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  • The Castle

  • By: Franz Kafka
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

On his deathbed, Franz Kafka asked that all his unpublished manuscripts be burned. Fortunately, his request was ignored, allowing such works as The Trial to earn recognition among the literary masterpieces of the 20th century. This brilliant new translation of The Castle captures comedic elements and visual imagery that earlier interpretations missed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • And what's the point?!

  • By Ehab on 01-07-11

And what's the point?!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-11

If you're like me, then you'll be tortured with all the pointless, random, incoherent, and sometimes enjoyable, bits of unfinished madness which makes up this work... It was a weird experience... Something to be endured!

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Alias Grace

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Shelley Thompson
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

Sixteen years have passed since Grace was locked up for the cold-blooded murder of her employer and his housekeeper. She now claims to have no memory of the murders, so an amnesia expert tries to find out if she is innocent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A magnificant book

  • By Kirstine on 15-12-08

Atwood's Finest

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-10

An amazing tale, Atwood?s finest. Shelly Thompson?s voice and narration are pure auditory joys. Some sections of the audio files are repeated and I believe the transfer from tape was not sensitive to natural stops, like ends of sections. But these minor issues did not detract from my enjoyment of this brilliant piece of storytelling and first class narration.

  • Les Miserables

  • By: Victor Hugo
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 57 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 162

Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Epic journey through life.

  • By Nick on 20-02-09

What a very pleasant surprise...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-07-10

I admit I was sceptical about Frederick Davidson's voice and style. In fact, I only bought this book because it was the only available unabridged version, and I am so glad I did. The book itself, this timeless masterpiece, hardly needs recommendation or introduction. The wonderful surprise, for me, was the delightful, intelligent, vivid and character-faithful narration of Davidson. Thanks Audible!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Labyrinth

  • By: Kate Mosse
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 976
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 379

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2007.
Winner of the British Book Awards, Richard and Judy Best Read of the Year, 2006.

July 1209: In Carcassonne, a sixteen-year-old girl is given a mysterious book by her father which he claims contains the secret of the true Grail. Although she cannot understand the strange words and symbols hidden within, she knows that her destiny lies in protecting it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Long and Laborious

  • By A Genealogist on 10-01-07

An earwash is needed!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-10

A dear friend’s choice, but that aside: The book, well, a getting-tired-in-a-hurry story... The author, little craft, no charm, the magic is absent despite all Mosse’s groping and tearing at language... Something’s missing.
The voice of Maggie Mash, in a word, awful... some things just can’t be fixed!
The overall effect is like a cheap and nasty bottle of wine: it is wine, and there is a formula, but a mouthwash is created for such occasions. In this case an ‘earwash’...

  • War and Peace, Volume 1

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390

War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An epic reading

  • By Francis on 01-05-07

A glorious narration of an epic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-11-09

Travel through history and society, through battlefields, through the minds, emotions and dreams of fellow humans: lovers, soldiers, princes, prisoners, even emperors? and with the fine, faithful and eloquent narration of Neville Jason, expect the best delivery of each and every scene, for that is precisely what is on offer.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Jamaica Inn

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817

Jamaica Inn stands alone on Bodmin Moor, stark and forbidding, its walls tainted with corruption. Young Mary Yellon soon learns of her uncle Joss Merlyn's strange trade here. But does he deal in blacker secrets still?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A grand story..narration not so grand

  • By Jeremy P. James on 24-08-11

A breathtaking journey, a breathtaking voice

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-11-09

What do you get if you choose this audio version? A good story made into an epic through intelligent narration: Tony Britton?s voice-range captures all the hues of characters? emotions, from the darkest tones of threat and confession, blanching fears, to the most vibrant shades of hope, and calculated and reckless adventures. Utterly magnificent!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412

Dorian Gray, a handsome and narcissistic young man, lives thoughtlessly for his own pleasure - an attitude encouraged by the company he keeps. One day, after having his portrait painted, Dorian makes a frivolous Faustian wish: that he should always remain as young and beautiful as he is in that painting, while the portrait grows old in his stead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended and well read

  • By SnapWriter on 29-10-15

A picture, terrifies more than a thousand words?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-10-09

The tumultuous journey of a soul? The majestic progress of darkness? No escape, not in London high society, nor in Dickensian quarters. Audible listeners: you?re in for a treat. To Simon Vance?s narration, two words: OUTSTANDING! BRAVO!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Crome Yellow

  • By: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

One of the greatest prose writers and social commentators of the 20th century, Aldous Huxley here introduces us to a delightfully cynical, comic, and severe group of artists and intellectuals engaged in the most free-thinking and modern kind of talk imaginable. Poetry, occultism, ancestral history, and Italian primitive painting are just a few of the subjects competing for discussion among the amiable cast of eccentrics drawn together at Crome, an intensely English country manor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Makes a change

  • By marie on 23-12-12

Glorious Crome!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-10-09

Thoroughly enjoyable! The characters, the mark of the time on thought and life, depicted, now playful, now melancholic? but always with full colour, honesty and depth? and with such delightfully vivacious narration, it was a joy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Canterbury Tales

  • By: Geoffrey Chaucer, Nevill Coghill - translator
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

If you want to understand the daily life and psychology of the Late Middle Ages, The Canterbury Tales provides one of the very best means of doing so. Within its stories are to be found a broad range of society - high and low, male and female, rich and poor - who express their innermost beliefs and extravagant fantasies in a series of stories they tell as they make their way to Canterbury cathedral.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Witty tales and a clever voice...

  • By Ehab on 11-10-09

Witty tales and a clever voice...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-09

Such a delightful, colourful and vivid narration of The Tales the clever and distinctive voice of Griffin? Such a treat. Thanks Audible, it is a shame though that I can no longer see this edition in the Audible.co.uk collection.

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  • Martin Eden

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: Jim Killavey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Martin Eden, Jack London's semiautobiographical novel about a struggling young writer, is considered by many to be the author's most mature work. Personifying London's own dreams of education and literary fame as a young man in San Francisco, Martin Eden's impassioned but ultimately ineffective battle to overcome his bleak circumstances makes him one of the most memorable and poignant characters Jack London ever created.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The lost 'Eden'...

  • By Ehab on 11-08-09

The lost 'Eden'...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-09

I found out about this book through reading reviews of Sergio Leone's 'Once Upon a Time in America'. Eden's 'intellectual realism' and his love and disappointment in Ruth mirror Noodle's 'street realism' and his love and disappointment in Deborah?both very rich works of art indeed.
Now about this audio book: simply brilliant. The first class and character-faithful narration by Jim Killavey made listening a joy. I must post a warning to bed-time listeners though; any attempts to fall asleep whilst listening to this book will utterly fail: London places us in Eden's powerful and unrelenting grip one chapter after another, stopping the playback in the middle of a chapter is out of the question, and you will not want to stop at the end of chapters either!
Thanks Audible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful