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  • Barnaby Rudge

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 26 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

For the background to this historical novel, a tale of mystery, suspense and unsolved murder, Dickens chose the anti-Catholic Gordon Riots of 1780. Mayhem reigns in the streets of London, vividly described by Dickens, and the innocent Barnaby Rudge is drawn into the thick of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Tad Davis on 12-23-13

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 07-18-17

This story by Dickens was new to me and what a treat! A bit too "wordy" in places but very well read.

  • Dombey and Son

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 39 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375

Dombey and Son is vintage Dickens and explores the classic themes of betrayal, cruelty and deceit. Dombey's dysfunctional relationships are painted against a backdrop of social unrest in industrialized London, which is populated by a host of fascinating and memorable secondary characters. The complete and unabridged novel is brought spectacularly to life by veteran reader David Timson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Hidden Dickens Gem

  • By eileen on 01-15-12

Not the best Dickens

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

Reviewed: 05-15-15

Not the best of Dickens's stories, a bit disjointed and the young hero and heroine colourless but some of the "extras" are good. However, the performance of David Timson is amazing and makes the story worth listening to - every minute of it! And it is a good value time and moneywise,

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Way We Live Now

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541

In this world of bribes, vendettas, and swindling, in which heiresses are gambled and won, Trollope's characters embody all the vices: Lady Carbury is 'false from head to foot'; her son Felix has 'the instincts of a horse, not approaching the higher sympathies of a dog'; and Melmotte - the colossal figure who dominates the book - is a 'horrid, big, rich scoundrel...a bloated swindler...a vile city ruffian'. But as vile as he is, he is considered one of Trollope's greatest creations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Long, but well worth it.

  • By Nardia on 03-03-10

Good value!

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

Perhaps not one of Trollope's best but still more interesting than "The Prime minister" which was the one I took before and actually gave up on half way through.
This one has entertaining side stories and Timothy West's reading is excellent as always.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman in White

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey, Simon Prebble
  • Length: 25 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,057
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,751
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,764

One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White was a phenomenal best seller in the 1860s, achieving even greater success than works by Charles Dickens. Full of surprise, intrigue, and suspense, this vastly entertaining novel continues to enthrall audiences today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping novel, excellent production

  • By David on 01-18-11

Very good value!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-14

This is a classic. I read it more than 40 years ago and it still kept me glued to the (this time) headphones. On the whole the narration was good although sometimes I wished that Simon Preble would clear his throat a bit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Old Curiosity Shop

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314

Provoking an unprecedented outpouring of public grief when it was first published, it follows the story of Little Nell and her feckless grandfather. Forced to leave their magical shop of curiosities in London, they are pursued across the English countryside by the grotesquely evil dwarf Quilp. They escape - but at what cost?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Narration

  • By Ro on 12-10-09

Good but not the best of Dickens

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

Reviewed: 06-12-14

The story is a bit disjointed and sentimental for my taste but Anton Lesser's performance makes it a classic

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Little Dorrit

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 35 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

William Dorrit has been a resident of the Marshalsea debtors prison for so many years that he has gained the nickname "The Father of the Marshalsea". However, his suffering is eased by his close bond with youngest daughter Amy, or "Little Dorrit". The dashing Arthur Clennam, returning to London after many years in China, enters their lives and the Dorrits' fortunes begin to rise and fall. A biting satirical work on the shortcomings of 19th century government and society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book for our times

  • By Julie on 04-23-09

Great value in every way

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

Reviewed: 06-28-13

I loved this long, long story, so well told both by Dickens and by Anton Lesser, perfect!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Troubled Man

  • A Kurt Wallander Mystery
  • By: Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson - translator
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442

Håkan von Enke, a retired naval officer, disappears during a walk in a forest near Stockholm. Wallander is not officially involved in the investigation, but he is personally affected—von Enke is his daughter’s father-in-law—and Wallander is soon interfering in matters that are not his responsibility. He is confounded by the information he uncovers, which hints at elaborate Cold War espionage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "Somebody is not telling me the truth ..."

  • By Brendan on 08-02-12

Shame on Mankell

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

Reviewed: 06-28-13

A fairly typical Wallander story - except for the end which was not satisfactory and a surprising treatment by the author of his long standing, key character.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Benevent Treasure

  • A Miss Silver Mystery
  • By: Patricia Wentworth
  • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Somewhere among the dust and cobwebs of the sinister Benevent Mansion lies the legendary Benevent treasure. But a terrible death has been prophesied for anyone who uncovers it.

When Candida Sayle is invited to visit her elderly maiden aunts, she dismisses such gloomy thoughts. But, as Candida begins to discover the family's dark secrets, she puts herself in grave danger. Thankfully, Miss Silver is at hand with investigative skills of her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever British Classic

  • By Constance on 07-27-11

Classical Wentworth

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

Reviewed: 06-28-13

Old style detective/romantic tale with Miss Silver clearing up the mystery and a happy end for the main characters - what more do you want?

  • Faceless Killers

  • A Kurt Wallander Mystery
  • By: Henning Mankell, Steven T. Murray - translator
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,384
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 926
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 914

It was a crime of senseless violence. On a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse, an elderly farmer was bludgeoned to death, his wife left to die with a noose around her neck. As if this didn't present enough problems for Ystad police inspector Kurt Wallander, the dying woman's last word, his only tangible clue, were foreign. If publicized, they could be the match that would inflame Sweden's already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A new favorite detective series!

  • By Joanna on 09-03-10

Typical Mankell and Wallander

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

Reviewed: 08-13-12

Maybe not the best Wallander story but good all the same. I think this is Mankell's first Wallander book and the character and his background appears fully created here.
It took time to get used to the narrator.

  • Nicholas Nickleby

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 31 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799

The most gorgeously theatrical of all Dickens's novels, Nicholas Nickleby follows the delightful adventures of a hearty young hero in 19th-century England. Nicholas, a gentleman's son fallen upon hard times, must set out to make his way in the world. His journey is accompanied by some of the most swaggering scoundrels and unforgettable eccentrics in Dickens's pantheon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A knockout!

  • By Robert on 03-15-07

Classic Dickens

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

Reviewed: 07-22-12

May be not as well constructed as David Copperfield, which I listened to before, but very enjoyable even so and the reading first class.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful