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  • Sense and Sensibility

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

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

Difficult at first, beautiful as it went on

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

Reviewed: 08-09-2018

I think it is the medium of audio that affected my enjoyment of this book. I've read it, I've watched several adaptations, but listening made me really incensed on the part of the Dashwoods at the treatment they received from their (half) sister-in-law. I found it physically difficult to keep listening.

Of course, as things proceeded, the immediacy of the emotions I felt became less irritating - avarice is such an irritating vice!, and the reading, the pleasure of Austen's writing - well, sheer delight in much loved characters.

I've found that the Naxos editions are generally the best readings. The Jane Eyre read by Amanda Root is the best audiobook I have ever listened to, and this is in the top 10.

  • The World's Worst Children

  • By: David Walliams
  • Narrated by: David Walliams, Nitin Ganatra
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

Read by David Walliams, with Nitin Ganatra as Raj - listen to David perform these 10 cautionary tales introducing a delightfully dreadful cast of characters. Are you ready to listen to the World’s Worst Children? Five beastly boys and five gruesome girls!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious

  • By Josephine Donohoe on 16-07-2016

Very funny, a little bit yuck

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

Reviewed: 08-09-2018

My 6 year old son finds all three of The World's Worst Children very funny. He cackles with happiness at the absurd naughtiness of the children in the books.

However, as an adult, I have a very strong stomach. I can talk about corpses and autopsies over pudding but these books have actually made me dry retch - I can't be more specific, as each three have become just one long horror show of terrible parenting and terrible children, some with very physical habits, such as eating large balls of earwax. I would put some of the stories on a par with the film Dead Alive/Braindead by Peter Jackson for the pure and immediate revulsion factor.

On the plus side, there has been no discernible 'naughtifying' effect on my son either. He's still pretty darn good and doesn't eat his own earwax.

  • The Third Chimpanzee

  • The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal
  • By: Jared Diamond
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

We human beings share 98 percent of our genes with chimpanzees. Yet humans are the dominant species on the planet - having founded civilizations and religions, developed intricate and diverse forms of communication, learned science, built cities, and created breathtaking works of art - while chimps remain animals concerned primarily with the basic necessities of survival. What is it about that two percent difference in DNA that has created such a divergence between evolutionary cousins?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new perspective on so many things human

  • By Garry on 10-11-2016

Interesting and educational

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

Reviewed: 28-06-2017

If you could sum up The Third Chimpanzee in three words, what would they be?

Interesting accessible education

What did you like best about this story?

The care with which the book is structured.

Have you listened to any of Rob Shapiro’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

I have to listen pretty carefully to this one but once I took the trouble to do that, I found that the work is pleasant to think about, easy to interact with, and stimulating. I've begun thinking about the world around me in terms of evolution, testing what I know about the world against this book, and trying to decide what I agree with or not. We're still evolving, I wonder how much of our sexual behaviours have to do with social developments around disease control rather than being the end product of evolutionary behaviours from the past. Fun to listen to for just that reason - lots to consider.

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  • Winnie the Pooh (Dramatised)

  • By: A. A. Milne
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry, Jane Horrocks, Geoffrey Palmer, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 51

Here is an award-winning production with an all-star cast, bringing to life one of the best loved and recognised children's books of all time. This is a full dramatisation with specially composed music.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant! Colourful, lively & entertaining!

  • By Anonymous User on 25-10-2018

A delight

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

Reviewed: 28-06-2017

If you could sum up Winnie the Pooh (Dramatised) in three words, what would they be?

Funny, lovely, joyful.

What other book might you compare Winnie the Pooh (Dramatised) to, and why?

The other dramatised Pooh books

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

Comic intonation and acting skill

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

Not really but it is well able to sustain multiple listens.

Any additional comments?

A great cast of voice actors - not a voice out of place. The Australian accent is kind of ridiculous but that just makes it lovely. Kanga and Roo are polite Australian accents as imagined by people who've never heard an Australian talk, or if they have, decided to heavily redact the nasal braying we are so found of demonstrating for the world. 'Come on, Roo' should really be 'C'aarn, Roo' (for example).

  • Chocky

  • By: John Wyndham
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Matthew is a normal 11-year-old boy living with his parents and little sister in Surrey. He's too old and sensible to have an imaginary friend really. Yet when Matthew's parents keep finding him talking and arguing with a strange presence whom Matthew calls Chocky, that's what they believe it must be…at first. But Chocky is oddly sinister, and keeps asking Matthew all sorts of complicated questions about the world and making him behave in unusual and erratic ways. Then Matthew suddenly does something heroic, well beyond his capabilities; the media become interested and the interest in Matthew widens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking and well read

  • By TooT on 28-06-2017

Thought provoking and well read

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

Reviewed: 28-06-2017

If you could sum up Chocky in three words, what would they be?

Interesting. Humbling. Hopeful.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Chocky. Because she's Chocky.

Which character – as performed by Daniel Weyman – was your favourite?

The little sister. Very funny segues about her pony.

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

Yes. And I did, but I have listened a number of times.

Any additional comments?

John Wyndham novels tend to be thought-provoking. With Daniel Weyman, it's just like having a really smart friend around all the time who wants to read you a story. THE BEST of everything right there - a good story and a good narrator, and you get to have a good think too.

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  • Winnie the Pooh: The House at Pooh Corner (Dramatised)

  • By: A. A. Milne
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry, Jane Horrocks, Geoffrey Palmer, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19

An award winning production, with an all star cast including Stephen Fry and Dame Judi Dench. Brings to life one of the best loved and recognised children's books of all time in a full dramatisation with specially composed music.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • PERFECT

  • By TooT on 28-06-2017

PERFECT

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

Reviewed: 28-06-2017

What did you like most about Winnie the Pooh: The House at Pooh Corner (Dramatised)?

The joyful piano accompaniments.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

Eeyore

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

Yes and no - we've listened to it many times over. We have it as a car book for our son, but we all enjoy it.

Any additional comments?

You will not regret listening to this. It is lovingly read and accompanied. The songs and poems are adorable, and the word play is a delight.

  • The Silk Roads

  • A New History of the World
  • By: Peter Frankopan
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299

The sun is setting on the Western world. Slowly but surely, the direction in which the world spins has reversed: where for the last five centuries the globe turned westward on its axis, it now turns to the east.... For centuries, fame and fortune were to be found in the West - in the New World of the Americas. Today it is the East that calls out to those in search of adventure and riches. The region stretching from Eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia, deep into China and India, is taking center stage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a history of Asia

  • By Tim on 16-08-2016

Good for everything EXCEPT the gym

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

Reviewed: 28-06-2017

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

Depends who the friend is.

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

Some very good voice additions - quirky accents.

Any additional comments?

I've been listening to this book, on and off, when walking, when editing/proofing text, when cooking and cleaning. I find it a companionable background discourse full of interesting events, descriptions, and familiar characters, alongside the new historical figures.
If you like history, if you like broadening your knowledge and thoughts about the world, this book is a good addition.

  • Death of an Expert Witness

  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery. From P.D. James, one of the masters of British crime fiction, comes the seventh Adam Dalgliesh novel, set against the bleak fens of East Anglia. Death of An Expert Witness is a classic work of detective fiction packed with forensic detail, intrigue and suspense. When a young girl is found murdered in a field, the scientific examination of the exhibits is just a routine job for the staff of Hoggatt's forensic science laboratory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always interesting

  • By TooT on 28-06-2017

Always interesting

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

Reviewed: 28-06-2017

What did you like most about Death of an Expert Witness?

As always, PD James has insight and depth with her characters, their thoughts are fascinating. A wonderfully intrusive author - just as nosey as a human can be, with the vocabulary of an aristocrat to match.

What other book might you compare Death of an Expert Witness to, and why?

All PD James have flair and interest.

Any additional comments?

Daniel Weyman is a delight to listen to.