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  • Trilby

  • By: George du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Full of the author's joie de vivre, this tale revels in the artistic life of 19th Century Paris. Three friends, perfect companions for each other, try to make their way as painters in the Bohemian climate of the left bank of the Seine, but then Little Billee falls in love. The object of his affections is Trilby, a gamine figure of the streets and artists' model. Trilby is under the influence of the strange Svengali who hypnotises her to make her sing. It is not Svengali, however, who is responsible for Trilby's downfall.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • tedious Trilby

  • By Elizabeth on 22-11-11

tedious Trilby

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-11-11

I have wanted to read this book for many years and was prepared to love it. Unfortunately I gave up after a few chapters as George seems incapable of one word if twenty will do. I was bored by the whole thing, a good edit is required to render this charmless tale interesting. I dont have the time to stick with it, i am moving on. Sorry.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Fry Chronicles

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,959
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,934

This dazzling memoir promises to be a courageously frank, honest and poignant read. It will detail some of Fry's most turbulent and least-well-known years, with writing that will excite you, make you laugh uproariously, move you, inform you, and, above all, surprise you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours of delighted listening

  • By Mary on 21-09-10

Our Friend, Stephen Fry

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-11-11

I think we all believe Stephen Fry is our personal friend, and he will be round any minute to join us for dinner and scintillating conversation. This book re-inforces that belief. I felt like Stephen was telling only me about his experience. How filled with famous names, hilarious anecdotes and lovable admissions is this book. Not an ounce of self importance, quite the opposite, and the name dropping is breath-taking, as he does it without arrogance or smarm. I want to hear so much more about his experiences in the BBC and with Radio 4, I want to join Stephen and Hugh Laurie as they admire each other's talent and laugh over old times. Never fear, they will be at my door any minute now. Stephen, we love you, take heart from our genuine affection, and write more. Please.

  • The Finkler Question

  • By: Howard Jacobson
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 45

Julian Treslove and Sam Finkler are old school friends. Despite a prickly relationship and very different lives, they've never quite lost touch with each other - or with their former teacher, Libor Sevick. Now all three are recently widowed, in their own way, and spend sweetly painful evenings together reminiscing. Until an unexpected violent attack brings everything they thought they knew into question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, dark, funny and a complete pleasure

  • By Deborah on 14-01-11

A disappointing answer

2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-05-11

I had heard this was a funny book, but I barely smiled apart from one exception where I did laugh out loud. It is overlong, self-absorbed and too full of clever and not so clever wordplay. The minutes or pages devoted to whether a character has heard or misheard a certain phrase, which is returned to again and again, were simply tiresome. Had it been a physical book i may have thrown it out of the window.
ALL the characters seem addicted to the wordplay, which makes one assume it is the author who is addicted to it, and he should realise that it drives some people crazy, and perhaps thereby credit one of his characters with that stance. It would have made the whole more believable. a slow read , I wish I hadnt bothered with. Sorry.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • My Cousin Rachel: Film Tie-In Edition

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Pryce, Roger Michell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859

Ambrose Ashley, Philip's cousin, guardian, and god, married Rachel in Italy and died there. Jealous of his marriage and grief-stricken by his death, Philip prepares to meet his cousin's widow with hatred in his heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing, atmospheric mystery

  • By S. Dempsey on 23-06-13

Everyone should listen to this book!

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-02-11

This is a startlingly good book. Jonathan Price reads in calm, hypnotic style which complements the burgeoning bewilderment the story weaves around the listener. It is a consummate description of the way men cannot understand women and vice versa.
Philip is so likeable and so real that you almost want to shout out encouragement or warning to him, depending on your take of cousin Rachel! Rachel is the cleverest of characters, an ethereal, not quite there person, you struggle to understand other than by the ways those around her react. That this depiction of a man's man so utterly in love with a woman, was crafted BY a woman is a credit to Du Maurier. As a story in its own right, it is perfect, and stays with you long after you finish it. If you loved Rebecca -you will be amazed at how different this is and yet how accomplished. If you havent read/listened to any Daphne yet...I urge you to start here. Bliss.

36 of 37 people found this review helpful