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  • Persephone

  • Thomas Kydd, Book 18
  • By: Julian Stockwin
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

Compelling naval action from the master of the sea story. November 1807. Captain Sir Thomas Kydd must sail to Lisbon to aid the Portuguese Royal Family's evacuation in the face of Napoleon's ruthless advance through Iberia. In the chaos of the threatened city, an old passion is reawakened when he meets Persephone Lockwood, a beautiful and determined admiral's daughter from his past. But the Royal Family's destination is Brazil, Perspehone's England, and it seems Kydd's chance has gone again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Eye of the Storm - We Hope!

  • By Simon on 22-05-17

A change from sea routine

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

Reviewed: 13-06-17

Although Kydd doesn't spend a great deal of time at sea in this book - instead he mixes with the great and the good - Stockwin still creates as vivid a story and set of characters as ever (and there are still a few sea skirmishes!). Rodska's narration is - as is to be expected - excellent as always.

  • The Colour of Magic

  • Discworld 1
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,287
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,826

The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and, of course, "The Edge" of the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio - white noise

  • By Frank on 29-07-14

Don't leave your luggage unattended!

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

Somehow Terry Pratchett has managed to make a travelling chest into a spectacularly funny character - 'the luggage' - a psychopathic box, with feet, that is fiercely loyal to it's owner 'the tourist' (Two-flower) - who meets a failed wizard - adventure and chaos ensues.

As a first introduction to Discworld this is very good - although if you're new to Pratchett it will all come across as quite fantastical to begin with - but listening pays off.

My only criticism is not with the narration or story, but with the quality of the recording, which was a little variable.

  • Hornblower and the Crisis

  • By: C. S. Forester
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

In this, the final Horatio Hornblower adventure, C.S. Forester throws his hero into one of the most challenging missions yet. Upon discovering highly confidential papers dispatched by Bonaparte, Hornblower sets off to enlighten the Admiralty about his game-changing, new findings. Troubled after having been informed of Pierre-Charles Villeneuve's escape into Spain, they welcome Horatio's news and send him off on a high-priority assignment that they believe will lead to England's victory over Napoleon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shame it will remain unfinished!

  • By Thomas on 23-01-15

Shame it will remain unfinished!

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

Reviewed: 23-01-15

A couple of very good beginnings here - and well worth a listen if you have a voucher or free credit to spare - otherwise stick to the completed hornblower books and listen to this one at the end - the last 30 minutes or so tie things off

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sharpe's Revenge: The Peace of 1814

  • The Sharpe Series, Book 19
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 148

Richard Sharpe triumphs in the last battle of the war, only to find himself in worse peril when charged to recover Napoleon's treasure. It is 1814. There are rumours that Napoleon is dead, or has run away, but Sharpe has one last battle to fight before he can lay down his sword. It is the battle for Toulouse. Little does he know it will be one of the bloodiest conflicts of the war. But Sharpe's war is not only the battle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another gem from Bernard Cornwell

  • By Graeme Freeman on 30-07-17

Brilliant as always!

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

Reviewed: 09-01-15

Rupert Farley was, as always, excellent, and the story was cracking too! Just looking forward to Waterloo now! Hopefully it won't be too long...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sharpe's Regiment: The Invasion of France, June to November 1813

  • The Sharpe Series, Book 17
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 171

Richard Sharpe returns to England to save the regiment. Major Sharpe's men are in mortal danger - not from the French, but from the bureaucrats of Whitehall. Unless reinforcements can be brought from England, the regiment will be disbanded. Determined not to see his regiment die, Sharpe returns to England and uncovers a nest of high-ranking traitors, any of whom could utterly destroy his career with a word.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It’s a bit wet

  • By Micky the Ring on 10-07-18

Meanwhile, back in England...

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

Reviewed: 10-12-14

If you could sum up Sharpe's Regiment: The Invasion of France, June to November 1813 in three words, what would they be?

Treacherous, thrilling, triumphant

What did you like best about this story?

A change of scene from Sharpe's adventures in India and Spain, only his second return home in the series if memory serves, which sees Sharpe placed in the unfamiliar territory of Britain's class system and high society (which he experiences from numerous perspectives...)

Have you listened to any of Rupert Farley’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Much like his other readings of Sharpe - Farley is excellent. His Sharpe sounds just like Sean Bean, his Harper is cracking, and he has a wide range of other voices which are both convincing in the characters they evoke and consistently deployed across each book - so there is a sense of continuity with characters like Harper, Hagman, Lawford, Nairn, etc..

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

I was always on Sharpe's side - egging him on to his inevitable victory!

Any additional comments?

A great book - but best listened to as part of the series. Sharpe always triumphs too, which might not be appealing to everyone - no nadir like that which Jack Aubrey experiences in Patrick O'Brian's novels, but I do not think that detracts from the rip-roaring historical romp (which also gives a real sense of place and time) that is Sharpe's Regiment.