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  • Romeo and Jude

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Marty Ross
  • Narrated by: Owen Teale, Nick Moran, Matthew Tennyson, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

A gritty reimagining of Shakespeare's famous tragedy - full of passion, emotion, scandal, disillusionment and family fallout. A brand new modern-day audiobook adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic love story. Romeo and Jude - starring Owen Teale ( Game of Thrones), Matthew Tennyson ( Pride), Nick Moran ( Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels) and Ricky Norwood ( EastEnders).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant - but not how you'd expect it!

  • By Alex on 20-02-16

Gripping, Fun, Tragic, Cathartic

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

Very over the top (but I suppose with Romeo and Juliet that's par for the course!) and a bit problematic in parts but overall, as a queer nonbinary person myself, I could forgive the slight messiness because the whole experience felt so urgent, personal and cathartic.
It's been a while since I saw or read Shakespeare but here the blend of wit, passion and tragedy felt very true to his works. The dialogue was frequently so poetic I couldn't always be sure when they were quoting or just waxing lyrical off the cuff re their love, but it always felt natural for their characters, relationship and situation.
Some of the casting and acting choices were occasionally distracting but Ray and Jude were pretty spot on. Really believable and so much chemistry. I wish we could have spent more time with them and I felt the non-theatre characters could have been more fleshed out but the overall picture was good. Ross painted scenes so evocative and visual that the sound effects and music were hardly necessary, but I enjoyed the full experience - so much so I couldn't stop listening until it had finished!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Double Life of Cassiel Roadnight

  • By: Jenny Valentine
  • Narrated by: Joe Van Moyland
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Two boys. One identity. He can change his life if he says yes…. An explosive new mystery from the award-winning author Jenny Valentine, The Double Life of Cassiel Roadnight is the story of a boy who assumes the identity of a missing teenager and in-so-doing unearths a series of shattering family secrets – and the truth about who he really is.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed

  • By Indy on 04-06-16

Really enjoyed

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

Some parts could have been better (I wish he'd come up with some story about losing his memory or something so could focus more on other aspects) but I was intrigued and invested throughout, some lines really sticking with me (bookmarked 14 parts to come back to later) and some revelations broke my heart a bit. Really felt the moments and characters. The sister and mum weren't as believable to me but could have been the narrator (who was overall good but not sure about the female voices). Would love a sequel with more Floyd and identity exploration.

  • Stranger Child

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,775
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,764

One dark secret. One act of revenge. When Emma Joseph met her husband, David, he was a man shattered by grief. His first wife had been killed outright when her car veered off the road. Just as tragically, their six-year-old daughter mysteriously vanished from the scene of the accident. Now, six years later, Emma believes the painful years are behind them. She and David have built a new life together and have a beautiful baby son, Ollie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thriller With a Human Side

  • By Simon on 10-11-15

Intrigued but put off

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-05-16

Got refund as can't support people who treat gay relationships as a joke, however small it may seem. I'm just so tired. I got excited about "Leo" but of course, punchline. I'd rather put time into something more supportive and feel included or at the very least not disrespected.
Can't give review on story but these things take a toll after a while so I know it's minor but giving one star just so people who feel like me have a heads up.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The School for Good and Evil

  • By: Soman Chainani
  • Narrated by: Polly Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

A dark and enchanting fantasy adventure perfect for girls who prefer their fairytales with a twist. Every four years, two girls are kidnapped from the village of Gavaldon. Legend has it these lost children are sent to the School for Good and Evil, the fabled institution where they become fairytale heroes or villains. Sophie, the most beautiful girl in town, has always dreamed of her place at the School for Good while her friend Agatha, with her dark disposition seems destined for the School for Evil. But when the two are kidnapped they find their fortunes reversed…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect. But beware of sequels.

  • By Indy on 14-05-16

Perfect. But beware of sequels.

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

Reviewed: 14-05-16

This was all I dreamed it would be and more. Nuanced, exciting and modern take on fairy tales, good and evil, self discovery.. Beautiful, inspiring and I welled up at several parts with how much I connected to both characters and the story.
But I have to warn (without spoilers) that I really cannot recommend the sequels. There are some good parts in them but overall they slowly undermine most of the wonderful subversive aspects that I loved so much in this book and replace them with watered down versions and the very tropes and stereotypes I thought we were getting away from. I wrote reviews on the other two book pages if you want more info but this is as vague as I'll be on the first book page.
What the beautiful relationship (my OTP if you will) of Sophie and Agatha turns into especially leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth.
So if you want to be left with satisfaction and good (not Good lol) vibes then finish your journey with this perfectly wrapped-up book.
I'm so let down but this first book still means a lot to me, even if something went really wrong in the other two.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A World Without Princes

  • The School for Good and Evil, Book 2
  • By: Soman Chainani
  • Narrated by: Polly Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

After saving themselves and their fellow students from a life pitched against one another, Sophie and Agatha are back home again, living happily ever after. But life isn't exactly a fairy tale.… When Agatha secretly wishes she'd chosen a different happy ending with Prince Tedros, the gates to the School for Good and Evil open once again. But everything has changed and a happy ending seems further away than ever.…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic

  • By miss f c lester on 23-02-15

Proceed with caution!

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

Reviewed: 14-05-16

I adored the first book and thought this one was going to deepen and enhance the themes and characters of the first, and it started to, only for the third book to undo most of that and make a shoddy, watered down version, fitting many of the stereotypes and tropes the first book was working against. Really don't know why the change in message.
I thought this book was leading towards Sophie, Agatha and Tedros being gay/bi/pan but instead it was just queer-baiting and Tedros's misogyny is never called out and stopped for good, in fact he is nothing but applauded.
This book was intriguing and the third book had some interesting ideas too, but overall I can only recommend the first book. I'm shocked and feel betrayed at the backtracking on almost all the things I loved that made the first book so progressive and unique.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Ever After

  • The School for Good and Evil, Book 3
  • By: Soman Chainani
  • Narrated by: Polly Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

A hilarious tween adventure set in a dazzling fantasy world with two extraordinary heroines - a modern-day fairy tale with bite. Once best friends, Agatha and Sophie were pulled apart like strangers, each in the arms of a boy, Good with Good, Evil with Evil.... Is their friendship lost forever after? But as they settle into their new lives, their story begs to be rewritten, and this time theirs isn't the only one.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • What a mess.

  • By Indy on 14-05-16

What a mess.

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

Reviewed: 14-05-16

Undoes everything the wonderful game-changing first book did. Can't believe how Tedros isn't called out for any of his misogyny and we were so queer-baited with two same sex kisses. I can't believe the same person wrote this book as the other two. The second book had potential to enrich and deepen the themes and characters of the first but this one really unravelled everything. There was no need for sequels but if they had to be done why not bring more social commentary instead of making everything except Sophie fit in with old tropes? I won't spoil (though please don't get this gross book anyway) but even her ending didn't fully make sense.
I legit rolled my eyes so many times. Almost every single thing Tedros said/did was entitled and sexist and instead of growing from it he was literally called "perfect".
I'm so tired of being let down. Especially after being so grateful and excited about such a perfect first book, only to see it totally undone. I'm going to have to look into whether the author was blackmailed into writing this or something, that's genuinely how in awe I am at how all the good stuff was backtracked.
I'm so disappointed and upset but at least this has inspired me to finally write my own wlw fairytale that I started years ago.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Famous Five: Five Run Away Together

  • Book 3
  • By: Enid Blyton
  • Narrated by: Jan Francis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. In their third adventure, the Famous Five discover that someone has been on George's island. And what is locked in the mysterious trunk hidden on Kirrin Island? The Famous Five think they're on the trail of smugglers - until they hear a child scream....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Daniel on 08-08-16

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

Reviewed: 11-04-16

Was painful to listen to. First two Famous Five stories had some old-fashioned aspects re gender etc. but had fun stories and characters to take you along on the adventure, but this one had overt bullying, classism, stereotypes, sexist gender roles.. I finished the book because I'd already bought the next one and was just something easy to listen to going to sleep, but everything, not least the simplistic "taste of their own medicine" morality, is not a positive message for kids or anyone in more ~enlightened times so proceed with caution.
Sorry to be killjoy as I know this was written in the 40s/50s so I wasn't expecting up-to-date representation but just so people know what they're getting into as this one's especially frustrating and I couldn't just go along with the fun romp when so much of it was at the expense of others etc.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Famous Five: Five On A Treasure Island

  • Book 1
  • By: Enid Blyton
  • Narrated by: Jan Francis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258

Julian, Dick and Anne are spending the holidays with their tomboy cousin George and her dog, Timothy. One day, George takes them to explore nearby Kirrin Island, with its rocky little coast and old ruined castle on the top. Over on the island, they make a thrilling discovery, which leads them deep into the dungeons of Kirrin Castle on a dangerous adventure. Who - and what - will they find there?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great family listening

  • By Stormy on 01-12-13

Nostalgic

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

Reviewed: 10-03-16

My mum used to read this to my sister and me. Bit problematic re gender etc in 2016 but can be forgiven considering time period. Really relaxing and comforting to go to sleep to even two decades later!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful