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  • Service with a Smile

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Nigel Lambert
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

The description of his ancestral seat as an earthly Paradise would, at present, have struck its proprietor as ironical, full as it was with unwanted and troublesome inhabitants. What Lord Elmsworth needed above all was a rugged ally at his side to remove from Blandings its superfluous guests, leaving him in peace to tend to his beloved pig, Empress of Blandings. However, when Lord Ickenham is on a sweetness-and-light-spreading expedition, there's always apt to be trouble.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely gentle escapism

  • By Caro on 09-01-08

hilarious

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

Reviewed: 23-11-18

hyper complex situation comedy of errors. perfect feel good English fun. lots of lovely characters and silly japes. and a very fine pig.

  • I Remember You

  • By: Yrsa Sigurdardottir
  • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

A terrifying ghost story from the Queen of Icelandic crime, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, author of the Thora Gudmundsdottir novels. The crunching noise had resumed, now accompanied by a disgusting, indefinable smell. It could best be described as a blend of kelp and rotten meat. The voice spoke again, now slightly louder and clearer: Don't go. Don't go yet. I'm not finished.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice and creepy

  • By Blondie on 29-08-18

Really creepy.

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

Reviewed: 25-09-18

Great creepy tale interweaving 2 stories. Lots of twists and turns and some really skin crawling horror.
There is nothing more lovely than the laughter of a child... Unless you are alone in a house...

  • The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

  • Book 14 in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

As Botswana awaits the familiar blessing of the rains and their eternal cycle, upheaval is taking place at the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Not only is Mr J. L. B. Matekoni attempting to reform himself into a modern husband but, following her marriage to Phuti Radiphuti, Mma Makutsi has joyful news.With the arrival of an heir to the Double Comfort furniture empire and Mma Makutsi busy with motherhood, cobras and a senior aunt, Mma Ramotswe must grapple alone with tea-making, detective work and a new uncertainty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A pleasure to listen to

  • By Jan on 13-12-13

I think this one is my favourite

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

Reviewed: 20-09-18

Of all the stories in the No1 Ladies Detective Agency stories I think this may be my favourite. Lovely passages writing about friendship. The story has the themes of love, family and deceit. Gorgeously narrated as always.

  • Moby Dick

  • By: Herman Melville
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

The outcast youth Ishmael, succumbing to wanderlust during a dreary New England autumn, signs up for passage aboard a whaling ship. The Pequod sails under the command of the one-legged Captain Ahab, who has set himself on a monomaniacal quest to capture the cunning white whale that robbed him of his leg: Moby-Dick. Capturing life on the sea with robust realism, Melville details the adventures of the colorful crew aboard the ship as Ahab pursues his crusade of revenge, heedless of all cost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Novel, Brilliant Performance: Flawless!

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-06-13

Much like whale hunting there is a lot of calm

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

Nothing much happens for over 100 chapters. Scenes are set and whales are discussed. Then action.

  • Company of Liars

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,314
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,310

On this day of ill omen, plague makes its entrance. Within weeks, swathes of England will be darkened by death's shadow. While panic and suspicion flood the land, a small band of travelers comes together to outrun the breakdown in law and order. But when one of their number is found hanging from a tree, the chilling discovery confirms that something more sinister than plague is in their midst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Medieval Road Movie - Well worth a listen

  • By I. Jamie on 02-02-09

Spooky

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

Very dark book that winds along as the paths do. Always followed by the plague there is a sense of something more ominous too. The travellers all have secrets, and something appears to be affecting them or stalking them. Their own guilt? or something else. All are liars but what are their crimes? The story lures you in, and as more and more creepy things start to happen and coincidences converge you start to feel as superstitious as the travellers themselves. but superstition is just silly...isn't it?

Well worth a listen, well read and with some twists and turns. Not a historical novel, rather, one set in a place in history.

Loved this story, a mixed feeling that you are really living in a historical world but also the feeling it may be a fantasy or a ghost story. Like the characters themselves you find yourself believing in portents and omens, spirits and charms.

  • Moby Dick

  • The Whale
  • By: Herman Melville
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 26 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45

Moby-Dick is widely considered to be the Great American Novel and a treasure of world literature. The story details the adventures of the wandering sailor Ishmael and his voyage on the whale ship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab seeks one specific whale: Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white sperm whale. In a previous encounter, the whale destroyed Ahab's boat and bit off his leg. And Ahab intends to take revenge.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • AVOID!

  • By katy on 25-04-17

Gave up after one chapter

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

The story of course is a classic. But this narrator has the oddest style, pausing constantly at random points in a sentence as though he understands the words but not the meaning. I downloaded a different version and it is far superior.

  • The Cairo Trilogy (Dramatised)

  • By: Naguib Mahfouz
  • Narrated by: Omar Sharif
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Omar Sharif leads an all-Egyptian cast in this three-part drama, recorded entirely in Egypt's capital. Adapted from Naguib Mahfouz's novels, this is a gripping family saga, with a monstrous father, a loving mother, and four children. It is set in seductive Cairo from 1917 to 1953, against a backdrop of political upheaval.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Authentic, evocative and moving

  • By Brian Keaney on 11-09-08

Just sad that it's finished.

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

Reviewed: 14-11-17

Brilliant dramatisation. A shame it's so abridged and this very short. But very enjoyable nonetheless.

  • The Doll Funeral

  • By: Kate Hamer
  • Narrated by: Charlie Sanderson, Gareth Bennett-Ryan, Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31

'My name is Ruby. I live with Barbara and Mick. They're not my real parents, but they tell me what to do and what to say. I'm supposed to say that my bruises and black eye came from falling down the stairs. But there are things I won't say. I won't tell them I'm going to hunt for my real parents. I'm going to be with my real family. And I'm not going to let Mick stop me.'

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ghost too far

  • By ZedBooks on 30-03-17

Beautifully haunting

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

Reviewed: 03-03-17

As always Kate's writing is a joy. The voluptuous way she can describe a scene without ever losing pace or plot is just wonderful. The plot is gripping and at times terribly upsetting, but the book overall is uplifting. Themes of love and loss, and how not everything is at it first seems. There is a supernatural undercurrent, and a plot twist just after half way through made me gasp. My favourite character was Lewis Black. But each character is well rounded, believable and deep. A brilliant book. Also check her others.
The reader made a couple of odd slips but otherwise very listenable.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Riverworld Saga, Book 1

  • By: Philip Jose Farmer
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

For explorer Richard Francis Burton, Alice Liddell Hargreaves - the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland - and the rest of humanity, death is nothing like they expected. Instead of heaven, hell, or even the black void of nothingness, all of the 36 billion people who ever lived on Earth are simultaneously resurrected on a world that has been transformed into a giant river valley.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, well told

  • By Grace on 01-04-10

I adore this story for many reasons

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

Reviewed: 17-01-17

What did you like most about To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Riverworld Saga, Book 1?

I love the story itself, it's a great idea, ahead of its time. Engaging and unusual.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is simple to begin with, people wake and are somewhere they don't expect, all people, any one who has died. But the story then looks at the human state, how we behave, good and evil and the spirit of adventure and ultimately our desire to know and to learn.

I can't listen to this enough - I'm really sad the rest of the saga is not available. (Just get the books and read them, it's worth it

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

Yes. I could listen to this book on repeat!

Any additional comments?

Please try and get the rest of the saga!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Million Years in a Day

  • A Curious History of Everyday Life
  • By: Greg Jenner
  • Narrated by: Greg Jenner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 499
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 453

'A wonderful idea, gloriously put into practice. Greg Jenner as is witty as he is knowledgeable.' (Tom Holland) 'Delightful, surprising and hilarious, this is a fascinating history of the everyday objects and inventions we take for granted.' (Lauren Laverne) Every day, from the moment our alarm clock wakes us in the morning until our head hits our pillow at night, we all take part in rituals that are millennia old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So many fascinating facts!

  • By Mrs Sarah Morley on 02-12-15

Love this book

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

Reviewed: 18-11-16

I've listened to this twice now, still not bored, will be listening again. Very funny, often rude, very informative.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful