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  • Julian Fellowes's Belgravia

  • By: Julian Fellowes
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,466

Julian Fellowes's Belgravia is the story of a secret. A secret that unravels behind the porticoed doors of London's grandest postcode. Set in the 1840s, when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche, Belgravia is peopled by a rich cast of characters. But the story begins on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. At the Duchess of Richmond's now legendary ball, one family's life will change forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reminiscent of Georgette Heyer

  • By Lorna on 17-07-16

Quality writing as always

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

I'm about to listen to this for the second time, to take in every little nuance and detail. But from the first time around, I could appreciate it as another superb story and plot from Julian Fellowes.

We get insights into the way things were done at the time, interesting characters and unexpected twists and turns.

Juliet Stevenson does it justice as always!

  • The Mistresses of Cliveden

  • By: Natalie Livingstone
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

From its dawn in the 1660s to its twilight in the 1960s, Cliveden was an emblem of elite misbehaviour and intrigue. Conceived by the Duke of Buckingham as a retreat for his scandalous affair with Anna-Maria, Countess of Shrewsbury, the house later served as the backdrop for the Profumo affair. In the 300 years between, the house was occupied by a dynasty of remarkable women each of whom left their mark on this great house.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much More Than A Book About A House

  • By Alison on 28-02-17

Brilliant book!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

This is a very well researched fascinating insight into much of British history, radiating out from one estate, with so many connections to prominent people of the day.

The author clearly explains the context of each era but never makes the information too heavy or 'intellectual'. She reminded me of some history I had forgotten, but better still I learned a good deal that I had never known or understood before.

I always enjoy Carole Boyd's reading as she has a very relaxing pace and a clear understanding of the book and its characters. My one small criticism this time is that she occasionally dropped her volume too low to be comfortably heard, even by someone who's just passed a hearing test!

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and shall listen to it again before too long.

  • Persuasion

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Greta Scacchi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Persuasion, Jane Austen's last novel, is a tale of love and marriage told with irony and insight. Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth have met and seperated years before. Their reunion, after the passage or irrecoverable years of their youth, forces a recognition of the false values that drove them apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Sue on 08-09-07

Beautifully read

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

Reviewed: 16-12-17

This is the first Greta Scacchi audio that I've listened to and I found it very pleasant indeed. She has a perfect pace so gives real quality to her reading, and her voices are excellent.

The story is perfect Jane Austen; keen observation, diverse characters and a proper plot to carry you along.

Very enjoyable.

  • The Jane Austen BBC Radio Drama Collection

  • Six BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatisations
  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: David Tennant, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julie McKenzie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586

A collection of BBC radio full-cast dramatisations of Jane Austen's six major novels. Jane Austen is one of the finest writers in the English language, and this volume includes all six of her classic novels. Mansfield Park: on a quest to find a position in society, Fanny Price goes to live with her rich aunt and uncle. Northanger Abbey: young, naïve Catherine Morland receives an invitation to stay at the isolated Gothic mansion Northanger Abbey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really good

  • By Helen on 24-03-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

I have listened to all of Jane Austen's audiobooks over the years (and read them all for myself), so just for a change I thought I'd like to listen to them dramatised.

But although I persevered, I couldn't enjoy these productions. There was just too much 'dramatic' over-the-top shrieking and screeching from the more excitable characters.

And I'm one of those people who like to know which actors are performing, but for some of the stories there was no cast or production list at all.



  • Letter from America: The Essential Letters 1936-2004

  • With additional narration by BBC American correspondent Matt Frei
  • By: Alistair Cooke, Matt Frei
  • Narrated by: Alistair Cooke
  • Length: 25 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 41

All six volumes of The Essential Letters from America, brought together for the first time in this definitive chronological collection of Alistair Cooke's finest broadcasts. Alistair Cooke was the doyen of foreign correspondents and a radio legend, entertaining millions of listeners for over 50 years in his weekly Letter from America. It was the longest-running show in radio history, and every show was a virtuoso performance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Total delight

  • By VersaillesThree on 26-11-17

Total delight

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

Reviewed: 26-11-17

For many years I eagerly anticipated the broadcasts of these letters each week, so what a joy to have another opportunity of hearing Alistair Cooke's wonderful voice, and the composition and delivery of his fascinating insights.

And Matt Frei's introduction to each of these selected letters in chronological order, is just right, not intruding but adding helpful information.

And after you reach his final letter, with what could be real sadness, there's a tribute programme that was broadcast by the BBC after his death, that adds even more to the background and context.

Wonderful..

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  • The Small House At Allington

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 23 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

The spirited Lily Dale, who longs to be loved, is devastated when her fiancé, the self-interested Adolphus Crosbie, jilts her for the aristocratic Lady Alexandrina. Although heartbroken, Lily still loves Crosbie and believes she must remain single despite him being unworthy of her affections. Even when the more deserving John Eame, presents himself she is still unable to see past her feelings for Crosbie. Meanwhile, Lily's sister Bell is also under pressure to marry for money, not for love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lily & co

  • By Jill on 19-03-09

Very Tedious story

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

Reviewed: 10-05-16

What was most disappointing about Anthony Trollope’s story?

Loved Dr Thorne, very much enjoyed Framley Parsonage, and so with this story was looking forward to perhaps picking up some of the characters from the previous parts of the chronicles.
I've persevered as far as chapter 11 and have had to give up. Notwithstanding Timothy West's excellent efforts, I just cannot feel involved with any of the people and actually find most of them dull and rather annoying.

  • The Four Swans

  • A Novel of Cornwall 1795-1797: Poldark, Book 6
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Oliver J. Hembrough
  • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 161

The Four Swans is the sixth novel in Winston Graham's sweeping series of Cornwall, Poldark. Cornwall, 1795-1799. Although Ross Poldark - now something of a war hero - seems secure in his hard-won prosperity, a new dilemma faces him in the sudden infatuation of a young naval officer with his wife, Demelza.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, but when will The Angry Tide be on Audibe?

  • By Nick on 24-06-16

Grating pronunciations

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

Reviewed: 23-04-16

Would you be willing to try another one of Oliver J. Hembrough’s performances?

I've listened to his previous Poldark readings and although he isn't brilliant, he's been acceptable. But for some reason this one lacks maturity and doesn't do justice to Winston Graham's wonderful saga. Worst of all is his crashing pronunciation of well known Cornish place names and Cornish family names, which surely should have been researched by him and his producer.. The whole thing is so bad that I've only been able to listen to the first 7 chapters and can take no more. Unfortunately, as I cancelled my membership before starting to listen to it, I cannot get a refund. So I have bought the ebook for my Kobo and shall read it for myself.

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  • Doctor Thorne

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

Doctor Thorne is the third audiobook in Anthony Trollope's series known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire. Long regarded as one of Trollope's greatest works, it is a complex story of love, greed and illegitimacy. Set in fictional Barsetshire, it concerns the romantic challenges facing Doctor Thorne's penniless niece, Mary, and Frank Gresham, the only son of the impoverished squire of Greshambury. Mary falls in love with Frank but he is constrained by the need to marry well to restore the family fortunes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hooray! Real Trollope

  • By Philadelphus on 16-01-08

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 21-03-16

Lovely story by Anthony Trollope, with wonderfully humorous observances of his own characters.
And Timothy West is the absolute master reader, none better.
I listened to the audio in anticipation of the ITV/Julian Fellowes production which I found very disappointing. This audio gives you the whole delightful Trollope experience.

  • Nebraska!

  • Wagons West, Book 2
  • By: Dana Fuller Ross
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Autumn, 1837. Driving onward - against the worst of man and nature - a legendary caravan of men, women and children forge a new link in the wilderness trek from Independence, Missouri to the "Promised Land" beyond the Rockies. They are pioneering Americans from North and South - side-by-side with immigrants, a Black man and an Indian - waging a fierce daily battle for bare survival on an uncompromising journey to their private destinies and the fulfillment of America's greatest dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addicted

  • By VersaillesThree on 14-09-15

Addicted

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

Reviewed: 14-09-15

Where does Nebraska! rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I tried out the first book in this series after reading someone's review, while looking for something a bit different to listen to. Now I'm just addicted to this series because it's perfect escapism!

From the continuing events that the characters have to deal with, I'll do a bit of research to check the background to that. So I'm learning much about American history and the early settlers' way of life. I've also felt the need to look at maps showing the many Indian tribes that are included in this story, and so have a much better context and understanding that is completely new to me, fascinating!

What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

Oh he is a joy! I have no idea who he is but Iove his narrator's voice anyway and some of his accents, and one or two of his characterisations make me laugh out loud.

Any additional comments?

I'm looking forward to making my way through the series. If books one and two are anything to go by, I won't be disappointed by the rest.

  • Sense and Sensibility

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466

When Mrs. Dashwood is forced by an avaricious daughter-in-law to leave the family home in Sussex, she takes her three daughters to live in a modest cottage in Devon. For Elinor, the eldest daughter, the move means a painful separation from the man she loves, but her sister Marianne finds in Devon the romance and excitement which she longs for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect narrative

  • By Rachel on 25-05-09

Perhaps mournful?

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

Reviewed: 14-09-15

What did you like most about Sense and Sensibility?

This is another masterpiece from Jane Austen, with wonderful depths to the stories of her characters. Although it's somewhat mournful throughout, it's definitely a must-read.

Juliet Stevenson did a fabulous job as always, such quality to her reading. But I have to say that after listening to the whole, rather negative story for much of the time, I just had to watch the Emma Thompson/Kate Winslet etc film, whose performances were just stunning.

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