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  • Clash of Empires

  • Clash of Empires, Book 1
  • By: Ben Kane
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

When a new empire rises, and old one must fall. After 16 years of bloody war against Rome, Hannibal Barca is on the verge of defeat. On the plains of Zama, Felix and his brother Antonius stand in the formidable Roman legions, ready to deliver the decisive blow. Victory will establish Rome as the pre-eminent power in the ancient world. But in northern Greece, Philip V of Macedon is determined to restore Alexander the Great's kingdom to its former glory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kane Is More Than Able!

  • By Simon on 21-05-18

brilliant as ever!

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

Reviewed: 27-06-18

this was a fantastic weaving of stories, history truly brought to life through incredible story telling on the part of Ben Kane and wonderful narration by Steven Pacey.

highly recommended!

  • SPQR

  • A History of Ancient Rome
  • By: Mary Beard
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,176

Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the rape of Lucretia - still strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil liberty today. SPQR is a new look at Roman history from one of the world's foremost classicists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and erudite

  • By Mr. D on 01-12-15

Narration needs re-editing in parts

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

Thus was a brilliantly researched book and at times very very easy to listen to but there are a number of sections where you can hear that the narrator has recorded and then re recorded parts where she's unsure of the pronunciation of certain words.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Storm Before the Storm

  • The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic
  • By: Mike Duncan
  • Narrated by: Mike Duncan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 261

The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. After its founding in 509 BCE, the Romans refused to allow a single leader to seize control of the state and grab absolute power. The Roman commitment to cooperative government and peaceful transfers of power was unmatched in the history of the ancient world. But by the year 133 BCE, the republican system was unable to cope with the vast empire Rome now ruled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 7 minutes to 11 hours...

  • By borodude on 25-10-17

wonderful

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

Mike Duncan is so easy to listen to abs so knowledgeable... I lived his history of Rome podcast and am so glad I bought this audiobook

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Offering

  • By: Laura J Harris
  • Narrated by: Laura J Harris
  • Length: 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

A short fiction work, The Offering is a psychological thriller and a chilling exploration into an unhinged mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent thriller

  • By AudioJoy on 24-09-17

Excellent thriller

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

Reviewed: 24-09-17

Excellent, unpredictable, short story thriller. I loved the descriptive text and the authors mellow voice.

  • Romeo and Juliet: A Novel

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

It's a story you think you know: the age-old tale of "star-cross'd lovers"; two families at war; a romance, so pure and absolute, fated for a tragic end. It's a story so thoroughly embedded in our culture, and so frequently retold. Yet, nothing captures the spark, the possibility, and the surprise of Shakespeare's work quite like this....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new view on an old story that actually is very current...

  • By Dorothea on 18-12-16

incredible!

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

Reviewed: 24-09-17

This is such a masterly well-imagined and skilfully told adaptation of a tale you think you already know... so well written and wonderfully performed!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Frankenstein

  • By: Mary Shelley
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 442

Narrator Dan Stevens ( Downton Abbey) presents an uncanny performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel, an epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good performance of a great story.

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-07-16

Just brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 23-08-17

Mary Shelley is such a talented and incredible writer! So clever, holding a mirror up to the world the way she does and opening the mind up to so many discussions regarding science, responsibility (especially parental responsibility!), accountability, the human psyche and our capability for committing great acts of love and compassion as much as the awful deeds triggered by fear, hate and violence.

Still stands up strong today... and a great performance.

  • Spectacles

  • By: Sue Perkins
  • Narrated by: Sue Perkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,310
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,123

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Spectacles, the hilarious, creative and incredibly moving memoir from much loved comedian, writer and presenter Sue Perkins. When I began writing this book, I went home to see if my mum had kept some of my stuff. What I found was that she hadn't kept some of it. She had kept all of it - every bus ticket, postcard, school report....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book

  • By Jeannette on 31-01-16

Absolutely awesome book!

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

Reviewed: 30-11-16

Absolutely open, honest and insightful, Sue Perkins' 'Spectacles' is moving, funny, witty, crazy and adorable!

  • Dragon Keeper

  • The Rain Wild Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Saskia Butler
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252

Guided by the great blue dragon Tintaglia, they came from the sea: a Tangle of serpents fighting their way up the Rain Wilds River, the first to make the perilous journey to the cocooning grounds in generations. Many have died along the way. With its acid waters and impenetrable forest, it is a hard place for any to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful 'listen'!

  • By Gabrielle Harvey-Jones on 14-09-09

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-15

Would you listen to Dragon Keeper again? Why?

This is a story I have already listened to several times... It's just great... A brilliant first instalment of a larger narrative!

What did you like best about this story?

The complexity of the characters, the voice work was brilliant!

Which character – as performed by Saskia Butler – was your favourite?

Either Alise or Thymara... And the dragons... Her dragon voices are really appropriate !!

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

Many times! I laughed, became agitated and angry for the characters...

Any additional comments?

All of this series is great... But the narrators changes and that can be unsettling.

  • Dragon Haven

  • The Rain Wild Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Jacqui Crago
  • Length: 20 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

The dragon keepers and the fledgling dragons are forging a passage up the treacherous Rain Wild River. They are in search of the mythical Elderling city of Kelsingra, and are accompanied by the liveship Tarman, its captain, Leftrin, and a group of hunters who must search the forests for game with which to keep the dragons fed. With them are Alise, who has escaped her cold marriage to the cruel libertine Hest Finbok in order to continue her study of dragons, and Hest's amanuensis, the Bingtown dandy Sedric.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shame

  • By Annie on 11-02-15

Just brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 01-03-15

Wonderfully narrated, and an excellent follow-up to the first story in the series. I'm already eager for the next instalment !!

  • Macbeth: A Novel Part 2

  • By: A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible!

  • By AudioJoy on 03-01-15

Incredible!

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

Reviewed: 03-01-15

A wonderful retelling and reimagining of one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies. Well told and incredibly well written.

Keep them coming!