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  • Wives and Daughters

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Prunella Scales
  • Length: 25 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

Molly Gibson, the only daughter of a widowed doctor in the small provincial town of Hollingford, lost her mother when she was a child. Her father remarries wanting to give Molly the woman's presence he feels she lacks. To Molly, any stepmother would have been a shock, but the new Mrs. Gibson is a self-absorbed, petty widow, and Molly's unhappiness is compounded by the realisation that her father has come to regret his second marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely engrossing

  • By Jenny on 14-10-2018

Completely engrossing

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

Reviewed: 14-10-2018

What a beautiful novel - the wonderful characters brought to life in their simultaneously flawed and redeeming ways. Glaskell at her best, by far my favourite of all her novels. It was endearing to the heart.

Prunella Scales narrated it so brilliantly. I have never enjoyed a narration as much as hers in Wives and Daughters. I really felt she was able to convey each of the characters accurately. I enjoyed particularly her narrating Hyacinth Gisbon - her personality was captured to perfection.

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  • 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

Outstanding performance

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

Reviewed: 05-10-2018

Colin Firth was the best thing about this audiobook for me. I can understand why it is so critically acclaimed, however it simply did not resonate with me personally.

  • The King's General

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

When the skeleton of a young cavalier was found by William Rashleigh at Daphne du Maurier's beloved mansion, Menabilly, she once again found inspiration in her surroundings. Putting pen to paper, Daphne created The King's General, a historical tale which takes place during the English Civil War and introduces one of du Maurier's greatest heroines: Honor Harris. Honor is a beautiful, brave and kind protagonist, a true embodiment of the name by which she goes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great storytelling

  • By Jenny on 02-10-2018

Great storytelling

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

Reviewed: 02-10-2018

Engrossing. I love the historical content especially because it is so accurate. I personally learnt a lot and was inspired to research more about the English Civil War.

At times the contemporary speech and outlook of characters is distracting and I have to consciously envision 17th century scenarios. I also found it more difficult as the novel progresses to empathise with Honor's love for Richard as Richard's stubborn, egotistical disposition is reiterated with little reference to any affection for Honor (as had been more apparent in first half).

Despite this, I felt it an example of wonderful storytelling that is not hijacked by a greater moral agenda of the author, as is often the case.


Juliet Stevenson narrates wonderfully yet again.

  • Jude the Obscure

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

When the great Thomas Hardy published this heart-wrenching novel, he had no idea it would be his last. But the book stirred so much controversy and protest, Hardy vowed to never write fiction again. Jude the Obscure tells the story of a stonemason, tricked into a loveless marriage, who craves a formal education and a finer existence. Separated from his wife, Jude begins a new life with his cousin, and the couple defies social convention at every turn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sue drives me nuts!

  • By Jenny on 17-09-2018

Sue drives me nuts!

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

Reviewed: 17-09-2018

So extremely insightful and forward thinking of Hardy but, literary merits aside, I couldn't abide Sue as a character. Drove me nuts. But why she drive me nuts would be why so many others love her. Very well narrated and was effortless to listen and appreciate (aside from Sue's antics). Not my favourite Hardy novel, but overall glad to have listened to it.

  • The Golden Bowl

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 25 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Wealthy Maggie Verver has everything she could ever ask for - except a husband and a title. While in Italy, acquiring art for his museum back in the States, Maggie’s millionaire father, Adam, decides to remedy this and acquire a husband for Maggie. Enter Prince Amerigo, of a titled but now poor aristocratic Florentine family. Amerigo is the perfect candidate.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Probably would have been better read as a book.

  • By Jenny on 17-09-2018

Probably would have been better read as a book.

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

Reviewed: 17-09-2018

I like Henry James, but this is the first time I've listened as opposed to read one of his novels. Found it too obtuse to follow along in audio format. I needed to be able to slow down and re-read bits every now and then. Also, I usually love Juliet Stevenson as a narrator, but this was a poor match. She has an awful American accent, esp when so many are required for so many characters. One accent might have been passable, but trying to do so many left no hope. And this is coming from someone who is English. Must be really grating for Americans to listen to. When all the protagonists are American, use an American narrator.

  • The Great Gatsby

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Elegant, enigmatic Jay Gatsby yearns for his old love, the beautiful Daisy. But she is married to the insensitive if hugely successful Tom Buchanan, who won’t let her go despite having a mistress himself. In their wealthy haven, these beguiling lives are brought together by the innocent and entranced narrator, Nick – until their decadent deceits spill into violence and tragedy. Part morality tale, part fairy tale, The Great Gatsby is the consummate novel of the Jazz Age. Its tenderness and poetry make it one of the great works of the 20th century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book but...

  • By Jenny on 04-04-2018

Good book but...

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

Reviewed: 04-04-2018

... don't get what the fuss is so about. Excellent narration. don't think I would have been motivated to read the novel for myself otherwise.

  • Mary Barton

  • A Tale of Manchester Life
  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

When her father assassinates Henry Carson, his employer's son and Mary's admirer, suspicion falls on Mary's second admirer, Jem, a fellow worker. Mary has to prove her lover's innocence without incriminating her own father.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very satisfying experience

  • By Jenny on 01-04-2018

Very satisfying experience

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

Reviewed: 01-04-2018

I really enjoy Gaskell and I really enjoy all of Juliet Stevenson's narrations (I have listened to so many). This is a great novel with an emphasis an a certain socio-political issue told by means of a story that is worthwhile within itself. Whilst the socio-political viewpoint is obviously one-sided, it offers valuable insight into working class life all that time ago. Stevenson captures characters' personalities so well, she is spot-on with her regional accents, and I feel she does justice to the novelist's intentions.