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  • Middlemarch

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 35 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,792
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,773

Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audible book ever

  • By Molly-o on 12-25-11

Slow start but so worth the effort

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

Reviewed: 03-19-15

Would you listen to Middlemarch again? Why?

Maybe. I wish I had bookmarked and made notations of some of my favorite scenes. With the full listen taking more than 30 hours it is a bit of an undertaking. I would revisit particular areas of the novel. The characters are so nuanced, you could review particular moments with each of them several times before fully capturing the picture laid out by George Elliot.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Which character – as performed by Juliet Stevenson – was your favorite?

I very much enjoyed Juliet Stevenson's performance of both Will Ladislaw and Tertius Lydgate. I was amazed at her ability to so well voice these men. Her reading of them made such clear, visible characters in my mind.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found my thoughts and emotions deeply impacted by this book and in fact lost sleep worrying over the fates of Dorothea & Will, Mary & Fred.

Any additional comments?

It took several hours of listening before I could keep characters straight and found myself invested in the storyline. I'm not sure what moment finally captured me but I'm quite glad I put in the effort. Middlemarch is a beautiful study of people, choices and community.

  • The Snow Queen

  • By: Hans Christian Andersen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9,546
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,392
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8,464

This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one's self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strange & Fascinating

  • By Sara on 12-19-14

Not My Cup Of Tea

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I'm not sure that this could have been a 4-5 star listening experience for me since the story did not interest me very much. I found it a bit dull and anti climatic. But hey, it was free. The narrator did a fine job.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Emma [Naxos]

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,610

One of Jane Austen's most popular novels. Arrogant, self-willed, and egotistical, Emma is her most unusual heroine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why can't all literature be like this?

  • By Theodore on 10-15-11

Lovely Listen

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

What made the experience of listening to Emma the most enjoyable?

I was in the mood for a lighthearted, well written story to enjoy while sitting in my cubicle longing to be outside enjoying the early spring sun. Emma was just the ticket.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character in the story is the heroine herself, Emma. I enjoyed her progression and growth during the story. She is misguided but lovable due to her warm regard for friends and family.

Which character – as performed by Juliet Stevenson – was your favorite?

This was the first novel I have listened to Juliet Stevenson narrate. I was blown away by her talent. She has an excellent range with which she brings so many individual characters to life. Juliet Stevenson was clearly familiar with the story, the characters and the various moods; the story was that much more enjoyable due to her inflection. I could not pick a single favorite.

Any additional comments?

Highly Recommended.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Ark

  • By: J.R. Rain
  • Narrated by: Clay Teunis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 131

In a lonely bar in eastern Turkey, ex-National Geographic photojournalist Sam Ward is hired to find an eccentric professor who disappeared high atop Mount Ararat, fabled resting spot of Noah's Ark. Accompanied by the professor's beautiful daughter, archaeologist Faye Roberts, Sam soon stumbles upon a secret stronghold-a base of operation for unleashing hell on earth. Now running for their lives, Sam and company are about to come face-to-face with the greatest archaeological discovery of all time. . .

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Trite and corny

  • By Bobbi Pohl on 02-24-15

Ho Hum

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

What would have made The Lost Ark better?

The recording was messy with multiple places where you could hear changes in recording quality, edits or errors. The author used some words too repetitively and repeated the same sentiments several times.

Would you recommend The Lost Ark to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend this book to someone looking for a fairly quick, adventurous listen if they were willing to overlook the less than perfect recording and predictable writing style.

What three words best describe Clay Teunis’s voice?

Pleasantly gravelly.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I enjoyed most of the story, it was easy to follow while listening at work and a reasonable value if purchased at a sale price. I got this book on sale for under $5.