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Irene

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  • My Dear I Wanted to Tell You

  • By: Louisa Young
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

Set on the Western Front, in London and in Paris, My Dear I Wanted to Tell You is a moving and brilliant novel of love, class, and sex in wartime, and how war affects those left behind as well as those who fight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful,moving and engrossing

  • By helen on 20-06-11

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 17-11-16

Gripping story that never flags. While it's true that many WW1 steroetypes are included, they do live on the pages and the relationships between them are very well written. Some of the passages on battles and injuries are so vivid as to make difficult reading.

  • The Secret Agent

  • By: Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by: David Horovitch
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Our agent, a man named Mr Verloc, minds his own business while he keeps his shop in London's Soho, alongside his wife, who attends to her aged mother and disabled brother. Their lives are turned upside down when Verloc is reluctantly employed to plant a bomb and destroy an observatory in London. What was once the perfect bomb plot inevitably turns awry and Verloc, his family and his associates are forced to face the consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different kind of Conrad.

  • By Irene on 21-05-16

A different kind of Conrad.

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

Reviewed: 21-05-16

Meant to read this for ages. Conrad captures the semi- comic world of bungling spies and the absurdity and hypocrisy of anarchism in late 19th century London. . It is a tragic tale with a macabre edge. No character comes out well, not even the all-sacrificing Winnie Verloc. Well worth the time it took to listen to it. David Horovitch is an excellent narrator, Conrad one of our greatest writers.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Fire

  • A Matthew Shardlake Novel
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

It is 1540 and the hottest summer of the 16th century. Matthew Shardlake, believing himself out of favour with Thomas Cromwell, is busy trying to maintain his legal practice and keep a low profile. But his involvement with a murder case, defending a girl accused of brutally murdering her young cousin, brings him once again into contact with the king's chief minister - and a new assignment.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Heavily abridged

  • By Andy Hurley on 30-11-12

Dark Fire

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

Reviewed: 06-05-15

This is the second Shardlake mystery I've listened to. I enjoy them mainly for the background information, and trivia, which Sansom, a historian, gives about the era. The plots are a bit transparent and some of the escapes improbable, but they do reflect many of the tensions and conflicts which marked the period from the break with Rome well into the 17th century. I will listen to just about anything Anton Lesser reads.

  • Lionel Asbo: State of England

  • By: Martin Amis
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Lionel Asbo - a very violent but not very successful young criminal - is going about his morning duties in a London prison when he learns that he has just won £139,999,999.50 on the National Lottery. This is not necessarily good news for his ward and nephew, the orphaned Des Pepperdine, who still has reason to fear his uncle's implacable vengeance. Savage, funny, and mysteriously poignant, Lionel Asbo is a modern fairy-tale from one of the world's great writers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Lazy Posh Martin A

  • By Judy Corstjens on 23-07-12

Lionel Asbo

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-10-12

This book fizzes with energy. Alex Jennings is a brilliant reader, bringing to lofe the disparate characters in this extended fable. I enjoyed this Martin Amis book more than the previous ones. Well worth a listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pereira Maintains

  • By: Antonio Tabucchi
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi with great feeling and style who also read it for Radio 4’s book at bedtime broadcast. Set in the sweltering summer of 1938 in Portugal, a country under the Fascist shadow of Spain, Pereira Maintains tells a tale of reluctant heroism. An editor at a second-rate Lisbon newspaper, Dr Pereira, wants nothing to do with European politics. Something of a recluse, his closest confidante is a photograph of his late wife, and he is happy to immerse himself in stories from 19th-century French literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Caroline on 31-12-11

Antonio Tabucchi

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-04-12

I enjoyed this novel. It is set in 1930s Portugal and steals up on you as the narrator increasingly, despite himself, becomes swept up by events. Derek Jacobi gives a fine reading and I would highly recommend this.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Way We Live Now

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418

In this world of bribes, vendettas, and swindling, in which heiresses are gambled and won, Trollope's characters embody all the vices: Lady Carbury is 'false from head to foot'; her son Felix has 'the instincts of a horse, not approaching the higher sympathies of a dog'; and Melmotte - the colossal figure who dominates the book - is a 'horrid, big, rich scoundrel...a bloated swindler...a vile city ruffian'. But as vile as he is, he is considered one of Trollope's greatest creations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! Fantastic!

  • By Sharon on 15-11-09

Marvellous Timothy West

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-04-12

I could not stop listening to this. It is a grand sweep of a novel with serious, and topical themes about money and gullibility, but also about love and betrayal. At times it is so funny - largely because of Tinothy West`s deep understanding of the story and the characters. He can convince you that you are listening to a whole gallery of people - I loved his dim, idle young swells. The only thing that will delay my next purchase of TW reading anything is the addictive quality of this last read. I am retired and fell asleep with it and flicked it on as soon as I woke up.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful