Homer's grand tale of Odysseus returning from the battle of Troy is meant to be heard, not read. This is a tale recounted around hearths and fireplaces for centuries, and it's lost nothing over all those years. Tim McInnerny is perfectly cast as Odysseus, weary and homesick warrior whose only desire is to see his beloved homeland of Ithica once more. McInnerny (known for his role as Percy and Darling on Blackadder) gives the role of Odysseus its full complexity - the bravado, grandeur, honour, wisdom, hubris, humility, fragility and desperation that the role requires. They couldn't have chosen better. This is a grand telling of an epic tale. Listen and be enchanted.
Many critics will describe this book as the bee version of the classic animal novel Watership Down. It's a great compliment. Watership Down is a detailed and fascinating exploration of the life of a warren of rabbits, and The Bees is a similarly detailed and fascinating exploration of the life of a hive of bees. The story is told from the individual perspective of a single bee, Flora 717, as she lives and works in the hive for the wellbeing of the hive and its queen, who is adored with religious fervour and whose love sustains the hive.
Laline Paull's novel is engrossing and interesting, and Orlagh Cassidy's narration suits it well and carries the drama of the story with style and subtlety. She has the richness of voice needed for the queen, the wheedling tones necessary for the dangerous enemies of the colony, and a brave and bold voice for Flora 717 herself, on whom the whole story rests.
This book will have you buzzing with excitement - buy it now!
Having Stephen Fry read the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is as brilliant as the twinkle in Zaphod Beeblebrox's eye. Fry is perfect as Arthur Dent, who finds himself a reluctant galactic hitchhiker, as Ford Prefect, carefree traveller through the stars, and as Zaphod Beeblebrox, creator of the Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster and President of the Universe. There is not a single flaw in Fry's narration.
Douglas Adams' classic novel retains all its wit, sparkle and insight as an audiobook, and this story will enjoy repeated listenings, time and time again. Buy this audiobook, enjoy it, and enjoy it over and over again. The only flaw in the ointment is that Fry hasn't recorded all the books in the series, but Martin Freeman (who played Arthur Dent in the recent film) is well up to the task.
Good Omens is a simply fantastic book. Two genius British writers, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, join forces to imagine the apocalypse. The result is a brilliantly funny novel, with a bibliophilic angel, a vintage Bentley-driving demon, witch-finders, gangs of enthusiastic children, apocalyptic motorcyclists and the only witch who could accurately foresee the End of Days. If I need to be clearer, this novel is the best of Pratchett meeting the best of Gaiman, and you won't be disappointed!
Martin Jarvis is the perfect choice as narrator. His voice moves from character to character with ease and style, and never skips a beat during conversations. The accents are impeccable, and make listening to this audiobook an absolute pleasure.
Buy this audiobook. Listen, laugh, and then listen to it again. You'll be in audiobook heaven.
3:10 to Yuma is a short story packed with drama which sees a deputy marshall waiting with a dangerous prisoner to make the train which will take the prisoner to jail and earn the deputy marshall a $150 bounty. It's a classic Western and made a fantastic film - but note that this is NOT the same story as the film, it just inspired the film.
Henry Rollins is a perfect choice to read this story - his voice is subtle enough to convey everything the story and its characters need and has the toughness required to narrate a gun-toting Western and keep the listener engrossed.
Our favourite Cambridge Canon is back! Canon Sidney Chambers, that lover of warm beer and hot jazz, returns once more in the third title in the Grantchester Mysteries series. In this series of short mysteries, Sidney tackles the changes to his life following his marriage, as well as being called to help solve several mysteries, including thefts and murders, all while keeping up to his tasks as an Anglican clergyman in the early 1960s.
These wonderful books are a combination of crime fiction and theological musings, which make very thought provoking novels. Fans of era-specific detective fiction will approve and enjoy, as well as those who like to contemplate the meaning of life, good and evil, right and wrong, and the link between religion and morality. James Runcie's work in combining these two genres is remarkable, and very enjoyable.
So, settle in with your favourite tipple and get listening!
This wonderfully witty, clever and beguilingly cynical look at British politics made perfect television when originally made, and it works just as well as an audiobook. Those familiar with the series will be very pleased by the chance to re-encounter Jim Hacker, Sir Humphrey Appleby and Bernard Woolley, and those unfamiliar are in store for a real treat.
Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister will reward multiple listenings, and there are two bonuses among the episodes: The Yes Minister sketch involving Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and a Christmas Greeting from Sir Humphrey Appleby to Jim.
Download it as soon as you can - you certainly won't regret it!
Constance is the perfect wife living the dream. She is devoted to her husband, a doctor, spends her days comfortably, and enjoys a high standard of living. To all appearances, nothing could be wrong in her world. However, she has a rather delicious secret ...
W. Somerset Maugham's brilliantly funny play is charming, will make you laugh, and is a timeless tale of a woman discovering who she is and what she wants. It will bear many repeated listenings, losing nothing in knowing what comes next, but becoming even better.
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It's a fabulous story of a slob and a neat freak who decide to live together when their marriages fail. Hilarity ensues. Nathan Lane is stellar as Oscar, a genius actor perfectly cast and having a lot of fun while he's at it.
Classic American comedy at its finest. Buy, laugh, and laugh some more ...
Michael York was the perfect choice to read this classic work of science fiction. He brings his skills as actor to this narration, providing each character with personality and subtlety, and his descriptions with inflection and meaning, reinforcing the intended preferences of Huxley's dystopian society with delicacy and style. Huxley's classic work is made even better through the perfect partnership of text and reader, and you'll revel in it as you listen, engrossed, as the story unfolds.
This audiobook is an epic telling of a grand story. Frank Herbert's narrative of destiny, bravery, interstellar politics and inter-family wars is engrossing. This has something for everyone - a coming of age narrative, an ecological tale of life in an inhospitable place, dynastic tales of power and posturing, philosophy, drama and romance. The tale is long, but it will maintain your interest.
However, the production is rather strange, in that some sections are fully dramatised, and others have a single narrator performing all the roles. It takes some time to get used to (and I dare say that the dramatised sections make for better listening through variation and the skill of the performers), but this is an audiobook well worth having in your library.
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