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  • Learn Italian with Paul Noble – Part 1

  • Italian Made Easy with Your Personal Language Coach
  • By: Paul Noble
  • Narrated by: Paul Noble
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

Collins Italian with Paul Noble combines an exciting, new non-traditional approach to language learning with the easy, relaxed appeal of an audio-only product. No books. No rote memorisation. No chance of failure.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great introduction into learning Italian.

  • By GILLIAN on 23-12-12

A Great Way to Learn a Language

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

Reviewed: 08-09-14

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

Yes. I consider this Paul Noble series to be about the best audible language learning on the market.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Collins Italian with Paul Noble - Learn Italian the Natural Way, Part 1?

No memorable moments, it is all consistently good.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All good.

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

Yes! I found myself unconsciously remembering most of the lessons.

Any additional comments?

I found the Introduction to be overly long. He did not need to spend 20 or so minutes talking about himself.. However, this is the only grumble I could muster.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Tuscan Soup

  • By: Lou Wakefield
  • Narrated by: Prunella Scales
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

It's more than 20 years since single art teacher Marion Hardcastle visited Italy, but memories of that happiest of times still haunt her. So when Tom and Janice invite her on holiday, the lure of a Tuscan Palazzo proves irresistible. However, Marion soon realizes that she might not have a lot in common with her holiday companions, and the fabulously rude owner is more interested in entertaining her celebrity visitors than her other guests.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfectly pleasant but her others are much better

  • By L. Day on 15-04-07

Thoroughly Enjoyable Read

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

Reviewed: 08-09-14

What made the experience of listening to Tuscan Soup the most enjoyable?

The narration. It gave life to the story.

What did you like best about this story?

This story is a refreshing change from the usual plethora of dour people, crime and murders which seem to dominate most of our bookshelves. It was a lovely escape from reality.

Which character – as performed by Prunella Scales – was your favourite?

Janice Cowlshaw

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

When Janice and Tom Cowlshaw receive an invitation to the christening of the baby that Janice had delivered.

Any additional comments?

This is a thoroughly enjoyable way to while away a few hours. Prunella Scales is a wonderful story teller and I could listen to her for ever! The story is a modern day fairy tale but what is wrong with that?

  • Rip Tide

  • A Liz Carlyle Novel
  • By: Stella Rimington
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

When pirates attack a cargo ship off the Somalian coast and one of them is found to be a British-born Pakistani, MI5 Intelligence Officer Liz Carlyle is brought in to establish how and why a young British Muslim could go missing from his family in Birmingham and end up on board a pirate skiff in the Indian Ocean, armed with a Kalashnikov. After an undercover operative connected to the case turns up dead in a shipping office in Athens it looks like piracy may be the least of the Service’s problems...

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By jane p on 01-04-16

A good page turner

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

Reviewed: 01-08-14

Would you listen to Rip Tide again? Why?

No, I wouldn't listen to it again. The story was fairly predictable and there is nothing to be gained by listening to it again.

What other book might you compare Rip Tide to, and why?

Any selection of spy novels

Would you listen to another book narrated by Julia Barrie?

Not if I could help it. I felt her narration was feeble

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

No

Any additional comments?

The narration of this story spoiled It for me. I nearly stopped listening after a couple of chapters. Why do women sound so "breathy" and gentile when narrating a story? It happens on the radio as well and it puts my teeth on edge. I am sure the heroine of this book did not speak in the manner the narrator portrayed. Her attempt at an American accent was laughable.

  • Only Time Will Tell

  • Clifton Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,413

The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious work in four decades as an international best-selling author. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the chilling words, ‘I was told that my father was killed in the war’. But it will be another twenty years before Harry discovers how his father really died, which will only lead him to question: who was his father?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story-telling

  • By Kirstine on 16-06-11

A Good Story

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

Reviewed: 10-05-14

Would you listen to Only Time Will Tell: Clifton Chronicles, Book 1 again? Why?

No, don't want to listen to the book again. Although enjoyable, it does seem to follow a well used formula. However, there are some interesting twists which add to the interest.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the story of Old Jack Tarr and his history.

What does Roger Allam and Emilia Fox bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Roger Allam narrated the story extremely well and with empathy. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to him. I didn't feel that Emilia Fox added very much at all and, unfortunately, she made her character seem very bland. I would have given 5 stars for performance if there had been no Emilia Fox.

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

Yes, I could have listened to the book all in one go.

Any additional comments?

Jeffrey Archer always seems to churn out a good story. However, I did feel that it was just another story with another "Upstairs Downstairs" feel to it. Having said that, I do intend to listen to the rest of this series at some stage.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Chamber

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Winner of the British Book Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2007.
A thriller about a rookie lawyer defending a member of the Klu Klux Klan who has been on Death Row for 23 years and faces the gas chamber. The lawyer hates his client's racist views, but as the case develops, it appears that his client may be innocent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant - hard to stop listening to go to work!

  • By Jean on 18-06-08

Thoroughly Engrossing

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

Reviewed: 19-04-14

Would you listen to The Chamber again? Why?

This story does not make for light entertainment, in my opinion anyway! On purchasing the book, I had no idea what "The Chamber" implied. It took a while for the book to draw me in but I found myself being drawn into the story and of course, I was on tenterhooks waiting for the final conclusion.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course, my favourite character has to be Sam. What a tragic character he is. Naively drawn into a horrible, horrible culture which he had several years to reflect on.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There really aren't any scenes to "enjoy" in this book. However, the most memorable is the one where Sam's brother brings him in some new "civvy" clothes to wear out of his prison overalls.

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

No, definitely would not want to listen to this book in one sitting, it is too traumatic. I needed to take a long break inbetween listenings.

Any additional comments?

Absolutely beautifully narrated with total feeling. George Guidall actually sung one scene! I will be searching to see if he has narrated other stories. The book and the way it was narrated made me cry in certain places.

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

  • By: Jordan Belfort
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers
  • Length: 20 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,104

Stock market multimillionaire at 26, federal convict at 36, he partied like a rock star, lived like a king, and barely survived his rise and fall as an American entrepreneurial icon. By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could, on drugs, sex, and international globe-trotting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narration is Brilliant

  • By Deborah on 24-01-14

Narration is Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 24-01-14

Where does The Wolf of Wall Street rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a very engaging story but the narration makes it even more so. However, some of the scenarios are rather lengthy, unnecessarily so in my opinion, and therefore my concentration started to wander in some places.

What other book might you compare The Wolf of Wall Street to, and why?

I would have liked to have been able to compare it with Bonfire of the Vanities but, sadly, this book does not appear to be on audible. I did have the book once but it seems to be missing now, unfortunately.

What about Eric Meyers’s performance did you like?

Eric Meyer seems to live this tale. So much so, he could have been the author! I shall be looking for other books he has narrated.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Ireland

  • A Concise History from the Twelfth Century to the Present Day
  • By: Paul Johnson
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Ireland is inarguably a beautiful, enchanted place. But its history is more turbulent, fascinating, and terrible than any other. From the first English presence in Ireland in the 12th century, through siege, rebellion, and civil war, to Irish ascendancy, home rule, and the present-day troubles, best-selling author Paul Johnson tells, with remarkable clarity and concision, the compelling story of this most remarkable island.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very badly narrated

  • By Deborah on 16-09-11

Very badly narrated

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-09-11

I was looking forward to what I hoped would be a compelling story of the history of Ireland. The book may be factually correct but it is ruined by the narrator seeming to rush through the book as if she couldn't wait to get to the end. It certainly could not hold my attention. To cap it all, Wanda McCaddon evidently had not researched the book beforehand as on several occasions she pronounced some of the towns incorrectly! Reminded me of the worse kind of history lesson ... could have been fascinating but ruined by the delivery.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful