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  • The Bloody Chamber

  • By: Angela Carter
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 529

A collection of short stories, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories was first published in 1979 and awarded the Cheltenham Festival Literary Prize. This Audible exclusive adaptation is narrated by legendary actors, Richard Armitage and Emilia Fox, who take on different chapters of the audiobook. Among these are 'The Bloody Chamber', 'The Courtship of Mr Lyon', 'The Tiger's Bride', 'Puss in Boots', 'The Erl-King', 'The Snow Child', 'The Lady of the House of Love', 'The Werewolf' and 'Wolf-Alice'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fairy tales by Angela Carter

  • By Elizabeth P. Fowler on 03-20-18

Richard Armitage should read everything

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

And if there was ever a female narrator on par with him, in terms of sheer sensuality, it is certainly Emilia Fox. (Davina Porter is similarly talented in this regard). Now, if only this were my bag. Most of these stories were too visceral for my taste. The writing is excellent, but for me, a bit too disturbing. Except for the Puss in Boots story and the Beauty and the Beast story. Those were my speed; the former being laugh out loud funny and the latter being quite chaste and beautifully told.

30 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,894
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,992

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book for those new to astrophysics.

  • By TMort on 06-07-17

Soothing yet engaging voice

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

This subject matter is well outside my wheel house, but I'd heard that deGrasse Tyson had a knack for making complex subjects accessible. I won't pretend I could confidently hold a conversation on these topics at this point, but he is enjoyable to listen to. The final chapter really drives home our relative insignificance and blithe disregard of our cosmic home and ALL of its living inhabitants. For me, this was the best part and has forever endeared the author to me for his insight and humanity.

  • Wives and Daughters

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 25 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

Set in English society before the 1832 Reform Bill, Wives and Daughters centers on the story of youthful Molly Gibson, brought up from childhood by her father. When he remarries, a new stepsister enters Molly's quiet life, the loveable, but worldly and troubling, Cynthia. The narrative traces the development of the two girls into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful society of Hollingford.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's not about the ending!

  • By Sandra on 07-25-05

When reading can quicken the blood

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

Reviewed: 01-20-18

This apparently unassuming tale of domestic life in a small village had me riveted. I cried, I laughed, I felt the betrayal, the indignation, the exultance, the quiet happiness. Gaskell's rendering of characters, place, and ethos is complex yet seemingly effortless. Nadia May is superb and one of my all time favorite narrators.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nicholas Nickleby

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 34 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

One of Dickens' early works, Nicholas Nickleby combines comedy and tragedy in a tale of triumph over adversity that is interspersed with Dickens' moving condemnation of society's mistreatment of children and the cruelty of the educational system. Young Nickleby struggles to seek his fortune in Victorian England, yet succeeds despite social injustice, in a story that mirrors Dickens' own rise from poverty to great success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful tale, wonderful reader

  • By Richard on 06-19-09

5 stars is no justice. Infinite stars forever.

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

Alex Jennings is superlative. The story is expertly acted, not narrated. I couldn't have gotten more out of this had I read it for myself. Worth all the scores of hours and then some.

  • The Skeptic's Guide to the Great Books

  • By: Grant L. Voth, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Grant L. Voth
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Daunted by the "great big books" of the Western canon? Looking for the same pleasures, satisfactions, and insights from books that are shorter, more accessible, and less dependent on classical references and difficult language than tomes such as Moby-Dick and Ulysses?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable!

  • By libbromus on 06-18-17

Thoroughly enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 06-18-17

Professor Voth really loves literature of all descriptions. He's no snob for the classics. I have added several of the books mentioned (I should say analyzed in depth) here to my reading list; books I would never have normally sought out. For the books he included that I've already read, his critical insights have deepened my understanding of the works. I'm so grateful to have listened to this course!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Gates

  • A Novel
  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cake
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 520

Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell, are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Halloween which is how they come to witness strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Road. The Abernathys don't mean any harm by their flirtation with the underworld, but when they unknowingly call forth Satan himself, they create a gap in the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Paging Tim Burton

  • By Jeanne on 12-18-09

Jonathan Cake is perfection

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

He tells the story with such campfire enthusiasm. I can't think why they didn't secure him for the two sequels. Such a pity.

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    Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
    103 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • Cold Comfort Farm (Dramatised)

  • By: Stella Gibbons
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

Strong of will and slender of ankle, 20-year-old orphan Flora Poste is blessed with every virtue save that of being able to earn her own living. Casting around for suitable relatives with whom she can make her home, Flora alights on the mysterious Starkadders and, ignoring the horrified shrieks of her friends, heads down to darkest Sussex.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "There is NO BUTTER in Hell......."

  • By Hilary on 02-07-12

One of my all time favorites

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

Reviewed: 03-04-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Cold Comfort Farm (Dramatised) to be better than the print version?

This is a great book for performing and having it dramatised was just delicious. My only complaint is that the audio is mastered in a way that some bits are very hard to hear. The fluctuating audio had me adjusting the volume frequently.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cold Comfort Farm (Dramatised)?

Mr. Mybug's speeches are astonishing. The Quivering Brethren scene is absolutely classic.

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

The BBC full cast allowed everyone to really embrace their roles.

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

It would have been without the audio issues.

Any additional comments?

The 1995 movie is highly recommended. Incredible cast and follows the novel quite well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Matilda

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Kate Winslet
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,263
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,883
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,881

"The Trunchbull" is no match for Matilda! Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Childhood Memories

  • By Dylan on 05-19-16

Kate nails it!

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

Reviewed: 03-04-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Matilda to be better than the print version?

Yes. This story begs to be performed. It's a great read, too, but just superb in the hands (mouth) of Kate Winslet. And you get to hear her let out a gigantic belch, to boot! She embodies the Trunchbull. She perfectly captures the odious Wormwoods. She charmingly depicts Miss Honey. She gives Matilda the sweetest nasally little voice. In short, performance perfection.

What did you like best about this story?

Kate Winslet performs rather than narrates the story

Which character – as performed by Kate Winslet – was your favorite?

I think her name was Agnes - the girl with the boil on her nose. A bit part but a memorable voice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It's not meant to be a moving book, but of course I like that she was able to live with Miss Honey

Any additional comments?

More Kate! More Kate! More Kate!

  • David Copperfield [Audible]

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 36 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,499
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,318

Between his work on the 2014 Audible Audiobook of the Year, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel, and his performance of Classic Love Poems, narrator Richard Armitage ( The Hobbit, Hannibal) has quickly become a listener favorite. Now, in this defining performance of Charles Dickens' classic David Copperfield, Armitage lends his unique voice and interpretation, truly inhabiting each character and bringing real energy to the life of one of Dickens' most famous characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A PERFECT narration of an English classic!

  • By Wayne on 09-03-17

A thousand times, Bravo

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

Reviewed: 02-28-16

Superlatives are inadequate to hail Richard Armitage's performance of this heart-rending & humorous, beautiful story.

18 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • The Luminaries

  • By: Eleanor Catton
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 29 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,005
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,738
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,770

It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not So Luminous

  • By Mel on 11-10-13

Narrator deserves an Oscar!

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

Reviewed: 12-27-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Luminaries to be better than the print version?

Yes! I read the book when it came out but felt that I couldn't adequately untangle the complex narrative and that I missed a lot. Mark Meadows is absolutely, astonishingly capable of juggling the accents and intonations of dozens of characters, a dozen or so of those being main players. He can do Irish, Scottish, English, Swedish, Chinese, French, men, women, high class, lower class, and more. And none of the characters share HIS voice, the voice of the narrator! Mind blown. He has enriched my understanding of this wonderful novel a thousand fold.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There are so many characters, and all are incredibly detailed. My favorite sympathetic characters are the Maori, Te Rau Tauwhare, the owner of the Gridiron hotel, Edgar Clinch, and the newspaperman, Benjamin Lowenthal. I also really like the characters of Aubert Gascoigne and Walter Moody.

Have you listened to any of Mark Meadows’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but what I wouldn't give for him to re-do Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell! The current version is incredibly disappointing. I couldn't even get through it. The multiple, painfully poor narrators of Cloud Atlas could all be masterfully replaced by Mr. Meadows. If Mark Meadows re-did that novel I would pay ANY price to hear it.

Who was the most memorable character of The Luminaries and why?

Impossible. There is no solid MAIN character. This is an ensemble effort. The best part of this audiobook is hands-down the narrator.

Any additional comments?

If you've read this novel and were left confused or unsure what to think, I highly recommend this audible version. Due to the complexity, I recommend glancing at the Wiki page or reading the first chapter to get a hold of the cast of characters so that you are better able to follow the story.