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  • David Attenborough's Life Stories

  • By: David Attenborough
  • Narrated by: David Attenborough
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 144

One of the nation's most popular presenters examines twenty marvels of the natural world from his extraordinary and pioneering experiences. What was Sir David's first pet? Which animal would he most like to be? What creature lays 'the biggest egg in the world'? How do you communicate with an ancient nomadic community in Fiji? And what did Sir David do when confronted by a ten-foot-long reptile?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Attenborough's a hit once again...

  • By Wil on 14-12-09

Soothing

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

Reviewed: 23-10-18

A national treasure and hero, but also a calming voice to fall asleep to. I've played it every night for three days straight. And I've used it in the past. But it's also worth staying awake to. You learn fascinating things about Attenborough, including his cheeky side.

  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,887
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,663

The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kallgren lowers the rating

  • By Amazon Customer on 15-05-16

Kallgren lowers the rating

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

Reviewed: 15-05-16

They need to stop using her for English women. It's uncomfortable to listen to and such a shame as I love this book and the rest of the cast do so well. I toyed with giving up, as I have done with previous books she's narrated, but Cumming and Curry are just so good. Really is a shame about Kallgren, I'm sure she's a great narrator when tackling accents closer to her own. But these are just so painfully forced.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • A Murder of Quality

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 603

George Smiley is one of the most brilliantly realised characters in British fiction. Bespectacled, tubby, eternally middle-aged, and deceptively ordinary, he has a mind like a steel trap and is said to possess 'the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin'. Miss Ailsa Brimley is in a quandary. She's received a peculiar letter from Mrs Stella Rode, saying that she fears her husband – an assistant master at Carne School - is trying to kill her. Reluctant to go to the police, Miss Brimley calls upon her old wartime colleague, George Smiley.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for any connoisseur of Le. Carre

  • By Mr. H. Watson on 15-08-16

Good

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

Reviewed: 05-08-15

Great writing and Narration, but the plot is a little less exciting than the previous book!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Warhorses of Letters Complete Series
    
    
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        Robert Hudson,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
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        Stephen Fry,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Daniel Rigby,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
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    Length: 54 mins
    55 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • Warhorses of Letters Complete Series

  • By: Robert Hudson, Marie Phillips
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry, Daniel Rigby, Tamsin Greig
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Deep in the British Library tucked into the slipcover of a book on the history of Blenheim Palace a packet of extraordinary letters has been discovered. "Dear Marengo brackets Napoleon's horse close brackets, I've never written a letter like this before…. "Thus begins the first passionate letter from Copenhagen, the Duke of Wellington's horse, to his hero Marengo in this epistolary equine love story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh My Horsey God!

  • By Jane on 13-04-13

Warhorses of Letters

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Very strange and beautifully done. The standard of acting is impeccable and the story has a good flow. The characterisation comes out very well, not just through the writing but the voices. And everything is explained for us non-horse folk :)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The War of the Worlds

  • Classic Radio Sci-Fi (Dramatised)
  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Paul Daneman, Martin Jarvis, Peter Sallis, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

When a Martian spacecraft lands on Woking Common, mankind is terrorised by aliens in tall, armoured capsules which stalk the countryside on three legs. The machines wreak havoc on London and the Southern Counties, and survivors are driven underground. Scientist John Nicholson (Paul Daneman) tells how he was plunged into a paralysing nightmare of stark terror, savage madness and utter destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Ian Kershaw on 15-02-07

War of the Worlds

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

I might be a little biased as this is one of my favourite stories. It's a great adaptation, I much prefer it to the Orson Welles (although the idea was very interesting, this is just easier to follow and far more gripping in terms of sitting back and relaxing with some entertainment). I listened to a chapter a night before bed and it certainly gave me chills. Some great acting and the sound effects are marvellous.



I felt very involved in the plot, wanted to scream at certain characters. I've listened to it over about three times.



It's great whether or not you know the original or any of the other versions. The story follow a good plot at a great, easy pace and is never dull.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dress to Kill

  • By: Eddie Izzard
  • Narrated by: Eddie Izzard
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Recorded at the modestly sized West Beth Centre in New York City, this album is Eddie's first recorded outside the UK. It is a brilliant tour de force on empire, religion, and the relationship between Europe and America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How to make your commute totally bearable

  • By Gaza Matazinc on 19-08-16

Dressed to kill

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Eddie Izzard is a comic genius and this is an excellent show. It's fun to listen to but better to watch. Great material in a different format.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Soldier

  • A Roald Dahl Short Story
  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Stephen Mangan
  • Length: 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

The unabridged, digital audiobook edition of 'The Soldier', a short, sharp, frightening story from Roald Dahl, the master of the shocking tale, read by the actor Adrian Scarborough. In 'The Soldier', Roald Dahl, one of the world’s favourite authors, tells a chilling story about the dark side of life. Here, a man unable to feel pain slowly loses his bearings and mind.... 'The Soldier' is taken from the short story collection Someone Like You, which includes 17 other devious and shocking stories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Soldier

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-12-12

The Soldier

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Great story, very touching, nice reveal and interesting flow, working with the narrator's state of mind. Quietly powerful, well written and well read. A nice short piece.

Fry's English Delight
    The Complete Series 1
    
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    Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
    361 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • Fry's English Delight

  • The Complete Series 1
  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 179

Stephen Fry hosts four programmes on the joys of the English language - as heard on BBC Radio 4, including Current Puns. Why does our language groan with the weight of puns? What exactly is a pun? And who, or what, is the Thief of Bad Gags?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stephen Fry never lets you down

  • By Anne on 26-06-10

Fry's English Delight

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Interesting, fast pace, very funny. You have to pay attention to listen and it's easy to miss bits, but what can you expect from a radio show?

  • The Hobbit

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,273
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,282

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of 13 dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey ‘there and back again’. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!!

  • By Stuart on 12-06-11

The Hobbit part 1

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Great story, read beautifully. I went unabridged (I try to convince myself I'm a purist, but I just don't want to miss anything) and admittedly listened so I could get refreshed before the film. It's been a great companion while doing other things as it's an easy listen and the pace works well for an attention span wandering in and out.



Voices done well but sometimes difficult to differentiate (there ARE a lot of characters), but easy to listen to. Songs included!

  • Dawn of the Dreadfuls

  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  • By: Jane Austen, Steve Hockensmith
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

In this terrifying and hilarious prequel, we witness the genesis of the zombie plague in early 19th-century England. We watch Elizabeth Bennet evolve from a nave young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead. We laugh as she begins her first clumsy training with nunchucks and katana swords and cry when her first blush with romance goes tragically awry.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You'll either love it or hate it!

  • By D on 08-12-13

Dawn of the Dreadfuls

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

While the Narrator is undoubtedly talented, there were times that both she and the writing tried TOO hard to be... English, and often miss the mark. Toned down, it would have been more enjoyable. Other than that, it's written and performed well enough.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful