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Barbara Murray

Ireland
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  • The Death of Mrs Westaway

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware. When Harriet Westaway receives an unexpected letter telling her she’s inherited a substantial bequest from her Cornish grandmother, it seems like the answer to her prayers. She owes money to a loan shark, and the threats are getting increasingly aggressive: she needs to get her hands on some cash fast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended.

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-07-18

It took a while but I got through it

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

Reviewed: 13-02-19

The story did grip me but I really struggled with the narrator. it was hard to listen to her. it was the story that made me stick this one out

  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

  • By: Stuart Turton
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,365
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,362

'Somebody's going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won't appear to be a murder, and so the murderer won't be caught. Rectify that injustice and I'll show you the way out.' It is meant to be a celebration, but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party - can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself over and over again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex but Brilliant. A Classic in the making!

  • By Martin on 03-08-18

Interesting story but not keen on the narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

The story caught my attention but I struggled hugely with the narration. It took me a while to commit to the story because of the narration. but I did enjoy the story. it was very well thought out and held your attention well.

  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,782
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,775

One of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Pride and Prejudice, is vividly brought to life by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike ( Gone Girl). In her bright and energetic performance of this British classic, she expertly captures Austen’s signature wit and tone. Her attention to detail, her literary background, and her performance in the 2005 feature film version of the novel provide the perfect foundation from which to convey the story of Elizabeth Bennett, her four sisters, and the inimitable Mr. Darcy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect

  • By katherine on 30-01-16

What is there to say??

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

Rosamund Pike was superb. The story captivating. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and am sorry to be finished it already

  • 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 4,112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,674

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

Using a British narrator was a mistake

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

Reviewed: 30-08-18

Whilst I enjoyed the story I couldn't quite get part the narration. It seems like such a huge oversight not to have used an American in the narration. It would have been more authentic. And it's also one of those rare occasions where I prefer the tv version to the book.

  • Thérèse Raquin

  • By: Emile Zola
  • Narrated by: Kate Winslet
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 363

Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet ( The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • gripping and vivid

  • By Rebecca on 08-04-12

Not my favourite listen to date

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

I mainly listened to the end for Kate winslet's narration which was enjoyable. I think the style of writing just didn't suit my taste

  • The Luminaries

  • By: Eleanor Catton
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 29 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,402
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,275
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,271

It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written, but slower than a snail

  • By Avril Sawers on 02-11-13

Something different and very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book but I thoroughly enjoyed. It's different from what I would normally listen to. The characters were well developed. The story flowed well. The narrator was extremely good (except for his dodgy Irish accent but no one ever gets that right unfortunately). I would have no hesitation in recommending this book

  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle

  • By: Shirley Jackson
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 184

Six years after four family members died of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods—elder, agoraphobic sister Constance; wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian; and 18-year-old Mary Katherine, or, Merricat—live together in pleasant isolation. Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic to guard the estate against intrusions from hostile villagers. But one day a stranger arrives—cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An oppressive dream - or is it real?

  • By Kaggy on 23-01-17

something a bit different

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

Reviewed: 28-05-18

this is something completely different from what I would normally listen to but I'd have to say that I did enjoy it. It moved at a nice pace and the narration was quite good

  • The Monster Collection

  • By: Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, and others
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Dan Stevens, Greg Wise, and others
  • Length: 30 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699

Audible presents a special edition of three Gothic masterpieces: a brand-new Audible Exclusive recording of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Bram Stoker's Dracula.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterful performance from Richard Armitage

  • By Valentina Ancilotti on 05-11-17

I would 100% recommend this book!

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

Reviewed: 21-05-18

It's taken me a long time to work my way through this audio book but I have enjoyed every minute of the journey. The stories themselves are obviously classics and in themselves well worth a listen. But the narration is this audio book outdid itself. All the narrators were fantastic and each added something to the story they well telling. I'm almost sad the book is finally over as it really was such a joy to listen to.

  • Agnes Grey

  • By: Anne Brontë
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

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 sweet simple story

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

I'm glad I didn't pay full price for it. The story was simple, not anything extraordinary with no twists or turns. The thing I enjoyed the most was the actual narration. Emilia Fox did a superb job

  • Wonderful Town

  • New York Stories from The New Yorker
  • By: Woody Allen, John Cheever, E. B. White, and others
  • Narrated by: Tyne Daly, Timothy Jerome, Joe Morton, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 7

New York City is not only The New Yorker magazine's place of origin and its sensibility's life blood, it is the heart of American literary culture. Wonderful Town, an anthology of superb short fiction by many of the magazine's most accomplished contributors, celebrates the 75-year marriage between a preeminent publication and its preeminent context with this collection of 20 of its best stories from (so to speak) home.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing selection

  • By RONAN O'CALLAGHAN on 01-11-15

enjoyable enough

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

Reviewed: 29-03-18

I love The New Yorker so that's why I bought this. I had heard some of these stories on their own podcast and enjoyed them more. An easy listen