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  • Over the Gate

  • By: Miss Read
  • Narrated by: Gwen Watford
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

A weight-losing recipe sends a portly Victorian housemaid literally sky-high. Mrs Next-Door, the queen of copycats, drives her patient neighbour mad with rage; the tragic tale of the ghost of Fairacre; the touch-and-go romance of Elsie Parker. In Over the Gate, Miss Read, the village schoolmistress, continues to remember odd incidents and excellent stories and to retell them with characteristic grace and compassion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator sublime!

  • By Roberta on 09-06-13

bygone days

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-07-18

love the whole series. a trip back in time. the way we used to live

  • Miss Clare Remembers

  • By: Miss Read
  • Narrated by: Gwen Watford
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28

On a bright summer's day, old Miss Clare, now retired from teaching, awaits the visit of her oldest friend, Emily Davis. In between, she recalls the events in their 70-year friendship and country life in England during that time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warmth

  • By Love to read on 19-08-14

such a moving story

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

Reviewed: 16-06-18

I absolutely loved this book.everything about it was perfect .Well read and well written. x

  • Bleak House

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Hugh Dickson
  • Length: 37 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

The case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce has ground its way through the courts for generations. At its heart are Ada Clare and Richard Carstone, who find love - and terrible loss - through their involvement in the endless battle. Meanwhile, her friend Esther Summeson, who believes she is an orphan, gradually discovers the truth of her identity. The court case throws out a web ensnaring all who come near it, including Lady Dedlock, the menacing lawyer Tulkingham, detective Bucket and tragic little waif Jo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bleak House far from bleak

  • By Jane on 23-04-09

couldn't get into it because of the narration

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

Reviewed: 19-11-17

I've tried to listen to a couple of different versions of this but it just doesn't work for me. much better as a TV series or in paperback form.

  • Dictator

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890

There was a time when Cicero held Caesar’s life in the palm of his hand. But now Caesar is the dominant figure, and Cicero’s life is in ruins. Exiled, separated from his wife and children, his possessions confiscated, his life constantly in danger, Cicero is tormented by the knowledge that he has sacrificed power for the sake of his principles. His comeback requires wit, skill and courage - and, for a brief and glorious period, the legendary orator is once more the supreme senator in Rome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last!

  • By Mary Carnegie on 27-11-15

very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 30-04-16

What would have made Dictator better?

it feels like non fiction rather than fiction which is what it's meant to be.

Has Dictator put you off other books in this genre?

Not necessarily

What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

very good pronounciation

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Catherine De Medici

  • By: Leonie Frieda
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25

Leonie Frieda has returned to original sources and re-read the thousands of letters left by Catherine de Medici. There has not been a biography in English of Catherine for many years, and she believes that the time has come to show her as one of the most influential women in 16th-century Europe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful book beautifully read

  • By Robyn on 19-06-12

Did she deserve her reputation?

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

Reviewed: 27-04-16

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

I would if they were interested in history.Very informative.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Catherine de Medici.I'm very interested in the Medici family

What about Anna Massey’s performance did you like?

Her pronounciation is amazing.A very good narrator.

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

Near the beginning Catherine was treated very badly because of who she was,not because of anything she had done. Also her husband humiliated her by setting his mistress above her at all times.

  • Our Mutual Friend

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 36 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

A mysterious boatman on the Thames, a drowned heir, a dustman and his wife, and a host of other Dickens characters populate this novel of relationships between the classes, money, greed, and love. The 58 characters are presented with remarkable clarity by David Timson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent reading

  • By Lisa on 13-06-08

My favourite Dickens book

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

Reviewed: 27-04-16

Where does Our Mutual Friend rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best.

What did you like best about this story?

The love affair between Eugene and Lizzie

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

I have many books read by David Timson.He's a fabulous narrator and always reads well.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Between love and hate lies obsession

  • The Phantom of the Opera

  • By: Gaston Leroux
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

The story begins with an investigation into some strange reports of an "opera ghost", legendary for making the great Paris opera performers ill-at-ease when they sit alone in their dressing rooms. Some allege to have seen the ghost in evening clothes moving about in the shadows. Nothing is done, however, until the disappearance of Christine during her triumphant performance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Let down by the narrator

  • By phantom lover on 27-04-16

Let down by the narrator

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

Reviewed: 27-04-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I didn't enjoy this much because of the strange way the narrator reads it.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Glad I'd got to the end of it.

What three words best describe Ralph Cosham’s performance?

Stilted,strange,disengaging

Was The Phantom of the Opera worth the listening time?

it's a good story so I persevered

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Test of Wills

  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Samuel Giles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20

Ian Rutledge returns to his career at Scotland Yard after years fighting in the First World War. Unknown to his colleagues he is still suffering from shell shock, and is burdened with the guilt of having had executed a young soldier on the battlefield for refusing to fight. A jealous colleague has learned of his secret and has managed to have Rutledge assigned to a difficult case which could spell disaster for Rutledge whatever the outcome. A retired officer has been murdered, and Rutledge goes to investigate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent first in series.

  • By tinyNorman on 25-01-14

Didn't get to the end of this one.

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

Reviewed: 27-04-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I wouldn't recommend this book as I got bored with it.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I like the period ,1st world war,characters weren't interesting to me

Would you listen to another book narrated by Samuel Giles?

Probably not but that might depend on the subject matter.

Was A Test of Wills worth the listening time?

No

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Thomas Wolsey, the Late Cardinal

  • His Life and Death
  • By: George Cavendish
  • Narrated by: David Thorn
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

This extraordinary “eye-witness” account of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey's rise and fall from power was written between 1554 and 1558 by his gentleman-usher, George Cavendish, who was privy to so much of the Cardinal's ambitious endeavors. However, Cavendish prudently waited a long time before chronicling his observations for fear of his life, as there were those who may have take his memoirs the wrong way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A contemporary account of Wolsey's life

  • By Parissa on 03-08-15

You have to pay attention.

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

Reviewed: 27-04-16

What did you like best about Thomas Wolsey, the Late Cardinal? What did you like least?

The amount of detail about his life and final days.The old english way of saying things can slow things done.

Who was your favorite character and why?

No favourite character as it was non fiction

Did David Thorn do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Not really any characters to differentiate between.

Was Thomas Wolsey, the Late Cardinal worth the listening time?

yes but hard going at times.

  • Right Ho, Jeeves (Dramatised)

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Michael Hordern, Richard Briers
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

Michael Hordern stars as Jeeves with Richard Briers as Bertie in a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation. Mayhem has broken out at Brinkley Court and there would seem to be a desperate need for Jeeves. But Bertie is fed up with the assumption that he is merely an addendum to his personal attendant. There are more brains in the Wooster household than just Jeeves, you know! Stand back, Bertram Wooster is on the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Briers' performance brings Bertie Wooster to life.

  • By S. F. Bond on 16-02-15

More fun from Bertie and his amazing manservant.

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

Reviewed: 27-04-16

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

I would recommend this to a friend as long as they like a bit of slapstick fun.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Right Ho, Jeeves (Dramatised)?

Berties panic concerning Aunt Dahlia.She always tells him just what she thinks of him!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Aunt Dahlia asking Bertie to give the prizes at the school.

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

Yes