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M. R. Beaumont

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  • Palace Walk

  • Cairo Trilogy Series, Book 1
  • By: Naguib Mahfouz, William Maynard Hutchins - translator, Olive E. Kenny - translator
  • Narrated by: Neil Shah
  • Length: 21 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

A national best seller in both hardcover and paperback, the first book of the masterful Cairo Trilogy introduces the engrossing saga of a Muslim family in Cairo during Egypt's occupation by British forces in the early 1900s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating tapestry of life in Cairo

  • By M. R. Beaumont on 06-02-19

Fascinating tapestry of life in Cairo

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

Reviewed: 06-02-19

This wonderful book takes you into a family living in Cairo during the first World War when Egyptian Nationalism was beginning to blossom behind the scenes. The family is ruled by a tyrant father but nevertheless enjoys the full complement of births, marriages and, dramatically, deaths.

  • The Aeneid

  • By: Virgil
  • Narrated by: David Collins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

The masterpiece of Rome's greatest poet, Virgil's Aeneid has inspired generations of readers and holds a central place in Western literature. The epic tells the story of a group of refugees from the ruined city of Troy, whose attempts to reach a promised land in the West are continually frustrated by the hostile goddess Juno. Finally reaching Italy, their leader, Aeneas, is forced to fight a bitter war against the natives to establish the foundations from which Rome is destined to rise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Stunning Story

  • By M. R. Beaumont on 03-01-19

A Stunning Story

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

This is a story to stir the blood even if you knew nothing about the Greeks and Trojans. It is a beautiful translation, easy on the ear, and read with great sensitivity.

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  • The Fountain Overflows

  • By: Rebecca West
  • Narrated by: Harriet Carmichael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

The lives of the talented Aubrey children have long been clouded by their father?s genius for instability, but his new job in the London suburbs promises, for a time at least, reprieve from scandal and the threat of ruin. Mrs. Aubrey, a former concert pianist, struggles to keep the family afloat, but then she is something of a high-strung eccentric herself, as is all too clear to her daughter Rose, through whose loving but sometimes cruel eyes events are seen. Still, living on the edge holds the promise of the unexpected, and the Aubreys,

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming, entertaining and poignant

  • By Julie on 13-04-13

A magical journey

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

Reviewed: 13-11-18

This is the story of a family of prodigies, musical prodigies that is, living a ramshackle life dominated by their fierce and uncompromising mother. It is told by one of the girls in a faux naive voice. That it nearly ends in disaster is inevitable. Roll on the sequel!

  • Ulysses

  • By: James Joyce
  • Narrated by: Philippe Duquenoy
  • Length: 29 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Ulysses takes us on the journey of two men, Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus, through an hour-by-hour account of their lives for one day. These men cross paths in a series of coincidental events and listeners learn how interconnected they are even though they are not friends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic book (literally)

  • By M. R. Beaumont on 07-09-18

A fantastic book (literally)

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

It’s taken me a year or more to listen to Ulysses, sometimes awake and sometimes asleep, I am going to start over again from the beginning so that this time I may catch some of the bits I missed. It’s clever, funny, crazy, dirty and well worth the effort.

  • Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey

  • By: Homer, W. H. D. Rouse - translator
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 25 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306

Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are unquestionably two of the greatest epic masterpieces in Western literature. Though more than 2,700 years old, their stories of brave heroics, capricious gods, and towering human emotions are vividly timeless. The Iliad can justly be called the world’s greatest war epic. The terrible and long-drawn-out siege of Troy remains one of the classic campaigns. The Odyssey chronicles the many trials and adventures Odysseus must pass through on his long journey home from the Trojan wars to his beloved wife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic. Literally

  • By Mr llewellyn on 23-09-15

Antiquity has it!

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

Reviewed: 16-08-18

A great retelling of two of the worlds greatest stories, full of blood and thunder, but with moments of the greatest tenderness. The first tells of the terrible results of an abduction; the second is a tale of faith and hope, severely tested though ultimately rewarded.

  • A Far Cry from Kensington

  • By: Muriel Spark
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287

First published in 1988 and described by Ali Smith as 'one of Muriel Spark's most liberating, and meditative novels' - A Far Cry from Kensington shows Muriel Spark at the mature height of her powers.The narrator is one Mrs. Hawkins. She writes from Italy, a far cry from Kensington indeed, taking us back to her threadbare years in postwar London. As a young, rather fat war-widow she spent her days working for a crazy, almost bankrupt publisher; and her nights offering advice from her boarding-house in South Kensington.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • some writer some narrator good story.

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-04-18

Vintage Muriel Spark

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

Reviewed: 31-03-18

It vividly recalls those good/bad old days just after the war. It’s a rollicking good story too, with a wicked twist to end up with.

  • Ma'am Darling

  • 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret
  • By: Craig Brown
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Bron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 162

From our funniest writer, a portrait of our most talked-about royal. She made John Lennon blush and Marlon Brando clam up. She cold-shouldered Princess Diana and humiliated Elizabeth Taylor. Andy Warhol photographed her. Jack Nicholson offered her cocaine. Gore Vidal revered her. John Fowles hoped to keep her as his sex slave. Dudley Moore propositioned her. Francis Bacon heckled her. Peter Sellers was in love with her. For Pablo Picasso, she was the object of sexual fantasy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • La-di-da

  • By Pamela on 06-11-17

A sad life spiced with regal glamour

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

Reviewed: 25-12-17

It was Princess Margaret ‘s lot to be the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth. In one way she exploited this to get what she wanted but her grandness put some people off. Her love life, unhappy at first, was rescued by the attentions of young Roddy Llewelyn who acted as her cavalier servante, and brought her happiness in the end.

  • Rob Roy

  • By: Sir Walter Scott
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

After rejecting the life his father has laid out for him, Frank Osbaldistone is sent to the North of England to live with his Uncle, where he is to repent his sins. However, when his father's wealth and reputation are threatened, he is drawn to the Scottish Highlands, where he must retrieve a set of stolen documents. It is here that he is pulled into a number of skirmishes relating to the Jacobite uprising of 1715, and where his path frequently crosses with the mysterious maverick outlaw known as Rob Roy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Romance, drama, action<br />

  • By colin monteith on 14-09-18

A great story

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

Reviewed: 17-11-17

The narrative is wonderful in his command of the various. Scottish accents, sometimes quite difficult to English ears! Apart from that a great story which reflects the faithfulness of those devoted to the Stewart cause.

  • The Diary of Samuel Pepys

  • The BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation
  • By: Samuel Pepys, Hattie Naylor
  • Narrated by: Kris Marshall, Katherine Jakeways, Full Cast
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 331

Kris Marshall and Katherine Jakeways star as Mr & Mrs Pepys in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of the world famous diaries. Samuel Pepys was 26 when he decided to start keeping a diary, in January 1660. For the next 10 years he faithfully recorded the day's events and confessed his innermost thoughts. That diary has since become one of our most important, and fascinating, historical documents. Pepys gave us eyewitness accounts of some of the great events of the 17th century, including the Great Fire of London and the Second Dutch War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and insightful

  • By Deborah Wyman on 21-10-14

Pepys Lite

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

Reviewed: 30-09-17

This dramatised version of the diaries of Samuel Pepys is the most accessible way of presenting the huge volumes of prose.

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  • Mansfield Park

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390

At the tender age of 10, Fanny Price is 'adopted' by her rich relations and is removed from the poverty of her home in Portsmouth to the opulence of Mansfield Park. The transplantation is not a happy one. Dependent, helpless, neglected and forgotten, Fanny struggles to come to terms with her new life until, tested almost to the limits of endurance, she assumes her righful role...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A reluctant Janeite not reluctant any more.

  • By Colin Davey on 20-11-16

A moral tale

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

Reviewed: 13-09-17

Amateur theatricals are disapproved of in Mansfield Park. The heroine Fanny is the more than usually docile heroine who holds to her austere principles throughout and is finally rewarded, at the very last moment, by union with her hero, having rebuffed the villain.

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