and the reformers of the mid-Victorian period.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delight

  • By Ben on 08-10-09

Beautiful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-12

The combination of Timothy West and Trollope has got to be my very favourite Audible experience.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan

  • By: Alan Partridge
  • Narrated by: Alan Partridge
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,872
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,435

Journalist, presenter, broadcaster, husband, father, vigorous all-rounder – Alan Partridge – a man with a fascinating past and an amazing future. Gregarious and popular, yet Alan’s never happier than when relaxing in his own five-bedroom, south-built house with three acres of land and access to a private stream. But who is this mysterious enigma? Alan Gordon Partridge is the best – and best-loved – radio presenter in the region. Born into a changing world of rationing, Teddy Boys, apes in space and the launch of ITV, Alan’s broadcasting career began as chief DJ of Radio Smile....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You get what you pay for

  • By Ico on 06-10-11

Very funny but in short doses

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-12

I never thought I could get weary of Alan's antics but found that I could only take about 20 minutes at a time. I think this is one to dip into. Some bits did make me laugh out loud despite being in hospital.

  • The Old Curiosity Shop

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

Provoking an unprecedented outpouring of public grief when it was first published, it follows the story of Little Nell and her feckless grandfather. Forced to leave their magical shop of curiosities in London, they are pursued across the English countryside by the grotesquely evil dwarf Quilp. They escape - but at what cost?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good old Charlie!

  • By Moominmamma on 17-08-13

Great reader but not my favourite Dickens

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-12

The reader was brilliant, especially his portrayal of Quilp. However, this was not my favourite Dickens. I can usually put aside minor irritations as conventions of the era but I found the saintliness of Nell began to grate after a while. Also, the fact that she was always referred to as 'the child'.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Blade Runner

  • Originally published as Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655

It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill. Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignment: find them and then..."retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Why the title?

  • By Mr. G. J. Walker on 10-11-09

Droning voice matched droning narrative

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-12

I felt that the reading matched the style of the voice perfectly i.e. world-weary narrator, inescapable doom.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • 11.22.63

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,000

What if you could go back in time and change the course of history?11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless.... King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill who becomes the love of Jake's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Return to top form

  • By John on 14-12-11

Brilliantly paced

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-11

Really enjoyed a trip back to 1963. Love story meets time travel - plausible ending which was a also a real weepy. Really good reading. I'm always really impressed by actors who manage to give every single character a different voice.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bleak House

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Hugh Dickson
  • Length: 37 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

The case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce has ground its way through the courts for generations. At its heart are Ada Clare and Richard Carstone, who find love - and terrible loss - through their involvement in the endless battle. Meanwhile, her friend Esther Summeson, who believes she is an orphan, gradually discovers the truth of her identity. The court case throws out a web ensnaring all who come near it, including Lady Dedlock, the menacing lawyer Tulkingham, detective Bucket and tragic little waif Jo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bleak House far from bleak

  • By Jane on 23-04-09

Mesmerising

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-11

The brilliant reading really brought this to life. An audible book read by an actor really adds to Dickens