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Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,724
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,376

To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine, was just their hometown: familiar, well ordered for the most part. A good place to live. It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful - a horror classic

  • By Catbark on 21-09-16

Just cannot get through it.

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

Reviewed: 15-12-16

This is only the second book off audible I have been unable to finish. Having tried to read this nigh on 30 years ago and failed then I thought I'd give it another go; particularly as I have enjoyed some of SK's more recent stuff (Mr Mercedes, Revival, the first few in The Dark Tower series). Have drifted in and out of the first 15 or so hours of this waiting for it to kick in but it simply hasn't - even when IT appears. Frankly it is not that riveting and some of the Americana just grates but hey....

Life is too short for the next 30 hours. I am off back to some Joe Abercrombie for some light relief.

Enjoyed "The Stand" though - similar narrative approach to IT but more engaging.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Liar

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 324

Stephen Fry's breathtakingly outrageous debut novel, by turns eccentric, shocking, brilliantly comic and achingly romantic. Adrian Healey is magnificently unprepared for the long littleness of life; unprepared too for the afternoon in Salzburg when he will witness the savage murder of a Hungarian violinist; unprepared to learn about the Mendax device; unprepared for more murders and wholly unprepared for the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Listen

  • By MrY on 13-09-12

It is probably what you'd expect....

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

Reviewed: 13-04-15

...which means if you are a fan of the man you will enjoy this. I am and did but would understand others finding it a little impenetrable; if not odd, blending as it does the Worlds of public schools, Cambridge, cricket, Piccadilly rent boys and espionage!

...and playful Stephen teases with the reader throughout to work out the semi-autobiographical bits....and those bits that are lies!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce

  • By: Jonathan Swift
  • Narrated by: David Hyde Pierce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 168

A Signature Performance: Four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce delivers an air of lovable self-importance in his rendition of the classic social satire that remains as fresh today as the day it was published.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lively and unusual

  • By Ruth on 13-02-11

Simply brilliant.

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

Reviewed: 06-02-15

David Hyde Pierce brings this famous title alive with his narration. Hard to believe this was written so many years ago. As relevant now as it ever was. It should be required reading for everyone.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Elijah Wood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321

A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A slow, meandering journey

  • By Paul on 06-02-15

A slow, meandering journey

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

Reviewed: 06-02-15

The performance is great and really brings all the characters alive with their distinctive Southern voices. The story, however, and I feel churlish in admitting this, had me a little bored at times. This is one of those I wanted to read and thereby cross it off the "books to read before you die" and am glad I have...but equally am glad to have finished it.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Day of the Jackal

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 539

One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written, The Day of the Jackal is the electrifying story of an anonymous Englishman who in, the spring of 1963, was hired by Colonel Marc Rodin, Operations Chief of the O. A. S., to assassinate General de Gaulle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best Forsyth novel meets a great narrator

  • By Jernau Gurgeh on 13-01-12

Gripping.

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

Reviewed: 06-02-15

First foray in to the World of Frederick Forsyth and very enjoyable. Kept me in the garden for hours which is always a good sign.

  • The Great Poets: The War Poetry of Wilfred Owen

  • By: Wilfred Owen
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

No poet is more closely identified with the First World War than Wilfred Owen. His striking body of work, grim to the point of brutality yet, at the same time, majestic and awe-inspiring, defines the war for us. It is in each of these famous poems that Owen reflects on the four terrible months that he lived through; he conveys the experience of war, the death, the destruction and the filth, through a unique poetic language and a bold artistic vision.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tragic

  • By Paul on 08-01-15

Tragic

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

Reviewed: 08-01-15

Read alongside any history of the First World War to understand the true impact on the thousands of young human lives it destroyed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hitch-22

  • A Memoir
  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hitchens
  • Length: 17 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593

In this long-awaited and candid memoir, Hitchens re-traces the footsteps of his life to date, from his childhood in Portsmouth, with his adoring, tragic mother and reserved Naval officer father; to his life in Washington DC, the base from which from he would launch fierce attacks on tyranny of all kinds. Along the way, he recalls the girls, boys and booze; the friendships and the feuds; the grand struggles and lost causes; and the mistakes and misgivings that have characterised his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Honest but difficult listening

  • By Penny on 18-06-16

A genius.

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

Reviewed: 14-07-14

Put aside the man's politics. You may not agree with them. It does not matter. He had a staggering mind and wrote beautifully. Let him take you through some parts of what was an incredible life in these memoirs. But be prepared to work...this man was bright!

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  • Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade

  • A Duty Dance with Death
  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: Ethan Hawke
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quite remarkable

  • By SDY on 09-11-12

Quixotic.

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

Reviewed: 14-07-14

I have since listened to Don Quixote and in thinking about Danny Pilgrim; the time traveling, alien encountering protagonist of this novel, I am put in mind of that other book and its main character from which the word "quixotic" derives. This is in many ways an odd book but the narrative (helped I think by Ethan Hawke's sympathetic reading of it) has a sad lyricism to it which takes you from the horrors of WW2 to alien encounters and ultimately death. It is I think a "must read" even though I am not sure I fully understand all that the author is trying to communicate. In Billy Pilgrim though, Vonnegut has created an unforgettable character who will stay with you.

  • Crime and Punishment

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

In this intense detective thriller instilled with philosophical, religious, and social commentary, Dostoevsky studies the psychological impact upon a desperate and impoverished student when he murders a despicable pawnbroker, transgressing moral law to ultimately "benefit humanity".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An absorbing and lively listen

  • By Ruth on 06-02-09

Atmospheric

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

Reviewed: 14-07-14

My first foray into classic Russian literature and enjoyable. It is not easy but it is well read which helps immensely as it gives you a chance of keeping on top of who is who...the many different Russian named characters are hard to keep up with.

The key thing I was left with was the sense of atmosphere that the writing manages to convey....you are taken to historic Russia and you do grapple with the moral questions that confront our main protagonist.

  • Fall of Giants

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,605

A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a discovery

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-09-11

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 14-07-14

I didn't finish this and that is unusual. I found it all fairly cliched and boring to be honest. I accept I am in the minority here judging by the other reviews.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful