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Mrs. Samantha Clark

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  • A Christmas Carol

  • By: Charles Dickens, R. D. Carstairs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi, Kenneth Cranham, Miriam Margolyes, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,053
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,057

'If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips, would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!' Charles Dickens’ ghostly tale of sour and stingy miser Ebenezer Scrooge has captivated readers, listeners and audiences for over 150 years. This Christmas, Audible Studios brings this story to life in an audio drama featuring an all-star cast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THANK YOU 🎄🤶🏻🎄& Merry Christmas

  • By Highlight on 14-12-16

Unnecessarily simplified and over-explained.

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

Reviewed: 17-12-17

As a fan of the original text, I was a bit disappointed by all the changes to make everything explicit, in particular giving the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come a whole load of lines! The fact that he is silent and offers Scrooge no comfort or reassurance is part of what makes him such a terrifying spectre in Dickens’ classic tale. Great performances by an impressive cast, but let down by a poor adaptation in my opinion.

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  • Tinder

  • By: Sally Gardner
  • Narrated by: Robert Madge
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

A young soldier, a captive princess, witches, wolves and Death walk hand in hand in Costa Award winner Sally Gardner's exquisitely written new novel inspired by the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, The Tinderbox. Otto Hundebiss is tired of war, but when he defies Death he walks a dangerous path. A half beast half man gives him shoes and dice which will lead him deep into a web of dark magic and mystery. He meets the beautiful Safire - pure of heart and spirit, the scheming Mistress Jabber and the terrifying Lady of the Nail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, start to finish in one night. Excellent!

  • By Linda-Ann Forrester on 25-04-14

Not a Fairy Tale for Younger Ears!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-14

If you could sum up Tinder in three words, what would they be?

Magical, mysterious and gothic.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tinder?

The appearance of the Lady of the Nail. Chilling!

What about Robert Madge’s performance did you like?

His gentle voice not only suited the character of traumatised young soldier, Otto Hundebiss, but also suited the style of writing. If it weren't so darned creepy, you could easily be lulled to sleep with his bedtime story reading!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really. It suited being listened to in the evenings... probably best tucked up on a stormy night!

Any additional comments?

For a more in-depth review, check my blog at: http://literary-loves.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/tinder-by-sally-gardner.html

How I Live Now
    
    
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        Meg Rosoff
    
    


    
    
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        Laurel Lefkow
    
    


    
    Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
    18 ratings
    Overall 3.6
  • How I Live Now

  • By: Meg Rosoff
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

Daisy is sent from New York to England to spend a summer with cousins she has never met. It seems like the perfect summer. Falling in love is just the start of it but their lives are about to explode. War breaks out and lands on their doorstep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • About (rather than necessarily for) children

  • By Charles on 24-11-10

The things that break your heart...

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

Reviewed: 10-07-14

What made the experience of listening to How I Live Now the most enjoyable?

Rosoff's novel is narrated by Daisy in a stream-of-consciousness style. I'm sure it 'reads' better aloud, rather than on the page, as it is Daisy recounting the events that happened during her stay in rural England and the outbreak of a Third World War.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Daisy. She has issues, is an unreliable narrator in many senses, but at the same time, completely honest.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Being a novel about War and the damage it does to all involved - particularly civilian children - I wouldn't say there are many scenes to enjoy, but rather, you appreciate them. That said, I did quite enjoy hearing Daisy's take on her cousins and their life in England compared to her previous existence in the more sophisticated and cosmopolitan city of New York.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

All of it. It's a slow build in threat, that culminates in an appalling atrocity.

Any additional comments?

For a more in depth review, check my blog at: http://literary-loves.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/how-i-live-now-by-meg-rosoff.html

  • She Is Not Invisible

  • By: Marcus Sedgwick
  • Narrated by: Anna Cannings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Prize-winning author Marcus Sedgwick explores obsession, trust and coincidence in this gripping thriller. Sixteen-year-old Laureth Peak's mission is to find her missing father. A mission made all the more difficult by one fact: Laureth Peak is blind. Laureth's father is a writer. For years he's been trying, and failing, to write a novel about coincidence. His wife thinks he's obsessed. Laureth thinks he's on the verge of a breakdown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Face paced and really enjoyable

  • By samantha on 07-01-19

Best Book I've Listened To This Year!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-14

If you could sum up She Is Not Invisible in three words, what would they be?

Intriguing, Inspiring and Engrossing

What other book might you compare She Is Not Invisible to, and why?

Difficult, as I've not read anything quite like it! It is similar in some ways to Haddon's 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time' in that the story follows two unusual children on a quest to solve a mystery, but they are certainly more charming than poor old Christopher Boone!

Have you listened to any of Anna Cannings’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't, but she read this ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFULLY! Perfect pace, tone and expression, and she had me giggling at the funny moments and crying during the more emotional scenes. Bravo!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I had the time, I certainly would have! I think I managed it in 4.

Any additional comments?

For a more in-depth review, have a look at my blog: http://literary-loves.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/book-review-she-is-not-invisible-by.html