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  • The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England

  • A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century
  • By: Ian Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,134

Imagine you could travel back to the 14th century. What would you see? What would you smell? More to the point, where are you going to stay? And what are you going to eat? Ian Mortimer shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. He sets out to explain what life was like in the most immediate way, through taking you to the Middle Ages. The result is the most astonishing social history book you are ever likely to read: evolutionary in its concept, informative and entertaining in its detail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very, very interesting - highly recommended

  • By anthonyunionjackson on 06-05-09

Its a list

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

Reviewed: 20-01-19

Informative, narrated in a perfectly adequate way, but simply an elongated list of facts. Some might find it dull.

  • A House for Mr. Biswas

  • By: V.S. Naipaul
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

A House for Mr. Biswas, by Nobel and Booker Prize-winning author V. S. Naipaul, is a powerful novel about one man's struggle for identity and belonging. Born into poverty, then trapped in the shackles of charity and gratitude, Mr. Biswas longs for a house he can call his own. He loathes his wife and her wealthy family, upon whom he is dependent. Finding himself a mere accessory on their estate, his constant rebellion is motivated by the one thing that can symbolize his independence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of Life

  • By Anonymous User on 21-03-19

Eventually it ends

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

Reviewed: 15-11-18

A life grinds then ends, unrelenting, it rambles until the author appears to get as bored as the rest of us and ends with a degree of abruptness. I stayed to the bitter end is the best I can say about the content. the narrator did his best with the material provided.

  • Nicholas Nickleby

  • The Dickens Collection: Original Audio Show
  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 36 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

When 19-year old Nicholas Nickleby is left destitute after his father's death, he appeals to his wealthy uncle to help him find work and to protect his mother and sister. But Ralph Nickleby offers little help and proves to be both hard-hearted and unscrupulous, leaving Nicholas to make his own way in the world. Nicholas' adventures take him to Yorkshire boarding school, Dotheboys Hall, and then back to London, meeting an extraordinary gallery of rogues and eccentrics along the way. Like many of Dickens' novels, Nicholas Nickleby is characterised by his outrage at cruelty and social injustice, but it is also a flamboyantly exuberant work, revealing his comic genius.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An epic melodrama and a wonder of character acting

  • By Adam on 31-10-18

excellent narration, and its free,

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

The narration is first class, as it goes without saying is the text, at the time of writing its free so if you have never tried any Dickens this is an excellent start.

  • Oedipus the King (Audible Theatre Collection: Oedipus)

  • By: Sophocles, Ian Johnston - translator
  • Narrated by: Jamie Glover, Michael Maloney, Samantha Bond, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

A plague has stricken Thebes. The citizens gather outside the palace of their king, Oedipus, asking him to take action. He replies that he has already sent his brother-in-law, Creon, to the oracle at Delphi for divine guidance. One of the greatest works of classical theatre is dramatically brought to life, in this tragic tale of prophecy, plague, murder, mystery and revenge. Audible presents one of the ancient world's greatest imaginations, in this dramatic, exclusive new recording.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greek tragedy - does what it says on the tin!

  • By Don Tocher on 11-03-19

its Oedipus, its free and well performed.

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

For those not aware of what happens, then you are in for a bit of a journey, the power of this play never ceases to shock and amaze, the fact that it was written in 400 BC is of no consequence, it is timeless.

  • Babylon Berlin

  • Gereon Rath, Book 1
  • By: Volker Kutscher
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 18 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 127

Berlin, 1929. Detective Inspector Rath was a successful career officer in the Cologne Homicide Division before a shooting incident in which he inadvertently killed a man. He has been transferred to the vice squad in Berlin, a job he detests even though he finds a new friend in his boss, Chief Inspector Wolter. There is seething unrest in the city, and the Commissioner of Police has ordered the vice squad to ruthlessly enforce the ban on May Day demonstrations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent crime caper

  • By Frankieboy on 01-09-18

Dreadful monotonous narration

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

After five hours and nine minutes I gave up, the narration is monotone to the point of boredom, it is impossible to rate the story as this would involve putting up with the narrator for another 12.52 hours and that is a prospect too awful to contemplate.

  • To the Lighthouse

  • By: Virginia Woolf
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Law
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

To the Lighthouse is at once a vivid impressionist depiction of a family holiday, and a meditation on a marriage, on parenthood and childhood, on grief, tyranny, and bitterness. Its use of stream of consciousness, reminiscence, and shifting perspectives gives the novel an intimate, poetic essence, and at the time of publication in 1927 it represented an utter rejection of Victorian and Edwardian literary values.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Jonathan Rich on 09-03-19

A narrative masterclass

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

Reviewed: 13-02-18

There is a reason this book is listed as one of the top English language novels of the twentieth Century , and I might suggest that this reading by Phyllida Law is the best way of accessing it, I could go on in an endless tirade of praise but it would be superfluous, and entirely inappropriate .

  • The Return of the Native

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Alan Rickman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268

Set on Egdon Heath, a fictional barren moor in Wessex, Eustacia Vye longs for the excitement of city life but is cut off from the world in her grandfather's lonely cottage. Clym Yeobright who has returned to the area to become a schoolmaster seems to offer everything she dreams of: passion, excitement and the opportunity to escape. However, Clym's ambitions are quite different, and marriage only increases Eustacia's destructive restlessness, drawing others into a tangled web of deceit and unhappiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvellous.

  • By Pauline on 17-08-11

Sublime performance of a classic

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

Reviewed: 28-11-17

Alan Rickman's performance of The Return of the Native is utterly sublime. it demonstrates how much an actor brings to an audiobook, one of the best combinations of author and content.

  • Le Pere Goriot

  • By: Honoré de Balzac
  • Narrated by: David McCallion
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Honoré de Balzac uses his classic style of detail to describe a most controversial setting in his novel Le Pere Goriot. The story takes place in Paris just after the fall of Napoleon in 1819. The story focuses on three characters, Rastignac, a student who wants to try and make it big in the capital, Vautrin, an interesting and funny character who is also quite mysterious, and the main character, Goriot, that carries a heavy burden that only a loving parent would endure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oh dear

  • By Crocker on 04-07-17

Oh dear

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

It is a shame that this is the only version of this classic available on audible .
The narration is utterly dreadful and
frankly you would be better served listing to one of the French versions,of which there are many, even if
You cannot speak the language it will be a better listen than the dull monotonous version that is this recording.
One to avoid

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  • Lolita

  • By: Vladimir Nabokov
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857

Savagely funny and hauntingly sad, Lolita is Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel. It is the story of tortured college professor Humbert Humbert and his dangerous obsession with honey-skinned schoolgirl Dolores Haze.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a truly spellbinding and brilliant book

  • By Tom on 04-05-10

superb performance from Jeremy Irons

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

This audio book is the perfect demonstration of the additional quality a narrator brings to the text, it is a performance that I would suggest is one of the finest I have had the good fortune to listen to, it enhances the book to such a degree that it is almost unimaginable to contemplate it in any other form, as to the book , there is a reason why it is constantly in the top 10 novels of the twentith century and though the subject matter was the cause of much controversy it is without doubt a seminal work of modern fiction.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Oh Dear Silvia

  • By: Dawn French
  • Narrated by: Dawn French, James Fleet, Llewella Gideon, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 906

Who is in Coma Suite Number 5? A matchless lover? A supreme egotist? A selfless martyr? A bad mother? A cherished sister? A selfish wife? All of these. For this is Silvia Shute, who has always done exactly what she wants. Until now, when her life suddenly, shockingly stops. Her past holds a terrible secret, and now that she is unconscious in a hospital bed, her constant stream of visitors are set to uncover the mystery of her broken life. Meanwhile she must lie there, victim of the beloveds, the borings, the babblings and the plain bonkers. Like it or not, the truth is about to pay Silvia a visit. Again, and again and again...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious!!!!

  • By Indigoleopard on 01-11-12

Disjointed

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

Reviewed: 20-04-14

The choice to narrate with multiple readers, some of which were under the misguided option that a comedy voice would make the text even better, could be said to be not as successful as envisaged .