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  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,599
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,435
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,417

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run - and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry's tea leaves.... But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Betty Denley on 13-12-2015

Stephen Fry + JK Rowling? more please!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-2019

as always, Mr Fry is an excellent narrator. it's easy to follow the different characters, & I get even more clues from listening to his voice.

  • Harry Potter: A History of Magic

  • An Audio Documentary
  • By: Pottermore Publishing, Ben Davies
  • Narrated by: Natalie Dormer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

The history of magic is as long as time and as wide as the world. In every culture, in every age, in every place and, probably, in every heart, there is magic. Harry Potter: A History of Magic reveals some of the hidden stories behind real-world magic and explores some of J.K. Rowling's magical inventions alongside their folkloric, cultural and historical forebears.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing for a HP fan

  • By Toria Phillips on 17-10-2018

the performance let this one down

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

Reviewed: 03-02-2019

I struggled to listen to this, not because of the content or the overall narration, but the choice to have the guest commentary at a different volume to Dormer. So frustrating to have to alter my settings all the time!
I hope to see this exhibit at some point, so it's a good intro.

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Book 1

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,258
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,969
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,953

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stephen Fry was brilliant

  • By John on 19-09-2016

Fry is the Best. Narrator. Ever.

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

Reviewed: 03-01-2019

I love everything about this audiobook. Fry has the perfect tone and pace for this book, & appears to be enjoying reading it too.

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  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361

From the Orange Prize-winning, internationally best-selling author of The Song of Achilles comes the powerful story of the mythological witch Circe, inspired by Homer's Odyssey. In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An absorbing book beautifully read

  • By Helen Wilson on 26-12-2018

engrossing story, brilliant narration

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

Reviewed: 02-09-2018

recommended to me by Ali Edwards as one of her recent reviews & I'm not disappointed. Easy to get lost in the lyrical narration & story. A different view on the Ancient World.

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  • Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice

  • By: Brené Brown PhD LMSW
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 284

Dr. Brown defines spirituality as something not reliant on religion, theology, or dogma - rather, it is a belief in our interconnectedness and in a loving force greater than ourselves. Whether you access the sacred through traditional worship, solitary meditation, communion with nature, or creative pursuits, one thing is clear: Rising strong after falling is a spiritual practice that brings a sense of perspective, meaning, and purpose to our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another moving publication from Nene Brown

  • By Amazon Customer on 27-06-2017

A wonderful experience

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

Reviewed: 05-04-2018

for some reason I expected this to be a reading of the book. It's not; it's so much better. I've got so many things bookmarked to use in the future.
totally recommend.
Also, I need to write my own shitty first draft.

  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 475

One of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Pride and Prejudice, is vividly brought to life by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike ( Gone Girl). In her bright and energetic performance of this British classic, she expertly captures Austen’s signature wit and tone. Her attention to detail, her literary background, and her performance in the 2005 feature film version of the novel provide the perfect foundation from which to convey the story of Elizabeth Bennett, her four sisters, and the inimitable Mr. Darcy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful reading of a gorgeous book

  • By Belinda on 23-08-2016

a wonderful reading of the classic novel

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

Reviewed: 28-03-2018

at first I thought oh no, but by the time I got to chapter 3 I was hooked on the narration. One that I will keep stored on my phone to listen to again.

  • Sense and Sensibility

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

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
  • Wonderful.

  • By Ford Krieger on 25-10-2016

excellent adaptation of a classic

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

Reviewed: 26-02-2018

I listened as part of the #janeaustenSAL in the fb group, I've loved listening & learning more.

  • Cherish Hard

  • Hard Play Series, Book 1
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Justine O. Keef
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

Sailor Bishop has only one goal for his future-to create a successful landscaping business. No distractions allowed. Then he comes face-to-face and lips-to-lips with a woman who blushes like an innocent...and kisses like pure sin. Ísa Rain craves a man who will cherish her, aches to create a loving family of her own. Trading steamy kisses with a hot gardener in a parking lot? Not the way to true love. Then a deal with the devil (aka her CEO-mother) makes Ísa a corporate VP for the summer. Her main task? Working closely with a certain hot gardener.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn’t finish prologue voices to grating

  • By Wendy L. Brown on 25-03-2018

that is NOT our accent!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-2018

I love these stories but oh! I wish the narrators actually used a Kiwi accent instead of a mix of cockney/Australian.

  • The Princess Bride

  • By: William Goldman
  • Narrated by: Rob Reiner
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43

This adventure story has everything you could want: the good guy, some bad guys, the girl, sword fighting, revenge, romance, of course a happy ending, and rodents of unusual size. Join Westley the plucky farm boy, Buttercup the beautiful young maiden, Inigo Montoya the driven, embittered swordsman, and many other strange and unusual characters in this swashbuckling tale of good-natured silliness. It is read by Rob Reiner, who directed the motion picture based on this classic tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • querky book but enjoyed it

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-03-2019

I could picture the movie as I listened

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

Reviewed: 17-12-2017

good but not excellent adaptation of the book and movie. lacking some detail but still solid & family friendly.

  • Guilty as Sin

  • Sinful, Montana, Book 1
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

There are secrets. There are guilty secrets. And then there's switching places with your twin. Paige Hollander and her identical twin Lily stopped switching places a decade ago. But Lily's run into trouble, and Paige is on leave from the SFPD, recovering from a traumatic shooting. It's not like she has anything better to do, and she remembers how to be feminine. Sort of. How hard could it be?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant start to a new series

  • By paula king on 13-12-2017

brilliant start to a new series

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

Reviewed: 13-12-2017

I've read the book so this is a no brainer purchase. As always Emma Wilder does justice to a funny, sexy, thoughtful story.