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  • The Signature of All Things

  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

Elizabeth Gilbert’s first novel in twelve years is an extraordinary story of botany, exploration and desire, spanning across much of the 19th century. The novel follows the fortunes of the brilliant Alma Whittaker (daughter of a bold and charismatic botanical explorer) as she comes into her own within the world of plants and science. As Alma’s careful studies of moss take her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she loves draws her in the opposite direction - into the realm of the spiritual, the divine and the magical.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A superb listen, utterly absorbing.

  • By Kerry on 08-11-13

a wonderful book

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

Reviewed: 14-06-17

I felt a sense of loss when I finished listening. Juliet Stephenson is a great narrator.

  • Master and Commander

  • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 1
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783

Master and Commander is the first of Patrick O’Brian’s now famous Aubrey-Maturin novels, regarded by many as the greatest series of historical novels ever written. It establishes the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey RN and Stephen Maturin, who becomes his secretive ship’s surgeon and an intelligence agent. It displays the qualities which have put O’Brian far ahead of any of his competitors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last, unabridged and well read...it begins.

  • By John on 19-01-12

This will replace Noble House as my favourite audio book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-08-16

I have read this book several times, but the excellent narration gives the book a new dimension. I feel bereft that it is finished.

  • The Hotel on the Roof of the World

  • Five Years in Tibet
  • By: Alec Le Sueur
  • Narrated by: Steven Kynman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

Few foreigners are lucky enough to set foot on Tibetan soil, but Alec Le Sueur spent five extraordinary years there, working in the unlikeliest Holiday Inn in the world. Against the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas unfolds a highly amusing and enlightening account of his experiences. Fly infestations at state banquets, unexpected deliveries of live snakes, a predominance of yaks and everything yak-related, the unbelievable Miss Tibet competition, insurmountable communication problems and a dead guest are just some of the entertainments to be found.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imperfect people living interesting lives

  • By Lynda Cookson on 08-07-13

Funny book until the end

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

Reviewed: 08-11-15

What did you like most about The Hotel on the Roof of the World?

I have always been fascinated by Tibet, Lionel Davidson's "The rose of Tibet" is one of my favourite books (read it!). This book was mostly very amusing, but one tragic incident at the end finally showed what the horror of the Tibetan situation was. It really isn't funny what happened to the Tibetan nation. Check out the Holiday Inn Lhasa on Trip Advisor by the way, it's changed.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hotel on the Roof of the World?

Don't try on shirts....

What three words best describe Steven Kynman’s performance?

Wrong voice for the book.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both

Any additional comments?

I will definitely listen again.

  • Capital Punishment

  • By: Robert Wilson
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 116

Charles Boxer, ex-army, ex-police, has found his niche in private security. His speciality: high-stakes kidnap resolution. But it's a rootless life that doesn't impress his teenage daughter, Amy, or her mother, Detective Sergeant Mercy Danqah. Alyshia D'Cruz, daughter of Indian tycoon Francisco 'Frank' D'Cruz, has grown up in London and Mumbai wanting for nothing. But one night, after a boozy evening out, she gets in the wrong cab home...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked!

  • By Lucy on 12-09-15

I wish this book lasted for another hour or two

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

Reviewed: 25-08-15

mainly because of the excellent narration. I have enjoyed Robert Wilson 's books for years. please keep on writing.
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Chase

  • By: Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg, New York Times best-selling authors of The Heist, return in this action-packed, exciting adventure featuring master con artist Nicolas Fox and die-hard FBI agent Kate O'Hare. And this time around, things go from hot to nuclear when government secrets are on the line. Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of fun, but a good story too

  • By mollyeyre on 30-10-16

I loved this

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

Reviewed: 15-08-15

the narration was great. plot far fetched obviously but very entertaining. I do wish the 2 of them would finally get it together.

  • Featuring the Saint

  • The Saint, Book 5
  • By: Leslie Charteris
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

The Saint is back - 50 audiobooks are now available starring the debonair classic crime hero. Simon Templar is the Saint - daring, dazzling, and just a little disreputable. On the side of the law, but standing outside it, he dispenses his own brand of justice one criminal at a time. These three stories find the Saint flushing out swindlers in inimitable style.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very dated

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-05-15

Very dated

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

Reviewed: 08-05-15

Would you try another book written by Leslie Charteris or narrated by John Telfer?

no I wouldn't. So dated that it isn't even funny. And yet the TV series seems as fresh as ever, shame.

What was most disappointing about Leslie Charteris’s story?

The stories

Which character – as performed by John Telfer – was your favourite?

None

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Casino Royale (with Interview)

  • By: Ian Fleming
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565

For James Bond and the British Secret Service, the stakes couldn’t be higher. 007’s mission is to neutralise the Russian operative Le Chiffre by ruining him at the baccarat table, forcing his Soviet masters to ‘retire’ him. When Le Chiffre hits a losing streak, Bond discovers his luck is in – that is, until he meets Vesper Lynd, a glamorous agent who might yet prove to be his downfall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The original and the Best

  • By Clifford on 07-09-12

amazingly dated!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-12

It is amazing how out of date this book is. The constant references to smoking and the awful chauvinistic attitude of James towards Vesper are quite funny, but get really boring after a few pages. And the plot is completely implausible - why was Vesper sent to help out Bond?



The narration is very good.



I had planned to download the rest of the Ian Fleming series, not now.

1 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Trespass

  • By: Rose Tremain
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

In a silent valley stands an isolated stone farmhouse. Its owner is Aramon Lunel, an alcoholic so haunted by his violent past that he’s let his hunting dogs starve and his land go to ruin. Meanwhile, his sister, alone in her modern bungalow within sight of the Mas Lunel, dreams of exacting retribution for the unspoken betrayals that have blighted her life. Into this closed world comes Anthony Verey, a wealthy but disillusioned antiques dealer from London.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A slow-burner of a book

  • By Kirstine on 31-05-10

I have listened to this book 3 times so far

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-09-12

beautifully read and a very rich plot. The characters were fully developed and Juliet Stephenson captures them perfectly.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Cobra

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 416
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

The cocaine industry is worth billions of dollars a year to the drug cartels who spread their evil across Western society, causing incalculable misery, poverty and death. Slowly, gradually, inexorably it is spreading and it is a blight which must be stopped. One man, Paul Devereaux, intellectual, dedicated, utterly ruthless and ex-CIA special ops, is given what seems like an impossible task. At his disposal is anything he wants – men, resources, money. And he will not stop until he has completed his mission.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forsyth back on form

  • By Kirstine on 23-08-10

very predictable

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-09-12

the book could have been half the length, constant successes against the baddies repeated over and over again, with the expected twist in the tail ending. Did not really like the narration much, the voice was rather monotone. Agreed with another reviews regarding pronunciation of words in other languages, surely that is so easy to rectify.

  • Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years

  • By: Sue Townsend
  • Narrated by: Ark Hadfield
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Adrian Mole is 39 and a quarter. Due to his financial situation he has been forced to move next door to his parents. And his numerous nightly visits to the lavatory lead him to suspect prostate trouble. As his worries multiply, a phone call to his old flame ignites powerful memories and makes him wonder - is she the only one who can save him now?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superb

  • By Steven on 28-03-10

sad and funny

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-08-12

How can a book about marital breakdown, redundancy and cancer be so funny? I absolutely loved this book and was sorry to reach the end. Sue Townsend has not written a sequel so far, what a shame. If anyone has a relation or friend with cancer, read this. I loved Hadfield's narration, and will look for others read by him.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful