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M. B. Radford

Southampton, England
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  • Routes of English: Complete Series 1: Evolving English

  • By: Melvyn Bragg
  • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Melvyn Bragg looks at how English has evolved over 1,000 years, looking at the disappearance of old dialects like that of Cumbria, and how it has been enriched by foreign languages, from Latin, Old French, and then dozens more as conquest, trade and immigration played their part in recent centuries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable historical account of spoken English

  • By M. B. Radford on 10-10-17

Enjoyable historical account of spoken English

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

I am glad this is available on Audible as I remember listening to this on the radio. Now I can listen to it as much as I like. It informs and entertains with a wealth of English speaking voices in their many varieties and cadences.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England

  • A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century
  • By: Ian Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,134

Imagine you could travel back to the 14th century. What would you see? What would you smell? More to the point, where are you going to stay? And what are you going to eat? Ian Mortimer shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. He sets out to explain what life was like in the most immediate way, through taking you to the Middle Ages. The result is the most astonishing social history book you are ever likely to read: evolutionary in its concept, informative and entertaining in its detail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very, very interesting - highly recommended

  • By anthonyunionjackson on 06-05-09

History comes alive

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

This is one of those books that entices you to listen as often as possible.

  • Cheating at Canasta

  • Short Story Collection
  • By: William Trevor
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley, Gerard Doyle, Heather O'Neill, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

The publication of a new book by William Trevor is a true literary event. One of our finest chroniclers of the human condition, Trevor's precise and unflinching insights into the lives of ordinary people are evidenced once again in this stunning collection of twelve stories. Subtle yet powerful, these exquisitely nuanced tales of regret, deception, adultery, aging, and forgiveness are a rare pleasure, and they confirm Trevor's reputation as a master of the form.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By M. B. Radford on 18-02-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 18-02-17

Narrated by all with tender feeling. This is my first encounter with William Trevor's work. He came highly recommended and I understand why. His ability to create a picture and bring characters to life, is well drawn.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Golden Notebook

  • By: Doris Lessing
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 27 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 107

Author Anna Wulf attempts to overcome writer’s block by writing a comprehensive "golden notebook" that draws together the preoccupations of her life, each of which is examined in a different notebook. Anna’s struggle to unify the various strands of her life – emotional, political, and professional – amasses into a fascinating encyclopaedia of female experience in the ‘50s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Perceptive

  • By ROBERT on 24-12-12

Juliet Stevenson's reading kept me listening

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

Reviewed: 10-07-16

Juliet Stevenson delivers an excellent performance. I liked the way she made all the characters come alive with intonation as much as accent.
Doris Lessing was a clever writer and the first chapter had me laughing out loud it was so humorous. But the novel snakes through the main character - Anna's life with many twists and turns, I found myself losing interest in Anna's reflective notebook accounts. I persevered only because of Juliet's reading.

  • SPQR

  • A History of Ancient Rome
  • By: Mary Beard
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,417

Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the rape of Lucretia - still strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil liberty today. SPQR is a new look at Roman history from one of the world's foremost classicists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and erudite

  • By Mr. D on 01-12-15

Listen and learn

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

Reviewed: 28-05-16

Read brilliantly by Phyllida Nash. Mary Beard's detailed tome brings to life the circumstances of Roman life in the first millennium of the empire.

  • The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife and the Missing Corpse

  • By: Piu Marie Eatwell
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

1897: An elderly widow, Anna Maria Druce, made a strange request of the London Ecclesiastical Court: it was for the exhumation of the grave of her late father-in-law, T. C. Druce. Behind her application lay a sensational claim: that Druce had been none other than the eccentric and massively wealthy 5th duke of Portland, and that the now dead duke had faked the death of his alter ego. When opened, Anna Maria contended, Druce's coffin would be found to be empty. The legal case that followed would last for ten years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A teasingly, strange account.

  • By M. B. Radford on 26-10-15

A teasingly, strange account.

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

Reviewed: 26-10-15

I gradually warmed to this detailed account of the 5th Duke of Portland and T C Druce , how it appeared their lives were intertwined and the various fictional and factual varieties of these.
Barnaby Edwards' narration is clear and distinct.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Petticoat Men

  • By: Barbara Ewing
  • Narrated by: Barbara Ewing
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

The Victorian gossipmongers called them The Petticoat Men. But to Mattie Stacey, they are Freddie and Ernest, her gentlemen lodgers. She admires their sparkling gowns, and laughs at their stories of attending society balls dressed up as the glamorous 'Fanny' and 'Stella'. But one fateful night Fanny and Stella are arrested. Outraged, Mattie is determined to save her friends and expose the establishment's hypocrisy…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Upstairs, downstairs with a twist

  • By M. B. Radford on 13-09-15

Upstairs, downstairs with a twist

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

Reviewed: 13-09-15

Curious story line that went from the poorest (humblest) to richest. Attempts to deliver slices of life across several layers.