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  • These Old Shades

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Society believes the worst of Justin Alastair, the notorious Duke of Avon who is clearly proud of his Sobriquet, Satanas. It is he who buys Leon body and soul from a scoundrel in a Paris backstreet.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bad characterisations

  • By mrsvee on 16-06-2016

Unexpectedly good

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

Reviewed: 29-09-2018

This, the first Heyer I ever read, isn’t her best, but it is brimming with gorgeous characters.

I wasn’t sure about Cornelius Garrett to begin with. His Avon seemed at first too foppish. But it was soon apparent what a masterful voice actor Garrett is. His characters are beautifully done and his Avon masterly.

  • Landmarks

  • By: Robert Macfarlane
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Landmarks, a fascinating exploration of the relationship between language and landscapes by Robert Macfarlane, read by Roy McMillan. Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes are grained into our words. Landmarks is about the power of language to shape our sense of place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mesmerizing

  • By Leisal on 20-02-2018

Mesmerizing

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

Reviewed: 20-02-2018

When I first downloaded this I was dismayed that the glossary was included. The idea of line upon line of what amounted to an index was daunting. And yet...though it is a list, read out, it has the romance and mystery of a liturgy, but of the poetry of language, reminiscent of the mesmerizing comfort of the shipping news on the BBC. I am in love with the romance of these words, linked with extraordinary landscapes.

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  • Frederica

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Clifford Norgate
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Rich and handsome, the hope of ambitious mothers and despair of his sisters, the Marquis of Alverstoke sees no reason to put himself out for anyone. But when a distant connection applies to him for help, he finds himself far from bored.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • one of my favourites

  • By Amazon Customer on 29-11-2018

Clifford Norgate masterful

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

Reviewed: 17-01-2018

Most of the time my view is that books like these should be read by a female voice. Clifford Norgate refutes this idea: great delivery, mastery of all the voices, and a beautiful narration for a delightful Heyer

  • The Toll-Gate

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Daniel Hill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Captain John Staple’s exploits in the Peninsula had earned him the sobriquet Crazy Jack amongst his fellows in the Dragoon Guards. Now home from Waterloo, life in peacetime is rather dull for the adventure-loving Captain. But when he finds himself lost at an unmanned toll-house in the Pennines, his soldiering days suddenly pale away beside an adventure - and romance - of a lifetime.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great story wrong voice

  • By Leisal on 05-01-2018

Great story wrong voice

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

Reviewed: 05-01-2018

The Toll Gate has a genial hero that you can’t help liking, a cast of fun characters and a mystery adventure coiled into another of Heyer’s ‘reluctant’ romances. The love story is barely there, integral, but taking a back seat to hero John Staple’s personality and determination to solve the mystery.

The narrator, Daniel Hill’s voice for John is disappointing. It isn’t a failure of his performance so much as a poor selection for the task. John’s voice is described as being calm and deep, but Daniel Hill’s voice is too light for that and he only succeeded in making John sound rather abrasive. The adventure and climax of the story was also read as though it was a sporting event and Daniel Hill the broadcast commentary. His voice is better suited to Heyer’s gentler novels.

  • Venetia

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 44

Venetia Lanyon, beautiful, intelligent and independent, lives in comfortable seclusion in rural Yorkshire with her precocious brother Aubrey. Her future seems safe and predictable: Either marriage to the respectable but dull Edward Yardley, or a life of peaceful spinsterhood. But when she meets the dashing, dangerous rake Lord Damerel, her well-ordered life is turned upside down, and she embarks upon a relationship with him that scandalizes and horrifies the whole community. Has she found her soul mate, or is she playing with fire?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not enjoyable

  • By Bronwyn Hirst on 25-07-2018

Great interpretation

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

Reviewed: 02-12-2017

One of the most honest stories written by Heyer, read outstandingly by Phillida Nash. Her interpretation of character is perfect.

  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 365

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just for fans

  • By Lori on 20-03-2017

Must for Springsteen fans

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

Reviewed: 26-02-2017

I can't imagine the print book could be better, except that it might be easier to go back and more easily find passages that resonated.

To hear his story in his own words, his love of family, his fears around his father, his battles with depression, his musical development and story, the anecdotes of a career and a life well lived, this is indeed a privilege, adding so much to the appreciation of the music and the complex and beautiful human being that is Bruce Springsteen.

  • Friday's Child

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Eve Matheson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28

This story of mistaken love is a romantic fiction set in the English Regency period. It centers on Lord Sheringham who has been rejected by the woman he loves but the woman who has secretly loved him since childhood is waiting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantabulous

  • By Anonymous User on 31-07-2018

Such a delightful comedy

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

Reviewed: 23-09-2016

One of Heyer’s funniest. Eve Matheson does full justice to the hilarious cast of characters.

The ending is a tightly contrived farce worthy of Oscar Wilde.

  • The End of the Affair

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Colin Firth
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 273

Audie Award Winner, Audiobook of the Year, 2013. Audie Award Nominee, Best Solo Narration, 2013. Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King's Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Colin Firth makes this story mesmerizing

  • By Adam on 15-06-2015

Colin Firth is now the benchmark

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

Reviewed: 19-08-2015

This is a story of no faith in an unacceptable God. It's also a love story. Colin Fjrth manages the characters and the despair and sorrow magnificently. He is now the benchmark for what ranks 5 stars.

The Complete Chronicles of Narnia
    The Classic BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisations
    
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        Maurice Denham,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Full Cast
    
    


    
    Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
    133 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • The Complete Chronicles of Narnia

  • The Classic BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisations
  • By: C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Maurice Denham, Full Cast
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

C.S. Lewis’s acclaimed and universally loved novels spring to life in these spellbinding full-cast BBC dramatisations. Anyone who’s visited Narnia wants to go back again, and these radio dramas make for a hugely entertaining first-time or return journey, with a cast including Bernard Cribbins, Maurice Denham, Richard Griffiths, Martin Jarvis, Sylvester McCoy, John Sessions, Fiona Shaw and Timothy Spall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narnia is cool

  • By Galics on 19-03-2015

What a cast!

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

Reviewed: 18-07-2015

Still crying at the end :even though it was sometimes a little forced I n its narration with the characters describing the action. Proves that a story that runs true will always work!