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  • The Talisman Ring

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 34

The legend of the Headless Horseman and a proposed marriage de convenance both have their impact on the mystery of a golden talisman ring and Lord Lavenham's young heir, Ludovic. Neither Sir Tristram Shield nor Eustacie, his young French cousin, share the slightest inclination to marry one another, yet it is Lord Lavenham's dying wish. For there is no one else to provide for the old man's granddaughter while Ludovic remains a fugitive from justice...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very pleasant surprise

  • By Margaret on 06-04-2018

Fun, Frolic and Frivolity

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

Reviewed: 04-06-2017

What did you like most about The Talisman Ring?

I liked most the wit and fast-paced action of this story. There was a delightful deftness in the twists and turns of plot, and the characters were both credible and fantastic at the same time.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the witty dialogue and the way in which the mystery was gradually revealed, leading up to a very satisfactory happy ending.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

My favourite scene was when the cross-dressing hero managed to evade capture.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was, and I did!

Any additional comments?

This narrator was brilliant. Her characterisations spot on, her narration spiked with all the irony and subtlety of the prose, and her voice very pleasing to the ear. Perhaps not one of Heyer's more well-known novels, but a light-hearted romp through Georgian England which I found enjoyable and satisfying.

  • Crystal Line

  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Adrienne Barbeau
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Killashandra Ree was drawn like a magnet to the song of crystal, and now it's erasing her memory. She knew the forgetfulness would be a byproduct of the singing, and she doesn't mind the little annoyances, like being unable to remember her address or the names of her colleagues. But she hadn't counted on the loneliness a person can feel when the heart still remembers what the mind has forgotten. Can the crystal that destroyed her memory somehow restore it?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, shame about the sound

  • By Nola on 11-05-2017

Good story, shame about the sound

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

Reviewed: 11-05-2017

This is a great story, and a fitting end to the Crystal Singer series BUT I do not see why it should have been so mutilated by being abridged. It isn't even a long story. The narrator was adequate. The sound quality was abysmal. It sounded like a radio play from the dawn of wireless, or like someone speaking into their phone's recording app while sitting in an empty garage. This audiobook was very disappointing, and frankly, overpriced, especially if you bought it because you know and love the book.

  • Peggy and Me

  • By: Miranda Hart
  • Narrated by: Miranda Hart
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

The hilarious and heartwarming account of Miranda and her life changing dog, the inimitable and most lovable Peggy. Hello dear audiobook browser and welcome to Peggy and Me. The story of my life since getting a beautiful Shih-Tzu Bichon Frise cross puppy (I call the breed a Shitty Frise - fun) in the form of Peggy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming

  • By Ann on 12-10-2017

Very Miranda ... but there's more!

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

Reviewed: 07-05-2017

This reflection is laugh-out loud funny in many parts, but also tender, honest, witty and brave. It takes the reader on a gentle roller coaster of the sublime and the ridiculous of loving your dog. Along the way, Peggy becomes a canine beacon of hope, resilience and enthusiasm for life. Miranda Hart's narration is just what you'd expect - warm, engaging and personal. Poo-calypse has now been added irrevocably to my vocabulary!

  • 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

Sophisticated and fun

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

Reviewed: 14-09-2016

This is one of my all-time favourites by this author, combining a satisfying balance of wit, romance, likeable characters and sufficient twists and turns of plot to keep the reader turning pages to discover what happens next. The narration is confident and nuanced. This book is brimming with subtle wit and effortless period detail. It would appeal to readers who want to relax with a light, well-written historical novel with laugh out loud humour.

  • Lady of Quality

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Eve Matheson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

When spirited, independent Miss Annis Wynchwood embroils herself in the affairs of a runaway heiress, she is destined to see a good deal of Mr Carleton, Lucilla's uncivil and high-handed guardian. And, chafing at the restrictions of Bath society, Annis has to admit that at least Mr Oliver Carleton is never boring.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Must rehearse more, or .....

  • By mrsvee on 30-04-2017

Entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 16-08-2016

What made the experience of listening to Lady of Quality the most enjoyable?

The narration was spot on. It was read with well-nuanced understanding of the text, the characters and the style. This was a very pleasant voice to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is witty, yet credible. The historical details are minutely accurate, the characters engaging. The plot holds few surprises, but the clever characterisation draws you right in to the wonderfully humorous climax.

Which character – as performed by Eve Matheson – was your favourite?

While Annis is thoroughly charming, the eccentric and batty Miss Farlow was my favourite!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed enjoyed it.

Any additional comments?

This story is not profound, but it is elegant, charming, full of humour and wit, and just the thing to enjoy a relaxing moment with.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alice-Miranda at School

  • Alice-Miranda, Book 1
  • By: Jacqueline Harvey
  • Narrated by: Jacqueline Harvey
  • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith-Kennigton-Jones can't wait to start boarding school. When she arrives at Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale Academy for Proper Young Ladies, the adventure begins...only not quite as Alice-Miranda expects. The minute she sets foot on the school's manicured grounds, she senses that something is wrong: Miss Grimm, the headmistress, is nowhere to be seen; the gardens have no flowers; and a mysterious stranger seems to be hiding out on the premises.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dan Tdm

  • By S. Halse on 28-01-2019

Almost there

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

Reviewed: 27-07-2016

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, provided she was ten to twelve.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alice-Miranda is an adorable little pocket-rocket, who just misses being an intolerable bossy-boots. Instead, she is a feisty little girl who demonstrates the opposite of apathy!

What aspect of Jacqueline Harvey’s performance might you have changed?

The narration is too rapid. The characterization is good, but the indirect speech is punctuated with audible intake of breath due to the pace. This was intrusive and distracting.

Any additional comments?

An attractive story, a lovable heroine, and a humorous, slightly tongue-in-cheek plot salted with mystery. Little girls will enjoy this.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Grand Sophy

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Sarah Woodward
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 68

Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humorless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving.With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favourites.

  • By Meaghan on 25-11-2018

The Grand Sophy

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

Reviewed: 12-07-2016

Would you listen to The Grand Sophy again? Why?

I have already heard this more than once, for the subtle nuanced reading which complemented the witty, stylish writing.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the clever twists and turns of the plot, and the very appealing force of nature that was the heroine. The resolution was clever and satisfying.

What does Sarah Woodward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narrator's voice was well-suited to the different characters and accents throughout the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was frequently moved to laughter!

Any additional comments?

A very fine example of Heyer's style. A light-hearted farce, written with elegance and sophistication. Sophy is larger than life in all ways.