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  • The Lost Man

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Two brothers meet at the remote border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of the outback. In an isolated part of Australia, they are each other's nearest neighbour, their homes hours apart. They are at the stockman's grave, a landmark so old that no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family's quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lost man

  • By P.W.Ainsworth on 28-10-18

A deep slow burner

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I loved Stephen's voice and reading. I have lived in Oz, in Adelaide, a very different experience from living in the Outback. We travelled widely in Oz and stayed in small towns and saw the vastness of the desert. So always aware of life in small town outback and desert Oz. I feel Jane captures those aspects beautifully. The family behaviours and experiences she describes are true to any place and part of life but the setting gave them deeper and more intense feelings.
I have heard The Dry and Forces of Nature and so appreciated the references to the characters and stories in The Dry.
I look forward to Jane's next book - no pressure then!!

  • Career of Evil

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 3
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,413
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,966

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past whom he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another gripping story.

  • By Bernadette on 22-10-15

A brilliant narrator

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

Reviewed: 21-02-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Career of Evil to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version

What did you like best about this story?

The development of the relationship between Strike and Robin The trip in the land rover was really good at showing this. Covering as it did so many different strands of the story and different people and counties brilliantly.

Have you listened to any of Robert Glenister’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes - the 2 previous Robert Galbraith books and 1 other of his. This was by far the best needing so many different accents and dialects. He is superb at projecting all the different characters - both women and men. A really favourite narrator for me.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were several - the men from the funeral was a touching scene. The scene in the pub was perhaps the one which was most moving. Especially as Robert Glenister caught the accents and gender of the character so beautifully. When the Scottish mother told Strike about what happened to her daughter and her immense appreciation of what he had done for her. And Strike's support for her while still maintaining his focus on his reason for talking to her.

Any additional comments?

I found some of the scenes difficult - so I fast forwarded at times!!

  • Martin Chuzzlewit

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 33 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

The Chuzzlewits are a family divided by money and selfishness; even young Martin, the eponymous hero, is arrogant and self-centred. He offends his grandfather by falling in love with the latter’s ward, Mary, and sets out to make his own fortune in life, travelling as far as America - which produces from Dickens a savage satire on a new world tainted with the vices of the old. Martin’s nature slowly changes through his bitter experience of life and his enduring love for Mary.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Dickens

  • By Steve on 27-04-11

Martin Chuzzlewit

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-12

What a combination - Dickens and Sean Barrett. It was such a joy listening to Sean Barrett reading this book. He made the characters come to life seemlessly. I laughed out loud when Mr Pecksniff became inebriated and was put to bed. Definitely one to listen to again.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Barnaby Rudge

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 26 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

For the background to this historical novel, a tale of mystery, suspense and unsolved murder, Dickens chose the anti-Catholic Gordon Riots of 1780. Mayhem reigns in the streets of London, vividly described by Dickens, and the innocent Barnaby Rudge is drawn into the thick of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Barrett's Great Reading

  • By nero5 on 18-10-11

Barnaby Rudge read by Sean Barratt

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-11

What a fantastic experience - Dickens read by Sean Barratt - not just read but narrated in a truly wonderful way. I had not read this book but was thoroughly caught up in the characters lives and the horrendous rioting. How relevant Dickens is to what has recently happened in London. But it was the reading by Sean that made the experience so memorable, thrilling and moving.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Middlemarch

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 35 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,169
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 926

Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All consuming

  • By Caro on 27-04-11

Middlemarch read by Juliet Stevenson

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-11

This is one of my favourite novels and is now one of my favourite Audibles. I really didn't want it to end and actually went back to the beginning again for a while. Juliet Stevenson' s reading, for me, was perfect. She caught all the characters beautifully and the pace was just right. Listening to this made me want to hear other books read by her. I shall be listening to this again too.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful