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  • Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection

  • By: Antony Jay, Jonathan Lynn
  • Narrated by: Paul Eddington, full cast, Nigel Hawthorn
  • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 125

Between 1980 and 1988 on BBC television and radio, the exploits of the Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP (Paul Eddington) - later Prime Minister - kept the British nation enthralled. Helped - and hampered - by his diligent Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne) and his Principle Private Secretary Bernard Woolley (Derek Fowlds), Hacker and his department became synonymous with government bureaucracy and administrative double dealing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and funny

  • By Malcolm on 17-09-2017

as relevant now as it was in its day

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

Reviewed: 31-10-2018

great listen. too young for the original television series but this was still spot on for politics today. very funny.

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  • The Color Purple

  • By: Alice Walker
  • Narrated by: Alice Walker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

As a young black woman living in 1930s Georgia, Celie faces constant violence and oppression. Raped repeatedly by her father, she loses two children and then is married off to a man who treats her like a slave. But a deep bond with her husband's mistress teaches her she is a woman capable of being loved and respected. Gradually, Celie begins to leave the past behind and start a new life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening and entertaining

  • By kevinplee@hotmail.com on 24-04-2018

Heart Wrenching but spirit soaring

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

Reviewed: 19-03-2018

For someone who felt like they didn't have resilience for a traumatic story, despite some of the horrific things that occur, this book inspires resilience and gratitude. I've never seen the film adaptation.

  • The Monster Collection

  • By: Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, and others
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Dan Stevens, Greg Wise, and others
  • Length: 30 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Audible presents a special edition of three Gothic masterpieces: a brand-new Audible Exclusive recording of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Bram Stoker's Dracula.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stories coming to LIVE

  • By Telaga on 02-12-2017

A mixed bag

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

Reviewed: 11-03-2018

Whilst familiar with pop culture references to Frankenstein, Dracula and Jekyll and Hyde, I had never read the original stories.

Jekyll and Hyde was short and sweet. The story wasn't quite as I expected although close yo my understanding but it was well perfomed.

Frankstein was not at all like I imagined and I really struggled with the story. The voices were whiny and characters unlikeable. it just seemed to drag on and I did not enjoy it at all.

Dracula however was fantastic. although not quite what I thought it would be the story was engaging and entertaining and the performance was excellent.

  • Mythos

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,821
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,678
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,671

The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By Anonymous User on 14-11-2017

Easy to digest Greek Myth

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

Reviewed: 02-02-2018

occasionally "dumbed" down a bit too much, this was a great introduction to Greek Myths and Legends. Stephen Fry's dulcet tones do not disappoint!

  • North and South

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Written at the request of Charles Dickens, North and South is a book about rebellion that poses fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. Gaskell expertly blends individual feeling with social concern and her heroine, Margaret Hale, is one of the most original creations of Victorian literature. When Margaret Hale's father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience she is forced to leave her comfortable home in the tranquil countryside of Hampshire....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Juliet does it again.

  • By Diana on 07-10-2014

Pleasant

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

Reviewed: 15-11-2017

Very enjoyable. Sometimes the actions of the characters were aspirating but overall a great listen

  • He Said/She Said

  • By: Erin Kelly
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Broadbent, Helen Johns
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 192

In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack. She and her boyfriend, Kit, call the police, and in that moment it is not only the victim's life that is changed forever. Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear. And while Laura knows she was right to speak out, the events that follow have taught her that you can never see the whole picture: something - and someone - is always in the dark....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very slow start but good

  • By maree on 13-08-2017

A bit of a struggle

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

Reviewed: 15-11-2017

This took a long time to finish. The initial court scenes were painful and cringe worthy but the book improved dramatically once I got through these chapters. The whole eclipse thing as well as some of the characters motivations were also quite ridiculous. However the twists and overall story was ok. The performances were good. 3.5 star overall

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  • The Vanishing Game

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Russ Bain
  • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28

A down-on-his-luck actor is paired with a weather-battered Land Rover Defender on a seemingly innocuous courier job. But some things are too good to be true and this innocent journey quickly unfolds into a dangerous plot with a shadowy cast of characters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting read

  • By Anonymous User on 08-01-2018

Good beginning, lack lustre end

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

Reviewed: 13-09-2017

this started well but by the end seemed rather ridiculous and several moments in the final chapters i had to replay as i wasn't sure if i had missed something important or the story just jumped around.

  • A Rare Book of Cunning Device

  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 171

Exclusive to Audio! Somewhere amongst the shadowy stacks and the many basements of the British library, something is very much amiss - and we're not talking late returns here. Is it a ghost, or something much worse? PC Peter Grant really isn't looking forward to finding out....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too short!

  • By Carol on 11-06-2018

short and sweet

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

Reviewed: 31-08-2017

the narrators voice is simply devine. first short story, it was ok but have no benchmark to compare it too.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,017

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start, pretty good overall

  • By Rod Swift on 16-02-2015

Frustrating Protagonists

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

Reviewed: 27-08-2017

I liked the narrators and overall enjoyed the story but found the protagonists difficult to like.

  • Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 71 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,226
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,172
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,162

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the complete works of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and five collections of short stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can't believe I've never read this before!

  • By Yogi on 05-09-2017

"Come, Watson, come!" he cried. The game is afoot

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

Reviewed: 14-08-2017

Unfamiliar with the Holmes stories as written, this narration was an excellent introduction. With a 2 hour round trip each day, Holmes and Watson made the commute thoroughly enjoyable and after 70 hours together I am sad to see my friends go. I love Stephen Fry and distinguished between the characters with ease, however for people listening in shorter bursts or not familiar with Fry, they may have some difficulties distinguishing between different characters. Some of the initial stories were also a little confusing switching times and continents without introduction.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful