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  • Wise Children

  • By: Angela Carter
  • Narrated by: Tracey Ullman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 177

Angela Carter's last book, Wise Children, was written and published whilst she was dying from cancer, in 1991. Transcending her physical deterioration in admirable fashion, Carter made this a most life-affirming novel, in support of the vitality of 'otherness.' This Audible exclusive production, expertly read by Tracey Ullman, stands in celebration of a legendary author known for the richness of her imagination, wit and feminist insight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bottled joie de vivre

  • By Ms on 22-08-18

Not my cup of char

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

Reviewed: 08-03-19

Superbly read by Tracey Ullman, it is saved from being gratuitous titillation by the delightful rendering. As it went on I found that I was loath to hit the stop button and might even go for a second reading. In all a goodish sort of effort.

  • The Little World of Don Camillo

  • Don Camillo Series, Book 1
  • By: Giovanni Guareschi
  • Narrated by: Piers Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

To listen to The Little World of Don Camillo is to travel to the valley of the River Po, Italy's widest and most fertile plain, with its unique atmosphere, culture, and natural history. And to do so in the incomparable company of a cast of fictional characters who testify to the exquisite humor and humanity of their creator. Here, eternal forces grapple with the absurd drama of everyday life, and hilarious and unearthly things can happen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timeless

  • By Dominic on 11-04-19

Not to my taste.

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

Reviewed: 10-01-19

I think that my taste may have changed over the years or perhaps the voices and pictures in my head where better. This is always a danger.

  • Space Team

  • By: Barry J Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Phil Thron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

Cal Carver is having a bad day. Imprisoned and forced to share a cell with a cannibalistic serial killer, Cal thinks things can't possibly get any worse. He is wrong. It's not until two-thirds of the human race is wiped out and Cal is abducted by aliens that his day really starts to go downhill. Whisked across the galaxy, Cal is thrown into a team of some of the sector's most notorious villains and scumbags.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun times in space

  • By Mr Socko on 11-02-17

I look forward to reading the rest.

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

Excellent example of the genre. I do hope that the rest of the series is as good.

  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Saunders
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,088
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,903
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,888

A heartwarming festive tale of redemption and cheer, The Christmas Hirelings is the story of a lonely widower who reluctantly invites a group of children to his manor for Christmas. It showcases the benefits of opening your doors and hearts during the holiday season.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! What a wonderful Christmas tale.

  • By Helen SJ on 17-12-18

Nice.

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

Reviewed: 23-12-18

A sugary treat for Christmas beautifully read by Jennifer Saunders. I doubt if I would have bought it but enjoyed it none the less.

  • Unseen Academicals

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: David Jason, Jon Culshaw, Mathew Horne, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,084

Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. The prospect of the Big Match draws in a street urchin with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible adaptation of a wonderful book

  • By Kate on 10-07-18

Oh Dear

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

Reviewed: 14-07-18

I have just listened to what was undoubtedly a very well written production. However it is not what it is pretending to be, if permission by Terry Pratchett's executer was given to publish this work under his name then they should be ashamed, it has the feeling of a pastiche rather than an original work. This would be bad enough if the work were a new one and declared as such but this, this is a newly worked version of an original work, very little of the old story is left other than a few names and a vague similarity to the story. This story is well written, the blurb calls it adaption but it is as near to new as makes no difference.
The production and cast are first class, I might quarrel with the lack of contrast between Vimes and The Patrician but I am old and set in my ways.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Generation Warriors

  • By: Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Moon
  • Narrated by: Constance Towers
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

There are only a few people who can save the galaxy. Among them are Sassinak, Lunzie, Fordeliton, Dupaynil, and Aygar. Together, they must fight hard to avert disaster. This gripping tale is part of the Planet Pirates series by Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Moon, and Jody Lynn Nye. It is narrated by stage and television star Constance Towers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A shadow of its former self.

  • By Bazz on 14-05-18

A shadow of its former self.

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

Reviewed: 14-05-18

Cut to within an inch of its former self. It was not writen as a short story, why turn it into one?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Kim

  • By: Rudyard Kipling
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

Kipling's masterpiece Kim is his final and most famous work and one of the first and greatest espionage stories ever written. It explores the life of Kimball O'Hara, an Irish orphan who spends his childhood as a vagrant in Lahore. When he befriends an aged Tibetan lama his life is transformed as he is requested to accompany him on a mysterious quest to find the legendary River of the Arrow and achieve Enlightenment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendid

  • By Sydney on 22-12-13

Outstanding.

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

Reviewed: 16-03-18

I have known and enjoyed this work since I was a child, but this effort is truly amazing. The reading is masterful.

  • Neverwhere

  • A BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatisation
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,299
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215

A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Adaptation

  • By flubb on 08-01-15

Well writen but...

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

Reviewed: 17-12-17

A well writen story with a perfect cast not helped by the wierd, confusing and frankly short production.

  • Killashandra

  • A Crystal Singer Novel
  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Adrienne Barbeau
  • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

The exhilarating adventures of Anne McCaffrey's best selling Crystal Singer series continue with Killashandra, a story that mixes interplanetary political intrigue with passionate romance. In this installment, Killashandra Ree's crystal claim has been exhausted, forcing her to take a new assignment and leave her new lover back on their native Ballybran. She goes undercover on a distant, desolate planet, searching desperately for the crystal that will save her - and, quite possibly, the fate of the entire universe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A story of love in the midst of political rebellion

  • By Mrs Clare Moses on 06-08-17

A top quality piece of writing ruined.

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

Reviewed: 15-11-17

I have read all of Anne McCaffrey’s solo books from day one, until eye problems restricted the time that I was able to spend reading. Audible has been a godsend, until now, this reading is a travesty, cut to bits and that badly. The film editors would have called them jump cuts, chunks removed with no lead in or out.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blue Shoes and Happiness

  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 7
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Hilary Neville
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Blue Shoes and Happiness brings more adventures for Precious Ramotswe and her fine assistant Mma Makutsi. They encounter a cobra in the office, complaints of faulty blood-pressure readings at the medical clinic, a superstitious group of farm workers, and it looks like Aunty Emang, advice columnist in the local newspaper, may not be what she seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • relaxing listening at its best

  • By petrajj on 26-01-19

As ever!

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

Reviewed: 28-07-17

As ever a total delight. the reading was great, however the only reason that I docked a star was that some of the more 'traditional' voices have more conviction.