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  • Anne of Green Gables

  • By: Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Rachel McAdams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 372

With all of the pluck and charm of its eponymous young hero, Rachel McAdams ( The Notebook, Spotlight, Midnight in Paris) delivers a spectacular reading of Montgomery's beloved bildungsroman. In moments both funny and bittersweet, McAdams' voice is imbued with the spark that has made Anne a much-loved symbol of individualism and cheer for over a century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic rendering of well-loved book

  • By carolr on 15-12-17

classic story but irritating performance

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

Reviewed: 17-03-19

I love this classic story, but I expected a better narration from Rachel McAdams. Every voice was the same and she spoke in a sing-songy rhythm which was just like listening to a kid reciting in school. There was no emotion or feeling in any passage which, given Anne's frequently long, passionate speeches, made me give up and turn to my paper copy and just read it myself. I can't see how anyone unfamiliar with the story could listen through this telling.

  • Tracks

  • A Woman's Solo Trek across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback
  • By: Robyn Davidson
  • Narrated by: Angie Milliken
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Enduring sweltering heat, fending off poisonous snakes and lecherous men, chasing her camels when they get skittish and nursing them when they are injured, Davidson emerges as an extraordinarily courageous heroine driven by a love of Australia's landscape, an empathy for its indigenous people, and a willingness to cast away the trappings of her former identity. Tracks is the compelling, candid story of her odyssey of discovery and transformation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 1970s adventure across Australia - different times

  • By Mr Lee Rudd on 02-04-15

The dog dies

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

I don't like giving spoilers but I probably would have put off listening had I known the dog was going to die at the end. My dog was recently killed in a similarly traumatic way. So just a warning for anyone else who needs to brace themselves against the graphic description. Aside from that, really interesting and sometimes amazing adventure.

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  • Hannibal

  • By: Thomas Harris
  • Narrated by: Daniel Gerroll
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424

'It is an axiom of behavioural science that vampires are territorial while cannibals range widely.' Hannibal killed nine people before he was caught. And five on his escape. Two of his victims survived - one of them is in an asylum; but the other craves revenge. Mason Verger, a paraplegic confined to a respirator since his encounter with Dr Lecter, can move only the fingers of his crippled right hand across the soft blanket that covers his lifeless body.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story

  • By Gemma on 25-05-12

great reading

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

Reviewed: 16-09-17

The story and reading are very good. The only thing I don't like is an error in the recording. Chapter 32 ends mid-sentence and chapter 33 picks up a few seconds later in the scene. I would have given 5 stars overall otherwise, but I expect audiobooks to have better editing than that. If it had been a climactic scene I'd have given the book the lowest rating.

  • Misery

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Lindsay Crouse
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522

Misery Chastain was dead. Paul Sheldon had just killed her - with relief, with joy. Misery had made him rich; she was the heroine of a string of best sellers. And now he wanted to get on to some real writing. That's when the car accident happened, and he woke up in pain in a strange bed. But it wasn't the hospital. Annie Wilkes had pulled him from the wreck, brought him to her remote mountain home, splinted and set his mangled legs. The good news was that Annie was a nurse and had painkilling drugs. The bad news was that she was Paul's Number One Fan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy, atmospheric, chilling, awesome.

  • By Daniel on 15-07-16

amazing narration

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

I read this book years ago and had it back on my mind, so I got this audiobooks. It's a Stephen King classic, which Lindsay Crouse really brought to life in her rendition.