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  • Emma

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Joanne Froggatt, Isabella Inchbald, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,083
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,013

This Audible Original production is narrated by Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), with a full supporting cast including Joanne Froggatt, Morgana Robinson, Aisling Loftus, Joseph Millson, Alexa Davies and rising star Isabella Inchbald as our eponymous heroine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More of a Radio Drama than an audiobook

  • By Cyberlucy on 09-11-18

Audible Originals Play Piano Behind Reader - Annoy

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

Audible Originals Play Piano Behind Reader - Annoying

The story is great and Ms. Thompson's narration is very good, but trying to listen to it with easy-listening piano music as background is very annoying. I don't mind a little music as an intro to chapters, but it should not be on ALL THE TIME!

Great story, but I'll not buy any Audible Originals again, but stick to the regular 'readings'. Fortunately, I'm sure there are several versions of Austen's books available.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,523
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,472

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Part history lesson, part audio documentary.

  • By brian on 11-01-18

Audible Originals Play Piano Behind Reader - Annoy

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

Audible Originals Play Piano Behind Reader - Annoying

The story is OK and Fry's narration is good, but trying to listen to it with easy-listening piano music as background is very annoying. I don't mind a little music as an intro to chapters, but it should not be on ALL THE TIME!

56 of 67 people found this review helpful

  • The January Dancer

  • By: Michael Flynn
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

Starting with Captain Amos January, who quickly loses it, and then the others who fought, schemed, and killed to get it, we travel around the complex, decadent, brawling, mongrelized, interstellar human civilization that the artifact might save or destroy. Collectors want the Dancer, pirates take it, rulers crave it, and all will kill, if necessary, to get it. This is a thrilling yarn of love, revolution, music, and mystery, and it ends, as all great stories do, with shock and a beginning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excelent space opera

  • By Donaithnen on 02-15-09

The New Space Opera

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

Reviewed: 10-07-12

Space Opera had fallen on hard times in the 70s and 80s. The galaxy spanning empires didn't seem credible anymore -- how could a civilization with such technology not achieve (avoid) Transcendence? Even the Foundation series grew long in the tooth.

Fortunately, a whole new generation of writers have revived the concept: Charles Stross, Vernor Vinge, Ken MacLeod, Peter Watts, Karl Schroeder, etc.

Now, Michael Flynn has joined this group with their fresh ideas and good stories.

The characters are indeed odd ball and the story goes all over the place, hiding the core mystery of both the characters and the story. What fun it is to have a good SF book combined with a mystery story.

If you like any of the above SF writers, you'll probably enjoy this book.

The January Dancer continues with Up Jim River, but is a stand-alone novel, not dependent on any other book in the series.

Highly recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Seven Wonders

  • A Novel of the Ancient World
  • By: Steven Saylor
  • Narrated by: Stephen Plunkett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 111

USA Today hails Steven Saylor as a “modern master of historical fiction.” Rich in intrigue and period detail, his novels set in ancient Rome have garnered acclaim the world over. A prequel to his epic Roma Sub Rosa series, The Seven Wonders follows series star Gordianus the Finder as an 18-year-old traveling the Mediterranean to witness the wonders of that fabled age. At each stop, the young investigator finds a beguiling mystery that pushes his powers of deduction to the limit.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting History, Not much of a story

  • By Mark on 08-10-12

Young Gordianus Visits the 7 Wonders of the World

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

Reviewed: 10-07-12

First off, this is NOT the book to introduce you to Steven Saylor's Sub Rosa series starring Gordianus the Finder. For that, I'd suggest Roman Blood or The Arms of Nemesis -- wonderful books.

However, for those us us who are familiar with Gordianus and his adventures during the Roman Revolution, this is a story of his travels through the Greek world as a young man, visiting each of the Seven Wonders and giving colorful details of the local customs as well as the history and description of each of the Wonders.

And of course, there are mysteries to be solved at each site.

Finally, we are introduced to the Mystery of Bethesda, which alone, is worth the price of admission.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful