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  • The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen

  • By: Syrie James
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21

Samantha McDonough cannot believe her eyes - or her luck. Tucked in an uncut page of a 200-year-old poetry book is a letter she believes was written by Jane Austen, mentioning with regret a manuscript that "went missing at Greenbriar in Devonshire." Could there really be an undiscovered Jane Austen novel waiting to be found? Could anyone resist the temptation to go looking for it?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Unconvincing

  • By Heather on 13-01-13

Unconvincing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-01-13



The missing manuscript of the title and, without giving too much away, an interwoven story about its discovery; buy one get one free. All I can say is it did justice to neither. The reader has a flat colourless voice that drains the whole thing of any incipient charm, or humour or emotion and if there was ever a book that needed assistance, this is it. Please don't be put off, if this is your sort of thing. Just not mine, sorry.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Gallows Curse

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 327

The year is 1210 and a black force is sweeping England. A vengeful King John has seized control of the Church, leaving corpses to lie in consecrated ground, babies unbaptized, and the people terrified of dying in sin. In the village of Gastmere, the consequences grow darker still when Elena, a servant girl, is dragged into a conspiracy to absolve the sins of the lord of the manor. In desperation she visits the cunning woman, who has been waiting for just such an opportunity to fulfil an ancient curse conjured at the gallows.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The trouble with Mandrake

  • By Kaggy on 14-01-16

Loved it

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-11-12

My first Karen Maitland book and wow—amazing, compelling and so imaginative, I just gobbled it up and I can't wait to get stuck into the next one. Having said that, the narration is rather annoying in places but the character is a castrati and described as having a high voice so I can't see how he could have portrayed it in any other way. Great stuff.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Haunting

  • By: Alan Titchmarsh
  • Narrated by: Alan Titchmarsh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

How can the mysterious disappearance of Anne Flint in 1816 and the drowning of a young girl in a chalk stream so long ago possibly affect the life of schoolteacher Harry Flint some two centuries later? Having left his job and with a failed marriage behind him, Harry begins to research his ancestors. The deeper he digs, the more he realises that the past is closer than he had ever imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An absorbing and pleasing delight

  • By Miss M on 26-01-14

Easy and undemanding

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-12

I wasn't sure about this at first but I'm glad I gave it a go even if the author's familiar voice doing the reading is a little bit of a distraction. The story jumps between the present day and an early nineteenth century setting but the characters are clearly defined, so it's easy to keep track. My one grouse is that each chapter heading has a quote, which slows the action rather. The plot is a little predictable but overall it's a well-written and enjoyable listen.

  • An Accomplished Woman

  • By: Jude Morgan
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

1817. As a young woman, clever, self-reliant Lydia Templeton scandalised society by rejecting Lewis Durrant, the county's most eligible batchelor.

Ten years later, Lydia has no regrets and, having concluded that matters of the heart need no longer trouble her, she is quite happy to remain unwed. But others still seek Lydia's advice on their love lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Accomplished Woman

  • By Marie-Clare on 24-04-11

One for Jane Austen fans.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-11


I enjoyed this book. It?s a little stodgy in places but overall an entertaining listen. Lots of nods in J.A.?s direction and occasionally laugh out loud funny; although the humour is very sly. The reader is excellent. You can?t really go wrong.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Dangerous Mourning

  • A William Monk Novel #2
  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

When the beautiful daughter of Sir Basil Moidore is stabbed to death in her bed, Inspector Monk and Nurse Latterly uncover a tale of shame and scandal that threatens to destroy a powerful London dynasty.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable listen.

  • By Heather on 07-10-10

An enjoyable listen.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-10

A good solid listen from a competent writer. It?s all here: period detail and atmosphere; a well constructed plot and believable characters. If you like a mystery set in the nineteenth century; this one won?t let you down. Perhaps it?s a little slow and ponderous in parts and the ending is rather abrupt but the measured pace is in keeping with the period setting. Don?t start with this book though; they?re written to be listened to in series

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Long Time Coming

  • By: Robert Goddard
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Eldritch Swan is a dead man. Or at least that is what his nephew Stephen has always been told. Until one day Eldritch walks back into his life after 36 years in an Irish prison. He won’t reveal any of the details of his incarceration, insisting only that he is innocent of any crime. His return should be of interest to no-one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IRA, the war and Picasso

  • By Jeff on 19-02-10

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-10

I like Robert Goddard so I had high hopes and this is another enjoyable and entertaining book. The plot is strong; the prose is pitched just right and the reader does it full justice. My one quibble was the characters: I wasn't hooked and really didn?t care much about their eventual fate. This is a competent, clever book but at its centre,it lacks the elements that give a good story heart.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Indiscretion

  • By: Judith Ivory
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Lydia is a delicate British lady. Sam is a dusty Texan. When they are stranded together on bleak and dangerous Dartmoor, they must stay close to each other to survive. But this closeness creates more than safety: it leads to an indiscretion that could destroy them both.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unusual and entertaining.

  • By Heather on 22-02-10

Unusual and entertaining.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-02-10

A lively step up on most romances of this type. An odd pair of lovers put through all the usual misunderstandings and will they/wont they get together moments; you know they will of course and when they do, it?s all the better. The narrator is an expert with this type of book and knows just how to bring it to life. Light, bright and enjoyably silly.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Beast

  • By: Judith Ivory
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

When the brainy, luminous Louise Vandermeer embarks on a transoceanic quest to marry an aristocrat, she dives into a scorching affair with a stranger on the ship. Their trysts take place in darkness, so Louise does not know her lover is Charles d'Harcourt, the passionate European playboy who just happens to be her intended! Charles is playing a game, but his plan has unexpected results.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable upbeat romance.

  • By Heather on 22-02-10

Enjoyable upbeat romance.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-02-10

A frothy romance with a fairy tale ending. Melt in the mouth smooth; when you?ve finished it you can?t wait to start another one. It?s all hokum of course but?who cares? It?s well written and the narrator does an excellent job, so why not indulge now and again?

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Flight of Swallows

  • By: Audrey Howard
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Charlotte Drummond knows she has a duty to obey her father. Girls, especially well-bred upper-class ones, are expected to be submissive to the men in their lives. But Charlotte's father is a cruel man, viciously beating her and her brothers for the slightest reason. He even wants to marry her off, at just sixteen years old; to a man she does not love. Lion-hearted Charlotte wants to defy him but to protect her brothers from his fury she agrees to become the wife of Brooke Armstrong.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Heather on 10-02-10

Disappointing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-10

My first Audrey Howard book and I suspect my last. To begin with it was promising. I liked the characters and was quite absorbed. But the second half was disappointing; it began running out of steam almost immediately, trundled downhill and out of sight. When a story is so repetitive, you just know it?s not taking you anywhere you want to go. I got the impression the conclusion was weak; by then I was so fed up, I fast forwarded, listened to the end and we parted company. That said, it is quite well written and the narrator does a good job in an ?aye-up lass? kind of way. Only go for it if you are prepared to sleep through the second half.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Little Dorrit

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 35 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

William Dorrit has been a resident of the Marshalsea debtors prison for so many years that he has gained the nickname "The Father of the Marshalsea". However, his suffering is eased by his close bond with youngest daughter Amy, or "Little Dorrit". The dashing Arthur Clennam, returning to London after many years in China, enters their lives and the Dorrits' fortunes begin to rise and fall. A biting satirical work on the shortcomings of 19th century government and society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • little dorrit, narrated by Anton Lesser

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-06-09

High Recommended

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-09

It may not be one of Charles Dickens?s best known books but I would thoroughly recommend it, especially if you like thumping great Victorian novels! However it wouldn?t be half as good without the narration by Anton Lesser. Every character is given their own voice, making them instantly recognizable and the plot that much easier to follow. And some of them are very funny and so cleverly done. Altogether this book is a joy.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful