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Stephanie Whitelock

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  • Foreign Correspondent

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    An underground newspaper reporter becomes the target of a European spy web in the looming shadow of WWII Paris in this heart-pounding thriller from the master of international intrigue, Alan Furst.

    Molly says: "A good listen"
    "Wrong narrator"
    Overall

    I was really looking forward to this thriller, having had my eye on the book since it was published in paperback, but I think the narrator, George Guidall, really killed this audiobook. He is a very experienced narrator of audiobooks and I have listened to and enjoyed other books he's narrated (including at least one Jodi Picoult) very much, but he just wasn't right for this spy novel. I had to stop listening about half-way through because his over-inflections really made it impossible for me to concentrate on the plot. What I look for in an audiobook is a narrator who fits perfectly with the story so that you feel you are almost reading the book yourself, but George Guidall introduced far too many of his own accents in the wrong places and I was very disappointed.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Playing with the Grown Ups

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Sophie Dahl
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    To Kitty, growing up at Hay House, surrounded by relations, is heaven. But for Marina, Kitty's silver-eyed mother, younger and more beautiful than other mothers, it is simply boredom. She craves novelty, excitement, parties.

    Stephanie Whitelock says: "Brilliant!"
    "Brilliant!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Playing with the Grown Ups again? Why?

    Finty William's narration is pitch perfect - you can tell she has the skill of her mother, Judy Dench - and I love this book by Sophie Dahl. Based on her own early life, this story is engaging and fun with fascinating characters who I looked forward to finding out more about when I wasn't listening to this book. I loved it! Five stars.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (49)

    Major Ernest Pettigrew (Ret’d) is not interested in the frivolity of the modern world. Since his wife Nancy’s death, he has tried to avoid the constant bother of nosy village women, his grasping, ambitious son, and the ever spreading suburbanisation of the English countryside, preferring to lead a quiet life upholding the values that people have lived by for generations - respectability, duty, and a properly brewed cup of tea.

    Cynthea Wellings says: "Excellent little book"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Major Pettigrew's Last Stand?

    This would be one of my favourite audbiobooks so far. The narration is outstanding - BIll Wallis is pitch perfect as all the characters, especially Pettigrew - and the story is warm and engaging. I found myself thinking about the characters and what they would do next when I wasn't listening to the book. I can't recommend this audiobook highly enough.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Juliet, Naked

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Nick Hornby
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie, Bill Irwin, Ben Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (77)

    Annie's put fifteen years into safe, slightly obsessive Duncan, and now she'd like her money back, please. It's time to move on. But she lives in Gooleness, the north's answer to a question nobody asked. Is she really going to find real, proper, fell-it-deep-down-in-your-boots love on a damp and windy seafront? Or perhaps she should follow her heart and pursue Tucker, the reclusive American rock star, who keeps emailing her his smart advice. But between Annie and her second chance lie a few obstacles.

    Catarina says: "Awesome reading (listening)"
    "Very funny & perfectly narrated"
    Overall

    This is the second Nick Hornby audiobook I have listened to (the other was 'Slam') and I have absolutely loved both. The narration here is flawless and suits the novel perfectly. This audiobook lived up to what I have come to expect from Nick Hornby - funny, witty, sad and very engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sister

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Rosamund Lupton
    • Narrated By Juanita Mahon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (78)

    Their bond was unbreakable. The truth was unimaginable. When Beatrice receives a call to say that her sister, Tess, is missing, she boards the first flight home. But as she learns about Tess’s disappearance, she is stunned to discover how little she actually knows of her sister's life. Everyone around her accepts they have lost Tess, but Beatrice refuses to give up, embarking on a dangerous journey to discover the shocking truth, whatever the cost...

    Lynn Diener says: "Kept me guessing and kept pulling at my heart."
    "Brilliant, engaging mystery"
    Overall

    I absolutely loved this audiobook. The narrator was absolutely perfect for this book, told from the perspective of a single woman, and I was completely gripped from start to finish. I cannot recommend this audiobook highly enough. Five stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2160)
    Performance
    (1130)
    Story
    (1151)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "Don't bother"
    Overall

    To be fair, I don't think I would have enjoyed this book in its written form either as I found (in particular) the little girl who is the main character very irritating. The narration was ok, I think - the book was the problem.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Trinity Six

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Cumming
    • Narrated By Jot Davies
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Europe is still littered with the darkest secrets of the Cold War. And the most deadly revelation of them all is about to be made…Hard-up Russia expert Dr Sam Gaddis finally has a lead for a book that could set his career back on track. He has staggering new information about an unknown sixth member of the infamous Cambridge spy ring – a man who has evaded detection for his entire life

    Roger says: "Could not stop listening"
    "Brilliant thriller perfectly narrated"
    Overall

    This would be one of my favorite audiobooks that I've listened to. The novel was tight and well-written, a brilliant spy thriller that kept you guessing which traversed several countries and several decades of history. The narration by Jot Davies was absolutely perfect. I loved this audiobook and couldn't wait to keep listening to it. 5 stars.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • High Society

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ben Elton
    • Narrated By Greg Wagland
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    The war on drugs has been lost but for want of the courage to face the fact that the whole world is rapidly becoming one vast criminal network. From pop stars and princes to crack whores and street kids. From the Groucho Club toilets to the poppy fields of Afghanistan, we are all partners in crime.

    Lisa says: "Ben brilliant as always"
    "Thought-provoking, entertaining & funny"
    Overall

    I would recommend this audiobook 100%. It's the first time I've read or listened to a Ben Elton novel and it made me think, was very entertaining and funny, and the narration was pitch perfect. 5 stars.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3726)
    Performance
    (1046)
    Story
    (1057)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "Very interesting & well narrated"
    Overall

    This was a terrific audiobook adaptation of this novel. I learnt so much about the Geisha (about which I knew very little beforehand) and pre-war Japanese culture and thought the narration complemented the book perfectly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Engleby

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sebastian Faulks
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Mike Engleby says things that others dare not even think. When the novel opens in the 1970s, he is a university student, having survived a "traditional" school. A man devoid of scruple or self-pity, Engleby provides a disarmingly frank account of English education. Yet beneath the disturbing surface of his observations lies an unfolding mystery of gripping power.

    J. Crosby says: "Extraordinary"
    "Really depressing"
    Overall

    I love Sebastian Faulks' novels and I have both read other novels of his and listened to other audiobooks written by him which I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved his novels 'Charlotte Gray' and 'Birdsong', and I loved the audiobook of 'A Week in December'. I also quite enjoyed the audiobooks of 'Girl in the Lion D'Or' and 'Human Traces'. But the character in 'Engelby' was so dark and disturbed that I couldn't persist with this audiobook. The narration was probably fine, although I found the lisping cockney accent a bit annoying after a while, but the character of Engleby himself was so mentally unstable and isolated and weird (and he is the sole narrator in this book, so especially as an audiobook you feel yourself being drawn into his mindset which is a bit unsettling) that I couldn't finish this book. I wouldn't recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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