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  • The Eyre Affair

  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Kruger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where the Crimean war still rages, dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is deeply disappointed by the ending of 'Jane Eyre'. In this world there are no jet-liners or computers, but there are policemen who can travel across time, a Welsh republic, a great interest in all things literary - and a woman called Thursday Next. In this utterly original and wonderfully funny first novel, Fforde has created a fiesty, loveable heroine and a plot of such richness and ingenuity that it will take your breath away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun!

  • By Anie on 19-03-2016

Lend an ear.... to the Eyre Affair

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

Reviewed: 04-02-2019

Revisited this book - this time as an audiobook.

Thought the narrator did a great job - appreciated her passion & enthusiasm for the literature.

Wonderfully inventive, original story.

  • The Light Fantastic

  • Discworld 2
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

The Great A'Tuin, the heroic turtle who supports the weight of the entire Discworld, not to mention four giant elephants, swims through the galaxy day and night with the burden of being the only creature who knows exactly where the universe is going. Philosophers have long debated where this is, and are due to find out in about 2 months. Shall they worry?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor audio quality

  • By Jan on 14-04-2015

Pratchett Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 08-01-2018

Enjoyed just as much as first one.

The late Mr Pratchett’s witty writing & Nigel Planer’s awesome array of voices make for magical entertainment.

If you enjoyed listening to the first book about Rincewind & Twoflower’s adventures then I think you’ll also like this one.

  • Alien: River of Pain

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Christopher Golden, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Anna Friel, Philip Glenister, Colin Salmon, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

Ellen Ripley finally returns to Earth, only to discover that LV-426 — where the crew of the Nostromo first came into contact with the deadly xenomorphs — has been renamed Acheron. Protected by Colonial Marines, the colonists seek to terraform the storm-swept planet against all the odds. But in the face of brutal living conditions and the daily struggles of a new world, there is humanity and hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A movie in your ears!

  • By Ronald Haupt on 18-03-2018

Alien Underwhelming

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

Reviewed: 05-01-2018

Despite having the same high quality production values as Alien: Out of the Shadows, I was a bit disappointed in this one.

This is an attempt to do a prequel to the movie Aliens by greatly expanding the story of Newt’s family combined with re-enacting certain early scenes from Aliens.... but it just wasn’t an engrossing enough tale for me.

Also felt there were too many characters: got confused sometimes with which soldier or which scientist was speaking. Also felt the portrayal of the children was unrealistic: the kids were surprisingly chirpy and upbeat considering the horrific events that were occurring.

  • Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death

  • Agatha Raisin, Book 1
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Meet Agatha Raisin, high-flying public relations boss turned village sleuth. After her many years of bullying and cajoling others, her early retirement to a picture-perfect village in the Cotswolds is a dream come true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingly Entertaining Agatha

  • By Anonymous User on 25-11-2017

Amazingly Entertaining Agatha

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

Reviewed: 25-11-2017

Found this series by accident but very glad I did: amusing & interesting. I was just looking up Penelope Keith to see if she’d recorded any audiobooks, as she has the loveliest English voice to listen to. What listening to this proved is how talented an actress Penelope is. Her characterisations & voices are great. Will definitely continue listening to this series.

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  • The Colour of Magic

  • Discworld 1
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293

The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and, of course, "The Edge" of the planet.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • not convinced

  • By D. Hill on 08-03-2017

Rediscovering the Discworld

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

Reviewed: 21-10-2017

Have always enjoyed reading Mr Pratchett’s books. Nigel Planer does a brilliant job of bringing the Discworld to life. Such an amazing variety of voices that he does.

  • Stori Telling

  • By: Tori Spelling
  • Narrated by: Tori Spelling
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Stori Telling is a chance for Tori to set the record straight on her personal life and to let listeners experience the truly unique life she's led--with its undeniable childhood privileges, tabloid misperceptions, career successes, and personal regrets. This is Tori's opportunity to define herself on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Tori

  • By Anonymous User on 09-10-2017

Terrific Tori

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

Reviewed: 09-10-2017

I only knew of Tori Spelling according to what was presented to us in the media. I admit, because of that, I had a certain perception of her.

I'm glad to have listened to this book, to hear Tori reveal the truth about her life in her own words. I appreciated her honesty, bravery & sense of humour.

Alien: Out of the Shadows cover art
  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible

  • By Mathew on 27-04-2016

Audible Alien Awesomeness!

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

Reviewed: 16-09-2017

First Audible drama I've listened to (rather than just a book reading)...& so glad I did.

What a thrill-ride. Full of suspense. All aspects gel together so well: the acting, sound effects (brilliant) & music.

If you've just watched Alien, I suggest listening to this before watching Aliens. This drama is so well written that it slots in seamlessly within the whole Alien series.

  • A Tiny Bit Marvellous

  • By: Dawn French
  • Narrated by: Dawn French
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

Everyone hates the perfect family. So you’ll love the Battles. Mo is about to hit the big 50, and some uncomfortable truths are becoming quite apparent: She doesn’t understand either of her teenage kids, which as a child psychologist, is fairly embarrassing. She has become entirely grey, inside, and out. Her face has surrendered and is frightening children....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Stop complaining

  • By Joss on 10-02-2014

A Tiny Bit Plotless

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

Reviewed: 11-09-2017

Dawn French's reading, acting skills are the saving grace of this book. The Battle family is dysfunctional - yes, we understand that early on. The kids are amusing.... yes.... but what's the actual plot? It eluded me for about 3/4 of the book & I'm still not entirely sure there was one or if Dawn was just making it up as she went along. However there's no denying of her acting & comedic skills - if it wasn't for that, I probably would've stopped listening ages ago.

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

  • Read by Eddie Redmayne
  • By: J.K. Rowling, Newt Scamander
  • Narrated by: Eddie Redmayne
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447

A set textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander's masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Scamander's years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hardcore Nerds, Ahoy!

  • By Lucia on 25-03-2017

Beasts (Without the Beauty)

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

Reviewed: 22-05-2017

Eddie Redmayne is a talented actor who does his best to breathe life into the beasts from the book. The sound effects certainly aid his performance. Only decided to give this book a go because I watched the movie & enjoyed that.