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  • The Snowman

  • Inspired by the original story by Raymond Briggs
  • By: Michael Morpurgo
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

When James wakes to see snow falling one December morning, he is delighted and rushes outside to make a snowman. With coal eyes, an old green hat and scarf and a tangerine nose, he is perfect and James can hardly bear to go inside and leave him. In the middle of the night, he wakes and creeps out to see his snowman again - and to his amazement, the snowman comes to life.... This special tale of true Christmas magic will bring everyone's favourite childhood festive character to a brand-new audience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • childhood revisited

  • By anne hunt on 02-01-19

childhood revisited

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

in a troubled world it is good to rediscover the innocence of childhood from time to time and listening to this delightful story was just the tonic for me. The Snowman has become a part of Christmas just like Christmas Carol and will live as long as the human race survives however long or short that may be. Always soothing to listen to Mr. Armitage's voice.

  • The Man from St Petersburg

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247

It is just before the outbreak of World War I, and Britain must enlist the aid of Russia. Czar Nicholas' nephew is to visit London for secret naval talks with Lord Walden, who has lived in Russia and has a Russian wife, Lydia. But there are other people who are interested in the arrival of Prince Alexei: the Waldens' only daughter, Charlotte - wilful, idealistic, and with an awakening social conscience; Basil Thompson, head of the Special Branch; and, above all, Feliks Kschessinky, the ruthless Russian anarchist. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read! Great Reader!

  • By JD on 23-08-18

gripping stuff!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

this was my first Ken Follet and I will be back for more. Fascinating interweaving of history and personal drama and Mr. Armitage never fails to do the writing justice with his narration.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Richard Armitage

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview
  • By: Elise Italiaander
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 66

Richard Armitage talks to Audible Studios about his involvement in the new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. As narrator, Richard brings to life the eerie and entrancing story of a ruthless scientist who sets out to do the unthinkable by freeing his inner demon from the firm clutches of his conscience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intelligence and erudition personified!

  • By anne hunt on 30-10-17

Intelligence and erudition personified!

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

Reviewed: 30-10-17

Mr. Armitage never fails to fascinate me with his ideas on life and literature, not to mention the effect of those deep, melting tones in his voice. Sorry, I'm just plain addicted.....definitely my drug of choice and unlike Dr Jekyll's, it doesn't turn me into a monster.....well I don't think so ?

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Two on a Tower

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Two on a Tower is Hardy's ninth novel and contains perhaps his most complete use of the theme of love across the class and age divide, to beautifully depict Hardy's reverence for science and astronomy. The unhappily married Lady Constantine breaks all the rules of social etiquette when she falls in love with young Swithin St. Cleeve, an astronomer and her social inferior. Despite their differences that society deems unacceptable, together, from an astronomical observatory, the lovers 'sweep the heavens'.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but not one of Hardy's best

  • By Roderic on 08-06-15

A good bedtime listen

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

Reviewed: 31-07-17

I've watched many TV adaptations of Hardy's works but never actually read any of his books so this was a good introduction to his style of writing. This story with the link to astronomy was most unusual and intriguing. A sad and maybe slightly melodramatic ending but I don't think Hardy is known for softening the hard truths that happy endings are an illusion. Have always liked Michael Kitchen's soothing voice which made this a good bedtime listen.

  • The Killing

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 25 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 552

Sarah Lund is looking forward to her last day as a detective with the Copenhagen Police department before moving to Sweden. But everything changes when nineteen-year-old student, Nanna Birk Larsen, is found raped and brutally murdered in the woods outside the city. Lund’s plans to relocate are put on hold as she leads the investigation, along with fellow detective Jan Meyer. While Nanna’s family struggles to cope with their loss, local politician Troels Hartmann is in the middle of an election campaign to become the new mayor of Copenhagen....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • RIVETING TALE...

  • By Christina on 05-07-12

Not my cup of tea,at all

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

Reviewed: 03-07-17

Too long and tedious. I struggled manfully to chapter 54 but was losing the will to live so jumped to last chapter to find out who did it but to be honest I didn't care in the end. The narrator's voice gave me a headache. I hadn't watched the TV series and I'm glad I didn't. Don't think I will bother will the next two books in the series. Sorry if this sounds grumpy but I suppose it just wasn't my cup of tea. Going back to the Classics for my next listen.

  • Macbeth: A Novel

  • By: A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Russ on 09-07-12

Another triumph for Hartley and Hewson

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

Reviewed: 20-03-17

This is the third of the stories derived from Shakespeare's plays that I have listened to although I think it was the first produced by the collaboration between Mr, Hartley and Mr, Hewson or Mr. Hewson alone.I love their style of writing, rich with description and characterisation . I particularly like the way they have developed the three sisters ( witches ) in their version, very clever and most entertaining.
The more I discover about the history of mankind and of kings in particular the more I am convinced that evolution may have taken a wrong turn but no doubt in the long run it will make a correction which may or may not include humanity depending on whether we can mend our ways!
I did find the narration slightly one dimensional on this occasion and consequently lost the plot once or twice, but it is a story that I will no doubt listen to more than once if only to enjoy the writing.

  • The Turn of the Screw

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Richard Armitage - introduction
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy winner Emma Thompson lends her immense talent and experienced voice to Henry James' Gothic ghost tale, The Turn of the Screw. When a governess is hired to care for two children at a British country estate, she begins to sense an otherworldly presence around the grounds. Are they really ghosts she's seeing? Or is something far more sinister at work?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Ghost Story But I'm Still None The Wiser

  • By bookylady on 23-03-16

My screw wasn't turned

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

Reviewed: 26-02-17

I have always struggled with Henry James's style but I keep trying, so I thought I'd see if listening would help. Unfortunately it didn't, at least on this occasion. The narrators did their best but I'm afraid I'm still not a James fan.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Romeo and Juliet: A Novel

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

It's a story you think you know: the age-old tale of "star-cross'd lovers"; two families at war; a romance, so pure and absolute, fated for a tragic end. It's a story so thoroughly embedded in our culture, and so frequently retold. Yet, nothing captures the spark, the possibility, and the surprise of Shakespeare's work quite like this....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new view on an old story that actually is very current...

  • By Dorothea on 18-12-16

A marriage made in heaven

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

Reviewed: 15-01-17

The marriage made in heaven for me is the combination of Mr. Hewson's brilliant storytelling and beautiful writing and Mr. Armitage's wonderful narration bringing all those characters to life and painting such vivid pictures with his voice. Took my breath away to hear him speak the opening passage from Shakespeare's play in the prelude to Mr Hewson's final comments! Wow,so beautiful. My favourite moments have to be the scene in the garden when Romeo &Juliet first meet and the balcony moments, so passionate but tender . There were lots of moments when certain characters made me laugh out loud, especially the nurse but also Nico,the apothecary with his down to earth take on his masters and life in general..As a woman who has been lucky enough to live in a time and place where I have had the freedom to live my life as I wish, my heart went out to this Juliet who represents many women who for centuries have been supressed and opressed.. Thank you for letting her survive the carnage Mr. Hewson.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • David Copperfield [Audible]

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 36 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 576
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540

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

Delightful Dickens

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

Reviewed: 05-05-16

A wonderful,sensitive and amusing reading or rather all embracing performance of this iconic book. I love Dickens but sometimes get a bit bogged down with the density of the language. This reading has convinced me that his writing comes alive when it is read aloud and all those varied characters are brought to life. Listening has even made the process of reading his work myself much easier .

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Classic Love Poems

  • By: William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

For anyone who's in love - or hopes to be - what greater celebration could there be than to hear the world's greatest love poetry read lovingly by Richard Armitage? With 13 poems by William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and more, Classic Love Poems is a listening treat for Valentine's Day - or any day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Poems, Balm For The Soul.

  • By bookylady on 10-02-15

a little piece of heaven!

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

Reviewed: 31-03-16

I listen to this whenever I am feeling sad or lonely. The beautiful sentiments are expressed with such warmth and sincerity by the soothing, expressive voice of Mr. Armitage. Pure heaven! Wish it was longer.