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  • A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement

  • By: Anthony Powell
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 21 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 128

Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely compulsive and absorbing

  • By Louisa on 31-05-12

I''m not sure

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-08-12

I'm not sure why, but I've always been curious about this story and I missed the highly recommended 1990s(?) TV adaptation. I was looking for hours and hours of listening, and having exhausted my favourite Victorian classics (for the time being) decided to give this a go. It gets you interested and then it's hard work - and gets you interested again and then is hard work again.; I'm not sure why the narrator is so important to the story to be there in the first place - actually I'm not sure where the story is going. And its easy to drift off mid extra-long sentence and miss something happening. So I've just downloaded the second volume - I'm not sure why. Maybe Simon Vance?

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • 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 1,828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,289

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

Compelling from start to finish

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-07-12

A superb listen - the spirit of the age is once again thrillingly evoked in this superb sequal. The narration is equally to the standard of Wolf Hall and I'm surprised that other listeners don't find it so. "He, Cromwell" is an added flourish and didn't put me off at all. The delivery of the final sentence is a little disappointing - but maybe that's because I didn't want this one to finish. 5 stars well deserved.

  • The Sisters Brothers

  • By: Patrick deWitt
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 842
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634

Oregon, 1851. Eli and Charlie Sisters, notorious professional killers, are on their way to California to kill a man named Hermann Kermit Warm. On the way, the brothers have a series of unsettling experiences in the landscape of Gold Rush America. And they bicker a lot. Arriving in California, and discover that Warm has invented a magical formula, which could make all of them very rich. What happens next is utterly gripping, strange and sad....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favourite books list

  • By Buster on 26-07-12

Highly recommended

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-06-12

The reviewer who likens this to a Coen Brothers movie is spot on. Cringing as the characters lurched from crisis to crisis I then found the ending unexpectedly quite moving. I loved this book and the narration is excellent.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Phantom: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 9

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526

The murder has been solved. But has justice been done? Harry Hole is back in Oslo. He's been away for some time, but his ghosts have a way of catching up with him. The case that brings him back is already closed. There is no room for doubt: The young junkie was shot dead by a fellow addict. The police don’t want him back....Denied permission to reopen the investigation, Harry strikes out on his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Phantom- brining Harry Hole full circle

  • By Deirdre on 20-04-12

The best yet.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-06-12

Gripping throughout and, I think, the best plot yet. Although I wasn't prepared for the ending......

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The House of Mirth

  • By: Edith Wharton
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Bron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Beautiful, sophisticated and endlessly ambitious Lily Bart endeavours to climb the social ladder of New York's elite by securing a good match and living beyond her means. Now nearing 30 years of age and having rejected several proposals, forever in the hope of finding someone better, her future prospects are threatened. A damning commentary of 20th-century social order, Edith Wharton's tale established her as one of the greatest British novelists of the 1900s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

  • By Valerie Harris on 19-12-08

Highly Recommended

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-06-12

I came to this book late - following a quiz I thought I'd already read it but had confused it with a Henry James novel. Don't delay! Beautifully read, as well as written. And tragic - it's too easy today to dismiss the significance of moral standards of past ages. How lucky we are today.

  • Mrs Robinson's Disgrace

  • By: Kate Summerscale
  • Narrated by: Jenny Agutter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33

On a mild winter's evening in 1850, Isabella Robinson set out for a party. Her carriage bumped across the wide cobbled streets of Edinburgh's Georgian New Town and drew up at 8 Royal Circus, a grand sandstone house lit by gas lamps. This was the home of the rich widow Lady Drysdale. When Mrs Robinson joined the guests she was introduced to Lady Drysdale's daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Edward Lane. She was at once enchanted by the handsome Mr Lane, a medical student 10 years her junior.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mrs Robinsons Disgrace

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-06-12

OK

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-12

My expectations from the build-up to the release of this book were not met. Interesting but not gripping. The delivery is very good, though, hence 3 stars.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Before I Go To Sleep

  • By: S J Watson
  • Narrated by: Susannah Harker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,481
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,477

As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me ...'Memories define us.So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight.And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.Welcome to Christine's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This will keep you awake!

  • By MRS on 20-05-11

A compelling listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-02-12

The narrator makes what I suspect is a less than convincing plot on paper into a compelling listen from start to finish. The missing 5th star is perhaps a little mean: "northern vowels" began to pepper Susannah Harker's cut-glass delivery early on, and as they increased (except, oddly, in the F word), I really thought this might be part of the plot. I also dreaded her turning into that irritating narrator of One Day, who I never want to hear again.

  • Derby Day

  • By: D J Taylor
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

As the shadows lengthen over the June grass, all England is heading for Epsom Downs - high life and low life, society beauties and Whitechapel street girls, bookmakers and gypsies, hawkers and acrobats, punters and thieves. Whole families stream along the Surrey back-roads, towards the greatest race of the year. Hopes are high, nerves are taut, hats are tossed in the air - this is Derby Day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely superb -

  • By twigs way on 16-10-11

Enjoyment right to the finish

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-01-12

I thoroughly enjoyed this listen: great storyline and characters that leapt off the page and a compelling narration. If you want to you can guess the outcome early on, but that won't stop your pleasure. Highly recommended.

  • Barnaby Rudge

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 26 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

For the background to this historical novel, a tale of mystery, suspense and unsolved murder, Dickens chose the anti-Catholic Gordon Riots of 1780. Mayhem reigns in the streets of London, vividly described by Dickens, and the innocent Barnaby Rudge is drawn into the thick of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Barrett's Great Reading

  • By nero5 on 18-10-11

Great story, beautfully read.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-12

Although a Dickens fan, I knew nothing about this story and found it unexpectedly moving as well as exciting. Beautifully read.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Duke's Children

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 21 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

The Duke's Children is the sixth and final audiobook in the Palliser series. Plantagenet Palliser, the Duke of Omnium and former Prime Minister of England, is widowed and wracked by grief. Struggling to adapt to life without his beloved Lady Glencora, he works hard to guide and support his three adult children. Palliser soon discovers, however, that his own plans for them are very different from their desires. Sent down from university in disgrace, his two sons quickly begin to run up gambling debts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Trollope and Timothy West perfectly matched ...

  • By Philadelphus on 10-08-11

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-12-11

Dear Lynn (of Newquay): I think you found this book when The Prime Minister had been removed for correction (3 out of 4 parts were missing). I deliberately didn't listen to this until The Prime Minister had been restored, and it has been well worth the wait. Timothy West's narration is first class once again. I did find the end rather abrupt - but that may be because I coudn't believe the journey had finished - I found it rather moving to have to say goodbye to the Pallisers after all this time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful