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Linda

I really want to buy more books but too many US ones I love UK narrators. Can you get some more Eleanor Bron, Gwen Watford, Jenny Agutter?

Ormond, Australia

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  • Affairs at Thrush Green

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Gwen Watford
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When Charles Henstock, rector of Thrush Green, moves a mile downhill to the parish of Lulling, his many friends rejoice in his promotion, but an unfortunate skirmish with one of his wealthy parishioners over the Lady Chapel kneelers saddens him...

    Linda says: "Affairs at Thrush Green"
    "Affairs at Thrush Green"
    Overall

    This book is so gripping, yet gentle and inspiring. Stories of village life, detailed insights with humour into people and events. I loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Pringle

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Gwen Watford
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Mrs Pringle, the lugubrious school cleaner, has always been a favourite character in the Fairacre series. Here we trace Maud Pringle's life from childhood visits to the village from her Caxley home.

    Jim says: "A classic Miss Read novel with great characters"
    "Mrs Pringle"
    Overall

    Mrs Pringle is my favourite character in this series. I think we have all met someone like her. A solid, old busybody who is full of opinions yet kind underneath it all. This book is about her foibles, her history and an insight to her character. Fantastic. MORE PLEASE.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Christmas Mouse and No Holly for Miss Quinn

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Gwen Watford
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    A mouse's appearance on Christmas Eve in a widow's bedroom leads to a chance encounter with a small boy. In 'No Holly for Miss Quinn'. And Miss Quinn's preparations for Christmas are made more difficult when her brother's children come to stay.

    Linda says: "Christmas mouse and No holly for Miss Quin"
    "Christmas mouse and No holly for Miss Quin"
    Overall

    These two stories were such a delight. Set in the usual english village, probably in the late forties or early fifties, the characters are described so well that one feels as though the little episodes personally involve one. The narrator has such warmth in her voice. I loved them both.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Clare Remembers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Gwen Watford
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    On a bright summer's day, old Miss Clare, now retired from teaching, awaits the visit of her oldest friend, Emily Davis. In between, she recalls the events in their 70-year friendship and country life in England during that time.

    Linda says: "Miss Clare remembers"
    "Miss Clare remembers"
    Overall

    Delightful. This narrator is perfect for the book, and the charming stories of an english country village and the inhabitants is written with humour and affection. I absolutely loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Over the Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Gwen Watford
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    A weight-losing recipe sends a portly Victorian housemaid literally sky-high. Mrs Next-Door, the queen of copycats, drives her patient neighbour mad with rage; the tragic tale of the ghost of Fairacre; the touch-and-go romance of Elsie Parker. In Over the Gate, Miss Read, the village schoolmistress, continues to remember odd incidents and excellent stories and to retell them with characteristic grace and compassion.

    Linda says: "Over the gate"
    "Over the gate"
    Overall

    This charming and entertaining tale is so heartwarming. In the lovely tones of a clear English accent, the narrator takes us to the heart of English life in a village and all the characters are there with glimpses into their histories. Wonderful. I am buying the whole set of these books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Village Diary

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Gwen Watford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    ‘As I have been given a large and magnificent diary for Christmas... I intend to fill it in as long as my ardour lasts.’ Luckily, Miss Read’s ardour lasts all year, encompassing every aspect of Fairacre life. Whether embroiled unwillingly in her friend Amy’s marital hiccups, discussing the changing world with Miss Clare or the modern problems of good local education and rural impoverishment with the schools inspector and the doctor, she remains balanced, humorous and wise.

    Linda says: "Village diary"
    "Village diary"
    Overall

    This is marvellous. The humour, the events, the history. All told in wonderful tones of english diction and great sense of humour. I lived it with her, and when it ended I rushed to buy another one in the series. Fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Pocket Full of Rye

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Joan Hickson
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Rex Fortescue, king of a financial empire, was sipping tea in his "counting house" when he suffered an agonising and sudden death. On later inspection, the pockets of the deceased were found to contain traces of cereals. Yet, it was the incident in the parlour which confirmed Jane Marple's suspicion that here she was looking at a case of crime by rhyme.

    Linda says: "Pocket full of rye"
    "Pocket full of rye"
    Overall

    Yet again Joan Hickson's perfect clipped English diction makes for wonderful listening. She is the perfect Agatha Christie narrator and tells this story beautifully. Very well written, keeps you guessing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Murder at the Vicarage

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Joan Hickson
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    "Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe," declared the parson, "would be doing the world at large a service!" It was a careless remark for a man of the cloth. And one which was to come back and haunt the clergyman just a few hours later. From seven potential murderers, Miss Marple must seek out the suspect who has both motive and opportunity.

    Frank says: "Joan Hickson is perfect"
    "Murder at the Vicarage"
    Overall

    Brilliant! Joan Hickson is a gem, speaks like a real upper class English lady and creates a wonderful atmosphere for this clever tale. Thoroughly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Capture the Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dodie Smith
    • Narrated By Jenny Agutter
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (50)

    "I write this sitting at the kitchen sink" is the first line of a novel about love, sibling rivalry, and a bohemian existence in a crumbling castle in the middle of nowhere. Cassandra Mortmin's journal records her fadingly glamorous stepmother, her beautiful, wistful older sister, and the man to whom they owe both their isolation and poverty: Father. The author of one experimental novel, and a minor cause celebre, he has since suffered from writer's block and is determined to drag his family down with him.

    Matthew says: "Well, that was a surprise"
    "I capture the castle"
    Overall

    when I saw this was by Dodie Smith I thought it might be a childrens' book. But no: it is an adult book and an absolute gem. I loved it. The story teller is Jenny Agutter with her soft, English, cultured tones and she is perfect for the narration. The story is of the two daughters of a family and written from the perspective of one of the daughters. Highly entertaining, touching and very very well written.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart of the Home

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Grace Thompson
    • Narrated By Anne Cater
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Meriel Evans has worked in her father's estate agency ever since she left school, and she is happy there. But she knows that the time has come for her to follow her own path, so she finds work with the Ace Estate Agency. She soon realises that the owner, George Dexter, and her father dislike each other intensely, though neither will explain why. When she discovers a house called Badgers Brook, she is determined to stay there even after she is unfairly dismissed from her new job.

    Linda says: "Heart of the Home"
    "Heart of the Home"
    Overall

    Anne Cater is a master of audio. She brings this lovely story to life and does the voices so well. I loved this book, it was engrossing and absorbing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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