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  • Eggs, Beans, and Crumpets

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Newly married to novelist Rosie M. Banks, Bingo bucks the current trend by being extremely happy, although he does tend to lose his shirt on various horses. This collection of wonderfully funny stories features a cast of outrageous characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Bit of Luck for Us All

  • By John on 05-19-14

Exceptional Collection of Wodehouse Tales

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

Reviewed: 03-16-16

This collection features minor Wodehouse characters: Bingo Little, Stanley Ukeridge, and Mr. Mulliner. They're all extremely enjoyable light entertainment and, when it came to reading Wodehouse, Jonathan Cecil was one of the best.

  • A Damsel in Distress

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

When Maud Marsh flings herself into George Bevan's cab in Piccadilly, he starts believing in damsels in distress. George traces his mysterious travelling companion to Belpher Castle, home of Lord Marshmoreton, where things become severely muddled. Maud's aunt, Lady Caroline Byng, wants Maud to marry Reddie, her stepson. Maud, meanwhile, is known to be in love with an unknown American she met in Wales. So when George turns up speaking American, a nasty case of mistaken identity breaks out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid but probably for fans only

  • By Sarah on 01-12-08

Any Wodehouse is Better than No Wodehouse

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

Reviewed: 03-16-16

Jonathan Cecil enlivens one of P.G. Wodehouse's minor novelettes. If you're unfamiliar with Wodehouse, start with the Jeeves/Wooster stories, not this one. If you're a Wodehouse addict looking for a temporary escape from this crazy world, "A Damsel in Distress" will do.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mrs Queen Takes the Train

  • By: William Kuhn
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,691
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,688

An absolute delight of a debut novel by William Kuhn - author of Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books - Mrs Queen Takes the Train wittily imagines the kerfuffle that transpires when a bored Queen Elizabeth strolls out of the palace in search of a little fun, leaving behind a desperate team of courtiers who must find the missing Windsor before a national scandal erupts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable with deeper meaning

  • By SydSavvy on 12-31-15

... And Avoided This Tedious Book, Hopefully

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

Reviewed: 03-16-16

It’s odd to listen to a fictional story about a living person, even if that person is an institution in her own right. But getting past that, the problem is that the whimsical adventures of the Queen of England take a back seat to the series of vapid sermonettes delivered through the unfolding stories of its peripheral characters. Had the novel reminded me why I shouldn’t kick a dog, I think it would have covered all the social issues that were relevant maybe 40 years ago. Bland. Boring. Blah.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The House of Mirth

  • By: Edith Wharton
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Bron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 336

Beautiful, sophisticated and endlessly ambitious Lily Bart endeavours to climb the social ladder of New York's elite by securing a good match and living beyond her means. Now nearing 30 years of age and having rejected several proposals, forever in the hope of finding someone better, her future prospects are threatened. A damning commentary of 20th-century social order, Edith Wharton's tale established her as one of the greatest British novelists of the 1900s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Catherine on 04-12-11

Dull and Dated

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

Reviewed: 11-22-15

I bought this book based on the high number of positive reviews. Generally, I like fiction from this era and have bought Wharton's books in the past. But it's hard to relate to a story about a beautiful woman who supposedly possesses the ability to manipulate men but blows every opportunity to snare a rich husband and penetrate the vapid world of "high society." I also had problems slogging through narrative that is more exposition than action. So I cheated, read the Wikipedia summary and decided I wasn't spending another seven hours of listening time just to get to that squalid ending. W. Somerset Maugham's "The Painted Veil" is similar in plot but far superior.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,476

The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Read, Throughly Enjoyable!

  • By WickedGoodYarn on 03-11-12

Excellent narrators

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

Reviewed: 06-27-15

If you're interested in the original Dracula, this is the version you want. Story is a bit thin at times but the performances are excellent.

  • Morality Play

  • By: Barry Unsworth
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

It is the late 14th century, a dangerous time beset by war and plague. Nicholas Barber, a young and wayward cleric, stumbles across a group of travelling players and compounds his sins by joining them. Yet the town where they perform reveals another drama: a young woman is to be hanged for the murder of a 12-year-old boy. What better way to increase their takings than to make a new play, to enact the murder of Thomas Wells?

But as the actors rehearse, they discover that the truth about the boy's death has yet to be revealed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By David on 12-16-14

Difficult Narration

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

Reviewed: 04-28-15

"Morality Play" has a provocative premise: what happens when a medieval acting troupe has the audacity to abandon telling the age-old, church-sanctioned stories and, instead, create its own play from a sensational current event and the “lives of the people.” Because the narrator rushes through this reading with breathless urgency, half-whispering and mumbling the words, it's difficult to understand and annoying to try to follow it. I wanted to be intrigued by it, but I was just confused.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Third Man

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

The Third Man is one of the truly great post-war films. It's a thrilling story of black-marketeering set against a backdrop of Vienna in the immediate post-war era, when the city was divided into four zones amongst the major powers: Russia, Britain, France, and America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent narration

  • By Gurth W. on 03-05-10

Fans of the Movie, Meet the Book

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

Reviewed: 04-25-15

If you liked the classic movie, you'll enjoy this book, if only to discover how faithful Carol Reed reproduced Graham Greene's classic for the screen. About the only difference is the ending (which I think the movie did better). Narrator Martin Jarvis is excellent, as usual.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Elephant Company

  • The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II
  • By: Vicki Constantine Croke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597

At the onset of World War II, Williams formed Elephant Company and was instrumental in defeating the Japanese in Burma and saving refugees, including on his own "Hannibal Trek." Billy Williams became a media sensation during the war, telling reporters that the elephants did more for him than he was ever able to do for them, but his story has since been forgotten.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Story of Friendship, Loyalty, and Bravery

  • By Patrick on 04-15-15

A Real Find

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

Reviewed: 04-25-15

This is a rare audiobook - this tale of a little-known episode from history, expertly written by Vicki Croke and masterfully performed by Simon Prebble. I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks, and not one in 10 is as good as "Elephant Company."

Although the title is misleading (the war doesn't enter the picture until the last third of the book), "Elephant Company" is, nevertheless, a fascinating account of one man's extraordinary relationship with the working elephants of Burma. It's an audiobook I couldn't stop listening to and one that I hated to see come to an end.

29 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow of the Moon

  • By: M. M. Kaye
  • Narrated by: Tara Ochs
  • Length: 34 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

The author of The Far Pavilions returns us once again to the vast, intoxicating romance of India under the British Raj. Shadow of the Moon is the story of Winter de Ballesteros, a beautiful English heiress come home to her beloved India. It is also the tale of Captain Alex Randall, her protector, who aches to possess her. Forged in the fires of a war that threatens to topple an empire, their tale is the saga of a desperate and unforgettable love that consumes all in its thrall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Has always been a great story.

  • By Sian on 06-08-14

Superficial Romantic Melodrama

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

Reviewed: 03-16-15

"Shadow of the Moon" is strictly for fans of melodramatic romance novels. It is not a great story: it is, in fact, completely overwritten by an author who never uses one word when she can use 20, who can't introduce so much as a minor, fleeting character without providing their pointless back stories, who repeats herself over and over. You can skip chapters three at a time without missing a thing. As a book reader, the narrator is O.K., but she she accentuates its flaws by failing to bring it vibrantly to life.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • This Book Is Full of Spiders

  • Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It
  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,519

Warning: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. This is not a metaphor. You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fearmongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection - the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That’s just as well, since the “cure” involves learning what a chain saw tastes like. You can’t feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If You're Considering This... Go Ahead!

  • By Tracey Rains on 05-29-13

Totally Lame

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

Reviewed: 09-17-14

Spider-zombies take over a small American town in a comic novel that feels like it was conceived and written by a 14-year-old boy. The story is the stuff of every B-grade science fiction movie, but it's poorly conceived and poorly delivered, with too many scenes that are over-written and too much humor that relies on vulgarity rather than the author's cleverness. It's 14 hours long - it could have been four. After about one hour, listening became sheer torture. I just couldn't get through it. If I could give it zero stars, I would.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful