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  • The English American

  • A Novel
  • By: Alison Larkin
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

This AudioFile Earphones Award-winning recording of Alison Larkin's best-selling autobiographical novel about an adopted English woman who finds her birth parents and herself in the US is followed by an exclusive interview with the author. In addition to being a best-selling novelist and comedienne, Alison Larkin is also the award-winning narrator of over 200 audiobooks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming, thought-provoking and funny

  • By KatMari on 24-05-18

Heartwarming, thought-provoking and funny

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

Reviewed: 24-05-18

This is a great story written and narrated by Alison Larkin. It deftly handles some really weighty issues, like identity and cross-cultural differences, with a wonderful lightness of touch. It's funny and moving all at once. I especially loved the warm and unflinching honesty of the protagonist. Perhaps because this work is semi-based on Larkin's real life experience, the whole result is a completely authentic and real heroine. Larkin is an accomplished narrator of many books already, and she lends her vocal skills to her own words beautifully.

I listened to this over 4 days and didn't want to stop! I hope Alison Larkin writes more, she's a real talent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Origin

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,917
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,914

The spellbinding new Robert Langdon novel from the author of The Da Vinci Code. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earth-shaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Deception Point 2

  • By 451 on 10-10-17

Classic Dan Brown

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

Reviewed: 27-01-18

Deals with profound and interesting concepts, but bound into popular fast-moving cliffhanger format. Narration good.

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    Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
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    Overall 4.1
  • The English American

  • By: Alison Larkin
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

When Pippa Dunn, adopted as an infant and raised terribly British, discovers that her birth parents are from the American South, she finds that "culture clash" has layers of meaning she'd never imagined. Meet The English American, a fabulously funny, deeply poignant debut novel that sprang from Alison Larkin's autobiographical one-woman show of the same name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth a listen

  • By KatMari on 10-08-17

Well worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

If you could sum up The English American in three words, what would they be?

Heartwarming, thought-provoking, funny

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the warm honesty of the protagonist. Perhaps partly because this Alison Larkin narrating her own work - which is semi-based on her real life experience - the whole result is a completely authentic and real heroine.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

No spoilers! But there were plenty!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I really wanted to - as it was I listened to it over about four days, I didn't want to stop.

Any additional comments?

I really hope Alison writes more books and narrates them herself, she's a huge talent.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Murder on the Orient Express

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 739
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stopped the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train was surprisingly full for the time of the year. But by the morning there was one passenger fewer. An American lay dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Natsume on 15-12-15

David Suchet is an excellent narrator

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

Reviewed: 31-07-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Murder on the Orient Express to be better than the print version?

Yes. I used Whispersync and was switching between the audio and the book on my Kindle, and although of course the book is wonderful, it was amazing just how much David Suchet's narration brought every nuance and character to life. Fantastic story read masterfully by the ultimate Poirot.

  • Northanger Abbey

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Douglas Booth, Eleanor Tomlinson, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558

A coming-of-age tale for the young and naïve 17-year-old Catherine Morland, Northanger Abbey takes a decidedly comical look at themes of class, family, love and literature. Revelling in the sensationalist - and extremely popular - Gothic fiction of her day, the story follows Catherine out of Bath to the lofty manor of the Tilneys, where her overactive imagination gets to work constructing an absurd and melodramatic explanation for the death of Mrs Tilney, which threatens to jeopardise her newly forged friendships.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Austen's best work brought to life

  • By S Plateau on 31-07-17

Great Listening

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

Reviewed: 18-07-17

Would you listen to Northanger Abbey again? Why?

Yes I will definitely listen again. This was great entertainment, I couldn't settle to anything else until I'd heard it till the end. How well Austen knew people's minds! The piano music in this is beautiful as well.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Emma Thompson as Jane - could not be better. She brings all the wit and humour perfectly, and is well paced. The rest of the cast was very good, especially Catherine and John Thorpe. Isabella was suitably odious, and the Tilneys were perfect. I loved hearing Anna Chancellor as Mrs Allen!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Uncle Dysfunctional

  • Uncompromising Answers to Life's Most Painful Problems
  • By: AA Gill
  • Narrated by: Alexander Armstrong
  • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

From 2011 up until his death at the end of 2016, the inimitable AA Gill reigned supreme as Uncle Dysfunctional, Esquire's resident advice columnist. In this raffish, hilarious, scathing yet often surprisingly humane collection, Gill applies his unmatched wit to the largest and smallest issues of our time. Whether you're struggling to satisfy your other half, having a crisis over your baldness, don't like your daughter's boyfriend or need the definitive rules on shorts, leather jackets and man-bags, AA Gill has all the answers - but you'd better brace yourself first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally the advice we've all been looking for!

  • By Tom on 16-11-17

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 18-07-17

Ball-bouncingly funny. Not for the easily offended. If however you enjoy offence, you'll love this.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Child

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Adjoa Andoh, Finty Williams, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,938
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,920

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers, it's impossible to ignore. For one woman it's a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her. For another it's the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. And for a third, a journalist, it's the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth. The Child's story will be told.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story!

  • By joanna Prendergast on 30-06-17

Bestseller

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

Reviewed: 03-07-17

Was gripped. Empathy developed skillfully for characters. Truly excellent narration, well-cast, fluent, emotive, paced perfectly.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Life and Loves of a He Devil

  • By: Graham Norton
  • Narrated by: Graham Norton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 692

Graham Norton has been entertaining audiences and having fun with some of the world's biggest stars for nearly 20 years. He is loved across the nation for his delight in the peculiar and for his ability to find humour and a common ground in all that life brings. The Life and Loves of a He Devil is Graham's funny and honest memoir on the theme of love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Graham on telly, you'll love this too.

  • By Lakeskip on 21-03-17

Brilliant Audio Experience

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

Reviewed: 07-04-17

Graham Norton is warm, funny, wickedly rude, positive, inspiring and irreverent. His audiobook is perfect.

  • Matilda

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Kate Winslet
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,169
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 952
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 955

Penguin presents Roald Dahl's Matilda, read by multi-award-winning actress Kate Winslet. Matilda Wormwood is an extraordinary genius with really stupid parents. Miss Trunchbull is her terrifying headmistress who thinks all her pupils are rotten little stinkers. But Matilda will show these horrible grown-ups that even though she's only small, she's got some very powerful tricks up her sleeve....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cooooool

  • By Becky on 13-01-15

Excellent performance

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

Reviewed: 30-03-17

Kate gives a flawless performance that matches Dahl's quirky, brutally insightful humour perfectly. Great casting!

  • Pawn of Prophecy

  • Belgariad, Book 1
  • By: David Eddings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564

Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil god Torak sought dominion and drove men and Gods to war. But Belgrath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe. That was only a story, and Garion did not believe in magic dooms, even though the man without a shadow had haunted him for years.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • couldn't agree more

  • By Hevpais on 23-11-07

Incredible storytelling, so immersive and vibrant

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

Reviewed: 30-03-16

Where does Pawn of Prophecy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

If I judge it as a story, it's always been one of my top favourites. I have the whole series in print and have honestly read them through at least 20 times. As an audio edition - this is by no means the best audiobook I've ever listened to, and trust me I've heard a lot. Having said that, the narration style really grew on me. To an English ear the voice was too forceful and heavy at first. But after I got used to the tone, I was impressed by the way the narrator coped with a myriad number of fantastical names, places etc, and kept the narrative seamless. I've given the performance a 4 because it's important in most cases to keep the listener gripped right away and if I didn't already know these stories so well, maybe I'd have given up. However, I am glad I persevered.

What did you like best about this story?

Eddings' dry, gentle humour is wonderfully engaging. The characters are painted with such variety and depth. They get better as the series goes on too! And the intricacy of the story overall - you start on a simple farm in Sendaria and the plot just expands on from there.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, the pace was well measured.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful