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  • David Copperfield [Audible]

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 36 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

Between his work on the 2014 Audible Audiobook of the Year, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel, and his performance of Classic Love Poems, narrator Richard Armitage ( The Hobbit, Hannibal) has quickly become a listener favorite. Now, in this defining performance of Charles Dickens' classic David Copperfield, Armitage lends his unique voice and interpretation, truly inhabiting each character and bringing real energy to the life of one of Dickens' most famous characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brought me back to Dickens

  • By JD on 21-02-16

Dull, dull, dull

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

I'd forgotten what a tedious old bore Dickens is ... I thought I'd give him a go again as an audio book, but it really hasn't improved on reacquaintance. I enjoy the TV dramatisations which are abridged to the 'good bits' after hacking out the the dull stuff - and listening to this, you can see why they do abridge them.
Richard Armitage does a sterling job as narrator - but even his skills aren't enough to make me want to spend more time on this than I have already - I made it through to Chapter 23 and quite simply cannot face another one, let alone to a further 41 ...

  • My Friend Flicka

  • By: Mary O'Hara
  • Narrated by: Michael Louis Wells
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

You’ll train her, and she’ll train you. I want you to make a good pony out of her. I want her to make a man out of you. When Ken is given a horse of his own, he thinks his dreams have come true. But Flicka is a proud and spirited foal - and everyone says she’s no good. Can Ken tame his wild horse and earn her friendship?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still good!

  • By nogginthenog on 15-05-18

Still good!

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

Reviewed: 15-05-18

Still a terrific book after all these years - I first read it as an eight year old and it only gains with age: it's not really a kid's book although it is so often marketed as such. The narration is good, even if Gus' Swedish accent comes second only to the Muppets' Swedish chef :-) What a shame Thunderhead and Green Grass of Wyoming aren't also available as audiobooks as I'd have bought them both like a shot after listening to Flicka!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,767
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,759

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original British SF...absolutely loved it!!

  • By Jude on 12-07-15

Pedestrian

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

Reviewed: 16-06-17

Any additional comments?

After reading some of the other reviews I thought I'd try this one, enticed by the comparisons with John Wyndham. It was okay - but like the Stone Man, a bit plodding and a bit predictable: I ploughed on with it and was relieved to see that the second part was only four hours long. It wasn't awful, but it just wasn't quite as brilliant.as I'd been led to believe The best bit for me was the authors afterword - which makes me think that as this was his first book, I might try another of his books at some point in the future as first books aren't always the best ones - but just not right now.

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  • Pilgrim Series 5-7

  • BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramas
  • By: Sebastian Baczkiewicz
  • Narrated by: full cast, Paul Hilton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 199

Paul Hilton stars as Pilgrim in the final three series of the award-winning BBC Radio 4 supernatural drama by Sebastian Baczkiewicz. In 1185 William Palmer was making pilgrimage to Canterbury. Unbeknown to him, his fellow pilgrim was the King of the Greyfolk. When William claimed that the church would eradicate belief in the Faerie world, he was cursed by the Faerie King and condemned to walk forever between the worlds of magic and of men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful.

  • By Joanne on 31-12-16

great stuff

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

Reviewed: 19-05-17

What does full cast and Paul Hilton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

As there isn't a book, this is impossible to answer ...

Any additional comments?

Was a little unsure after listening to the first episode in the first series, but it just went on from strength to strength after that ... downloaded this second series immediately after finishing the first one and it doesn't disappoint. The ending feels like the series is being wrapped up, but I hope there will be more at some time - it has been a thoroughly enjoyable listen, and has helped the hours fly past while weeding on the allotment. I shall miss the company of William, Bill or Billy if you prefer ...

  • Pilgrim: The Collected Series 1-4

  • The BBC Radio 4 fantasy drama series
  • By: Sebastien Baczkiewicz
  • Narrated by: Paul Hilton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249

The first four series of the original BBC Radio 4 fantastical drama series set in a world almost, but not quite, like our own. Paul Hilton stars as William Palmer, the immortal, reluctant and unthanked hero protecting mankind from an enemy they resist believing in: the Grey Folk. Thrilling, dark and contemporary, the dramas are set in a recognisable present day but one haunted by the folktales of the British Isles: drowned villages, changeling children, werewolves and unruly nature spirits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pilgrim

  • By gepocock on 19-06-16

good escapist fun

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

Reviewed: 26-04-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Pilgrim: The Collected Series 1-4 to be better than the print version?

No idea as I haven't read the print edition - thought this was purely a radio series but now I know I may well go and look it up.

What did you like best about this story?

Good bit of escapist fun

Which character – as performed by Paul Hilton – was your favourite?

Erm ... what a strange question. Pilgrim. The only character as far as I was aware that he performed. There is a cast list read at the end of each episode, so there are other actors too ... unless Paul Hilton has a number of aliases.

Any additional comments?

These questions are incredibly irritating and strangle any proper review! And aren't even always relevant - Audible please get your act into gear!

The first episode left me feeling a bit flat and wondering what I had bought and whether I would listen through to the end - but hang on in there as they get progressively better. They are a lot of fun, the acting is good - Pilgrim especially improves a lot as he gets into the part. And Birdie Bird is delicious! The whole thing is a lot of fun if you like fantasy and enjoy a bit of British folklore.

  • Tremontaine, Season One

  • 13 Book Series, Box Set
  • By: Ellen Kushner, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Malinda Lo, and others
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren, Nick Sullivan, Sarah Mollo-Christensen
  • Length: 22 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

In a city that never was, sex, scandal, and swordplay combine in a melodrama of manners that takes listeners to a world inspired by Elizabethan London, 18th century Paris, and 1980s New York City. Sexuality is fluid, politics is everything, and outcasts are the tastemakers. Intrigue is afoot when a Duchess, a scholar, a swordswoman, and a genius, are brought together by long-buried lies and truths that cannot be denied.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bravo!

  • By nogginthenog on 31-03-17

Bravo!

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

Reviewed: 31-03-17

Any additional comments?

I loved the audio edition of Swordspoint much much more than the book, and as soon as I had finished, listened to the other two books in the series which were equally good. When I spotted this series, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it even though set in the same world, as apart from the first and last one, the episodes had different writers. But I needn't have worried - it is equally as delicious, the continuity between each episode is excellent in style and content, and the narrators are all just as brilliant. Now eagerly awaiting the next series - I'm waiting for the box set so I can greedily listen to them in big chunks rather than having to wait for each to be released!

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  • The Far Arena

  • By: Richard Ben Sapir
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

While conducting exploration in the frozen Arctic, Texan Lew McCardle, a geologist working for the Houghton Oil company, discovers something remarkable: a body encased in the ice. More remarkable still, the skills of Russian researcher Semyon Petrovitch bring the man miraculously back to life. This strange visitor from the distant past has an amazing story to tell. Translated from his native Latin by Nordic nun Olava, Lucius Aurelius Eugenianus reveals that in the era of Domitian he was a champion in the Roman Colosseum, a gladiator known far and wide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good listen

  • By nogginthenog on 31-03-17

A good listen

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

Reviewed: 31-03-17

What made the experience of listening to The Far Arena the most enjoyable?

I first read this book over thirty years ago, and have re-read it several times since: it is one of those books that stays with you. It is a little uneven in pace and parts may be questionable, but it is nevertheless still a good story ... listening to it rather than reading it actually succeeded in evening out some of the pace issues, and the narration was, I thought, excellent. I hadn't really thought much about the characters' accents when reading it, but the narrator captured them brilliantly and the whole thing came more alive for me than when on the printed page.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme: Series 6

  • BBC Radio 4 comedy sketch show
  • By: John Finnemore
  • Narrated by: Carrie Quinlan, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, John Finnemore, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150

John Finnemore, writer and star of Cabin Pressure and John Finnemore's Double Acts, returns for a sixth series of his hugely acclaimed Souvenir Programme, which won him Radio Broadcaster of the Year at the 2016 Broadcasting Press Guild Awards. Expect sketches! Expect songs! They're what made up the previous five series, so it seems a pretty safe bet that that's what will be in this series as well. And, well, since you ask him for some tall tales...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A light in the gloom

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-03-17

Since you ask me for a review ...

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

Reviewed: 31-03-17

Any additional comments?

Love these series ... well anything by John Finnemore ... Cabin Pressure is sublime, but the Souvenir Programme series and Double Acts run them very, very close. Perfect listening.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • E.F. Benson's Ghost Stories

  • read by Mark Gatiss
  • By: E. F. Benson
  • Narrated by: Mark Gatiss
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

Mark Gatiss ( Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones) reads chilling tales by the unsung master of the classic ghost story: E. F. Benson. There's nothing sinister about a London bus. Nothing supernatural could occur on a busy train platform. There's nothing terrifying about a little caterpillar. And a telephone, what could be scary about that? Don't be frightened of the dark corners of your room. Don't be alarmed by a sudden inexplicable chill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent stuff!

  • By Amazon Customer on 13-10-16

Hoped for more

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

Reviewed: 31-03-17

Would you listen to E.F. Benson's Ghost Stories again? Why?

Yes, but not top of my wish list!

Any additional comments?

Fairly traditional stories ranging from spooky to Lovecraft style horror ... the earlier stories in this collection were, I thought, the best ones. Ironically, I felt that the narration improved as it went on - I had hoped for more from it as Mark Gatiss is both a fan and an actor. It wasn't helped by each new story following so hot on the heels of the previous one that sometimes it was hard to tell where one started and the other stopped - often there was more of a pause following the story title than between them, which led to some confusion at times.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • To Say Nothing of the Dog

  • Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last
  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 20 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

When too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected but good,

  • By Derek on 17-08-08

Perfect listening

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

Reviewed: 31-03-17

Where does To Say Nothing of the Dog rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love this book - it is right up there with Connie Willis' best - and loved this audio version of it too, which is perfectly read. It possibly helps in grasping the background, but isn't essential, if you have already read Domesday Book ... this is much lighter hearted but every bit as gripping.

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

Oh yes!