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  • The Silence of the Girls

  • By: Pat Barker
  • Narrated by: Kristin Atherton, Michael Fox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

The great city of Troy is under siege as Greek heroes Achilles and Agamemnon wage bloody war over a stolen woman. In the Greek camp, another woman is watching and waiting: Briseis. She was a queen of this land until Achilles sacked her city and murdered her husband and sons. Now she is Achilles' concubine: a prize of battle. Briseis is just one among thousands of women backstage in this war - the slaves and prostitutes, the nurses, the women who lay out the dead - all of them voiceless in history. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A feminist Iliad

  • By Barbie on 02-09-18

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 11-03-19

Such a brilliant perspective! The story is always told from the perspective of masculine heroism and the glory of war. This book provides a sharp contrast from the perspective of women of societies vanquished in war; slavery and desolation. A very timely and engaging book. I absolutely loved it!

  • The Winter Crown

  • Eleanor of Aquitaine Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

Eleanor of Aquitaine, one of the most powerful women in Europe, is crowned queen of England beside her young husband Henry II. While Henry battles their enemies and lays his plans, Eleanor is an adept acting ruler and mother to their growing brood of children. But she yearns for more than this - if only Henry would listen. Instead, Henry pushes Eleanor to the sidelines, involving himself with a young mistress and denying Eleanor her rightful authority. As matters reach a crisis, Eleanor becomes caught up in a family rebellion. And even a queen must face the consequences of treason....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What about the rest

  • By Jen Berry on 16-10-15

Depressing

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

Touted as a story of the most powerful woman in history its a story of relentless verbal and ultimately physical abuse. I found it increasingly hard to listen to her powerlessness and abuse...completely depressing.
The narrators lack of capacity to protray any nuance in voice made the young men sound stupid, all older men angry at all tomes and other women sound stupid. Not in enjoyable experience

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • La Belle Sauvage

  • The Book of Dust, Volume 1
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,473
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,053

Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent first volume of The Book of Dust series. Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them - a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Story, Great Narrator

  • By Lorenzo on 21-10-17

Best narration ever!!! Martin Sheen’s performance was superb. Energetic, engaging, hyena cries and all, bravo!!!

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

Reviewed: 17-11-17

Warning: Only start this audiobook if you have the time to listen from start to finish. This is a lovely story full of joy and pathos. It’s an homage to the strength and integrity of children in the face of uncertainty and fear and the performance was so gripping I couldn’t stop listening.
I can’t wait for the next one!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The White Queen

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Sandra Duncan, Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

Internationally bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings the tumult and intrigue of The Wars of the Roses to vivid life through the women of the House of Lancaster and the House of York, beginning with the story of Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen. A woman who won the love of a king and ascended to royalty by virtue of her beauty, Elizabeth fought tenaciously for the success of her family -- her daughter who would one day unite the warring dynasties, and her two sons whose eventual fate has confounded historians for centuries: the Princes in the Tower.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Frustrated about unabridged version not available

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-04-13

dull

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

Reviewed: 23-05-17

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Relative to the other books in the series this was disappointing. The narrator did the best they could with poor narrative

What will your next listen be?

I've moved onto the Red Queen which is a far more polished effort with well drawn out characters

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

the narrator is great

Any additional comments?

its a shame, the series has been enjoyable on long trips

  • Pawn of Prophecy

  • Belgariad, Book 1
  • By: David Eddings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563

Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil god Torak sought dominion and drove men and Gods to war. But Belgrath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe. That was only a story, and Garion did not believe in magic dooms, even though the man without a shadow had haunted him for years.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • couldn't agree more

  • By Hevpais on 23-11-07

Dull: hours I'll never get back in my life!

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

Reviewed: 04-02-17

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

13-14 year old boys who live in their parents basement and never plan to leave

Has Pawn of Prophecy put you off other books in this genre?

not the genre, just the author and the narrator

Would you be willing to try another one of Cameron Beierle’s performances?

God no! At least the narrator was coupled with the content...he seemed to revel in the endless misogyny

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Pawn of Prophecy?

All of it...dialogue was terrible....tragic misogyny

Any additional comments?

to be avoided...seriously

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,159

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By MrsFiddleback on 29-05-09

Sublime Scandinavian Noir Thriller

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to be better than the print version?

I'm a multi-tasker and have to drive long distances. Driving and 'reading' at the same time; fantastic.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

The single mindedness of the damaged female protagonist was so well written, at no point did it fall into cliche. I've never read a more honest female character written by a man.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was the only thing that let it down a little. I chose this version because it was unabridged, but the narrator while clear, was a little staccato. As an Australian, his impersonation of an 'Australian accent' for Harriet bordered on offensive; a caricatured Aussie accent you'd struggle to find in Australia past the 1950's and in comedians 'taking the piss' out of working class people.

It is akin to an American voicing a Prince Charles Character with Sir Alan Sugar's accent...because that's a 'British accent' right?!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The sexual violence overtones of the book were important and compelling; the theme of the Salander character being perceived as weak by her perpetrator because of her physical size and her unwanted dependence on guardianship because she doesn't fit the the social 'norm' is something many people can relate to. The admission of the extent of the abuse of women in such a relatively equitable society as Sweden was brave, particularly again, by a male author.

Any additional comments?

Loved it! Can't wait to 'read-while-driving' the rest of the series!