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  • Arabian Nights: Volume 2

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Marty Ross
  • Narrated by: David Ahmad, Raghad Chaar, Mandana Jones, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

In Volume 2 of Arabian Nights we return to Sultan Shahriyar’s palace where Scheherezade is using her spellbinding storytelling abilities to save both her and her sister’s lives. As much as the Sultan wants to kill her, each night he is drawn in by her tales and spares them. Scheherezade weaves a long, winding and exciting tale about Sinbad the Sailor, a reckless young man who has inherited his father’s wealth and spends it foolishly. His debts eventually force him to leave Baghdad and find his way alone. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By sora on 17-01-19

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

The performances are great and I love the mix of humour and seriousness. But some of the fight scenes went on a bit too long for my taste!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Normal People

  • By: Sally Rooney
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,090
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 985

Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person's life - a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us - blazingly - about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It plunges under your skin and invades you.

  • By Wras on 18-10-18

Is it all in the performance?

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

Reviewed: 28-11-18

Gosh this is depressing stuff. But the performance is superb and really highlights the glory of the audio book. I can’t believe I would have finished the print version. Some of the writing is brilliant and feels very true and illuminating. But I didn’t really believe in the two main characters.

  • Our Mutual Friend

  • The Dickens Collection: An Audible Exclusive Series
  • By: Charles Dickens, Lucinda Hawksley - introduction
  • Narrated by: Meera Syal, Lucinda Hawksley - introduction
  • Length: 34 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Full of both satire and social analysis, Our Mutual Friend looks at what could happen in Victorian England when a fortune passes to a working-class couple. The audiobook will enchant the listener with its larger-than-life characters, its poignant depiction of social injustice and the singular seed of hope with which Dickens hints at the possibility of a better tomorrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Our mutual friend

  • By Mrs Judith C Schott on 01-05-18

Not the narrator for me

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

Prefer David Timson by far, sorry. I really wanted to like Meera Syal but I didn't understand why some of the London characters didn't have London voices and it started to grate after a while. Also I felt the pace of the narration was a bit slow. Great story and characters, as always.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Legacy of Spies

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,022

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, is living out his old age on the family farmstead in Brittany when a letter summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself are to be scrutinised under disturbing criteria by a generation with no memory of the Cold War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New life into a favourite series

  • By nicole on 10-09-17

Brilliant prequel/sequel to the spy who came in from the cold

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

Reviewed: 22-09-17

You do need to know 'the spy...' I think but this is a fantastic exploration of what all that scheming and plotting was about and the human and ethical consequences . I was a little disappointed by the narrator (where's Michael Jayston?) but he got better towards the end.

  • Barkskins

  • By: Annie Proulx
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 25 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

From Annie Proulx, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain, comes her masterpiece, 10 years in the writing - an epic, dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic novel about taming the wilderness and destroying the forest, set over three centuries. In the late 17th century, two illiterate woodsmen, Rene Sel and Charles Duquet, make their way from Northern France to New France to seek a living.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very detailed story, but couldn't finish

  • By Scotch-writer on 24-12-16

Great American novel status?

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

Reviewed: 28-08-17

Annie Proulx manages to combine a history of North American colonialism, environmental destruction and great storytelling. It's not easy to maintain interest in characters over a period of 500 years or whatever, but I think she does it pretty well and makes you care about most of the central characters even if they only appear for a short while. It would have been nice to have a printed family tree available for reference, but mostly I managed to follow who was who. I thought the narrator was fantastic, keeping everyone clearly distinct. There were a few parts where it dragged a bit (unless you are really into trees) but I'm very glad I stuck with it. Wish Trump would read it and learn.

  • Vinegar Girl

  • The Taming of the Shrew Retold (Hogarth Shakespeare)
  • By: Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

'You can't get around Kate Battista as easily as all that.' Kate Battista is feeling stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister, Bunny? Plus, she's always in trouble at work - her preschool charges adore her, but the adults don't always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected delight

  • By Barbara on 12-01-17

odd

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

I'm assuming Anne Tyler really doesn't care for the original, I can't believe she doesn't know it. Either way, this is an odd re-telling. It starts off well and I liked the set-up. The characters of Kate and Pyotr were both quite vinegar-y, as is her father. The scenes at the nursery were very funny. Somehow it seemed to lose it's way though, once the wedding plans got underway. There was a long scene towards the end where Kate makes egg salad and then throws it away, which may be deep and meaningful but was a bit lost on me and just seemed a bit tedious. It almost felt like Anne Tyler didn't know what to do with the story having got to the wedding, but had a word-count target to meet!
I did enjoy it, overall, and the narrator was very good once you got used to her rather precise way of speaking. I just wish the last quarter had been as good as the first!
If this is your first Anne Tyler, it really isn't very representative - try something else of hers.

  • The Warden

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

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

Enjoyable and relevant - brilliantly narrated

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

Reviewed: 14-05-16

I really enjoyed this. It is read very well by Timothy West and jogs along at a good pace except for one or two sections when Trollope has a bit of a rant about the press or the church. It is noticeably lacking in dramatic tension at times, for example when the Warden spends a day killing time in London and...nothing much happens! But somehow it doesn't matter because you have spent time in the company of the warden and his ethical dilemmas and human scruples, his cowardice and his courage. The conclusion of what happens to the hospital is a bit conservative for me but not too improbable. Although the focus here is on the power and wealth of the church, the conflicts are not a million miles from today's debates about inequality, tax avoiders and the 1%.

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Joanna David
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,599

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed . If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A favourite

  • By Raison on 10-11-13

Wrong narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-03-15

Joanna David is excellent reading Jane Austen but she is just so wrong for the voice of the young Canadian woman at the heart of this wonderful, important novel. I just couldn't listen to it after a few chapters and had to buy an alternative reading by Claire Danes which is available on cd from Amazon. It's not perfect, but her voice does seem to match the central character who is also the narrator relating the story. I don't understand why that isn't available on Audible - it should be.

93 of 97 people found this review helpful

  • Howards End

  • By: E M Forster
  • Narrated by: Edward Petherbridge
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

Howards End is the story of the liberal Schlegel sisters and their struggle to come to terms with social class and their German heritage in Edwardian England. Their lives are intertwined with those of the wealthy and pragmatic Wilcox family and their country house, Howards End, as well as the lower-middle-class Basts. When Helen Schlegel and Paul Wilcox's brief romance ends badly the Schlegels hope to never see the Wilcoxes again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very Edwardian reading!

  • By sora on 23-06-14

A very Edwardian reading!

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

Reviewed: 23-06-14

Somehow, Edward Petherbridge's reading emphasises the Edwardian-ness - don't be surprised if you find yourself speaking in a rather clipped, golly gosh way after a few hours of listening! I'd like to hear it read by someone with a more modern voice, but maybe that would just sound wrong. I still think it's a wonderful story, sadly misrepresented by the film version (although the film is still worth watching). The book explores so many conflicts - class, art v industry, women v men, city v countryside - and much of the writing is profound. But some of the sentiments are 'of their time', especially about the motives and motivations of women.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Man Who Was Thursday

  • By: G. K. Chesterton
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

Chesterton's allegorical masterpiece is a surreal, psychologically thrilling novel that centres on seven anarchists in turn of the century London who call themselves by the names of days of the week. The story begins when poet Gabriel Syme is recruited as a detective to a secret anarchist division of Scotland Yard by a shrouded, nameless person. Syme infiltrates a secret meeting of anarchists who are intent on destroying the world and becomes known as 'Thursday', one of the seven members of the Central Anarchist Council.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Man Who Was Thursday

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-01-08

brilliantly written and read, but v strange story

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

Reviewed: 23-06-14

This starts off so brilliantly, with Chesterton's characters pursuing each other with the all the wit and intelligence that he used for Father Brown. But the last section does drag and becomes very surreal and quasi-religious. I felt very frustrated by the way it ended.

The performance is very good - almost every character is distinctive and consistent and there are no odd pauses or pronunciations.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful