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Mary

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  • The Last Cavalier: Being the Adventures of Count Sainte-Hermine in the Age of Napoleon

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    The story of France from the Renaissance to the 19th century, as Dumas vibrantly retold it in his numerous enormously popular novels, has long been absent one vital, richly historical era: the Age of Napoleon. But no longer. Now dynamically, in a tale of family honor and undying vengeance, of high adventure and heroic derring-do, The Last Cavalier fills that gap.

    Peter Lees Pearson says: "Dumas' uncompleted novel"
    "a word of warning"
    Overall

    My warning is: This book begins with about a two hour and fifteen minute introduction in which the author justifies the historical accuracy of his writings and especially in defense of The Last Cavalier. During this portion many aspects of the story will be shared before hand and for those who want a surprise you may want to skip the introduction. They do attempt to warn you about the disclosure, but do not give you any indication of how long it takes to skip it. Also, due to the fact that in many instances the author is reading from letters dealing with the story, it is not always obvious when the introduction ends and the novel begin.
    Additionally, this novel is not finished by Alexandre Dumas because he dies before it is completed. The ending of the novel is continued by another writer who, in my opinion, does an excellent job of wrapping up the story. The narrator is very good and the story line is an action packed Dumas tale, in character with his previous works.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Harriet Beecher Stowe
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (429)

    Eliza Harris, a slave whose child is to be sold, escapes her beloved home on the Shelby plantation in Kentucky and heads North, eluding the hired slave catchers. Aided by the underground railroad, Quakers, and others opposed to the Fugitive Slave Act, Eliza, her son, and her husband George run toward Canada. As the Harrises flee to freedom, another slave, Uncle Tom, is sent "down the river" for sale. Too loyal to abuse his master's trust, too Christian to rebel, Tom wrenches himself from his family.

    Michael says: "excellent narrator"
    "inspirationally religious"
    Overall

    This is an engaging story of innocence and violence. It brings an awareness of the historical sufferings of the weak and oppressed under the laws of that era. However, what struck me most was the strong message of the saving grace of Jesus throughout all of the characters' harshest trials. While there are times that the story is set aside for moments of religious reflection, the thread of it is never lost. Ms. Stowe entwines the gospel message of redemption and sacrifice with a historically significant portrayal of the horrors of domination and ungodliness. The recording was done very well, with easily identifiable voices and accents. The quality of the recording was clear without interruption.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Code of the Woosters: Jeeves to the Rescue

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (675)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (304)

    Witty Wodehouses�s best-loved creation is the master-servant team of Bertie Wooster, the charming nitwit, and Jeeves, his effortlessly superior valet and protector. Newsweek says "they are at their best in The Code of the Woosters." Newsweek says "they are at their best in The Code of the Woosters."

    Philip says: "Best Wodehouse narrator"
    "Super Good!"
    Overall

    In this humorous novel Bertie is dragged into yet another scrape by his "chums" who continue to lean on him for assistance since "the were in school together". As always Jeeves comes to their aid and the good times just roll on. It is a very good recording and Jonathan Cecil does a fine job with the narration. (One side note: This is one continuous story not several as in most of the other recordings I have listened to.)

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Carry On, Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (183)

    Listen to hilarious unabridged stories starring the ever-popular Jeeves and Wooster from the master of great British comedy: P. G. Wodehouse. Stories featured: "Jeeves Takes Charge", "Jeeves and The Unbidden Guest", "The Artistic Career of Corky", "The Aunt and the Sluggard", "Clustering Round Young Bingo", "Jeeves and the Hard-boiled Egg", and "The Rummy Affair of Old Biffy".

    John says: "Very Funny!"
    "Terrific series"
    Overall

    This was my first introduction to Jeeves and Bertie Wooster and I was extremely pleased. They are a humorous pair with Jeeves in the role of straightman and Bertie as the one who needs bailing out frequently. I enjoyed Martin Jarvis portrayal of both characters and found the recording well made. An excellent place to start if you want to try a novel by PG Wodehouse!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Inimitable Jeeves, Volume 2

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    From money-making schemes involving placing wagers on vicars to poor Bingo having to produce the village school Christmas entertainments, every one of Wodehouse’s superb short stories are guarantee to raise a smile from even the most stony-faced listener!

    Tad Davis says: "Brilliant"
    "Same stories as Volume 1"
    Overall

    I was disappointed to discover that these are the same stories as on The Inimitable Jeeves Volume 1. While Martin Jarvis is an excellent narrator, my personal preference in the voice of Bingo comes from Fredrick Davidson. I wouldn't purchase this one but go for the Volume one instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Inimitable Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (171)

    Wodehouse weaves his wit through a wide collection of terrifying aunts, miserly uncles, love-sick friends, and unwanted fiancés. Bertie gets into a bit of trouble when one of his pals, Bingo Little, starts to fall in love with every second girl he lays his eyes on. But the soup gets really thick when Bingo decides to marry one of them and enlists Bertie's help. Luckily, he has the inimitable Jeeves to pull him out of it.

    Kate says: "Brilliant!"
    "excellent listening"
    Overall

    If you love Jeeves and Bertie Wooster you will absolutley love this recording. The characters come alive in humor and drama with Frederick Davidson giving them voice and as always Blackstone's recording is top notch. Well worth the 6 hours of listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    When Walter Hartright encounters the "solitary figure of a woman, dressed from head to foot in white garments" on a lonely road, he is haunted by her. He falls in love with his employer's niece, Laura, because she resembles the mysterious woman. Laura, however, is betrothed to the evil Sir Percival, who wishes to marry her for her money. The woman in white, it turns out, is Anne Catherick, who was confined in an asylum by the evil Sir Percival because she knew a devastating secret about him.

    Virginia says: "The Woman In White"
    "interesting story; good narration"
    Overall

    The four stars are awarded because it was a well written story, with well developed characters and an interesting plot. I did not find it difficult to follow the storyline though different readers took over at different parts as a means of developing the narration. (Somewhat like a testimony in a court of law) While, the narrators were good, a few times the actual taping device seemed to have restarted at a different volume, so it was not a flawless recording. (This is why I did not give it a 5 star rating.) For parents: There was no language or inappropriate descriptions that would prevent an adolescent from being able to listen along with the parents, though I am not sure the story would be interesting to a younger child.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Villette

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Mandy Weston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    Long overshadowed by Jane Eyre, Villette is widely admired as one of Charlotte Bronte's finest works. This story of a young teacher at a girl's school in the city of Villette is a particular challenge for the young reader, for it requires maturity of vision, a fine narrative sense - and a command of French! Mandy Weston, a newcomer to Naxos AudioBooks, tells the story magnificently.

    Chloe says: "classical heart"
    "Anti Catholic"
    Overall

    On the positive side, the reader is excellent. Mady Weston does a fabulous job with multiple languages and characters. Unfortunately, the negative aspects of this book completely distract from the simple story line of a poor lonely girl seeking the love she sees abounding all around her. When Lucy Snow, a young Protestant English lady, begins teaching in a private Catholic French School in Villette the story transforms into a thinly veiled attempt for the author to work out her major issues and prejudices against the Catholic faith. The characters of the book play the role of sounding out her sermons on the many evils of "Popery" and the "Jesuit treachery". Such common and lengthy disortations, peppered with personal attacks, form the main jist of this novel. Unlike other works of Charotte Bronte that treat faith as a fact of life, this one is merely about her unveiled dislike for all things Catholic. Addtionally, many of the characters are french and many times there are not translations given for the conversations that have ensued. I loved Jane Ayer by Charlotte Bronte and was disheartened to discover this side of an author I had enjoyed so much.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nicholas Nickleby

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (445)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (215)

    The most gorgeously theatrical of all Dickens's novels, Nicholas Nickleby follows the delightful adventures of a hearty young hero in 19th-century England. Nicholas, a gentleman's son fallen upon hard times, must set out to make his way in the world. His journey is accompanied by some of the most swaggering scoundrels and unforgettable eccentrics in Dickens's pantheon.

    Robert says: "A knockout!"
    "Great Cast of characters!"
    Overall

    Another excellent novel by Charles Dickens! Sympathetic and noble Nicholas attempts to find his fortune in an interesting array of life styles which compose jolly old England. Narrated by Robert Whitfield, this novel boasts of a wide cast of voices which not only maintain the listeners' attention but also portray the characters in a most delightful and colorful manner. Excellent read if you truly enjoy Dickens!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Pilgrim's Regress: An Allegorical Apology for Christianity, Reason, and Romanticism

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The first book written by C.S. Lewis after his conversion, The Pilgrim's Regress is, in a sense, a record of Lewis's own search for meaning and spiritual satisfaction that eventually led him to Christianity. It is the story of John and his odyssey to an enchanting island that has created in him an intense longing, a mysterious, sweet desire. John's pursuit of this desire takes him through adventures with such people as Mr. Enlightenment, Media Halfways, Mr. Mammon, Mother Kirk, and Mr. Sensible.

    Mary says: "Interesting concept"
    "Interesting concept"
    Overall

    This one reminds me of C.S Lewis' Screwtape Letters. The author, once again, delivers a philosphical conversation disguised within the realm of a creative cast of characters. In this one, the reader is treated to an indepth look at whether God exists (the Landlord), if there is any need to follow His rules and what the results might be if you did not. The scenario is one that is easy to understand (since many of the names reflect their views) yet entertaining enough to keep your attention. As always, Robert Whitfield gives an outstanding performance as a whole host of characters, never missing a beat. The only reason I have given this three stars rather than more is because the story can get a little slow in a few spots...such as John's stay with "Wisdom". However, it worth the time to listen to and appreciate another clever work by C.S Lewis. (Parents warning: This novel does contain the mention of "fornication" and discussion on lust so is not necessarily suitable for a younger audience.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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