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  • Virgins

  • An Outlander Short
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Allan Scott-Douglas
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

Mourning the death of his father and gravely injured at the hands of the English, Jamie Fraser finds himself running with a band of mercenaries in the French countryside, where he reconnects with his old friend, Ian Murray. Both are nursing wounds, both have good reason to stay out of Scotland, and both are still virgins despite several opportunities to remedy that deplorable situation with ladies of easy virtue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous narration, wish it was longer!

  • By Beverley Deeming on 23-04-2016

Fabulous narration, wish it was longer!

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

Reviewed: 23-04-2016

Would you listen to Virgins again? Why?

Have already listened to it twice and will no doubt listen to it again before too long. Easy to listen to with wonderful narration (considering it's not the always spectacular Davina Porter).

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well, of course Jamie BUT it was a real treat to get to know Ian a little more, especially as they are both out of their natural environs.

Which character – as performed by Allan Scott-Douglas – was your favourite?

I loved him doing Ian. As daft as it sounds, Jamie is, and always will be Davina Porter in book form and Sam Heughan on screen.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh plenty. Lots of fabulous banter between the two besties.

Any additional comments?

Am so used to all of (well, most of) Diana's books being tomes (which I relish), that I was left wanting. I guess I, like many others, just can't get enough of James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser (et al).

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Danish Girl

  • By: David Ebershoff
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Loosely inspired by a true story, this tender portrait of marriage asks: what do you do when the person you love has to change? It starts with a question, a simple favour asked by a wife of her husband while both are painting in their studio, setting off a transformation neither can anticipate.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely story but narration unconvincing

  • By Beverley Deeming on 17-03-2016

Lovely story but narration unconvincing

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

Reviewed: 17-03-2016

What did you like most about The Danish Girl?

The fact that it's based on a true story. Quite a remarkable story at that.

If you’ve listened to books by David Ebershoff before, how does this one compare?

Never read/listened to his books before but I'm sure I'll give another title a whirl at some point.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Joe Jameson?

Not sure quite frankly. I found Gerta's accent quite grating (piercing at times). In addition, I felt that he was trying too hard to sound like Eddie Redmayne when reading Einar's parts and in the process, losing much of the feeling.That said, I wouldn't rule out a book I wanted to read simply because he was narrating.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No laughter, that's for sure! Actually, no tears either.

Any additional comments?

I know it was based on a true story so the ending was limited by this, however, I did find the ending quite unremarkable. I guess this was disappointing. Much like real life in that respect!

  • The Lake House

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented fourteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure ...One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow

  • By Kay Way on 19-12-2015

Spent last hour bawling!

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

Reviewed: 17-03-2016

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

Yes definitely. Beautifully written and in the end, a literal tear jerker - quite unexpected since I'd guessed the ending some time before and wasn't expecting such an emotional response when it was finally revealed. LOVED THIS ASPECT.

What did you like best about this story?

The many 1st person viewpoints. Also the period it was set in and the wonderful descriptive writing style which swept me away into the Edevane's world.

Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favourite?

Definitely Eleanor. I'm afraid the rest of the accents were horrendous. The London and Cornish accents had me cringing and were quite off-putting.That said, unconvincing accents aside, I did feel that Caroline Lee's narration was pleasantly animated. I would def listen to another book of hers, if she stuck to her native tongue.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Very few books make me cry. VERY FEW. I was totally blown away by the reaction I had at the end - literally sobbing. Finished the book a while ago now and am still tearing-up. This to me is the difference between a good book and a fabulous book. This was a fabulous book.

Any additional comments?

I will be thinking about this book for a long time and I can't wait to read more of her work.

  • Grey

  • Fifty Shades of Grey as told by Christian Grey
  • By: E L James
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber
  • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 248

In Christian’s own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the world. Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty - until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Needs Re-recording NOW

  • By Beverley Deeming on 19-06-2015

Needs Re-recording NOW

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

Reviewed: 19-06-2015

THE WORST narration. Not sure I can listen to the whole thing. As we all know, the writing isn't great to start with but at least Becca Battoe gave the first three books some personality, thus getting to know characters and enabling you to loose yourself a little (and accept the books for what they were). This guy has absolutely NO intonation, rhythm - I could go on! Considering this is such a high profile book, I can't believe more care wasn't taken over the choice of narrator, direction/production. It seems the rush to get it out on audio has proved it's downfall. Extremely hard to listen to.

From a writing point of view, of course expectations cannot be high. However, for a complicated character like Christian Grey (as hinted at from Ana's pov in first three books) I'm hugely disappointed with his pedestrian thinking. I thought she might have injected something in there that we didn't already know by reading the first three books. That said, I've only managed to listen to the first few hours (for reasons described above). Maybe that's all I'll manage!

Hugely disappointed thus far.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • When I Lie with You

  • A Millionaire's Love, Book 2
  • By: Sandi Lynn
  • Narrated by: Kasha Kensington, Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

From the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal best-selling author Sandi Lynn, comes the continuation of Ian & Rory's love story.... After Rory Sinclair suffered a brutal attack, she fell into the arms of millionaire Ian Braxton. He took her in, healed her, and they both gave each other something they never had: love.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Mediocre at best (and that's being generous!)

  • By Beverley Deeming on 01-02-2015

Mediocre at best (and that's being generous!)

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

Reviewed: 01-02-2015

I cannot believe this book even got published, let alone made into an audiobook. Is it me, or was this a blatant, yet altogether mediocre attempt at FSOG? With a bit of feeble tinkering to the storyline, it was a duplicate. With all the "he said", "I said", "she said", "I smiled", "he smiled", "I yelled", "he yelled", "I asked", "he asked" - what the? In addition, there was absolutely NO character exploration. Why on earth would a girl ask her ex-husband's brand new girlfriend to be her maid of honour? Would she not have any other friends? Of course she would. If he's supposed to be a "millionaire businessman", his linguistic skills are severely lacking. His narrative, like the rest of the book, was that of a 4th grader. My nine year old gets harder words in his weekly spelling.

Not adding to the experience, let's talk about the narrators. They only got a "1" because I couldn't give them a "0". "Ian" was particularly stagnant, monotone and unconvincing. He sounded like a preschooler doing the christmas play narration. I will DEFINITELY steer clear of any books narrated by both of these narrators in the future.

So, in conclusion, I'm afraid I have to say "mediocre at best". With every plot development transparently predictable and an ending that was completely cringe-worthy, I would even go so far as to say it was embarrassing. And that is how I feel, embarrassed to have purchased this and I feel hoodwinked by the other reviews. Surely I'm not alone in this overview!