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Elizabeh

Lancashire
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  • The Old Ways

  • A Journey on Foot
  • By: Robert Macfarlane
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

In The Old Ways, Robert Macfarlane sets off from his Cambridge home to follow the ancient tracks, holloways, drove-roads, and sea paths that form part of a vast network of routes crisscrossing the British landscape and its waters, and connecting them to the continents beyond. The result is an immersive, enthralling exploration of the ghosts and voices that haunt old paths, of the stories our tracks keep and tell, of pilgrimage and ritual, and of song lines and their singers. Above all this is a book about people and place.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not easy but worth the effort.

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-04-13

A little tiresome at times

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

Reviewed: 01-05-14

I had really high hopes for this listen, I am sorry to say I found it disappointing. The general concept is an exciting one, many British walks to explore and narrate an audible commentary on. Alas this book is more like a thesaurus at some points. I actually felt it to be pretentious. Some of the sentences are so long and the author has an irritating over use of adjectives. Also, it jumps around onto different topics which make it tricky to follow. He starts rambling about stuff which is nothing to do with what he started off describing. The narrator does a sterling job trying to make the 'strings' of words sound comprehensible. Another positive is that you get plenty of hours listening for your 1credit. I would say it's one of those Marmite books, love it or hate it.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Fog

  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 290

The peaceful life of a village in Wiltshire is suddenly shattered by a disaster which strikes without reason or explanation, leaving behind it a trail of misery and horror. A yawning, bottomless crack spreads through the earth, out of which creeps a fog that resembles no other. Whatever it is, it must be controlled; for wherever it goes it leaves behind a trail of disaster as hideous as the tragedy that marked its entry into the world. The fog, quite simple, drives people insane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great stuff

  • By M Henderson on 28-12-16

A book that I'll be deleting from my library.

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

Reviewed: 14-10-13

Judging by the reviews this book and the author are obviously very popular. I just found it unnecessarily crude, this is my opinion. I wasn't expecting an Enid Blyton story but some parts of The Fog are just sick. There wasn't a need for such graphic sexual and violent descriptions in order to carry the story.
The narrator does his job very well, clearly spoken, can't fault him. That said, I will be deleting this recording. These recordings really should have some type of rating as I would recommend it aught to be an 18+.

6 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Zealot

  • The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
  • By: Reza Aslan
  • Narrated by: Reza Aslan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Speculative but sometimes interesting

  • By Stuart on 09-10-14

Informative,but more questions than answers.

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

Reviewed: 03-09-13

I have surprisingly enjoyed this audio book. I have long been interested in the real truth and the fiction hidden within the Bible. Reza Aslan narrates his book with enthusiasm. I must admit that I wouldn't make it to the end of the written book, but the audio version is more bearable. I didn't fully understand all of the threads which he references throughout, but I picked up the general gist. It is a revealing book but you have to have an interest in the subject to make sense of it. It's not a book for someone unfamiliar with the Bible in my opinion. It has made me ask more questions than finding answers.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Clarissa's England

  • A Gamely Gallop Through the English Counties
  • By: Clarissa Dickson Wright
  • Narrated by: Clarissa Dickson Wright
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Best-selling author of Spilling the Beans, takes her personal journey around the different regions of England.The quintessential Englishwoman Clarissa Dickson Wright takes us on a personal journey through the country of her birth. From Cornwall to Cumbria, Norfolk to Northumbria she brings her extraordinary knowledge, huge passion, forthright opinions and inimitable wit to the distinctive history and regional character of every corner of England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some interesting bits

  • By Elizabeh on 05-08-13

Some interesting bits

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

Reviewed: 05-08-13

I like the idea of a jolly tour around the counties, with a bit of history and quirky stories thrown in. I do like Clarissa, but I found her narration of this book a little stilted considering it's her book. I want to say that I loved the book but somehow it just doesn't flow.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A History of English Food

  • By: Clarissa Dickson Wright
  • Narrated by: Clarissa Dickson Wright
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

In this major new history of English food, Clarissa Dickson Wright takes the reader on a journey from the time of the Second Crusade and the feasts of medieval kings to the cuisine - both good and bad - of the present day. She looks at the shifting influences on the national diet as new ideas and ingredients have arrived, and as immigrant communities have made their contribution to the life of the country. She evokes lost worlds of open fires and ice houses, of constant pickling and preserving, and of manchet loaves and curly-coated pigs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great holiday 'reading'

  • By Cate on 07-04-13

Thoroughly enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-13

This is not a genre I would normally go for, however, I can honestly say I have thoroughly enjoyed this listen. Clarissa gives her straightforward, highly knowledgeable, chronological account of the history of English food. It may sound like a 'dry' topic for a good entertaining listen but it's actually full of interesting little snippets of knowledge. It's something I will listen to over again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Innocence of Father Brown

  • By: G. K. Chesterton
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Detective fans of all races and creeds, of all tastes and fancies will delight in the exploits of this wise and whimsical padre. You will be enchanted by the scandalously innocent man of the cloth, with his handy umbrella, who exhibits such uncanny insight into ingeniously tricky human problems. This collection includes 12 mysteries solved by Father Brown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing

  • By Stephen on 13-04-13

Just OK. Not super keen on the narrators voice.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-13

Having recently seen the BBC adaption of Fr Brown 2013 I thought I would give the original stories a listen; I was under no illusion that the TV version would be the same as the author had intended. That said I was a little disappointed. The stories do ramble a little and are constructed in an outdated and wordy form of speech which can take some getting used to. It's only to be expected when you consider the date of publication. I personally didn't find the narrator easy to listen to, that's just my little foible. I would be interested if the Beeb did an audible dramatization. Until such a time, I'll not bother with the other books in the series.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

The Lady Vanishes
    
    
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        Ethel Lina White
    
    


    
    
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        Finty Williams
    
    


    
    Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
    12 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • The Lady Vanishes

  • By: Ethel Lina White
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Iris, an English girl holidaying in the Balkans, becomes friendly with Miss Froy, a middle-aged governess. They return to England on the same train, but when Miss Froy disappears, a doctor tries to persuade Iris that Miss Froy never existed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting listen, something a bit different.

  • By Elizabeh on 03-06-13

Interesting listen, something a bit different.

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

Reviewed: 03-06-13

Listeners may be more familiar with the Hitchcock version of the book. This is the unabridged original telling by Ethel Lina White, which is slightly different. It stills tells the story of the spoilt rich girl who finds herself alone in an unfamiliar country. How she sets out single handed at first to prove that 'the English lady' she befriended, has indeed disappeared from a moving train. I found the dialogue engaging and true to the era when it was written. Good listen if you like the Agatha Christie genre. The narrator has a voice well suited to the female lead, although I would prefer slightly more obvious character definition when other voices come into the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Life

  • Volume 7: Suit Yourself
  • By: BBC Audiobooks Ltd
  • Narrated by: Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Paul Eddington, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25

In 'The Weaver's Tale' (1 May 1977) Barbara isn't happy when Tom spends all their money on a second-hand loom, and Jerry bravely decides to rein in Margo's spending - just after she's been shopping. In 'Suit Yourself' (8 May 1977) Tom and Barbara are making a suit for Tom using sheeps' wool and dye from stinging nettles, while Margo and Jerry have a dinner where 'Sir' announces his retirement. But who will take over the company?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nostalgia

  • By Elizabeh on 26-04-13

Nostalgia

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-04-13

These audio books are the original tv episodes, they have little added bits of commentary by Penelope Keith when the 'action' needs to be described. It actually works quite well; if you have seen the tv series then you'll have no problem visualizing what's going on. It was a little stroll down memory lane for me. Harmless, lightweight comedy which makes for a great bedtime listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • At Bertram's Hotel

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cole
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

When Miss Marple comes up from the country for a holiday in London, she finds what she's looking for at Bertram's Hotel: traditional decor, impeccable service, and an unmistakable atmosphere of danger behind the highly polished veneer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasent listen

  • By Elizabeh on 26-01-12

Pleasent listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-01-12

Stephanie Cole is a good substitute for Joan Hickson. The story is well read. It's a comfortable, easy listen.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Agatha Raisin and Kissing Christmas Goodbye

  • Agatha Raisin, Book 18
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257

Penelope Keith - who starred as Agatha Raisin in the popular BBC Radio 4 series - reads M.C. Beaton’s entertaining murder mystery. During the grey days of early December, Agatha is obsessed by only two things – Christmas, and her ex, James Lacey. Although she says she feels nothing for James now, she’s sure that planning the perfect Dickensian Christmas for all her friends will somehow reanimate her love. Even the murder of Mrs Tamworthy , does little to distract Agatha.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A lightweight and enjoyable listen.

  • By Elizabeh on 17-01-12

A lightweight and enjoyable listen.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-12

This book is similar to the other Agatha Raisin adventures. The books are not challenging or emotionally heavy. If you like Miss Marple or Rosemary and Thyme type stories then these are for you. They make for a comfortable bed-time listen.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful