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  • Captain Corelli's Mandolin

  • By: Louis de Bernieres
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451

It is 1941 and Captain Antonio Corelli, a young Italian officer, is posted to the Greek island of Cephallonia as part of the occupying forces. At first he is ostracised by the locals, but as a conscientious soldier, whose main aim is to have a peaceful war, he proves in time to be civilised, humorous - and a consummate musician. When the local doctor's daughter's letters to her fiancé go unanswered, the working of the eternal triangle seems inevitable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By R on 15-12-12

Worth persevering with

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

Would you listen to Captain Corelli's Mandolin again? Why?

I will listen to this book again as I think there are some parts of the story that will be easier to understand now I know the characters better.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Captain Corelli's Mandolin?

I think the first chapter is the most memorable as it wasn't at all what I expected.

Any additional comments?

This book is worth persevering with as it starts slowly but becomes one of the most interesting and unique books that I have listened to.

  • Firefly Summer

  • By: Maeve Binchy
  • Narrated by: Kate Binchy
  • Length: 23 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

Firefly Summer is warm, humorous, sad and happy. Reading it is a joy' Irish Independent In the summer of 1962, an American millionaire arrives in a small, sleepy Irish town with far-reaching consequences. For the children of the Ryan family, the long hot summers are usually spent playing in the ruins of a large, abandoned house.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Firefly Summer - A Must Read

  • By Elaine Calderwood on 04-11-07

Vintage Maeve Binchy

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Firefly Summer to be better than the print version?

I think the audio edition is a perfect way to enjoy this book which has many characters and spans four years.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favourite character in the book is Mrs Ryan who is a hard working republicans wife with four young children. As the story develops she has to deal with and overcome many problems.

What about Kate Binchy’s performance did you like?

Kate Binchy's narration is excellent. She has a broad Irish accent but is very easy to follow. She develops each individual character well.

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

This is a long book so took me a while to finish but I always looked forward to getting back to it.

Any additional comments?

If you are a Maeve Binchy fan you won't be dissapointed, and if you have not read her books before give this one a try.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Forsyte Saga

  • By: John Galsworthy
  • Narrated by: Fred Williams
  • Length: 42 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

The three novels that make up The Forsyte Saga chronicle the ebbing social power of the commercial upper-middle class Forsyte family through three generations, beginning in Victorian London during the 1880s and ending in the early 1920s. Galsworthy's masterly narrative examines not only their fortunes but also the wider developments within society, particularly the changing position of women.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • not for me

  • By Angela on 04-07-10

Good story, don't be put off by bad reviews

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

Reviewed: 08-07-13

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

This book is an ideal listen for someone who likes long family sagas or remembers the tv adaptations.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Fred Williams?

I do agree with some other reviewers that the narration is a bit laboured and lacking emotion but this is greatly improved by speeding it up to 1.5 times. It may have been a bit more enjoyable if narrated by someone else such as Jonathan Jonathan Oliver (Long Summer Day) or Alex Jennings (The Clifton Chronicles). However the story is interesting enough to carry on.

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

The book is in four parts. I am only about half way through, but enjoying it. It is not one that I feel I need to listen to for hours on end, but is good to listen to whilst walking to work.

Any additional comments?

At over 40 hours long this book is good value.

  • Animal Farm

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Callow
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,830
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,469

Animal Farm is George Orwell's great socio-political allegory set in a farmyard where the animals decide to seize the farmer's land and create a co-operative that reaps the benefits of their combined labours. However, as with all great political plans, some animals see a bigger share of the rewards than others and the animals start to question their supposed utopia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant classic, superbly read by Simon Callow

  • By Anthony on 15-06-14

A classic

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

I first read this when I was at school. It is well worth 're-visiting this story which has a message that we could take away today.

It is well read and I really enjoyed the characters of the animals building and changing over time.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Peaches for Monsieur le Curé

  • Chocolat, Book 3
  • By: Joanne Harris
  • Narrated by: Rula Lenska, Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

It isn't often you receive a letter from the dead. When Vianne Rocher receives a letter from beyond the grave, she has no choice but to follow the wind that blows her back to Lansquenet, the village in south-west France where, eight years ago, she opened up a chocolate shop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth the listen

  • By Karen on 14-04-13

Great third book in the series

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

This is the third book by Joanne Harris in the series starting with Chocolat, then The Lollipop Shoes. I had read the first two a while ago before listening to the audiobooks, but this one I only have in audio form.

All three books are very good reads and listens to and are stand alone stories but

I think it helps to listen to them in order, like most series.

Another good story from Joanne Harris and very well read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Long Summer Day

  • By: R F Delderfield
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Oliver
  • Length: 27 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

Paul Craddock is still young when he is invalided out of the army after the Boer War and he discovers the neglected estate of Shallowford in a secluded corner of Devon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, absorbing listen

  • By Rosalind on 17-04-12

Turning back time

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

I first read this book over thirty years ago. Listening to the audiobook brings back. Memories of then and the 70's TV series based on it 'A Horseman Riding By'. It's well read and excellent value at over 27 hours long. I have also bought the DVD of the series to watch when I finish listening to the book.

I hope more of R F Delderfield's books are soon available from Audible.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • My Animals and Other Family

  • By: Clare Balding
  • Narrated by: Clare Balding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658

Clare Balding grew up in a rather unusual household. As her father is a champion trainer, she shared her life with more than 100 thoroughbred racehorses, mares, foals, and ponies, as well as an ever-present pack of boxers and lurchers. As a toddler she would happily ride the legendary Mill Reef and take breakfast with the Queen. She and her younger brother came very low down the pecking order. Left to their own devices, they had to learn life’s toughest lessons through the animals, and through their adventures in the stables.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fabulous

  • By sg on 16-09-12

Entertaining

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Interesting, funny and good to listen to. Beautifully read by Clare Balding. I wish it was longer. I hope she brings out another book to cover her adult years.