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  • Eminent Victorians

  • Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Dr. Arnold, General Gordon
  • By: Lytton Strachey
  • Narrated by: Robert Bethune
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

When Lytton Strachey published Emininent Victorians, he took the general perception of the Victorian age among English-speaking readers and turned it upside-down. Four of the most eminent and idealized heroic figures of the Victorian age came under his witty and unsparing gaze and emerged, astonishingly enough, as human beings.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Beware The Narrator

  • By Mercutio on 02-06-18

Beware The Narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

This is one of the most beautifully written biographical works you're ever likely to come across. Sadly it's read by a man who sounds like a combination Dr Bunsen Honeydew from The Muppets and Mr Burns from The Simpsons. Even if you can get over the voice, the affected delivery of all quoted speech and the narrator's total inability to appreciate that bits of the book are supposed to be funny, huge numbers of the words are mispronounced. And not just the difficult ones - we're talking words like 'England', 'woman', 'indefatigable', 'Salisbury', 'Gladstone', 'Derbyshire' and hundreds of others. A brilliant book ruined by a dreadful narrator.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Loom of Youth

  • By: Alec Waugh
  • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

This semi-autobiographical work tells the story of Gordon Caruthers' schooldays at the English public school, Fenhurst. From his confusion and isolation, through rebellious school escapades and relationships with fellow students, Alec Waugh reveals his own deep criticism of a system forcing pupils to conform to flawed ideals, and the inevitable consequences of thrusting thirteen year old children and eighteen year old adolescents together.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sport, sport, sport

  • By Mercutio on 08-12-17

Sport, sport, sport

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

Dear Gods, this is a dull book. As public school memoirs go, it’s a long way from Tom Brown’s School Days. No plot, no characters, no humour. I suppose if it had had a narrator who’d bothered to read the book before commencing the narration (something this narrator obviously failed to do) it might have merited another star. Terrible.

  • Ghost Children

  • By: Sue Townsend
  • Narrated by: Rob Crossan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Sue Townsend, creator of the much-loved Adrian Mole series, tells a compassionate and gritty story of love and loss in Ghost Children. Seventeen years ago Angela Carr aborted an unwanted child. The child's father, Christopher Moore, was devastated by the loss and retreated from the world. However, when he makes a horrifying discovery on the heath, he finds that he is compelled to confront Angela about the past. As they start seeing each other again, can they avoid past mistakes? And will their future together be eclipsed by the mistakes of yesterday?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor narration

  • By Mercutio on 09-08-17

Poor narration

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

This is an excellent story about love and loss and parenthood, marred by pretty dire narration. Dozens if not hundreds of words are mispronounced or misread, from Thomas Aquinas ('Aquinnius') to cul-de-sac ('coldy-sack') to bought ('brought'). And as for the accented characters - oh dear.

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  • The Code of the Woosters

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

Take Gussie Fink-Nottle, the soupy Madeline Bassett, old Pop Bassett, the unscrupulous Stiffy Byng, the Rev. H.P. ('Stinker') Pinker, an eighteenth-century cow-creamer, a small brown leather-covered notebook, and mix well with a liberal dose of aged relative Aunt Dahlia, and there you have it, a dangerous brew which spells toil and trouble for Bertie and some serious thinking for Jeeves.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Worst Soundtrack I've Heard

  • By Barry Griffiths on 21-05-15

Abysmal sound quality

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

Reviewed: 13-02-17

Such a shame that they've not got a better copy of the audio for this. Jonathan Cecil's performance is spot on, though, so it's worth gritting your teeth and sticking with it.

  • Lord Emsworth and Others

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Nigel Lambert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Contained here are nine glorious episodes from the idyllic world of Wodehouse. There's a crime wave that was to rock Blandings Castle to its foundations which broke out towards the middle of a fine summer afternoon; Ukridge appears on Corky's doorstep at three in the morning, wearing his yellow mackintosh and requesting a whisky and soda; while the Oldest Member warns of the folly of driving into the father of the girl you love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Treat

  • By T J on 18-10-06

Beautifully read!

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

Reviewed: 02-09-13

Would you listen to Lord Emsworth and Others again? Why?

Yes. I love Wodehouse.

What does Nigel Lambert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His characterizations are superb, especially the women.

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

I could have done but it's a series of discrete short stories, so I savoured each separately.

  • Grimm Tales for Young and Old

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Samuel West
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 229

In this enchanting selection of fairy tales, award-winning author Philip Pullman presents his 50 favourite stories from the Brothers Grimm in a 'clear as water' retelling, making them feel fresh and unfamiliar with his dark, distinctive voice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spellbinding

  • By Margy Otter on 06-10-12

A splendid retelling of Grimm

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

Reviewed: 02-09-13

If you could sum up Grimm Tales for Young and Old in three words, what would they be?

Dark and delicious

What other book might you compare Grimm Tales for Young and Old to, and why?

Italo Calvino's Italian Fairytales.

What does Samuel West bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His readings are immaculate. I actively seek out his audiobooks as I know they'll be beautifully read.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Bleak House

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Hugh Dickson
  • Length: 37 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

The case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce has ground its way through the courts for generations. At its heart are Ada Clare and Richard Carstone, who find love - and terrible loss - through their involvement in the endless battle. Meanwhile, her friend Esther Summeson, who believes she is an orphan, gradually discovers the truth of her identity. The court case throws out a web ensnaring all who come near it, including Lady Dedlock, the menacing lawyer Tulkingham, detective Bucket and tragic little waif Jo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bleak House far from bleak

  • By Jane on 23-04-09

A genuine gem

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-10

A brilliant novel brought to life with astonishing vividness and humour by Hugh Dickson. I cannot recommend this audiobook highly enough.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful