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  • Nicholas Nickleby

  • The Dickens Collection: Original Audio Show
  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 36 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

When 19-year old Nicholas Nickleby is left destitute after his father's death, he appeals to his wealthy uncle to help him find work and to protect his mother and sister. But Ralph Nickleby offers little help and proves to be both hard-hearted and unscrupulous, leaving Nicholas to make his own way in the world. Nicholas' adventures take him to Yorkshire boarding school, Dotheboys Hall, and then back to London, meeting an extraordinary gallery of rogues and eccentrics along the way. Like many of Dickens' novels, Nicholas Nickleby is characterised by his outrage at cruelty and social injustice, but it is also a flamboyantly exuberant work, revealing his comic genius.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not my usual listen...... but so good!

  • By Ms. H. J. Stephenson on 16-10-18

Gripping and luxuriously detailed

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

Reviewed: 10-04-19

A superb performance with rounded characterisation, regional accents and slices of class distinction. Beautifully read.
Allow Dickens to draw you into a world where you cannot but deeply care for the downtrodden, pure-hearted whilst forgiving the prejudices and weaknesses of the supporting characters. The villains will repulse you with their deadly sins personified. Enjoy!

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  • Arabian Nights: Volume 1

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Marty Ross
  • Narrated by: Zahra Ahmadi, Raghad Chaar, Omid Djalili, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

This multicast dramatisation of Arabian Nights: Volume 1 is an Audible Original reenvisioning of three iconic tales - with a twist. Adapted by the great Marty Ross, whose previous audio dramas include Romeo and Jude, Dark Shadows, Doctor Who and Blood and Stone, listeners can expect to hear Sheherezade, Ali Baba & 40 Thieves and Julnar the Sea Born as they've never done before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fiery, comedic and bursting with life.

  • By Elizabeth Ann Duffy on 19-05-18

Beguiled at bedtime

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

Reviewed: 27-05-18

This production was skilfully adapted and dramatised by an ensemble cast.
The Persian accent sounded good to an untrained ear and important in rendering authenticity.
Suitable for an adult audience, the dialogue is lively, comedic and sensual.
The only distraction and unappealing character was that of the winged monster, whose synthesized voice grated.
Also, in terms of musical scoring I am not a fan of synthesizers. Should Audible's budget stretch to including live musicians, it would greatly enhance one's enjoyment.
Overall, however, I greatly enjoyed the voyeuristic experience of eavesdropping on Sharahazad's tales (standing with the executioner behind a screen), woven with magic and spice.
When can one hope to hear volume II?

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  • The Last Kingdom

  • The Last Kingdom Series, Book 1
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,323
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,213

The first book in a brand-new series, The Last Kingdom is set in England during the reign of King Alfred. Uhtred is an English boy, born into the aristocracy of ninth-century Northumbria. Orphaned at 10, he is captured and adopted by a Dane and taught the Viking ways. Yet Uhtred's fate is indissolubly bound up with Alfred, King of Wessex, who rules over the only English kingdom to survive the Danish assault. The struggle between the English and the Danes and the strife between christianity and paganism is the background to Uhtred's growing up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fate is unstoppable

  • By A D MCCLENAGHAN on 13-12-14

Time-travel

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

Reviewed: 19-07-17

Beautifully written, this gem of a story transports one back to a very different period of this isle's history.
Battle scenes are gripping and sometimes overwhelming; the well-defined characters become our friends and foe.
The historic detail plunges one into a time machine. Jonathan Keeble delivers a masterful recounting of what I can only describe as a saga.
For those fascinated by Viking history, Alfred the Great or who just enjoy a gripping yarn....enjoy!

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  • Catherine De Medici

  • By: Leonie Frieda
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26

Leonie Frieda has returned to original sources and re-read the thousands of letters left by Catherine de Medici. There has not been a biography in English of Catherine for many years, and she believes that the time has come to show her as one of the most influential women in 16th-century Europe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful book beautifully read

  • By Robyn on 19-06-12

Ignoble histories of power struggles

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

A detailed account of an ignoble period of French history, focusing on Catherine de Medici and her blighted family. Beautifully and subjectively written, masterfully performed (albeit with a few mistakes regarding French pronunciation), this book draws one into the perilous chess game that was the Queen's life during the turbulent time of religious division within the kingdoms of Europe. Greatly enjoyable.

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  • 4

  • 50 From Paddington
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Joan Hickson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

For an instant the two trains ran together, side by side. In that frozen moment, Elspeth witnessed a murder. Helplessly, she stared out of her carriage window as a man remorselessly tightened his grip around a woman's throat. The body crumpled. Then the other train drew away. But who, apart from Miss Marple, would take her story seriously? After all, there were no suspects, no other witnesses...and no corpse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great listen<br />

  • By sally page on 12-01-19

Lost momentum

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

Reviewed: 16-10-16

Having listened to, and thoroughly enjoyed "Murder in the Caribbean" and "Nemesis" read by Joan Hickson, I was slightly disappointed with this recording. This, I believe, had more to do with the story, which didn't flow as well nor maintain dramatic tension as masterfully ss the afore-mentioned. However, in addition, I fear it wasn't Joan Hickson's best series of characterisations.

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  • A Caribbean Mystery

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Joan Hickson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

As Jane Marple sat basking in the Caribbean sunshine she felt mildly discontented with life. True, the warmth eased her rheumatism, but here in paradise nothing ever happened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive and beautifully narrated.

  • By S. Todd on 29-09-16

Addictive and beautifully narrated.

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

Reviewed: 29-09-16

Joan Hickson does a marvellous job voicing all the characters and her pronunciation is deliciously contemporaneous. Agatha Christie's masterful weaving and subsequent unravelling of the plot leads one by the nose till the end. Marvellous!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful