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Deborah Bayton

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  • Emma

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Joanne Froggatt, Isabella Inchbald, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,848
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,796

This Audible Original production of Jane Austen’s Emma is narrated by Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), with a full supporting cast including Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey, Liar), Morgana Robinson (The Windsors, Walliams & Friend, Morgana Robinson's the Agency), Aisling Loftus (Mr Selfridge, War & Peace), Joseph Millson (Casino Royale, The Sarah Jane Adventures), Alexa Davies (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) and rising star Isabella Inchbald as our eponymous heroine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well, that was wonderful

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-07-18

Distractions.....

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

Brilliantly performed by all the actors - the background noises were a little distracting, but not as much as the music whenever Emma Thompson was narrating. I enjoyed it immensely, and appreciate it being free - but would be put off purchasing with the background. The delivery of the dialogue is good enough that it doesn't need anything but their voices.

  • When Maidens Mourn

  • A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery, Book 7
  • By: C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 703
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699

Best-selling author C.S. Harris has received numerous awards for her historical fiction. Set in Regency England, this seventh series installment finds aristocratic investigator St. Cyr and his reluctant bride, Hero Jarvis, entangled in a dangerous mystery involving the myth of King Arthur and Camelot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History, romance, intriguing story and characters

  • By Book fan on 03-18-12

When NOT to change a voice.....

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

Reviewed: 05-19-17

What made the experience of listening to When Maidens Mourn the most enjoyable?

The fleshy story with lots of juicy subplots

What did you like best about this story?

Characters are so well developed, and the writing is intelligent and articulate - for an American, Ms. Harris only occasionally throws in an American word.

What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

Everything, she is truly the best and could read the phone book and make it interesting..... except the one slip up in this book....

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

no-just another good story.

Any additional comments?

Yes - an earlier major character, Kat Boleyn is Irish. Ms. Porter, who is so absolutely brilliant, changed Kat's accent from Irish to English for some reason. Completely threw me off!

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  • Where the Shadow Falls

  • By: Gillian Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Hilary Neville
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

When the body of a retired sheriff is discovered in his grand house in the New Town of Edinburgh, Detective Sergeant Alice Rice finds herself hunting his killer. The search leads her to an unfamiliar world where wind-farm developers - with millions of pounds at stake - and protesters face each other with daggers drawn.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Watching paint dry

  • By Deborah Bayton on 07-23-15

Watching paint dry

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

Reviewed: 07-23-15

Underdeveloped in all ways and too wordy. Boring. Too worried about use of large words and people never seemed real.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Murder Bag

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 499

Twenty years ago seven students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe follows the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THERE SHOULD BE MORE THAN 5 STARS FOR THIS 1

  • By Diana on 08-21-14

A pleasure!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-15

Great story, fantastic narrator. So good to meet a new character and look forward to following the series. Buy this book!

  • The Shadows in the Street

  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

Simon Serrailler has just wrapped up a difficult case for SIFT--Special Incident Flying Taskforce--and is on a sabbatical on a far-flung Scottish island when he is called back to Lafferton. Two local prostitutes have gone missing and are subsequently found strangled. By the time he gets back, another girl has disappeared. Is this a vendetta against prostitutes by someone with a warped mind? Or a series of killings by an angry punter?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Much Mystery, but Still Listenable

  • By Tracey Rains on 02-07-11

Never disappointing

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

Reviewed: 03-19-15

I always figure it out, but the books are well written and the narrator is outstanding. Smart to keep using the same person, makes it comfortable.
Well worth listening but start with book 1 and get to know everyone.

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