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Stow on the Wold, United Kingdom
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  • Full Moon

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Sinden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

The moon beamed down genially on the turrets and battlements of Blandings Castle. Sleep, however, eluded Clarence, ninth Earl of Emsworth. To be compelled to play host to his younger son, Freddie, was enough; add his sister Veronica and a chap called Tipton Plimsoll and you have a situation at which the doughtiest earl might quail...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great story

  • By julia on 17-05-15

Another great story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-05-15

Another Blandings novel written in superb style. Very clever plots Interweaved as only Wodehouse can.

Narration very clear and engaging

  • The House of Silk

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,637

It is November 1890 and London is gripped by a merciless winter. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are enjoying tea by the fire when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced at 221b Baker Street. He begs Holmes for help, telling the unnerving story of a scar-faced man with piercing eyes who has stalked him in recent weeks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a ripping yarn

  • By L on 25-02-12

Supurb

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

Reviewed: 04-03-15

Where does The House of Silk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

probably the best, Derek Jacobi is absolutely superb as the narrator and helped by a gripping, new plot but amongst a well loved so familiar character set

What was one of the most memorable moments of The House of Silk?

the ending, a triple twist is pretty impressive to achieve

What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

his ability to swap between the elderly narrator when old and the narrator at the time of the action

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

no, but i pretty much ignored any outside stimulus whilst listening to it!

  • Longbourn

  • By: Jo Baker
  • Narrated by: Emma Fielding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah thought, she would be more careful not to trudge through muddy fields. It is wash-day for the housemaids at Longbourn House, and Sarah's hands are chapped and bleeding. Domestic life below stairs, ruled tenderly and forcefully by Mrs Hill the housekeeper, is about to be disturbed by the arrival of a new footman smelling of the sea, and bearing secrets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous reader - Emma Fielding

  • By Randal on 18-05-17

New take on an old friend

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

Reviewed: 21-02-14

What made the experience of listening to Longbourn the most enjoyable?

If like me, you know the story of P&P off by heart, you should read this new take on an old friend. Be warned though, it doesn't carry the comic element of the original but is written with a gritty realism that can make the reader uncomfortable at times.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think it was her description of Mr Wickham that was most enlightening. In the original so much is uncertain in his character, how he could fool Elizabeth and appear both honourable and despicable at the same time, but this story leaves one with no illusions as to what he was really like.

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

The original book makes one feel for the poor Bennett sisters who are portrayed as being socially disadvantaged, but this book makes one realise how far further down the disadvantaged scale there is to slide.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Uncle Dynamite

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 62

A chance meeting on a train brought together Lord Ickenham and Bill Oakshott, although being told that the love of his life, Hermione, was engaged to none other than Pongo, Lord Ickenham's nephew, did not make Bill feel like he'd been struck behind the ear. And what with the usual amount of stirring goings-on at Ashendon Manor that include biffings and black eyes and duckings in duck ponds, is there any chance that it will ever work out for poor Bill?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So funny you will laugh till you cry

  • By Jennifer on 01-09-11

Dynamite indeed

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

Reviewed: 09-08-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

funny and witty as ever, Wodehouse at his best (again). It never ceases to amaze me that the same basic plots are repeated over and over in Wodehouse and yet they come fresh at you everytime.

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Cecil – was your favourite?

Cecil can do the english local accents wonderfully, even his women sound plausible

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Mike and Psmith

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Graham Seed
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

It was a preference for cricket over schoolwork that united Mike and Psmith in their reluctance to attend their new school, Sedleigh. The school insists that its attendees be keen, but it is sorely unprepared for boys of such foresight and resources as Mike and Psmith who have decided to indulge in all manner of high-jinks and adventures.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mike and Psmith

  • By julia on 05-07-13

Mike and Psmith

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

Reviewed: 05-07-13

Where does Mike and Psmith rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have recently discovered Psmith read by Jonathan Cecil. There is no doubting the superiority of the later books and Cecil's narration has become the voice of Psmith, but if you enjoy the characters then this book is a must. Despite it being one of Wodehouse's earlier attempts, it is well written and thank goodness he went on to develop the characters as they because older. Graham Seed reads well.

What other book might you compare Mike and Psmith to, and why?

Wodehouse's golfing stories.

What three words best describe Graham Seed’s performance?

clear, well-paced voice.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The answer to life the universe and everything is...cricket.

Any additional comments?

This book should be more widely read, as should Psmith himself.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Psmith Journalist

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Meet Psmith, with a silent 'P' as in psychic. A gallant, charming individual, Psmith has a gift for getting into awful scrapes, and when he takes over a gentile journal known as Cosy Moments with the aid of Billy Windsor, its sub-editor, he turns it into a radical publication...with alarming and hilarious results.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Across the pond humour

  • By julia on 28-02-13

Across the pond humour

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-13

This is a wonderful book which deserves to be better known. The mix of English oxbridge and New York underworld is brilliantly handled with the usual Wodehouse flair for language. Jonathan Cecil reads all parts well

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Leave it to Psmith

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

The idyll of Blandings Castle is about to be disturbed, for the Hon. Freddie Threepwood is poised to make his debut as a jewel thief. Freddie, however, is not alone: Blandings is simply brimming with criminals and impostors all intent on stealing Aunt Constance's 20,000 pound diamond necklace. It is left to the debonair Psmith, with his usual aplomb, to unscramble the passion, problems, and identities, of one and all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A classic Wodehouse

  • By Ruth on 03-02-08

Another superb performance

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

Reviewed: 29-10-12

A real treat for PSmith and blending a fans. Jonathan Cecil performs all characters brilliantly making this a real pleasure to listen to.

The only disappointment is Wodehouse didn't write any more with PSmith as secretary.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Charles Dickens

  • A Life
  • By: Claire Tomalin
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Charles Dickens: A Life, the major new biography from the highly acclaimed Claire Tomalin, published for the 200th anniversary of his birth. Read by the actor Alex Jennings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As lively a story as a good novel

  • By Kirstine on 27-01-12

Charles Dickens

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-07-12

I am a fan of Dickens' work, but have always felt uncomfortable with his treatment of his wife. This slow, well researched book helps to shed a more human, vulnerable light on the author. As usual anything written by Claire Tomalin will is well worth the read.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful