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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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  • Shades of Grey

  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

"Hundreds of years in the future, after the Something that Happened, the world is an alarmingly different place. Life is lived according to The Rulebook and social hierarchy is determined by your perception of colour.Eddie Russett is an above average Red who dreams of moving up the ladder by marriage to Constance Oxblood. Until he is sent to the Outer Fringes where he meets Jane - a lowly Grey with an uncontrollable temper and a desire to see him killed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surreal, Crazy - and wonderful

  • By Veronica on 23-01-12

Surreal, Crazy - and wonderful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-01-12

If you haven't discovered Jasper Fforde yet then now's the time to start listening. Although it took me a while to get used to the voice of the narrator the quality of the writing and ease of the delivery soon had me hooked.
This story - like most of Fforde's books- is almost impossible to explain and if it sounds crazy, that’s because it is – Don’t be put off – go with it and you will not be disappointed!
Born into a society in which any colour is jealously hoarded and marrying 'down spectrum' is frowned upon, Eddie Russet (a Red) does not look destined for success...Sent to East Carmine to conduct a chair census (a punishment for trying to improve Queuing) Eddie has soon fallen for a 'Grey' girl who seems more likely to do him serious, and potentially life threatening, injury than to agree to marry, or even date him. This proves to be the least of Eddie's worries however, as he soon discovers that a tendency towards curiosity does not improve one's chances of survival - particularly when many so members of the community seem keen to hasten his demise.
Why is making spoons forbidden? Where do people really end up after 'Reboot'? Can Eddie find enough Loganberry jam to persuade the Apocryphal man to tell him the truth about the 'Something that happened' - and - the most important question of all - can he survive long enough to find out?...
Mad, funny, and brilliantly crafted, the only warning I will leave you with is that it leaves you desperate to listen to the sequel…

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Gillespie and I

  • By: Jane Harris
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 19 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Sitting in her Bloomsbury home, with her two birds for company, elderly Harriet Baxter sets out to relate the story of her acquaintance with Ned Gillespie, a talented artist who never achieved the fame he deserved. Back in 1888, after a chance encounter, young Harriet befriends the Gillespie family and soon becomes a fixture in all of their lives. But when tragedy strikes - leading to a notorious criminal trial - the certainties of this world all too rapidly disorientate into mystery and deception.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • lacks pace and plausibility

  • By Tom on 07-04-13

Chilling and Compelling

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-11

Brilliantly read by Anna Bentinck (not only does she cope with a range of accents she even modulates her tone to reflect the 'young' and 'old' periods in the narrator's life) this audiobook had me gripped until the final seconds. It focuses on the tragic fate of the artist, Ned Gillespie as told by his close friend and great admirer Harriet Baxter. What becomes increasingly apparent however, is that this is only one, far from impartial, view of events...
Don't miss out on this one - the closing sentence truly sent a shiver down my spine!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Two Destinies

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Samuel West
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

In this late romantic novel, the author explores the powers of telepathy while telling a skilful tale that interweaves suspense with the familiar ingredients of Victorian melodrama.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Uneven story, really well read

  • By Nadia on 22-07-11

A twisting tale...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-05-11

Samuel West narrates a largely overlooked title by an excellent writer. He manages to make all the voices commencing and compelling and draws you firmly into the narrative. Would definitely recommend.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Doctor Thorne

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

Doctor Thorne is the third audiobook in Anthony Trollope's series known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire. Long regarded as one of Trollope's greatest works, it is a complex story of love, greed and illegitimacy. Set in fictional Barsetshire, it concerns the romantic challenges facing Doctor Thorne's penniless niece, Mary, and Frank Gresham, the only son of the impoverished squire of Greshambury. Mary falls in love with Frank but he is constrained by the need to marry well to restore the family fortunes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hooray! Real Trollope

  • By Philadelphus on 16-01-08

Simply Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-05-11

I won't write too much as Timothy West has been deservedly well reviewed by other listeners. Suffice too say the praise he has previously received is amply justified - I will be listen to all the Trollope titles I can find!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Spoils of Poynton

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: Maureen O'Brien
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Mrs Gereth, a wealthy widow, is dreading the day that her son, Owen, gets married. She hopes that he will marry a woman who will appreciate their home and all of its treasures as she does. So she enlists the help of Fleda Vetch to try to corrupt the impending marriage of her son and Mona Brigstock - a philistine who is determined to marry Owen in order to inherit Mrs Gereth’s valuable possessions and home by any means. Meanwhile, Fleda hides her real feelings towards Owen. Even when he ends up feeling the same way, Fleda cannot bring herself to marry him as this would force him to break his engagement to Mona, and thus betray all of her own ideals.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpectedly compelling...

  • By Veronica on 28-05-11

Unexpectedly compelling...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-05-11

This story kept me guessing right up until the final moments...I don't want to give the ending away so won't talk about the content too much beyond saying that it was a real, human, love story - would highly recommend both the narrator and the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Vicar of Wakefield

  • By: Oliver Goldsmith
  • Narrated by: David Thorn, Susan McCarthy, Tim King, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

The story opens in the country parsonage of Dr. Primrose, a kindly man who has a good heart, a good family, and a good income. Suddenly, his idyllic life is cruelly devastated by a series of misfortunes, and he ends up in prison. Yet, despite all this calamity and injustice, the vicar never loses sight of Christian morality, a conviction which lends him genuine nobility and, in the end, also brings justice and the restoration of his family and fortune.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Where in the world are we?

  • By Veronica on 28-05-11

Where in the world are we?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-05-11

I was very disappointed to find that the narrative is not, as the summary suggests, one sole English narrator, but is in fact frequently interspersed with readings from a cast of very poor American actors. I have nothing against American readers but it seems rather odd that they should have been combined with an English narrator and cast to read a story firmly set in late eighteenth England.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,107

Winner of the British Book Awards, Newcomer of the Year, 2005.

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Harry Potter for Grown Ups

  • By Cosima on 18-11-10

A great stroy, brilliantly told

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-10

This book kept me listening and engaged through every hour...it combines a compelling story with a brilliant narrator - a rare and enjoyable treat!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful