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  • A Prisoner of Birth

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,396
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833

Danny Cartwright and Spencer Craig were born on different sides of the track. Danny is an East End Cockney mechanic, Spencer is a West End barrister. When they meet, their lives will never be the same again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Prisoner of Birth (Unabridged

  • By Jean on 15-04-08

just brilliant!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-08

I bought this because of previous reviewer's recommendations. I was not previously a fan of this Author but the recommendations were completely correct. I stayed up far too late listening to it, the story is fascinating and I was with poor Danny Cartwright all the way, desperate to see how it all turns out. The characters are mostly very credible - the goodies are very likeable and the baddies are very bad. A marvellous piece of entertainment excellently narrated, all of the voices were quite distinguishable and yet credible. I will be looking for more books read by this narrator.

  • A Tale of Two Cities

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624

'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times'; so the recording begins and ends with some of Dickens's best-known words, and between those lines is every Briton's view of the worst excesses of the French Revolution. Set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution, the audiobook tells the story of a French doctor who is imprisoned for 18 years in the Bastille in Paris. Upon his release, he moves to London with his daughter, Lucie, whom he had never met.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of books, the best of readers

  • By Mr David Newton on 17-11-07

A really enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 15-05-08

Martin Jarvis does the Tale of Two Cities brilliantly. I never thought I'd find Dickens so compulsive and I've listened to this more than once. Highly recommended. If you don't think you are a Dickens fan - try this!

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Diamond Dust

  • By: Peter Lovesey
  • Narrated by: Steve Hodson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Detective Inspector Peter Diamond is keen to get his teeth into a new case. So, when a call comes in that a woman's body has been found in one of Bath's parks, he arrives quickly at the scene - only to discover that the victim is his wife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super reading and a great story - recommended.

  • By Jules on 15-05-08

Super reading and a great story - recommended.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-05-08

This is really well read by Stephen Hodson, a really good story with an interesting twist at the end. For once DI Diamond finds himself a suspect in the murder case and needs to do some private sleuthing. Set in Bath and Bristol so I found it particularly enjoyable.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Jamaica Inn

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884

Jamaica Inn stands alone on Bodmin Moor, stark and forbidding, its walls tainted with corruption. Young Mary Yellon soon learns of her uncle Joss Merlyn's strange trade here. But does he deal in blacker secrets still?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A grand story..narration not so grand

  • By Jeremy P. James on 24-08-11

Excellent listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-05-08

A wonderfully read version, atmospheric as ever and the narrator really brings Joss Merlin to life as a frightening character and there is a lovely variety between the voices used. I have only given this 4 stars however because the female voices were not so good, although acceptable. The story itself surely needs no explanation!

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,250

Winner of the British Book Awards, Newcomer of the Year, 2005.

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasingly long

  • By Felix on 24-08-05

A great book ruined!

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

Reviewed: 15-05-08

I adored reading this book and thought I'd adore listening to it again. But the footnotes drive you mad and completely disturb the flow. Somehow it didn't work for me, but read the book if you can it is a fascinating story.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Northern Lights: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 1

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,320

This is the first book in the Carnegie Medal and Guardian Award-winning trilogy His Dark Materials, from Philip Pullman. Set in a parallel world very similar to our own, Northern Lights tells the compelling story of 12-year-old Lyra's quest to rescue her friend and find her father, aided by her daemon, an armoured bear, and a witch-queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT BRILLIANT

  • By Clair on 16-10-07

I'm impressed

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-08

This is delightfully narrated by Philip Pullman and the additional voices just add to the tension and atmosphere. I did feel the choice of voice for Lyra a bit grating and sometimes persistently louder than the others but despite this I just had to rush straight to my PC to buy and download the Subtle Knife as soon as it had finished.
Beware - this series is addictive! - a sort of cross between Harry Potter and H.G Wells.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sixth Lamentation: Father Anselm Series, Book 1

  • By: William Brodrick
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

A Richard and Judy Book Club Selection
What should you do if the world has turned against you? When Father Anselm is asked this question by an old man at Larkwood Priory, his response is to have greater resonance than he could ever have imagined. For that evening the old man returns, demanding the protection of the church. His name is Eduard Schwermann and he is wanted by the police as a suspected war criminal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully complex

  • By Jules on 07-03-07

Wonderfully complex

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-07

This is a lovely story beautifully read. Its quite complex and moving with a delightfully rich combination of characters and full of twists and turns. I wouldn't call it a thriller, more of an intriguing mystery spanning from the activities of the French resistance to the present day and the resulting effects for three families. This is so much more than an account of a war crimes trial. Father Anselm is a warm character that I quickly grew to like and I'm pleased to see that he features in the next William Brodrick book which is now on my wishlist. I've listened to The Sixth Lamentation once and am listening again to pick up on a few nuances I missed first time round. Highly recommended.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • In Pale Battalions

  • By: Robert Goddard
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Six months after her husband's sudden death, Leonora Galloway sets off on a holiday in Paris with her daughter Penelope. Their journey starts with an unscheduled stop at the imposing Thiepval Memorial to the dead of the Battle of the Somme near Amiens. Amongst those commemorated is Leonora's father. The date of his death is recorded as April 30, 1916. But Leonora wasn't born until March 14, 1917.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Jules on 12-01-07

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-07

Another intriguing story of mystery from Robert Goddard. A sensitive tale delightfully read by Tony Britton, thoroughly recommended.

  • Sense and Sensibility

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475

When Mrs. Dashwood is forced by an avaricious daughter-in-law to leave the family home in Sussex, she takes her three daughters to live in a modest cottage in Devon. For Elinor, the eldest daughter, the move means a painful separation from the man she loves, but her sister Marianne finds in Devon the romance and excitement which she longs for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect narrative

  • By Rachel on 25-05-09

Wonderful

Overall
out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-06

Beautifully read, most enjoyable.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful