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  • Sylvester

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She finds him insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and begin a new-found liking and respect for each other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nectar for the ears

  • By Amanda on 22-12-10

disappointing!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-09-11

This was very well read but it is disappointing that so much has been omitted from one of Heyer's best books. In particular, many of the most comic scenes are missing. An unabridged version would be very welcome.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Restless

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,095

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Richard and Judy Best Read, 2007.
Winner of the Costa Book Awards, Novel of the Year, 2006.
A Richard and Judy Book Club selection.
Longlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.

What happens when everything you thought you knew about your mother turns out to be an elaborate lie? During the summer of 1976, Ruth Gilmartin discovers that her very English mother, Sally, is really Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian émigrée and one-time spy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gripping and thoughtful book

  • By Tom on 03-11-07

a first class listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-09

Having very much enjoyed reading this book when it first came out and being a great William Boyd fan, I looked forward to listening to this audiobook with great anticipation. I was not disappointed. We listened on a long car journey and even though we knew what was going to happen, we became very much involved in this carefully woven, beautifully written narrative. Rosamund Pike is an excellent reader and I will definitely look out for other titles read by her.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Human Croquet

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Susan Jameson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21

Once the great forest of Lythe was a vast, impenetrable thicket with a mystery at its heart. And here, in the beginning, was Fairfax Manor. But the forest became Streets of Trees: Chestnut Avenue, Laurel Bank, Sycamore Street. The Fairfaxes dwindled too and now lived in Hawthorne Close; Vinny, Gordon, fat Debbie, and Charles and Isobel, the children. The story belongs to Isobel. Born in the middle of the twentieth century, she drops into pockets of time, waiting for the return of Eliza, her mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and mysterious Croquet

  • By Andy Parsons on 10-09-05

compelling!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-07-08

As a Kate Atkinson fan, I read this when it first came out and enjoyed it, but not quite as much as Behind the Scenes at the Museum. Having listened to this excellent narration by Susan Jamieson (she also narrates 'Museum' - recommended), I have changed my mind. The narrator's different accents, in particular the Scottish one, can only enhance this wonderfully mysterious tragi-comedy.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful