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  • Apprentice - Scarlet City - Part I

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,636

A rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London, the Scarlet City, the centre of medieval England, the Scarlet City trilogy is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfectly Formed Tale Hits the Sweet Spot

  • By Simon on 06-12-17

Not what I was expecting

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-01-19

I love historical novels and listen to lots of them and when I saw the reviews I thought this one must be for me. Sadly this was not the case. The best thing about it is the narrator Miriam Margolyes who makes the best of what little she has to go on, but the rest is a huge disappointment. In my opinion is it poorly written (or translated), the plot is thin, the other characterisations very poor and one-dimensional. It's full of modern idioms and unbelievable. If I were you I wouldn't bother.

  • The Meaning of Night

  • By: Michael Cox
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 22 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Book of the Year, 2007.
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, 2006

A cold October night, 1854. In a dark passageway, an innocent man is stabbed to death. So begins the extraordinary story of Edward Glyver, book lover, scholar and murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling

  • By Annelli on 12-11-06

I don't write reviews

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

Reviewed: 14-08-18

....but I had to say what a brilliant novel this is. Talk about a page-turner! It kept me awake at night, I just couldn't bear to turn it off, the story had me in its grip, and the character of EG had me hooked. The evocation of Victorian England is so vividly described. David Timson's narration was faultless in my opinion. I will be downloading the sequel without further delay.

  • The Strangler Vine

  • By: M. J. Carter
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of M. J. Carter's The Strangler Vine, read by the actor Sam Dastor. India, 1837: William Avery, a fresh young officer in the East India Company, arrives in Calcutta expecting to be seduced by its ancient traditions. Nine months later he hasn't learnt a word of Hindoostani, is in terrible debt, and longs to return home before the cholera epidemic finishes him off.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "Ripping Yarn" revises our view of Brits in India

  • By T on 15-05-15

Good story

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

Reviewed: 19-02-14

Any additional comments?

I agree with much of what the previous reviewer said. I came across the book by chance. It was a really good story - although every time the word 'Thugs' was mentioned I could not get our modern day equivalents out of my mind. I got a real sense of time and place through the descriptive passages. The narration (for me) was only marred with the accent adoped for the character of Avery. To my mind it wasn't authentic and sounded comical at times, I did get used to it but it took a while. By contrast the accent adopted for Mountstuart was excellent - conjuring up a very clear picture. A good 'page turner'.

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  • The Secret Life of William Shakespeare

  • By: Jude Morgan
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

The greatest writer of them all, brought to glorious life. How well do you know the man you love? How much do you think you know about Shakespeare? What if they were one and the same? He is an ordinary man: unwilling craftsman, ambitious actor, resentful son, almost good-enough husband. And he is also a genius. The story of how a glove-maker from Warwickshire became the greatest writer of them all is vaguely known to most of us, but it would take an exceptional modern novelist to bring him to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and imaginative

  • By Simply Red on 16-07-12

Entertaining and imaginative

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-07-12

I love this book. Being a Shakespeare fan I found it was easy to lose myself in author's imagination of his life and his world. The conversations she creates with characters I have only come across in the history of theatre are a joy. A huge amount of research must have gone into it but it never weighs heavily on the listener. It is beautifully written and read. I can't recommend it highly enough and I haven't even finished it yet!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful