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Miss J. Gordon-Clark

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  • Captain Wentworth's Persuasion

  • Jane Austen's Classic Retold Through His Eyes
  • By: Regina Jeffers
  • Narrated by: Graham Vick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

Witty, romantic and insightful, this novel retells the love affair at the heart of Jane Austen's Persuasion from the perspective of the suitor--Captain Wentworth. Written in the language of the era, Captain Wentworth's Persuasion re-creates the original style, themes and sardonic humor of Jane Austen's novel while turning the entire tale on its head in a most engaging fashion. Listeners hear Captain Wentworth's side of this tangled story while gazing into his thoughts and emotions.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too American?

  • By English Dave on 05-06-15

Best this year

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

Reviewed: 25-06-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Captain Wentworth's Persuasion to be better than the print version?

I don't know. I haven't read the print version. I find having the audio version easy to listen to while doing other things.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Captain Wentworth's Persuasion?

I am so pleased Regina Jeffers decided to write this book because I always felt there should have been more about Anne and Frederick's future life.

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

No I haven't.

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

The sea persuades

  • The Gypsy Blessing

  • By: Wendi Sotis
  • Narrated by: Veronica Leckie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

While taking a solitary ramble on her father's estate, Elizabeth Bennet finds an injured woman, cares for her, and helps her return to her gypsy camp. For her exceptional kindness, Elizabeth is awarded a blessing, bestowed through gypsy magic. Forgetting the incident, Elizabeth thinks it merely odd when she begins to receive drawings in the mail with no return address - until she recognizes these same scenes as they become true events in her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A supernatural twist to P&P

  • By TheNameless on 17-09-18

This was fun

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

Reviewed: 25-06-15

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

Yes. Although the timeline varies greatly from the original (and I won't spoil it for anyone) it is a clever and intelligent "take" on the P&P story. Wendy Sotis has stayed true to each character.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Equal across the board.

Which character – as performed by Veronica Leckie – was your favourite?

Again, Veronica Leckie's reading was OK.

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

Not really.

Any additional comments?

An enjoyable read.

  • Longbourn's Unexpected Matchmaker

  • By: Emma Hox
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Would Pride and Prejudice have been different if Colonel Fitzwilliam had accompanied Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy to Netherfield? What would happen if Mr. Darcy made friends with a mysterious member of the Meryton neighborhood who refuses an introduction but who has a close relationship with the Bennet household? Elizabeth Bennet, the second of five daughters to Mr. Thomas Bennet has caught the attention of the rich and handsome Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy almost from the moment he laid eyes on her, but when he purposefully misinterprets her families expectation of her marrying well and slights her in a way unknown to those who have always loved Jane Austen's acclaimed Pride and Prejudice, he must leave forever or make amends.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Once again narrator spoils the story.

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-12-14

What a fun look at Longbourn

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

Reviewed: 25-06-15

What did you like most about Longbourn's Unexpected Matchmaker?

It was such an interesting take on the well-known story, from Mr Bennet's point of view.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mr Bennet. His humanity came through. In the original, Mr Bennet is a figure much in the background and this book took time to understand why he was like he was, and how he how he tried to rectify the disappointments and mistakes of his youth.

Which character – as performed by Vanessa Johansson – was your favourite?

None really.

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

Some of it made me laugh.

Any additional comments?

A well produced and read book.

  • The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy

  • A Pride and Prejudice Mystery
  • By: Regina Jeffers
  • Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Shackled in the dungeon of a macabre castle with no recollection of her past, a young woman finds herself falling in love with her captor - the estate’s master. Trusting him before she regains her memory and unravels the castle’s wicked truths would be a catastrophe. Far away at Pemberley, the Darcys happily gather to celebrate the marriage of Kitty Bennet. But a dark cloud sweeps through the festivities: Georgiana has disappeared without a trace.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story spoiled by poor narration

  • By Miss J. Gordon-Clark on 25-06-15

Great story spoiled by poor narration

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

Reviewed: 25-06-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, because of the story line. It is exciting and full of different characters.

What did you like best about this story?

Focusing more on Georgiana.

How could the performance have been better?

I was so disappointed by the performance. Ruth Urquhart's delivery was mostly flat and very little light and shade. Her Scottish accent was fine, but her interpretation of the males was harsh.

Her pronunciation of many words was poor (see additional comments for the list)

Do you think The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I am always happy to try Pride and Prejudice follow up books.

Any additional comments?

I feel most of the problem was down to the producer. There is a long list of mispronunciations that really jarred. Viscount is not pronounced Visscount, it is Veycount. Edward tells Georgiana that he is bless-ed to have her as his wife when it should have been bless'd, and the list goes on. Surely the actress and/or the producer should have noticed these. I spent time listening out for errors than enjoying the story (at times).

Previous Regina Jeffers books have been a delight, so can I suggest that you are more careful about choosing narrators to suit the book? Listen to those narrated by Phyillida Nash as an example of how to read a book not only accurately but also with artistry.

  • The Various Haunts of Men

  • Simon Serrailler 1
  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 908
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 908

A woman vanishes in the fog up on "the Hill", an area locally known for its tranquillity and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet cathedral town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unusual way to start a series

  • By Linda on 27-06-14

Heart in Mouth

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

Reviewed: 09-12-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Various Haunts of Men to be better than the print version?

At first it took me a while to get used to Steven Pacey's voice, but his characterisation is good. I tend to listen at my PC while working at home. I am not sure whether I could read the print version at night. Susan Hill's stories are strong stuff.

What did you like best about this story?

Her characters are believable, which makes the stories all the more listenable. Sometimes I find it difficult to break away.

Which character – as performed by Steven Pacey – was your favourite?

I like the main character's sister, although this has been formed by listening to other books in the series (I am just about to start book 4).

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

I cannot say as it would be a "spoiler", but I am not ashamed I cried.

Any additional comments?

Although the themes of these books are quite black, the main characters are the redeeming features. Realistic, flawed but on the whole likeable. She writes with a real insight into the human psyche with all its dark places. All I can say, is these are really not for the faint-hearted.

  • Firefly Beach

  • By: Meira Pentermann
  • Narrated by: Donna Postel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

When Beth LaMonte rents a cottage on the coast of Maine, she wishes only to withdraw and paint. A mysterious ball of light disturbs her peace and leads her to a secret beach where she finds the diary of a girl who disappeared in 1975. Now Beth is on a mission, not only to bury her own past, but to put to rest the spirit of Firefly Beach.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • pleasantly surprised

  • By Nigel on 04-12-13

Pleasantly surprised

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

Reviewed: 31-10-14

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

Yes, because the book has a good, if slightly unusual, story line. The characters are well-drawn and totally believable, as is the back-drop of Maine. I enjoy stories in the fantasy genre but often these are a bit far-fetched, but this story did not stretch my credibility. Donna Postel is the first American female whose performance has not annoyed me by being either over-acted or their tones grate. She has a gentle voice with good characterisations.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Firefly Beach?

I have one, but it would be a bit of a spoiler to mention it.

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

No I haven't but I will be looking out for more read by her.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

At times, yes. It is not exactly "sitting-on-the-edge-of-the-chair" exciting, but I have found I have still be listening to it well after midnight (way past my bedtime!).

Any additional comments?

Perhaps Audible will consider having her previous book Nine Tenths and her soon to be published Celtic Sister recorded. Hope so.

  • Judas Unchained

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112

The high-action concluding novel of the Commonwealth Saga from one of the world's bestselling Science Fiction writersAfter hundreds of years secretly manipulating the human race, the Starflyer alien has succeeded in engineering a war which should result in the destruction of the Intersolar Commonwealth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some issues with this recording

  • By carl on 24-12-17

A tale with a sting!

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

Reviewed: 15-07-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Judas Unchained to be better than the print version?

Not having read the print version (yet!) I cannot comment. It will mean having listened to the audio version I will be buying the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

The story of the "paths" from world to world.

Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favourite?

I think the relationship between the characters Ozzie, Orion and the alien Tochee is brilliant on their trek to find the adult Silfen.

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

Difficult to say.

Any additional comments?

Just great characters, and a fast-moving finish to two good books.

  • Pandora's Star

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 37 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,267

Britain's bestselling SF writer returns to outer space.In AD 2329, humanity has colonised over four hundred planets, all of them interlinked by wormholes. With Earth at its centre, the Intersolar Commonwealth now occupies a sphere of space approximately four hundred light years across. When an astronomer on the outermost world of Gralmond, observes a star 2000 light years distant - and then a neighbouring one - vanish, it is time for the Commonwealth to discover what happened to them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very solid and enjoyable space opera

  • By Stephen on 21-09-13

Great Story

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

Reviewed: 15-07-13

What did you like most about Pandora's Star?

A realistic interpretation of future worlds and the sheer pace of the book but with a touch of "whodunnit" and plenty of twists.

What other book might you compare Pandora's Star to, and why?

I am now listening to The Void trilogy which is linked to Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained. As I am starting to explore this type of science fiction, I cannot really compare it anything except, perhaps, for The Great North Road.

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

Yes. His styled of narration is quite laid back, but his characterisations are well suited to the characters. Nothing jarred.

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

There is hidden humour in Peter Hamilton's books that sudden appear, even during a quite dramatic part.

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  • The Dreaming Void

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 21 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813

AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. Even death itself has been overcome. But at the centre of the Commonwealth is a massive black hole. This Void is not a natural artefact. Inside there is a strange universe where the laws of physics are very different to those we know. It is slowly consuming the other stars of the galactic core - one day it will devour the entire galaxy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to this

  • By Walter on 22-01-09

Not sure about the narrator!

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

Reviewed: 15-07-13

What made the experience of listening to The Dreaming Void the most enjoyable?

I have been listening to Peter F Hamilton's books and most of these stories are the basic tale of good -v- evil. The worlds that Peter Hamilton has created using a mixture of science fact and science fiction to believable.

So far they have been narrated by John Lee and I have got used to his interpretations of the characters. It is a pity that Toby Longworth didn't listen to the previous audio books to keep some sort of continuity. The ones that jarred where Paula and Oscar.

Otherwise, he has a good voice.

If you listen to it while doing other things, you may have to replay as some of the story has facts that are absolutely essential.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The joy of PFH's books are the many characters and you have to keep your wits about you to know where you are. The characters are all believable. I loved the relationship between Hakim and Eddiard and Eddiard and his fellow constables.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes as in come cases the story moved so fast you had to listen quite hard but that is the style of the story.

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

When Eddiard's village was ransacked by the bandits.

Any additional comments?

Good story.

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Great North Road - Part Two
    
    
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    Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
    516 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • Great North Road - Part Two

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386

In Newcastle-upon-Tyne, AD 2142, Detective Sidney Hurst attends a brutal murder scene. The victim is one of the wealthy North family clones – but none have been reported missing. And the crime’s most disturbing aspect is how the victim was killed. Twenty years ago, a North clone billionaire and his household were horrifically murdered in exactly the same manner, on the tropical planet of St Libra.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Mary Sue protagonist, story drags on

  • By Keith Mason on 02-03-13

4 stars for price, 5 stars for content

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

I did not know this author before listening to Great North Road. I think it was the combination of science fiction and being set in Newcastle (where I have just moved to) that caught my eye. I am glad I did.



It is gritty, well written and I think plausible about the future of the world and the use of its resources.



Like other reviews, being split into two, thus twice the price of most other books might put some people off (and I agree with the other reviewers that this is a bit of a swizz!) but if you think it is long, stay with it as the characters develop, the plots intertwine and get more tricky. I think I changed my mind about the murdered about half a dozen times.