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  • Eva Peron

  • By: Nicholas Fraser, Marysa Navarro
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

The story begins in a dusty village lost in the Argentine pampas, where a girl, born out of wedlock, scrambles her way to the capital city by the time she is 15. It ends with the embalmed corpse of Eva Peron being hidden away by nervous politicians for fear that if the working people of Argentina knew where it was buried, it would inspire them to revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comprehensive

  • By Vicuña on 15-01-19

Comprehensive

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

Reviewed: 15-01-19

Well narrated throughout this is an articulate and compelling account of a genuine icon. Difficult to remain indifferent about this enigmatic woman from the wrong side of the tracks.

Influential and adored by millions, dead at 33, this account is detailed and fascinating.

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 145

Soon to be a major TV series starring Kenneth Branagh. On 21 June 1922, Count Alexander Rostov - recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt - is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol. Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count has been sentenced to house arrest indefinitely. But instead of his usual suite, he must now live in an attic room while Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval. Can a life without luxury be the richest of all?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book I’ve listened and read in a long time

  • By Bean on 29-11-18

A classic

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

A brilliantly subversive morality tale. Filled with humour,pathos, a cast of colourful characters.

Against a backdrop of the rise of Stalinism, the scope is epic. Complex plot with sublime twists. I have over 500 audiobooks and this is near the top of my top 10 outstanding

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Painting the Darkness

  • By: Robert Goddard
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 20 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

On a mild autumn afternoon in 1882, William Trenchard sits smoking his pipe in the garden of his comfortable family home. When the creak of the garden gate heralds the arrival of an unexpected stranger, he is puzzled but not alarmed. He cannot know the destruction this man will wreak on all he holds most dear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Goddard at his best

  • By Kirstine on 26-03-13

Full of twists and turns

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

Reviewed: 26-12-18

Absolutely gripping. A simpler premise that became increasingly complex. Full of characters, atmospheric and unpredictable. Loved it

  • Vanity Fair

  • By: William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Narrated by: John Castle
  • Length: 31 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

Set during the time of the Napoleonic Wars, this classic gives a satirical picture of a worldly society. The novel revolves around the exploits of the impoverished but beautiful and devious Becky Sharp who craves wealth and a position in society. Calculating and determined to succeed, she charms, deceives and manipulates everyone she meets. A novel of early 19th-century English society, it takes its title from the place designated as the centre of human corruption in John Bunyan's 17th-century allegory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A glorious romp of a novel!

  • By Clare on 24-08-09

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 22-11-18

Impeccable narration really brought this intriguing story to life. Witty, satirical, and very relevant. A masterpiece which I rate in my top 5 Audible titles ( and I have over 500).

  • The Relentless Tide

  • A DCI Daley Thriller, Book 6
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458

When Professor Francombe and her team of archaeologists find the remains of three women on a remote Kintyre hillside - a site rumoured to have been the base of Viking warlord Somerled - their delight soon turns to horror when they realise the women tragically met their end little more than two decades ago. It soon becomes clear that these are the three missing victims of the ‘Midweek Murderer’, a serial killer who was at work in Glasgow in the early 1990s.  DCI Jim Daley now has the chance to put things right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pull up a pew and pour yourself a wee dram . . .

  • By Simon on 09-10-18

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 18-11-18

Another compelling tale in a series which just keeps getting better. Based loosely on fact, this is a complex murder mystery with Hamish providing comic relief.

  • The Far Pavilions

  • By: M. M. Kaye
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 48 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

When The Far Pavilions was first published 19 years ago, it moved the critic Edmund Fuller to write this: "Were Miss Kaye to produce no other book, The Far Pavilions might stand as a lasting accomplishment in a single work comparable to Margaret Mitchell's achievement in Gond With the Wind." From its beginning in the foothills of the towering Himalayas, M. M. Kaye's masterwork is a vast, rich, and vibrant tapestry of love and war that ranks with the greatest panoramic sagas of modern fiction.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous story but TERRIBLE narration

  • By Miss D Srao on 13-03-17

Detailed but compelling

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

Reviewed: 17-11-18

Wow, this is along listen, but despite a couple of blips, I was intrigued and wanted to know how it all panned out.

It’s a story which captures the nuances of an era; the allegedly glorious days of the Raj and British Empire in India. It follows the story of a handful of central characters whose lives are depicted with realism. Arranged marriage, colonialism, antipathy to external rule, love, friendship, betrayal.

It’s an epic adventure which gives a real flavour to a past age. Told with conviction, it’s breathtaking, sad and compelling throughout.

  • Slowhand

  • Eric Clapton's Blues
  • By: Philip Norman
  • Narrated by: Peter Coates
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

For half a century Eric Clapton has been acknowledged to be rock music's greatest virtuoso, the unrivalled master of its indispensable tool, the solid-body electric guitar. His career has spanned the history of rock and often shaped it via the seminal bands with whom he's played: the Yardbirds, John Mavall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominoes. Winner of 18 Grammys, the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame's only three-time inductee, he is an enduring influence on every other star soloist who ever wielded a pick....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More about the man than the music

  • By Vicuña on 17-11-18

More about the man than the music

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

Reviewed: 17-11-18

Philip Norman approaches his subjects with honesty and integrity; he writes with conviction and I enjoyed his work on Jagger and McCartney.

Slowhand certainly gets into the psyche of Clayton. Childhood circumstances and influences shaped the man. The untimely death of his son was a transforming event and this book exposes a man of two halves.

I’ve spent a lifetime enjoying much of his music, from his early Mayall and Yardbird days through to his solo
Stuff. Always preferred the music to the man and this bio spares no punches in detailing his numerous idiosyncrasies and demands. He’s not entirely likeable but is definitely conflicted. Generous and loyal to a fault, on his terms, but also a chameleon like individual who has adored so many persona. A follower, not a leader.

This is a revealing account of a complex individual whose latter life is very different to his first decades. Enjoyed it and would have liked more detail about the music .

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  • Find Me

  • By: J. S. Monroe
  • Narrated by: Avita Jay, Leighton Pugh, Daniel Coonan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Jarlath 'Jar' Costello's girlfriend, Rosa, committed suicide when they were both students at Cambridge. Jar is obsessed with the idea that Rosa is still alive and is tormented by disturbingly real sightings of her. When a startling discovery convinces him more than ever that these are not just hallucinations, Jar is thrust into the heart of a larger intrigue that may finally shed some light on Rosa's death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!!!

  • By mandy easter on 24-04-17

Complex and dark

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

Reviewed: 27-10-18

Totally gripped by this book. Various narrative points and it’s difficult to know whose version is correct.

Who’s unbalanced, who to trust. Kept me gripped and guessing.

  • Paul McCartney: The Biography

  • By: Philip Norman
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 30 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

Since the age of 20, Paul McCartney has lived one of the ultimate rock 'n' roll lives played out on the most public of stages. Now Paul's story is told by rock music's foremost biographer, with McCartney's consent and access to family members and close friends who have never spoken on the record before. Paul McCartney reveals the complex character behind the façade and sheds new light on his childhood - blighted by his mother's death but redeemed by the father who introduced him to music.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed biography of a true genius

  • By James on 13-05-17

Informed and balanced

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

Reviewed: 27-10-18

I grew up with the Beatles music and well over 50 years later, most it stands the test of time. I enjoyed Philip Norman’s bio of Jagger and this account of McCartney is bursting with energy. It covers every aspect of his life from birth to 2015. There’s loads of insight into the stories behind the music, working with Lennon , band changes in the early days and his marriages to Linda and Heather. It’s fascinating stuff and I was gripped. And

  • The Cleaner

  • John Milton, Book 1
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,214
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,040
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,043

Meet John Milton. He considers himself an artisan. A craftsman. His trade is murder. Milton is the man the government sends after you when everything else has failed. Ruthless. Brilliant. Anonymous. Lethal. You wouldn't pick him out of a crowd but you wouldn't want to be on his list. But now, after ten years, he's had enough - there's blood on his hands and he wants out. Trouble is, this job is not one you can just walk away from. He goes on the run, seeking atonement for his sins by helping the people he meets along the way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but oddly unsatisfying

  • By Lucy on 05-11-16

Couldn’t get into this

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

Narration is ok but didn’t enjoy the storyline or characters. Implausible and didn’t connect to any of the characters.