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  • Ragged Trousered Philanthropists  

  • By: Robert Tressell
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 23 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is the classic working-class novel. It was written in 1906 by an impoverished house painter, Robert Tressell, and within its framework contains a manifesto for socialism. It tells of the appalling working conditions of a group of painters and decorators and their struggle to survive at the most basic level. It is moving, grimly humorous and tragic. It has sold over six million copies worldwide since it was published, and it has the power to change lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By meikota rigge on 04-12-18

A Sermon on Socialism

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-17

A tedious waste of time. The narrator did a fine job with material that was utterly tiresome.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Cheltenham Square Murder

  • By: John Bude
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

In the seeming tranquility of Regency Square in Cheltenham live the diverse inhabitants of its 10 houses. One summer's evening the square's rivalries and allegiances are disrupted by a sudden and unusual death - an arrow to the head, shot through an open window at no. 6. Unfortunately for the murderer, an invitation to visit had just been sent by the crime writer Aldous Barnet, staying with his sister at no. 8, to his friend Superintendent Meredith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Entertaining Book

  • By Virginia Waldron on 10-20-17

Very Entertaining Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-17

The story was really good and the narrator was brilliant. A great bit of escapism.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jeeves and the Wedding Bells

  • By: Sebastian Faulks
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

P.G. Wodehouse documented the lives of the inimitable Jeeves and Wooster for nearly 60 years, from their first appearance, in 1915, (“Extricating Young Gussie”) to his final completed novel ( Aunts Aren't Gentlemen), in 1974. These two were the finest creations of a novelist widely proclaimed to be the finest comic English writer by critics and fans alike. Now, 40 years later, Bertie and Jeeves return in a hilarious affair of mix-ups and mishaps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By DCinMI on 11-06-13

Do Not Waste A Credit

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This was a contrived attempt to emulate Plum's work. A dismal and utter failure. The language was not authentic. Very weak.

Would you ever listen to anything by Sebastian Faulks again?

I would run through hot coals before reading this author again.

How could the performance have been better?

Read something from a decent writer.

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

None.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Buddenbrooks

  • The Decline of a Family
  • By: Thomas Mann
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 27 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

First published in 1900, when Thomas Mann was 25, Buddenbrooks is a minutely imagined chronicle of four generations of a North German mercantile family - a work so true to life that it scandalized the author’s former neighbours in his native Lübeck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where Have You Been All My Life, Thomas Mann?

  • By Virginia Waldron on 03-30-17

Where Have You Been All My Life, Thomas Mann?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-17

Would you listen to Buddenbrooks again? Why?

I have already listened to it twice as I didn't want it to end. It is just so incredibly well written. Subtle shifts which are significant in the development of the story. The last section is some of the most powerful and passionate writing I have ever read. Thomas Mann is orderly when needed and wildly insightful and inflamed when needed. It is a brilliant book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Buddenbrooks?

The final sections of the book will remain with me forever. I even awoke in the middle of the night thinking about that part. It is a book that made a big impression on my thinking about education and sensitive, young people. Utterly wonderful.

What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

He is a perfect narrator for this story. Excellent performance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It is long but I just devoured it. Not in one sitting but over about a week. Yes I wanted to listen to it all the time as I felt part of it so much more than my own life, as I read it. I had no idea what a consummate writer Thomas Mann is until I stumbled upon this book. I actually feel privileged to have read it. It is such a rich text.

Any additional comments?

Read this book before you die.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold

  • By: Evelyn Waugh
  • Narrated by: Michael Cochrane
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 30

The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold is a semi-autobiographical story, which tells of the mental breakdown of an ageing writer. Gilbert Pinfold takes a cruise to try to rebuild his shattered life, but what should his life be, and is he important to the world, anyway?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a gem

  • By Erez on 07-05-08

Utterly Hilarious

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-17

Where does The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book was such a surprise for me. It actually made me laugh aloud. I had to re-read it immediately as I just loved it so much.

What other book might you compare The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold to and why?

The Diary of a Nobody is mentioned in the book. It is not similar in style or period but both books are hilarious. I have not read anything like Gilbert Pinfold.

What about Michael Cochrane’s performance did you like?

The narrator was brilliant. Really nailed it. He added to the hilarity of the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed until my stomach hurt once.

Any additional comments?

Loved, loved, loved it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Confessions of an English Opium-Eater

  • By: Thomas De Quincey
  • Narrated by: Roy Macready
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859) was first published anonymously in 1821 in the London Magazine and was published in book form a year later. A revised edition was published in 1846. It is an account by the author of his addiction to laudanum and the effects it had on his life. This recording presents an abridged version of the 1856 edition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Abrupt Ending....

  • By Virginia Waldron on 03-30-17

Abrupt Ending....

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-17

What did you love best about Confessions of an English Opium-Eater?

Flawless narration of an interesting account. The ending seems faulty as though the whole story had not finished. Very odd.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Confessions of an English Opium-Eater?

The narrative of his difficulties as a young man were very sad.

What does Roy Macready bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brought the book to life. A brilliant performance.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Very moving.

Any additional comments?

I think someone should check to see if the whole book has been downloaded. Awful ending as though it is incomplete.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Free: Sherlock Holmes- The First Great Detective

  • By: The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor Thomas A. Shippey
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,453
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,182
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,185

We are familiar with Sherlock Holmes's methodology—using clues, facts, evidence, and reason to solve the case. Here, go inside the world of the 19th century and see what circumstances paved the way for such a hero. Then, turn to some of Sherlock's most exciting cases.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ok

  • By Slim on 03-04-16

Short and Entertaining.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-16

What made the experience of listening to Free: Sherlock Holmes- The First Great Detective the most enjoyable?

Interesting and light. For fans, anything about Sherlock Holmes is fun. This does not pretend to be an in-depth study. The lecturer has an engaging style and knows his stuff. A fun listen.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the way the lecturer cited particular stories to illustrate his points.

Which scene was your favorite?

It was good to hear about the broad development of detective stories. Sherlock Holmes started a genre that has evolved from the tantalizing and intriguing plots and characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes this is short and light and perfect for a quick listen.

Any additional comments?

This has made me want to re-read the stories.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Killer Next Door

  • By: Alex Marwood
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

No. 23 has a secret. In this bedsit-riddled south London wreck, lorded over by a lecherous landlord, something waits to be discovered. Yet all six residents have something to hide. Collette and Cher are on the run; Thomas is a reluctant loner; while a gorgeous Iranian asylum seeker and a 'quiet man' nobody sees try to stay hidden. And watching over them all is Vesta - or so she thinks. In the dead of night, a terrible accident pushes the neighbours into an uneasy alliance. But one of them is a killer, expertly hiding their pastime, all the while closing in on their next victim....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An All Nighter.

  • By Virginia Waldron on 01-05-16

An All Nighter.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-16

What did you love best about The Killer Next Door?

The story is utterly gripping and I cared about the characters. There is literally not a wasted word in this book. I felt that I was living in this orbit. It literally kept me awake until after 6 am as I simply could not stop listening. All the characters have a fascinating background and a compelling reason to be living in this boarding house. Their diversity and unavoidable crossing of paths is intriguing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Killer Next Door?

There is a gruesome description of a decaying rodent left on a staircase in order to kill an elderly tenant that was horrifyingly enthralling. The tension that builds as the story evolves beneath seeming normality is beyond eerie. I just wanted to discover more and more as I read.

Which scene was your favorite?

For some reason, I really liked what seems to be a bland and almost mundane scene. The escaped Iranian blogger meets a character who has been caught witnessing a gangland murder and fleeing with a huge amount of laundered cash.. This chance meeting is in the street on a warm day. He goes out of his way to walk her home carrying her bag. Under normal circumstances these two would never encounter each other. Both are seeking refuge and have powerful enemies. Their dialogue is simply wonderful and touching. I don't know why I liked this so much when there are other scenes that are infinitely more thrilling but for some reason, this showed what true humanity lies within all people. It was just beautiful but incidental.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book made me laugh, cry and inwardly shriek with horror and disgust. It is truly one of the most unexpectedly gripping books I have read this year. I absolutely loved the setting, the suspense and the action. All the characters developed and were really interesting and you find out important things about each one rather than superficial descriptions. You are drawn into their world and live there with them. The heat was an overwhelmingly ghastly aspect to this book and added to the yuck factors which play such a role in what makes this book tick.

Any additional comments?

This is my first encounter with this author. I had no idea how much I would absolutely adore the book. It has been great to discover a new writer. It was amazing to find a book which was genuinely touching, authentic and tense underneath a veneer of mundane life. Everyone matters in this story. Loved it to bits. The narrator was brilliant and I was not even conscious that she was acting. She just became each character and I didn't mentally judge her acting because it was as though she wasn't playing each part but actually was each part.

  • Blott on the Landscape

  • By: Tom Sharpe
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

When philandering Sir Giles Lynchwood decides it's time to wriggle free of his monumentally unattractive wife, Lady Maud, he knows divorce is out of the question. He can't leave her and keep her cash; a reversionary clause on her ancestral home, Handyman Hall, has taken care of that. Lady Maud, for her own special reasons, is also dying to see the back of Sir Giles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sharpe at his best...

  • By Linda on 07-05-06

Stupendous Performance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-15

The story is hilariously farcical. David Suchet is simply perfect for this book. HIs narration added so much to my enjoyment.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Spritz

  • By: Neil J. Hart
  • Narrated by: Simon Hurst
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Bob Flint is a man with a dream. A dream of running his own bar, Bob's Bar. The only trouble is, since he married Maggie Flint he hasn't had any money, drive, or ambition.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Comical...

  • By Sherray on 01-06-09

Droll and Deep

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-15

The story moves in real time. The characters are deeply flawed and lovable. I found I could not stop listening and laughed and wept, literally. The narrator is brilliant and I wish there were more books read by him. He is utterly perfect. There is not a single dull moment in this book. Absolutely fabulous.