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  • War and Peace, Volume 1

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,476

War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Stanley Hauer on 08-14-09

Tolstoy

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

I loved the book. The narrator was excellent . No wonder Tolstoy is considered among the greatest authors of the world. Natasha is a lovable unforgetable character etched against the high society of 19th century Russia.

  • A Beautiful Place to Die

  • By: Malla Nunn
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 583

Unfolding in 1952 South Africa, A Beautiful Place to Die is a riveting international mystery that flows from the pen of author Malla Nunn. Police officer Emmanuel Cooper is dispatched to a remote town after a police captain is found murdered in a creek. Even though Cooper judges the crime open and shut, the government's feared Special Branch is summoned, making for an intrigue that will titillate any mystery fan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth listening to both as mystery and history

  • By Majorie on 05-26-11

high tension

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

Reviewed: 05-16-17

a good detective novel that keeps the tension high. plenty of drama. great insight into color rifts in SA society.

  • Murder on the Ballarat Train

  • A Phryne Fisher Mystery
  • By: Kerry Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954

In Phryne's third adventure, Phryne is off to Ballarat for a week of fabulousness, but the sedate journey by train turns out to be far from the restful trip she was planning. What was planned as a restful country sojourn turns into the stuff of nightmares: a young girl who can't remember anything, rumours of vile white slavery and the body of an old woman missing her emerald rings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What fun! A romp through 1920s Australia

  • By Nancy J on 02-22-13

Love Phryne Fisher!

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

Reviewed: 07-05-15

A beautifully read audiobook of the Phryne Fisher series. I am a great fan of the TV adaptation, and the audiobook does not disappoint. This is a great listen for those new to Miss Fisher, as well as longtime fans.

  • Death Comes to Pemberley

  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,213
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,051

It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of fun for Austen lovers!

  • By Lesley A. Slavin on 12-20-11

Great narrator, somewhat disappointing story

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

Reviewed: 02-09-12

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The narration of this is outstanding, and feels just as a follow on from Pride and Prejudice should.

Would you recommend Death Comes to Pemberley to your friends? Why or why not?

Maybe - it is clearly very difficult to write something as a continuation of and homage to something as famous and fabulous as Pride and Prejudice, and in many ways James does a really good job. It just feels like there is too much information dumping at times, and that the true driver of the story is recreating the ambiance of Pemberly and its inhabitants, rather than James' usual intricate murder plots (of which I am also a fan). This is good for someone who is primarily interested in wallowing in the world of Pride and Prejudice, but not as a mystery per se.

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

I cannot imagine the print version being anywhere near as good, as much of the ambiance comes from the excellent narration.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Case of the Missing Servant

  • By: Tarquin Hall
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 448

In hot and dusty Delhi, Puri's main work comes from screening prospective marriage partners, a job once the preserve of aunties and family priests. But when an honest public litigator is accused of murdering his maidservant, it takes all of Puri's resources to investigate. How will he trace the fate of the girl, known only as Mary, in a population of more than one billion? Who is taking pot shots at him and his prize chilli plants?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Delhi Chatter

  • By Dubi on 12-11-14

Wonderful Delhi English and sense of modern India

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

Reviewed: 02-09-12

What did you love best about The Case of the Missing Servant?

The narration is, to put it in the words of Vish Puri, truly first class. Dastor beautifully captures the nuance and rhythms of Delhi English just as Hall captures the details of upper middle class Indian life.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The twists of the plot are engaging, as is Vish Puri.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend for anyone who knows anything of the culture, or indeed anyone who wants to get a charming (and realistically dodgy and corrupt) taste of modern India.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Hungry Tide

  • By: Amitav Ghosh
  • Narrated by: Firdous Bamji
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 170

Internationally best-selling author Amitav Ghosh, winner of the Pushcart Prize and numerous other prestigious accolades, pens a sweeping novel full of romantic adventure. Favorably compared to the masterworks of Joseph Conrad and V.S. Naipaul, The Hungry Tide is an atmospheric tale set in a world of wondrous sights...and terrible danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Best Audio Books I've Read

  • By Elizabeth on 09-24-05

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Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-07

A wonderful listen. Keeps one captivated right to the end. Highly recommended.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Interesting Times

  • Discworld #17
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,099

Interesting Times, the seventeenth novel in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, finds the planet's oldest empire in the midst of bitter turmoil after the publication of the revolutionary treatise What I Did on My Holidays. Workers, with nothing to lose but their water buffaloes, are joining forces against old warlords, spreading violence throughout Discworld's ancient cities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great reading of a Pratchett classic!

  • By D. McMillen on 10-03-03

Interesting Times :Disworld #7

Overall
out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-06

An excellent listen - very witty.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Into Africa

  • The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone
  • By: Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,044
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039

"Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" So goes the signature introduction of New York Herald star journalist Henry Morton Stanley to renowned explorer Dr. David Livingstone, who had been missing for six years in the wilds of Africa. Into Africa ushers us into the meeting of these remarkable men. In 1866, when Livingstone journeyed into the heart of the African continent in search of the Nile's source, the land was rough, unknown to Europeans, and inhabited by man-eating tribes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By Gene on 04-01-04

Very well presented

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-05

A well written book. Clearly well researched and brought togther in a masterful way.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Stories

  • By: Garrison Keillor
  • Narrated by: Garrison Keillor
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

In this delightful audio collection, Garrison Keillor reads 14 of his own favorite stories from his many years as a writer for The New Yorker and from two of his best-selling books, Happy To Be Here and We Are Still Married. These selections embody all of the qualities that make Keillor such a beloved storyteller; his effortless blending of humor and poignancy, his keen observations and gentle insights, and his rare ability to bring a sense of truth to every tale he tells.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good for fans

  • By Chris Dorosky on 12-06-05

At times endless dribble of words

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-05

A few funny quips - otherwise dull.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful