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  • The Guilty Ones

  • A Jackman and Evans Thriller
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693

Jackman’s sister-in-law Sarah disappears to London and throws herself into the river. What drove her to this? She was a woman with a seemingly happy home life and two beloved sons. DI Jackman and DI Evans dig into Sarah’s life. And Jackman realises he knew almost nothing about his sister-in-law’s past. Then, they discover a woman in a neighbouring village died in similar circumstances. What is the connection to a convicted murderer whose family are convinced he is innocent? Who is really pulling the strings?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner from Joy Ellis!

  • By Wayne on 03-04-19

Another mind bending romp into Joy Ellis' world.

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

Reviewed: 03-29-19

I wish there were more Jackman & Evans novel series out there and Richard was on Joy's retainer. They are awesome tales and he has really developed the team character's adding an investment level for the listener . Smart, cunning & twisted I can't get enough.

  • The Fourth Friend

  • A Jackman and Evans Thriller
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 831
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827

Crimebusting duo DI Jackman and DS Evans are back, solving another crime that will make your skin crawl. Police detective Carter McLean is the only survivor of a plane crash that kills his four best friends. He returns to work, but he is left full of guilt and terrible flashbacks. So for each of his four friends he decides to complete something that they left unfinished....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit of a disappointment

  • By Maine Knitter on 12-24-18

Rollercoaster of ups and downs.

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

Each narration in series better than the last Ellis & Armitage like bangers & mash!

  • Wanderlust

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Grace Grant
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,183

They say Paris is always a good idea.... You know what I say? Paris would be a much better idea if I spoke the dang language. I can't even board the metro to visit the Louvre without ending up at the Moulin Rouge, and let's not even mention how I'll ever make it through a day at my new office. Fortunately my company hooks me up with my own personal translator. Ooh la la. Or should I say bloody hell? Because he's charming, witty, and British, and he brings the city to life for me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫ Romantic with great narration!

  • By Cyndi Marie on 02-06-18

Trips that save your life!

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

This was my first Lauren Blakely experience. I did not even know the that the genre was romance related when I bought in on the pre-buy for the book!

These are not my normal sought out reads or audible moments. However, I am a fan of Richard Armitage's narration style and jumped on board because he was part of the project. Chances are, if he is reading I will want to know more about his project and why he wanted to tackle it. Yes, he is that good.

Even if the content was a surprise this time, it was really good story that had solid legs. It had a lot of historical with factual items within the contents of the "heat" between the two characters. This held my interest more than just a classic Danielle Steel rip of your clothes and here it is style. It was smart and I wanted to know what other delightful things about Paris and life in general these two characters Griffin and Joy were going to teach each other. Love was the icing on the cake for this audible journey and the steamy scenes...ice cream on top with sprinkles! Richard and Grace did a great job story telling.

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  • The Darcys of Derbyshire

  • By: Abigail Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Elizabeth Bennet longs to see the view from the famous Black Rocks in Derbyshire, but her aunt and uncle refuse to allow her to climb to the highest rock outcroppings alone. Elizabeth's distress is only worsened by a chance encounter with Mr. Darcy - at least until he offers to escort her to the top. But unbeknownst to her, the Black Rocks have a very special meaning for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed Mr. Darcy's Parents Story

  • By M. Harrison on 08-08-15

Tradition

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

I enjoyed this audible very much. The pace and tempo were good and additional background information on Fitzwilliam Darcy's family tree his parents' love story and the tie ins to Fitzwilliam's and DeBerg's houses, made it pleasurable. I found myself returning to this light little story more than once since I added it to my library.

  • Macbeth: A Novel

  • By: A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,833

Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator choice inspired

  • By Beverly on 07-10-11

Destiny Dies With Corruption

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

I really liked this adaptation of the Scottish play. Alan Cumming did a clear and admirable job in narration and took us along seamlessly with interwoven skill. Writer's Hartley and Hewson did nice turn for the old cautionary tale.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Butterfly Garden

  • The Collector, Book 1
  • By: Dot Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo, Mel Foster
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,564

Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden. In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees...and a collection of precious "butterflies" - young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't let the negative reviews fool you...

  • By Angela Lee on 03-24-17

Tainted Garden

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

The story is really affecting, especially as a woman and given the truth of such people as the gardener that exist today. I believe that is what makes it so haunting that you know there could be human beings being treated that way at this very moment kept as twisted possessions and playthings. The narration really added to the story telling in this horrifying tale of serial killer and his family dynamic.

My final thoughts on this book are, the residue of the story creeps into your skin like the tattoo's ink on the gardener's butterflies. It is rather unnerving the author put you right in the seat next to the detectives and let us squirm.

  • Animal Farm

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,643

George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture, quoted so often that we tend to forget who wrote the original words! This must-read is also a must-listen!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you hate spoilers, save the intro for last.

  • By Dusty on 02-18-11

Devil Is In The Details

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

This work always chills me to the bone. I guess it is because we see the mentality and the outcome of keeping others ignorant and oppressed even today all over the world. Manipulation in any form is a dangerous catalyst for abuse and misuse of power.

The work leaves us with a sense of hopelessness however, I feel it is meant to spurn that in the reader. We are told the tale in such a way where we want to fight the injustice for those who can not see nor can fight for themselves. Orwell wanted people to take up the fight and not be blinded by smoke and mirrors and he did this in a very ingenious way putting the human element on the backburner and then reintroducing it at the end.

If you as the reader do not find yourself saying, Are we not our brother's keeper? Should we not stand up for those who can not stand up for themselves? Plus, Are we not called by the golden rule to strive to a semblance of equality? In my mind, you've probably missed the point of this body of work.

  • Donna Leon

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview
  • By: Robin Morgan-Bentley
  • Narrated by: Donna Leon
  • Length: 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Exclusive interview with best-selling author Donna Leon. Donna joins us to discuss the latest in the Brunetti series, The Waters of Eternal Youth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Straight-Shooting

  • By Traci on 11-01-17

Straight-Shooting

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

Donna Leon knows who she is and what she wants to write about. The fact that she can do this honestly and in still hold to the promise of giving the reader's what they want in spite of herself, was a nice revelation to hear.

The pitfalls that hit most writers in the realm of fame and bias have been strategically cut out of Leon's routine and she tenaciously defends the actions taken to both keep the text relevant and her personal life personal.

I enjoyed this glimpse into the author and her musings on making the perfect companion for her then fledgling career which now spans 20+ years.

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  • Richard Armitage

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview
  • By: Elise Italiaander
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 157

Richard Armitage talks to Audible Studios about his involvement in the new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. As narrator, Richard brings to life the eerie and entrancing story of a ruthless scientist who sets out to do the unthinkable by freeing his inner demon from the firm clutches of his conscience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Into the mind

  • By N. on 10-25-17

Tapping into a particular genius...

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

Reviewed: 10-25-17

Thanks for audible UK for making this interview widely available so we can hear directly from Richard where his mind goes in the approach of his narrated works.

It was interesting to hear the perplexity in investigating the split between two consciousness's. In finding how it gave him and the producer surprise pause, gives one opportunity to go back and listen those conflicts of dark and light in the bloom of the revelation. It becomes a thicker and richer piece in the heavier burden of the man fighting against his own nature and in all ways losing the battle.

As for using up his "bag of voices" the timber of Richard's tones, pitch and speed with the overall delivery varies his characters enough. I can give an example, even if you can pick out similarities in Stevenson's Jekyll/Hyde's Dr. Lanyon which strikes resemblance to Heyer's The Convenient Marriage's Marcus the Earl of Rule, you do not confuse the two nor lose the story as separate pieces.

On the contrary, for me, it adds a warmth of familiarity to these audible pieces because it brings us to a point where if we were sitting down to read a good book our own inner monologue tells us the tale and supplies all voices.

Enjoyable interview!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965

Audible presents a special edition of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde narrated by Richard Armitage. With Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Richard Armitage tells the story of a conflicted man who seeks a remedy to free the monster inside him from the clutches of his conscience. Following his celebrated performance of David Copperfield, Armitage delivers another powerhouse performance as the narrator of this Gothic tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Changed my understanding of processing literature

  • By Brent W on 11-02-17

Spooktacular!

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

Reviewed: 10-25-17

The story adaptation was very good Stevenson, the author, kept it suspenseful and fresh even though the tale is an old one. The character development by Richard Armitage was subtle in his attempt, which I feel suited the story line of combining two individuals into the one outcome. He captured the horror and the beauty with equal levels of suspense and glorification.

I truly am never disappointed with Mr. Armitage's efforts as a narrator his talent for dynamics and character development far exceeds any limitations that could potentially be found in the text of a novel or book penned by an author. You can tell he is a seasoned spinner of tales and 100% the professional theatre trained actor. However, and most importantly, you also can tell he truly is an avid reader and lover of the written word.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful