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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 72
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

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).

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  • The Danish Girl

  • By: David Ebershoff
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow.. great book! glad I saw the film first though

  • By Jenny Campbell on 21-06-2019

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 343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333

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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265

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.

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