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  • Golden Hill

  • By: Francis Spufford
  • Narrated by: Sarah Borges
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan Island, 1746. One evening, a handsome young stranger off the boat from England pitches up to a counting house on Golden Hill Street, with a compelling proposition - he has an order for 1,000 pounds in his pocket that he wishes to cash. But can he be trusted? New York is a place where a young man with a fast tongue can reinvent himself, fall in love, and find trouble....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cracking story

  • By Mr on 11-02-2019

Cracking story

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

Reviewed: 11-02-2019

A cracking story set in mid-18th century pre-revolutionary New York.

A generally solid performance by the narrator, marred by some errors in pronunciation.

  • Vanity Fair [Tantor]

  • By: William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 28 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Vanity Fair features two heroines: the faithful, loyal Amelia Sedley, and the beautiful and scheming social climber Becky Sharp. It also engages a huge cast of wonderful supporting characters as the novel spins from Miss Pinkerton's academy for young ladies to affairs of love and war on the Continent to liaisons in the dazzling ballrooms of London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great reading of a 19th century masterpiece

  • By Mr on 18-07-2018

Great reading of a 19th century masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 18-07-2018

Vanity Fair is Thackeray's masterpiece, and stands as one of the great novels of the early-mid 19th century period.
Wanda McCaddon's reading is spot on, with a clear and engaging authorial voice and convincing voicing of the characters.

  • Swann's Way

  • By: Marcel Proust
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 21 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Swann’s Way is the first of seven volumes in Remembrance of Things Past. It sets the scene with the narrator’s memories being famously provoked by the taste of that little cake, the madeleine, accompanied by a cup of lime-flowered tea. It is an unmatched portrait of fin-de-siècle France.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very long masterpiece

  • By Mr on 19-03-2018

A very long masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 19-03-2018

We enjoyed Neville Jason's reading of Swann's Way. The portrait of family life in Combray is brilliant. The sections about Swann are overlong.

  • My Lady Ludlow

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Susannah York
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Lady Ludlow's appalling snobbery, prejudice and bred-in-the-bone conviction as to the superiority of the English aristocracy and their feudal way of life are deliciously tested, and found wanting, in this gently radical tale of the collapse of a social system. Elizabeth Gaskell's My Lady Ludlow is a brilliant picture of the shift in power in a rural northern village, from the velvety feudal Ludlows to the glitter of the new money rattling through the system courtesy of the brazen baker from Birmingham.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Social history of late 18th century England

  • By Mr on 06-03-2018

Social history of late 18th century England

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

Reviewed: 06-03-2018

A good picture of the changing social landscape of late 18th/early 19th century England, with well-drawn characters.
A solid performance by Susannah York, with well-voiced characters.

  • He Knew He Was Right

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

When Louis Trevelyan's young wife meets an old family acquaintance, his unreasonable jealousy of their friendship sparks a quarrel that leads to a brutal and tragic estrangement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unknown gem

  • By Mr on 22-07-2017

An unknown gem

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

Reviewed: 22-07-2017

"He Knew He Was Right" is a tragic and humorous examination of the institution of marriage in mid-Victorian England. The major themes have contemporary relevance, and the stories and characters are beautifully crafted. Nigel Patterson's reading is of the highest quality, giving life to the characters and with a convincing narration. Trollope regarded this novel as a failure, but it stands favourable comparison with his major works.

  • Little Dorrit

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 31 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Little Dorrit is Amy, born in debtor’s prison, the youngest child of debtor William Dorrit, an inmate of the Marshalsea. The two are befriended by a man whose wife hires Little Dorrit as a seamstress. When William Dorrit inherits a fortune, he escapes the Marshalsea. The family, assuming a station befitting their wealth, travel to Italy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent reading of a great story

  • By Mr on 22-08-2016

Excellent reading of a great story

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

Reviewed: 22-08-2016

An excellent reading and characterisation of a great story with contemporary relevance. Required reading for anyone studying economics and economic history.

  • The Last Chronicle of Barset

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 30 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

In the last and most complex of the Barsetshire novels, many of Trollope's best-loved characters appear, but the mood of the novel is darker and more uneasy than in earlier volumes. At the heart of the novel is the penniless Reverend Josiah Crawley, first encountered in Framley Parsonage, who in the opening of the book is accused of theft, creating a public scandal that threatens to tear the community apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best

  • By Mr on 07-07-2016

One of the best

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

Reviewed: 07-07-2016

A great reading of a great story. The Last Chronicle is a beautiful drawing together of the threads running through The Chronicles of Barsetshire. Timothy West's reading and characterisation is masterful.

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  • Middlemarch

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 35 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterpiece and superbly read.

  • By Allie C on 31-01-2017

A great reading of a great novel

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

Reviewed: 31-01-2015

Juliet Stevenson gives a great reading of a great novel - this one is highly recommended!

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