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Carol

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  • Sylvia

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    From master storyteller Bryce Courtenay comes a colorful, lusty story set in the 13th century, an epic tale of a Europe torn by religious intolerance. The story centers around Sylvia Honeyeater, who sings like an angel and can literally charm the birds from the trees. The narrative also features the Pied Piper of Hamelin, Francis of Assisi, the Muslim Sultan and his harem, and the fervor that becomes the Children's Crusade and then, later, the Crusades.

    G. stone says: "a departure for Bryce"
    "Just did not do it for me!"
    Overall

    I guess its hard to tread in the footsteps of the classics but this book was bler!!
    It is potentially an interesting tale based on a strange historical event but somehow the thread of base and frequently tainted sexuality seemed to undermine the story and it ended up sounding a tad sleazy and at times as if the crude bits were added for effect.May be it is just me but I felt a little put off at times.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Emma Brown

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Clare Boylan
    • Narrated By Jenny Agutter
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    When Charlotte Bronte died in 1855, she left behind the beginnings of a new novel, twenty pages of a work in progress called Emma. Now, almost 150 years later, Clare Boylan has returned to this most intriguing of fragments, and turned them into an astonishing story of mystery, atmosphere, and page-turning suspense. When Conway Fitzgibbon arrives at Fuchsia Lodge with his daughter Matilda, the headmistress Miss Wilcox couldn't be more delighted.

    Marlene says: "powerful"
    "Every bit worth the credit."
    Overall

    What a good job this author has made in her neat and interesting completion of this work. Her style was every bit a Charlotte Bronte yet the subject matter very obviously came from a contemporary author.
    Very well narrated and very very enjoyable . Many thanks

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Villette

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (29)

    With neither friends nor family, Lucy Snowe sets sail from England to find employment in a girls's boarding school in the small town of Villette. There, she struggles to retain her self-possession in the face of unruly pupils, a headmistress who spies on her staff, and her own complex feelings: first for the school's English doctor and then for the dictatorial professor, Paul Emmanuel.

    Carol says: "A change of career!!"
    "A change of career!!"
    Overall

    This breathtakingly beautiful work by Charlotte Bronte took me to new and unknown vistas.Her portrayal of the complex young school mistress in the French school was touching but also full of brave dignity. What a sweetly sad tale.
    Karen Cass is a reader of significant talent and her interpretation of the various individuals in this story were strong and consistent.Her use of the French language is impeccable and a joy to listen to. My sincere thanks for a glimpse of the inner and outer worlds of Lucy show

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Our Mutual Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By David Timson
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (213)

    A mysterious boatman on the Thames, a drowned heir, a dustman and his wife, and a host of other Dickens characters populate this novel of relationships between the classes, money, greed, and love. The 58 characters are presented with remarkable clarity by David Timson.

    A. Millard says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Loss of virginity!!"
    Overall

    I gave myself to Charles Dickens with a degree of apprehension being a complete Beginner to both Dickens and audio books. What a sheer delight this listening experience has been and will now be mourned since it is complete.
    David Timson is sensational in his capacity to bring to life the diverse characters in this great classic . Never a boring moment, his voice was clear and full of vitality.I felt almost as if I were apart of the whole story such was the clarity of both the drama and the characterisations of this truly gifted reader.
    Please please Mr Timson give us more Charles Dickens to yield to. You may have spoil t me for all others! A delight. Thank you

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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