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  • The Forsyte Saga, Volume 1

  • By: John Galsworthy
  • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

A compelling drama and a merciless scrutiny of a newly monied upper-middle-class family at the turn of the 20th century, The Forsyte Saga has a sumptuous range of characters. If you have enjoyed The Forsyte Saga on television in the past, you will be familiar with this engrossing story; if not, prepare to be completely captivated and engaged by one of the best tales ever told.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive and Enjoyable but a bit short

  • By JUDITH on 13-01-13

Impressive and Enjoyable but a bit short

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-01-13

This appears to be an older recording as it refers to "Sides" - presumably of a cassette - but it is none the worse for that. Peter Joyce impressed me by making all the Forsytes sound different, including the women. His reading showed how skilled Galsworthy was at implying how a character feels, while also showing how they behave. The Forsytes came to life, pompous but pitiable. Just a bit disappointing that this was only book 1 given that many more recent and longer sagas can be purchased as one credit.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • 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 307
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

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

Has made me love Hardy

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-12-12

To be honest I only chose this because I wanted to wallow in Alan Rickman's mellifluous tones, and reviews said it was not as depressing as some other Hardy (I had bad school memories of Tess & Jude). I am so glad I chose this. Not only is the Rickman reading highly skilled, a great pleasure to listen to and one which makes meaning crystal clear, but the plot (love, betrayal, gambling) is gripping. I had not realised how well Hardy understood human feelings, nor had I appreciated his true sympathy for a threatened environment. A great discovery.

31 of 32 people found this review helpful

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  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

  • The Karla Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: John le Carre
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

Mr George Smiley is small, podgy, and at best, middle-aged. He is disillusioned, wrestles with idleness, and has been deserted by his beautiful wife. He is also compassionate, ruthless and a senior British intelligence officer in short-lived retirement from the Circus the British Secret Service organisation situated in London. But Moscow centre has infiltrated a mole into the Circus and it’s more than likely that the perpetrator is Karla Smiley’s old adversary and his opposite number in Moscow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Hottest Cold War Novel Ever Written

  • By KDT on 27-04-10

Lose Yourself in this Masterpiece

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-08-12

Each time I listen to this I find something new - the measured revelations of the plot, the incidental characterisations. Le Carre takes you into a strange, stunted world and peoples it with truly human characters. Michael Jayston's reading is so assured - he differentiates the voices subtly, making them individual without assuming risible accents.

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  • The Borrowers

  • By: Mary Norton
  • Narrated by: Rowena Cooper
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Pod, Homily, and Arrietty are a family of tiny people who live beneath the floor, behind the grandfather clock in the old rectory. They own nothing - everything they have is borrowed from the "human beans", who don't even know they exist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Miss on 25-05-12

A new way to enjoy an old favourite

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-07-12

The Borrowers has always been one of my favourite books. Rowena Cooper does it full justice and I picked up so many nuances I had not noticed when reading. She really brings out the "human bean" side of the Borrowers - arrogant, foolish, brave.