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  • My Lady Ludlow

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Susannah York
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Lady Ludlow's appalling snobbery, prejudice and bred-in-the-bone conviction as to the superiority of the English aristocracy and their feudal way of life are deliciously tested, and found wanting, in this gently radical tale of the collapse of a social system. Elizabeth Gaskell's My Lady Ludlow is a brilliant picture of the shift in power in a rural northern village, from the velvety feudal Ludlows to the glitter of the new money rattling through the system courtesy of the brazen baker from Birmingham.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So beautiful

  • By Fontaine Ralston on 01-19-19

So beautiful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-19

So many winsome characters and such a sweet story. I cried when it ended. More Elizabeth Gaskell, please!

  • Mr. American

  • By: George MacDonald Fraser
  • Narrated by: David Case
  • Length: 23 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Mark Franklin came from the American West to Edwardian England with two long-barrelled .44s in his baggage and a fortune in silver in the bank. Where he had got it and what he was looking for no one could guess, although they wondered -- at Scotland Yard, in City offices, in the glittering theatreland of the West End, in the highest circles of Society (even King Edward was puzzled) and in the humble pub at Castle Lancing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW! WHAT A BOOK; WHAT A PERFORMANCE

  • By J. Jason on 05-20-13

wonderful, wonderful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-19

A long and picturesque book. This odd story employs side stories to entertain - stories of the American West. It brings to life characters whom you will forever love and those who will break your heart with their selfishness. And, not sure how to categorize it, but there are appearances by Fraser's favorite old (and I mean Old) badass, Harry Flashman. There is an elegiac tone throughout which adds to the story's autumnal richness. I thoroughly enjoyed the fine writing and the points-of view of a mature writer. It is a book to savor and to which I shall return.Confession: I didn't quite understand Mr. Fraser's wrap-up, but this doesn't dampen my enthusiasm. He gives you so much to enjoy throughout the narrative that this is a minor issue.David Case as reader was Just Right, too.

  • The Expedition of Humphrey Clinker

  • By: Tobias Smollett
  • Narrated by: June Whitfield, Suzy Aitchison, Hywel Simons, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Written as the letters of the five members of Squire Bramble's household sent as they journey around Britain, The Expedition of Humphrey Clinker is a grouchy, very funny examination of how one story varies depending on who's doing the telling. The tale is centered around the arrival of Mr. Clinker into the otherwise uneventful household, who never speaks and does not even enter the novel until a third of the way through.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A treat

  • By Tad Davis on 01-31-16

just fantastic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-27-18

a panorama of human nature. funny funny funny because we are each a mixrture of selfish qualities and generous ones. Not much character development due to the narrative device of letter writing. So glad I read this slice of life from way back when. Would love to have more Smollett on Audible but since not, am headed to his translation of Don Quixote.

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,591
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,857

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Reprieve Amidst Ugly News, Relentless Negativity

  • By Cathy Lindhorst on 08-27-17

now I must watch Casa Blanca

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-18

After avoiding tihis novel because so much current writing is dross, I finally succomed. And oh how glad I am that I did. Since all of the superlatives have been already used in praising it I will only say how sorry I am that it has ended.

  • Sherlock Holmes

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 62 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,297
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,833
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,787

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the definitive collection of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and four collections of short stories. And, exclusively for Audible, Stephen has written and narrated eight insightful introductions, one for each title.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Chapter Guide!

  • By Katya Rice on 05-25-18

Peerless

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

Outstanding performance of a collection of short masterpieces. So sad to finish. Whatever shall I read next that will similarly fascinate and uplift me?

  • The Secrets of Wishtide

  • By: Kate Saunders
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,844

Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, aged 52, is the widow of an archdeacon who makes her living as a highly discreet private investigator. Her brother, Frederick Tyson, is a criminal barrister living in nearby Highgate with his wife and 10 children. Frederick finds the cases, and Laetitia solves them using her arch intelligence and her immaculate cover as an unsuspecting widow. When a case arises involving the son of the highly connected Sir James Calderstone, Laetitia sets off for Lincolnshire undercover as the family's new governess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical intrigue-

  • By Meema on 04-16-17

Calling Charles Dickens

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-18

Shocked to find the story of Little Emily from David Copperfield barely disquised and fleshed out in this delightful little story. Such wonderful research of the period. And great characters. But plagiarism is icky.

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  • I Capture the Castle

  • By: Dodie Smith
  • Narrated by: Jenny Agutter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,004
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 900
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 899

In this coming of age story, Dodie Smith introduces the visionary and eccentric character of seventeen-year-old Cassandra Mortmain. The youngest daughter in a family of impoverished artists, it is her imagination and writing that takes us away from the ramshackle old English castle where they live, and towards an intriguing tale of husband-hunting and light-hearted sibling rivalry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well, that was a surprise

  • By Matthew on 12-16-13

If only this was a series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-18

The characters! The odd situatios! The odd view of life and how to live it! Absolutely enchanting and left me wanting more.

  • The Mating Season

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Having dispatched Aunt Agatha’s young son, Thos, to his seaside Borstal, Bertie Wooster has been summoned to Deverill Hall, Hampshire, to lend a hand with the village entertainment. He has two other tasks on hand: one is to ensure that his old pal Catsmeat’s beloved Gertrude is never left alone with the Byronic Esmond Haddock; the other is to ensure that the Deverill aunts (of whom there are many) take goofy Gussie Fink-Nottle to their respective bosoms. But when Bertie is in charge, an imbroglio is sure to follow. Time to call on Jeeves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top notch!

  • By Melphinidae on 07-07-18

My favorite so far...and that’s saying a lot

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-18

Is is weird to double over laughing to the point where you are drooling and cant catch your breath? If so, I am busted! Doubly enjoyable because the author doesnt have to resort to vulgarity to provide amusement, just a keen observation of human nature. Confession: I almost ran a stop sign once in my sleepy little town while laughing at Bertie and Jeeves on tape in my car. This was years ago and Im still enchanted with them.

  • East of Eden

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,860
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,124

This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why have I avoided this Beautiful Book???

  • By Kelly on 03-25-17

What to read after the panorama of mankind that is East of Eden?

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-18

So vast. So timeless. Words shrink in describing the resonations of deft and singular aspects of humanity. I am speechless at the majesty of this story.

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  • The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • By: Henry Fielding
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Danzinger
  • Length: 35 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

A foundling of mysterious parentage, Tom Jones is brought up by the benevolent and wealthy Squire Allworthy as his own son. Tom falls in love with the beautiful and unattainable Sophia Western, a neighbor’s daughter, whose marriage has already been arranged. When Tom’s sexual misadventures around the countryside get him banished, he sets out to make his fortune and find his true identity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well read, many accents, older recording

  • By Elizabeth on 12-16-10

Best book I have ever read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-24-17

And Lord knows I have read a lot. Funny, wise,uplifting,and did I mention funny?