Customer Reviews | Audible.com
 

You no longer follow Amazon Customer

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Amazon Customer

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Amazon Customer

Macksville, Australia | Member Since 2010

32
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 8 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 278 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0

  • The Warden: Timothy West Version

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    The first of Trollope's Barsetshire novels, The Warden concerns the moral dilemma of the Reverend Septimus Harding, who finds himself at the centre of a bitter conflict between defenders of Church privilege and the reformers of the mid-Victorian period.

    Joseph R says: "The Old Man & His Terrific and Single Daughter"
    "Hooked!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had not read any of Anthony Trollpe's books previously and now am hooked and working my way through them all... In my opinion, much better than Dickens. A thoroughly enjoyable "read" and Timothy West is outstanding. Recommended highly.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Wives and Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Prunella Scales
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (119)

    Molly Gibson lost her mother when she was a child. Any stepmother would have been a shock, but the new Mrs Gibson is a self-absorbed, silly little widow, and Molly's unhappiness is compounded by the realisation that her father has come to regret his second marriage.

    Jo says: "Superb! Story and Narration A++"
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I quite enjoyed this book. the heroine is very honourable but rather tearful which is rather off putting.. Perhaps she is a reflection of her age. Elizabeth Gaskell's characters do not have the sparkle of Jane Austen's but Jane Austen sets the bar rather high and Elizabeth Gaskell writes a very readable and enjoyable story. She puts quite a lot of "social conscience" stuff in her books.... I suppose it is because she was the daughter and wife of a minister. This does rather make the main character too good to be true. However, it all comes out in the end and I like the book well enough to buy more of Elizabeth Gaskell's titles as they become available on Audible.


    Have you listened to any of Prunella Scales’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first book I have bought in which Prunella Scales is the narrator.. She is excellent


    Was Wives and Daughters worth the listening time?

    Definitely. Overall I was sorry when it was finished.. The story doesn't have many highs and lows... It just trundles along. but it is an easy listen and you feel at the end of the book that you know and like the characters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13534)
    Performance
    (8010)
    Story
    (7864)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Disappointing .... a tale for teenagers"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    I don't think so. I bought this book because of the bargain price and terrific reviews. It is the sort of book I would have enjoyed as a teenager.... all Scottish Highands and handsome hero.... but overall pretty lightweight.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Struggled to keep going with it.... Not exactly boring but lacked substance


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Davina Poter's performance was excellent.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Its length...... good soprific effect and put me to sleep


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Crimson Petal and the White

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Michel Faber
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (166)

    NOW A MAJOR BBC DRAMA starring Romola Garai, Chris O'Dowd, Gillian Anderson, Richard E. Grant, Shirley Henderson and Mark Gatiss. 'Watch your step. Keep your wits about you; you will need them....' So begins this irresistible voyage into the dark side of Victorian London. Amongst an unforgettable cast of low-lifes, physicians, businessmen, and prostitutes, meet our heroine Sugar, a young woman trying to drag herself up from the gutter any way she can.

    anniepaints says: "Loved this Book!!"
    "Needed a really good editor.... Tedious"
    Overall

    This book is in need of a really good editor... It is extremely tedious and much, much too long and is repititious and boring. The narrator read really well but the book needs desperately to be condensed and to get to the point. Over 40 hours of listening which I suppose is good for long distance travellers but I very quickly lost interest in the characters and was sorry I had bought it.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Black Sheep

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Barbara Leigh-Hunt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (161)

    He had nothing to recommend him but his smile, and she was surely too old, and had too much commonsense, to be beguiled by a smile... Miss Abigail Wendover's efforts to detach her spirited niece Fanny from a plausible fortune-hunter are complicated by the arrival in Bath of Miles Caverleigh. The black sheep of his family, a cynical, outrageous care-for-naught with a scandalous past - that would be a connection more shocking even than Fanny's unwise liaison with his nephew!

    Roxalanne says: "Excellent entertainment"
    "Georgette Heyer...... How we miss you...."
    Overall

    A typical; "fun read' by Georgette Heyer. For an easy, "no worries" reading experience she is hard to go past... She churned out Regency romances which she personally deprecated and which thousands of people all over the world looked forward to seeing available each year.. This one grows on you.... The heroine is more mature but there is a lot of enjoyable repartee between her and the older hero. I really enjoyed listening to this book in the Audible version more than I enjoyed the written word. The narrator is excellent. Highly recommended to all die hard GH fans.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (703)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (282)

    The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and the exquisitely decorated Books of Hours; and on the other, a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the plague.

    E. Smakman says: "Gripping, once you get into it"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I was really disappointed with this book.... It should have been so much better than it is... A vast, stimulating subject written and read in such a pedestrian way. Not for me thanks.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Helen Lisanti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (200)

    Charles Bingley, a wealthy young gentleman, has moved into Netherfield Park manor, which causes much excitement in the village of Longbourn, especially among the five unmarried daughters of the Bennet household. Despite many romatic complications, the overall tone of this classic novel is, as Jane Austen described it, “light and bright, and sparkling”.

    Amazon Customer says: "It's About Time I Read This"
    "An excellent reading of my favourite book...."
    Overall

    I originally bought this reading of "Pride and Prejudice" simply because it was the cheapest available and also it was one of my first purchases of an Audible book. However, I have to say I think it was an excellent choice as Helen Lisanti is a first class narrator and I have listened again and again to this well loved classic. She does have some difficulty with the male characterizations but she improves as the book progresses. I have since gone back and sampled the other readings of "Pride and Prejudice" and have only found one reading I think may be better than Helen Lisanti's and that is the one by Josephine Bailey. However, it is a much more expensive version..... This one, I think, is a bargain and I recommend it highly

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • These Old Shades

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Cornelius Garrett
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (189)

    Society believes the worst of Justin Alastair, the notorious Duke of Avon who is clearly proud of his Sobriquet, Satanas. It is he who buys Leon body and soul from a scoundrel in a Paris backstreet.

    Sharon says: "The epitome of romance"
    "Classic Heyer.... poor narration"
    Overall

    A classic "Georgette Heyer" which has been let down in the audible format by the strange reading of the Duke of Avon character..... the narrator, to my mind, does not catch the nuances of this character at all..... which is a shame as the book is excellent..... The follow up book of "Devil's Cub" is narrated in a much improved style and is highly recommended.... I do hope my favourite of Heyer's Regency romances...i.e. "The Grand Sophy" soon makes it into the "available list" of Audible.com

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.