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Sussex, UK
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  • Spoonbenders

  • By: Daryl Gregory
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Meet Matthias Telemachus, Teddy Telemachus, Maureen Telemachus, Irene Telemachus, Frankie Telemachus and Buddy Telemachus! They were the Amazing Telemachus Family, who in the mid-1970s achieved widespread fame for their magic and mind-reading act. That is until the magic decided to disappear one night, live on national television.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A little bit different

  • By Robyn on 16-08-18

Witty and surprisingly engaging

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

Reviewed: 14-08-18

A humorous and engaging story. Quite by surprise I ended up caring about the characters and what happened to them.

The performance is great, well read, good range of character voices, well paced.

If you want a humorous that will have you both laughing and caring, I would recommend this.

  • Alone

  • Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat into Victory
  • By: Michael Korda
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

An epic of remarkable originality, Alone captures the heroism of World War II as movingly as any book in recent memory. Bringing to vivid life the world leaders, generals, and ordinary citizens who fought on both sides of the war, Michael Korda, the best-selling author of Clouds of Glory, chronicles the outbreak of hostilities, recalling as a prescient young boy the enveloping tension that defined pre-Blitz London, and then as a military historian the great events that would alter the course of the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fresh Take

  • By Anonymous User on 13-05-18

Gripping, exciting and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 13-03-18

Would you listen to Alone again? Why?

I loved the way Michael Korda wove the history of Dunkirk with his own personal and family reminiscences.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Alone?

Aspects of the Dunkirk story that tend to be forgotten, especially around those left behind.

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

A ‘spot on’ performance by John Lee. Loved the variations in voice, accent and character as he told the story. Good balance between gravitas and levity. A very engaging and interesting ‘listen’.

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

A book and a narration to savour over a length of time.

Any additional comments?

Such an interesting book and well performed.

  • Irresistible

  • Why We Can't Stop Checking, Scrolling, Clicking and Watching
  • By: Adam Alter
  • Narrated by: Adam Alter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

How many times have you checked your phone today? Why are messaging apps, email and social media so hard to resist? How come we always end up watching another episode? In recent years, media and technology have perfected the lucrative art of gaining and holding our attention. This extraordinary feat has changed the behaviour of billions of people, and especially the young: by current medical standards, we are experiencing an unprecedented global pandemic of addiction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • We are all addicted to something - and somebody else gets paid for it

  • By stryder on 12-05-17

Fascinating listen

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

Reviewed: 13-06-17

Very engaging. Well written. Good performance in terms of the reading. The examples and the arguments had me paying attention all the way through.

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  • Sunset Song

  • By: Lewis Gibbon
  • Narrated by: Eileen McCallum
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

The most acclaimed Scottish novel of all time, Sunset Song is a powerful portrait of a land and people in turmoil, seen through the life and struggles of its heroine, Chris Guthrie. In the years up to and beyond the First World War, Chris' resilience, like the land itself, endures despite everything and is portrayed with a lyrical intensity that echoes through the years and still resonates today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully read in a convincing accent.

  • By Andrew on 28-12-15

Beautiful absorbing narration of the book.

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

What made the experience of listening to Sunset Song the most enjoyable?

Eileen McCallum. What a performance as narrator. Breathtaking. Stunning. Loved it. Have listened to it time and again.

What did you like best about this story?

The use of language. The setting.

What does Eileen McCallum bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Stunning. You'll cry listening to this.

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

Yes, absolutely.

Any additional comments?

Simply the best audio book I have purchased from Audible. Will Cloud Howe and Grey Granite be available?

  • The Da Vinci Code

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,301

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

A murder in the silent, late night halls of the Louvre reveals a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected by a clandestine society since the days of Christ. The victim is a high-ranking agent of this ancient society who, in the moments before his death, manages to leave gruesome clues at the scene that only his cryptographer daughter and her symbologist friend can untangle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Nicholas on 11-09-06

Trully awful - so why did I enjoy it?

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Would you try another book written by Dan Brown or narrated by Jeff Harding?

I have read many of the Dan Brown books. Enjoyed them, even if the story lines are absolute tosh. The reading of this was truly awful, like a bad rendition of Allo Allo.

What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

Story was fine, as absurd stories go.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Terrible reading. Tully bad accents.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Da Vinci Code?

All of those with the terrible french accents.

  • Agnes Grey

  • By: Anne Brontë
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 117

Having lost the family savings on risky investments, Richard Grey removes himself from family life and suffers a bout of depression. Feeling helpless and frustrated, his youngest daughter, Agnes, applies for a job as a governess to the children of a wealthy, upper-class, English family. Ecstatic at the thought that she has finally gained control and freedom over her own life, Agnes arrives at the Bloomfield mansion armed with confidence and purpose.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Agnes Grey.

  • By Barbara on 17-06-15

A feel good story

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

Reviewed: 22-07-16

I loved Emilia Fox's reading of Agnes Grey. I have no problem recommending this. It is such a feel good story. The voice characterisations are excellent.

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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,719
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,740
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,712

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 10-08-15

I alternated between reading the book and listening to the Audible recording. A gripping read and an excellent reading.

  • The Sleeping Murder

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cole
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Soon after Gwenda moved into her new home, odd things started to happen. Despite her best efforts to modernise the house, she only succeeded in dredging up its past. Worse, she felt an irrational sense of terror every time she climbed the stairs. In fear, Gwenda turned to Miss Marple to exorcise her ghosts. Between them, they have to solve a "perfect" crime committed many years before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Miss Marple beckons

  • By Sue on 22-07-07

Chilling

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

Reviewed: 22-03-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Sleeping Murder to be better than the print version?

I listened to the audio edition and read the book in equal measure, splitting time between the two. Stephanie Cole's reading really is 'top notch'. There are times when the story sends a shiver up the spine and that really is down to the tremendously atmospheric performance of Cole.

What other book might you compare The Sleeping Murder to, and why?

This is the first of all the Christie audio books that really, literally, made me feel chilled as I listened to it.

What does Stephanie Cole bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A great performance on Stephanie Cole's part. Absolutely pitch perfect is terms of the way she allows the tension to mount through her delivery.

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

Without giving the game away, there is one particular scene when the main character recounts a memory from her childhood that is guaranteed to have the hairs on the back of your neck standing.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended and has encouraged me to add to my library of Christie audio readings.

  • At Bertram's Hotel

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cole
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

When Miss Marple comes up from the country for a holiday in London, she finds what she's looking for at Bertram's Hotel: traditional decor, impeccable service, and an unmistakable atmosphere of danger behind the highly polished veneer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasent listen

  • By Elizabeh on 26-01-12

Totally entertaining

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

Reviewed: 22-02-15

I listened to the a chapter at a time over a number of weeks and found it really enjoyable. Apart from one character accent (sounding like an extra from a vampire movie to be honest) the reading / performance was spot on and highly entertaining. Well worth a listen.

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  • 4.50 from Paddington

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

A classic Marple mystery, read by Emilia Fox.For an instant the two trains ran together, side by side. In that frozen moment, Elspeth witnessed a murder. Helplessly, she stared out of her carriage window as a man remorselessly tightened his grip around a woman's throat. The body crumpled. Then the other train drew away.But who, apart from Miss Marple, would take her story seriously? After all, there were no suspects, no other witnesses… and no corpse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best Audio book

  • By Melissa Wilson on 19-07-18

Classic tale, a classic listening experience

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

Reviewed: 25-10-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No problem recommending this one. Well read. The different voice characterisations are well done. I have been 'hopping' between reading the book, listening to it on the exercise bike and watching the DVD version. The audio by far beats the rest.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 4.50 from Paddington?

Mrs McGillicudy's witnessing of the murder. Fleeting but intense.

What about Emilia Fox’s performance did you like?

The different characterisations are well delivered. Emily so easily moves from old Mr Crackenthorpe to Lucy Eyellesbarrow.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

At times very funny with all of the 'proposals' of marriage. And quite outrageous the way some of the characters flippantly deal with murder.

Any additional comments?

I am always amazed how 'little' Miss Marple actually appears in the storyline.