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  • Madame Tussaud

  • A Novel of the French Revolution
  • By: Michelle Moran
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423

Marie Tussaud has learned the secrets of wax sculpting by working alongside her uncle in their celebrated wax museum, the Salon de Cire. From her popular model of the American ambassador Thomas Jefferson to her tableau of the royal family at dinner, Marie's museum provides Parisians with the very latest news on fashion, gossip, even politics. Her customers hail from every walk of life, and word even arrives that the royals themselves are coming to see their likenesses....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening to this book

  • By James B. Donahue on 01-06-12

Excellent!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

The French Revolution WAS brutal and bloody. This retelling was actually tame compared to what happened. I don't like gratuitous violence, either, but this gave an authentic feel for the horror of the times.
I loved the story and the characters, and I agree with the author that learning about someone who was more or less on the sidelines can be very illuminating.
For those who complain that historical fiction may contain inaccuracies...my advice would this:
TAKE the TIME to READ/listen to the AFTERWARD, where MOST authors will explain where they embellished/amalgamated/simplified their story and why.
If you love historical fiction, you will love this. Her life was fascinating.

  • Good Omens

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,510

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You'll laugh yourself silly

  • By goddess_of_pipework on 11-28-15

Witty and diverting

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

I laughed out loud through this entire book. This is an intelligent, witty, and engaging novel. In places almost silly, in a Monty Python sort way, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Excellent!

  • The Poison Bed

  • By: E C Fremantle
  • Narrated by: Ross Anderson, Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

In the autumn of 1615, a scandal rocks the Jacobean court when a celebrated couple are imprisoned on suspicion of murder. She is young, captivating and from a notorious family. He is one of the richest and most powerful men in the kingdom. Some believe she is innocent; others think her wicked or insane. He claims no knowledge of the murder. The king suspects them both, though it is his secret at stake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as the rest of Elizabeth Fremantle’s work

  • By Matt on 08-13-18

Love, Love Perdita

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

Good story! Perdita Weeks is an AMAZING narrator. Read Circe as well is my advice. The editing could have been better on the recording, but otherwise this is great. Elizabeth Freemantle never disappoints.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • My Family and Other Animals

  • By: Gerald Durrell
  • Narrated by: Nigel Davenport
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978

This memoir is soaked in the sunshine of Corfu, where Gerald Durrell lived as a boy, surrounded by his eccentric family - as well as puppies, toads, scorpions, geckoes, ladybugs, glowworms, octopuses, bats, and butterflies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A thoroughly delightful book!

  • By T.K. on 06-21-08

So enchanting

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

Would you listen to My Family and Other Animals again? Why?

Yes. Because I already miss the characters like they were my friends!

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

I especially love his depiction of the mother character. He really brings her wisdom, patience, and love for her children to life!

  • Birds, Beasts and Relatives

  • By: Gerald Durrell
  • Narrated by: Nigel Davenport
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 232

The Durrell family returns to the island of Corfu, continuing the story begun in My Family and Other Animals. Already an ardent naturalist at the age of 10, the young Gerald lives in an unconventional and disordered household with his mother, sister, and two brothers. Convivial and open, the family plays host to a constant stream of quirky guests. But for Gerald, the main attraction is the wildlife of Corfu.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The antidote to stress

  • By Rebecca on 09-07-14

An endearing laugh riot

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Birds, Beasts and Relatives to be better than the print version?

Yes. One of those books that is fantastic read aloud.

What other book might you compare Birds, Beasts and Relatives to and why?

It is similar to it's predecessor in the trilogy.

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

Excellent depiction of the characters, cute voices. Really wonderful.

  • The Garden of the Gods

  • By: Gerald Durrell
  • Narrated by: Christopher Timothy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 153

The enchanted island of Corfu was home to Gerald Durrell and his family for five years before the Second World War. For the passionate young zoologist, Corfu was a natural paradise, teeming with strange birds and beasts that he could collect watch and care for. But life was not without its problems - Gerald’s family often objected to his animal-collecting activities, especially when the beasts wound up in the family’s villa or even worse - the fridge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshingly Different

  • By Brimar50 on 01-18-12

Why change the narrator?

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

Where does The Garden of the Gods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I loved the book. The narrator was just ok. He paused at awkward moments, and didn't seem to know how to pronounce certain words.
I sorely missed the previous narrator of these books.

What other book might you compare The Garden of the Gods to and why?

Can't think of any. I loved the off-beat characters and the descriptions of everything happening at once. Very skillfully written.

What didn’t you like about Christopher Timothy’s performance?

Unnatural pauses in phrasing, like he wasn't really paying attention, or didn't understand the gist of the sentence.

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

yes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Christmas Carol (Listening Library Edition)

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,150
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 792
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 793

This is Jim Dale's incomparable telling of the beloved A Christmas Carol, a "little book," as Charles Dickens himself called it, which has been treasured by generations since December of 1843. Listeners of all ages will be enthralled as they meet for the first time, or are reunited with, that miser of all misers, Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Jim Dale

  • By Holly U on 03-12-08

Love love!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

Jim Dale and Dickens!!??? So so right. Its the best. Have your kids listen, you will be so pleased!

  • The Confessions of Young Nero

  • By: Margaret George
  • Narrated by: Steve West, Susan Denaker, Katharine McEwan
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

Built on the backs of those who fell before it, Julius Caesar's imperial dynasty is only as strong as the next person who seeks to control it. In the Roman Empire, no one is safe from the sting of betrayal: man, woman - or child. As a boy Nero's royal heritage becomes a threat to his very life, first when the mad emperor Caligula tries to drown him, then when his great-aunt attempts to secure her own son's inheritance. Faced with shocking acts of treachery, young Nero is dealt a harsh lesson: It is better to be cruel than dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Performance but...

  • By DaNick on 05-22-17

Great!

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

Where does The Confessions of Young Nero rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Too bad she never got to write the sequel. This was awesome. I love Margaret George for her writing, but also her exhaustive research. Very informative, but a pure pleasure as well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Robe

  • By: Lloyd C. Douglas
  • Narrated by: Stuart Langton
  • Length: 22 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423

A Roman soldier, Marcellus, wins Christ's robe as a gambling prize. He then sets forth on a quest to find the truth about the Nazarene's robe, a quest that reaches to the very roots and heart of Christianity. Set against the vividly drawn background of ancient Rome, this is a timeless story of adventure, faith, and romance, a tale of spiritual longing and ultimate redemption.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply the Best

  • By Jerrilynn on 11-18-05

AWESOME, COMPELLING

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

Where does The Robe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very high, like top five. I was intending to read only religious books for lent, and this was such a delight that I felt like I was cheating! What a wonderfully written, beautifully told story. I am telling everyone I know to read it. Inspiring and intelligent, and also (unexpectedly), very witty. Love, Love!!!

  • Excalibur

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 18 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,241
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,149
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,144

In Excalibur, we follow Arthur and Derfel to that enormous struggle and incredible victory. It not only throws the Saxons back, but reunites Arthur and Guinevere. He might hope now to be left alone, to have a time of peace after gaining a great victory, but new enemies arise to destroy all he has achieved. First is Mordred himself, the crippled king who owes everything to Arthur and now tries to kill his benefactor. Mordred's ally is Nimue who has come to hate her mentor, Merlin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Original Story from a legend?

  • By Laurel on 04-08-15

Awesome narration!!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-12-16

Would you listen to Excalibur again? Why?

No. It was good, but not one of my favorites.

What other book might you compare Excalibur to and why?

Similar to other Bernard Cornwell books with sword fighting, intrigue, etc.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful