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Hazel

perth, Western AustraliaAustralia | Member Since 2006

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  • 9 reviews
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  • Frederica

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Clifford Norgate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (741)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (441)

    Rich and handsome, the hope of ambitious mothers and despair of his sisters, the Marquis of Alverstoke sees no reason to put himself out for anyone. But when a distant connection applies to him for help, he finds himself far from bored.

    Carol says: "Frederica"
    "Enormous pleasure!!"
    Overall

    Wonderful audio book presentation - the reader is exceptionally good, handling the variety of characters with charm and animation. I adore Georgette Heyer novels, and this one, while possibly not the most traditionally romantic (ie the heroine while very charming, is a little prosaic) has a wonderful richness of plot and characterisation. Spend the money and experience the pleasure.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Sylvester

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (239)

    When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She finds him insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and begin a new-found liking and respect for each other.

    Marcheta says: "Georgette Heyer and Richard Armitage - love it!"
    "Absolutely fabulous"
    Overall

    I normally avoid abridged books - particularly if it is a book I love. however on this occasion go ahead and purchase, I guarantee you won't be disappointed. This is one of Heyer's most charming novels, with a thoroughly Darcy-esque hero. The cleverness of the dialogue and the signature humour is all present, but what impressed me was the narrators ability to capture the characters so vividly. The man is a genius. If you love Georgette Heyer, buy this one. If you don't know Georgette Heyer, do yourself a favour and get to know her, and this is a very good place to start.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Alistair Maydon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Published in 1854, the story describes class conflict in Victorian England and serves as a powerful critique of the social injustices that plagued the Industrial Revolution. Charles Dickens (1812 - 9 June 1870) is arguably the greatest novelist England ever produced. His innate comic genius and shrewd depictions of Victorian life - along with his memorable characters - have made him beloved by readers the world over.

    Hazel says: "mediocre story brilliantly read"
    "mediocre story brilliantly read"
    Overall

    This is not Dicken's best, but it is so well read that is is a delightful experience nevertheless. On an oblique note, I think Mr Boundaby is the inspiration for the Monty Python sketch "the four yorkshiremen". I would recommend this book it as long as you are patient, and don't mind a bit of excessive pathos at the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Gabriel Woolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (46)

    Late one night, a drawing teacher meets a mysterious woman dressed in white. Who is she, and what is her connection to the teacher's new pupil, a beautiful heiress? Serialized in 1859 - 1860, and first published in book form in 1860 it is still regarded still as one of the best plots in English literature. Told from multiple perspectives, the story is brought to life by its marvellous villains and complex, spirited and believable female characters.

    Joseph R says: "A Book which keeps one guessing --- wrong"
    "taking dullness to a new level"
    Overall

    This is one of the greatest ripping yarns in print, but the reader manages to turn it a total yawn . He does a great job with the occasional characterisations (eg Pesca etc) but as a lot of the novel is written as the recollections of one man, there is SO LITTLE VARIATION IN TONE and the reader is SO lackadaisical, making mistakes with the text and even syntax on occasion. Do yourself a favour and either read the thing in print, or get another version. I couldn't finish it, and I ALWAYS finish the books I buy.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kept in the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Jill Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (17)

    Kept in the Dark is a probing psychological portrait of the near destruction of a marriage - a novel that combines keen insights with vigorous emotional strength. Jealousy, guilt, excessive pride, and compulsion all sweep across its surface.

    Virginia says: "Fascinating Story"
    "most boring reader in the world"
    Overall

    This is appallingly read, like the reader was taking valium - listen to a segment and you will realise what I am talking about. The novel itself, while powerful is a little repetitious (It was originally published as a serial - so Trollope keeps reminding you of the "previous episode" which can be a little dull. I brought it because it was on special for about $2, and I don't regret getting it for that price, but pay REAL money? I don't think so!!

    6 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (171)

    At the center of Middlemarch is Dorothea Brooke, a thoughtful and idealistic young woman determined to make a difference with her life. Enamored of a man who she believes is setting this example, she traps herself into a loveless marriage. Her parallel is Tertius Lydgate, a young doctor from the city whose passionate ambition to spread the new science of medicine is complicated by his love for the wrong woman.

    Deborah says: "Human nature revealed in all its complexity"
    "marvellous"
    Overall

    This is such a brilliant reading of one of the great english novels - the reader captures the regional dialects perfectly, and under her hand the characters come to life (LOVE Mr Brooks!!). I can't imagine it being done more proficiently. For those that don't know the novel it is a penetrating look at human frailties and strength, love, greed, and above all how selfishness can drive and destroy. Worth every penny -not only do you get value for money, but you also get to feed your soul.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cotillion

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Clare Wille
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Young Kitty Charing stands to inherit a vast fortune from her irascible great-uncle Matthew - provided she marries one of her cousins. Kitty is not wholly adverse to the plan, if the right nephew proposes. Unfortunately, Kitty has set her heart on Jack Westruther, a confirmed rake, who seems to have no inclination to marry her anytime soon.

    Hazel says: "Competent but not brilliant"
    "Competent but not brilliant"
    Overall

    Firstly this is ABRIDGED, so you will miss many of your favourite lines eg "you have your own armour, do you not Frederick" "french Gabster!" etc. It is competently read, the reader does a good job with Freddy and Kitty, but is not as sure with some of the minor characters. I'd say pay the extra money and get the unabridged version. If your love Georgette Heyer, you will want every line.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (643)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (282)

    This is the story of the unhappy family of Anna Karenina. The novel contains much concerning Tolstoy's spiritual crisis and his search for the meaning of life. But it is also chiefly about marriage, and the growth and death of love.

    AnnaH says: "Even Better Aloud"
    "marvelously accessible"
    Overall

    This is brilliantly read. I frequently have trouble with the Russian names and the French vocab in print, but the reader is so good that it is all perfectly accessible, and joyful. In my opinion the greatest novel written, and to hear it read in this way is a constant joy. A must have for lovers of true classics

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cranford

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (60)

    Elizabeth Gaskell's comic portrait of early Victorian life in a country town describes with poignant wit the uneventful lives of its lady-like inhabitants, offering an ironic commentary on the separate spheres and diverse experiences of men and women. As the external world necessarily impinges even on Cranford, the unlikely juxtapositions of old and new brought about by the pace of change are also explored.

    Hazel says: "Brilliantly read"
    "Brilliantly read"
    Overall

    Wonderful delivery of the charming story. Hours of pleasure that do not pale - worth every penny, you will laugh and cry over the inhabitants of Cranford.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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