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  • White Teeth

  • By: Zadie Smith
  • Narrated by: Pippa Bennett-Warner, Ray Panthaki, Lenny Henry, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 113

Zadie Smith's White Teeth is a classic international best seller and an unforgettable portrait of London. One of the most talked about fictional debuts ever, White Teeth is a funny, generous, big-hearted novel, adored by critics and readers alike. Dealing - among many other things - with friendship, love, war, three cultures and three families over three generations, one brown mouse and the tricky way the past has of coming back and biting you on the ankle, it is a life-affirming, riotous must-listen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Spoilt by uneven narration

  • By S. Brearley on 29-08-18

Sadie is Amazing

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

Reviewed: 27-03-19

The four narrator thing is a bit odd, each time they change it takes a little adapting as all the characters voices change. Other than that though: absolute tour de force of British literature, truly brilliant!

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  • 10 Masterpieces You Have to Listen Before You Die 3

  • By: Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack London, and others
  • Narrated by: Brian Kelly, Sinead Dixon, Claire Walsh, and others
  • Length: 97 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

This Audiobook contains the following works: White Fang [Jack London ], Tess of the d'Urbervilles [Thomas Hardy], The Call of Cthulhu [H.P Lovecraft], A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court [Mark Twain], The Return of Sherlock Holmes [Arthur Conan Doyle], The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde [Robert Louis Stevenson], Crime and Punishment [Fyodor Dostoyevsky], Wuthering Heights [Emily Brontë], A Christmas Carol [Charles Dickens], The jungle book [Rudyard Kipling].

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tricky but Good

  • By Tyson on 17-03-19

Tricky but Good

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

Reviewed: 17-03-19

Due to stories being out of copyright some of the performances are a little flat but the stories are of course classics and for 87p, you can’t go wrong. Get involved just be ready to concentrate!

  • Good Omens

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,078

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing, and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top class storytelling!

  • By Rebecca on 02-02-19

Jarvis...

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

Reviewed: 12-03-19

As ever, Martin Jarvis proves to us he is the very best narrator.
The story is also excellent, hilarious and thoughtful.

  • Beastie Boys Book

  • By: Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 583

Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip-hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam "AD-ROCK" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers; their early collaboration with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin; the almost impossible to fathom overnight success of their debut studio album, Licensed to Ill; that album's messy fallout; and their break with Def Jam, move to Los Angeles, and rebirth as musicians and social activists, with the genre-defying masterpiece Paul's Boutique.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio book ill communication.<br />I loved it

  • By Claire on 01-11-18

Studded

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

Reviewed: 27-02-19

So many huge names reading, that’s great fun. The scrap book format also reflects the eclectic nature of the Beastie Boys’ career. I would highly recommend actually reading the book as it is very well put together and contains some excellent photos.
More than anything however, this is a long and touching tribute to Adam Yauch. RIP MCA!

  • Lord of the Flies

  • By: William Golding
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,458

A plane crashes on a desert island and the only survivors, a group of schoolboys, assemble on the beach and wait to be rescued. By day they inhabit a land of bright fantastic birds and dark blue seas, but at night their dreams are haunted by the image of a terrifying beast. As the boys’ delicate sense of order fades, so their childish dreams are transformed into something more primitive, and their behaviour starts to take on a murderous, savage significance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There's a reason it's a classic

  • By Ant on 12-12-13

Jarvis is King

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

Reviewed: 18-02-19

We all know Lord of the Flies is an amazing and important story. But who know it could be this amazing? Martin Jarvis brings the whole thing to life giving each boy a very distinctive and appropriate voice. This is how all books should sound.

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,796
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,863

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking but overconfident

  • By Jan W. H. Schnupp on 24-09-15

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 16-02-19

The best book I’ve listened to all year! Very insightful and thought provoking. It’s brilliant and necessary.

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  • Moby Dick

  • By: Herman Melville
  • Narrated by: William Hootkins
  • Length: 24 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 310

"Call me Ishmael." Thus starts the greatest American novel. Melville said himself that he wanted to write "a mighty book about a mighty theme" and so he did. It is a story of one man's obsessive revenge-journey against the white whale, Moby-Dick, who injured him in an earlier meeting. Woven into the story of the last journey of The Pequod is a mesh of philosophy, rumination, religion, history, and a mass of information about whaling through the ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent book!

  • By C.H. on 23-09-15

Powerhouse

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

Reviewed: 19-01-19

Obviously, this is a classic eccentric tale well known to us all, but what a tale! William Hootkins’ narrating is some of the best I’ve heard in Audible yet.
And I know loads more about whales now too... get involved, it’s brilliant!

  • The Billionaire's Vinegar

  • The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine
  • By: Benjamin Wallace
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

It was the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold. In 1985, at a heated auction by Christie's of London, a 1787 bottle of Château Lafite Bordeaux - one of a cache of bottles unearthed in a bricked-up Paris cellar and supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson - went for $156,000 to a member of the Forbes family. The discoverer of the bottle was pop-band manager turned wine collector Hardy Rodenstock, who had a knack for finding extremely old and exquisite wines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wine people are bad

  • By Tyson on 16-01-19

Wine people are bad

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

Reviewed: 16-01-19

This book just goes to show, the wine trade is full of awful people. Drink well and be wary.

  • Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 71 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,459
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,994
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,964

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the complete works of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and five collections of short stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant audio book, shame about the navigation.

  • By Mr. P. J. Marsh on 10-03-17

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

This is the very highest grade of audio pleasure.
Everything about this is perfect.
Thank you!

  • Hope and Glory

  • The Days That Made Britain
  • By: Stuart Maconie
  • Narrated by: Stuart Maconie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

In Hope and Glory, Stuart goes in search of the places, people and events of the century we have just left behind that have shaped the look and character of modern Britain. From the death of Victoria to the demise of New Labour, he takes a single event from each decade of the 20th century that offers up a defining moment in our history and then goes in search of its legacy today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant

  • By Claire Mills on 30-10-11

Entertained, Informed and Educated

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

Reviewed: 30-10-18

Mr. Maconie writes and reads this great book with compelling enthusiasm and wit. Covering a vast number of topics from the Windrush generation to the Sex Pistols via Queen Victoria and that World Cup dog, this is a comprehensive account of both good and bad sides of our complex history.