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  • The Interrupted Tale

  • The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 4
  • By: Maryrose Wood
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368

Of especially naughty children it is sometimes said, "They must have been raised by wolves." The Incorrigible children actually were. Turning sixteen is a bittersweet occasion for Miss Penelope Lumley: Her parents remain disappointingly absent, and her perfectly nice young playwright friend, Simon Harley-Dickinson, has not been heard from since he went to visit his ailing great-uncle Pudge in the old sailors' home in Brighton.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series!

  • By Wayne on 12-06-17

Not as good, but still entertaining

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

The mysteries deepen while still being perplexing. This particular story was not as strong as the previous two and was even rather dull in places. Hilarious in others. Particularly the scream. :D Excellent audio performance.

  • Sense and Sensibility

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,791
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,266

When Mrs. Dashwood is forced by an avaricious daughter-in-law to leave the family home in Sussex, she takes her three daughters to live in a modest cottage in Devon. For Elinor, the eldest daughter, the move means a painful separation from the man she loves, but her sister Marianne finds in Devon the romance and excitement which she longs for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very easy on the ears.

  • By Rachael on 02-27-08

Not as fabulous as one was led to believe

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

Reviewed: 02-24-16

So many times I found myself rolling my eyes or yelling in frustration at the car stereo or sitting open mouthed in shock at the appalling actions of some of the characters.

The narrator was fine, and was pretty good at different voices - but perhaps she had a cold as her nose was stuffed up the entire time she read the book. It was a little irritating.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Crime and Punishment

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,654

In this intense detective thriller instilled with philosophical, religious, and social commentary, Dostoevsky studies the psychological impact upon a desperate and impoverished student when he murders a despicable pawnbroker, transgressing moral law to ultimately "benefit humanity".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful reading, disturbing book

  • By Tad Davis on 11-03-08

Wordy book, brilliant narration

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

Reviewed: 01-21-16

Dostoyevsky's novel of a man who commits a crime and is eventually brought to justice is narrated spectacularly by Antony Heald. He brings the book to life with consummate skill.

The novel itself goes on quite a bit - most of the time it's enthralling, but occasionally one thinks, "my goodness, did he have to chaunter on so much?!".

Raskolnikov himself is a piece of work who gives you the heebiedabajeebies. Why such a lovely girl like Sonjia put up with his shenanigans for so long I have no idea. He is a particularly repellent character.

In fact, most of the women in the story are awesome. A couple of the men are good...but the rest of them are scoundrels. Rape, lies, and paedophilia, oh my. *Shudder*

Anyway, this audible version is *highly* recommended. Anthony Heald rocks it.

  • Charlotte Collins

  • A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
  • By: Jennifer Becton
  • Narrated by: Anne Day-Jones
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

When Charlotte Lucas married Mr. Collins in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, she believed herself to be fortunate indeed. When Mr. Collins dies, Charlotte must work feverishly to secure her income and home. She gives no further thought to the prospect of love until her flighty sister Maria begs her to act as her chaperone in place of their ailing parents. Hoping to prevent Maria from also entering an unhappy union, Charlotte agrees, and they are quickly thrust into a world of country dances, dinner parties, and marriageable gentlemen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Charming But Different Narrator, Please

  • By Gillian on 03-25-14

Meh

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

Reviewed: 12-19-15

Ok story - got super long-winded and definitely needed a good couple of hours cut out of it. I persevered by skipping forward several times, and by increasing the speed of the reading so things moved along at a brisker pace.

The performance was excellent, and very enjoyable. Will have to look up more performances by Ms. Day-Jones.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Persuasion

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,374
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,198

A moving love story displaying all of Austen's signature wit and ironic narrative style. Persuasion is Jane Austen's last completed novel. She began it soon after she had finished Emma, completing it in August 1816.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-23-16

Delightful story, average performance.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-15

Listening to this a second time I'm once again perplexed by the utterly strange pronouncement of certain words. One (I forget which) was pronounced so strangely it took me a few seconds thought before I could figure out exactly what she meant. And then there's the grating "oblahzshe". What. In. The. Heck. Oblige, woman!!! There's an I and a G in it!!! There were also odd pauses in the reading from time to time. Nothing terrible, but enough to clearly make this not a first-rate production.

Nevertheless, it was inexpensive to purchase and was enjoyable to listen to, so no real complaints. A thoroughly delightful story, one of my favourites.

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Mysterious Howling

  • The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1
  • By: Maryrose Wood
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016

Of especially naughty children, it is sometimes said: “They must have been raised by wolves.” The Incorrigible children actually were. Discovered in the forests of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful! ... but only the first installment...

  • By Yvette on 06-17-10

Absolutely excellent!

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

Reviewed: 11-26-15

I hope Katherine Kellgren got paid a boatload of money for this performance because it was absolutely excellent. She nailed the whole thing so perfectly. The story itself was brilliant, and had us snorting with laughter on several occasions. The word "Mayyyheeeem" with raised fist has entered our family's lexicon.
Looking forward to the next book.

  • Roman Holiday

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,947
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,753

Another rollicking short story from the Chronicles of St Mary’s author Jodi Taylor. Question: What sort of idiot installs his mistress in his wife’s house? Especially when that mistress is Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator, queen of Egypt and the most notorious woman of her time? Answer: Julius Caesar - poised to become king of Rome. Or as good as.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • We Come to Observe Caesar Not to Bury Him

  • By Sires on 05-23-15

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 11-18-15

I do wish Jodi Taylor would read more of her books. Not that Ms. Ramm did a bad job - she was actually excellent - but I really like Ms. Taylor's voice.
The story was good. Really wish we *could* go back in time and see if Cleopatra was ugly or not.

  • The Very First Damned Thing

  • An Author-Read Audio Exclusive
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Jodi Taylor
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,131

Jodi Taylor reads the long-awaited prequel in her Chronicles of St Mary’s series, as Dr Bairstow struggles to set up St Mary’s as we know it in a world still scarred by the ravages of civil war. Ever wondered how it all began? It’s two years since the final victory at the Battersea Barricades. The fighting might be finished, but for Dr Bairstow, just now setting up St Mary's, the struggle is only beginning. How will he assemble his team? From where will his funding come?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the story. The narration was ehh...

  • By Krista on 12-09-15

Absolutely delightful, entertaining, and clever.

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

Reviewed: 11-12-15

Oh ma gawsh that was awesome! I've only read one damned thing novel, so I was worried I wouldn't be able to follow this story as I'm not deeply familiar with the characters. However, I followed it just fine! And it was brilliant! And wonderful! And I loved it!

Also, Ms. Taylor has the sweetest voice, and it was an utter delight to listen to her. She really brought the story alive and had me laughing.

Very highly recommended.
Very, very highly.

  • FREE: The Jester (A Riyria Chronicles Tale)

  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,187

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A thief, a candlemaker, an ex-mercenary, and a pig farmer walk into a trap…and what happens to them is no joke. When Riyria is hired to retrieve a jester’s treasure, Royce and Hadrian must match wits with a dwarf who proves to be anything but a fool. Difficult choices will need to be made, and in the end those who laugh last do so because they are the only ones to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short and Very Satisfying

  • By Carol on 01-29-14

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 03-04-15

I'd never heard of Riyria before, so this was my first introduction. Excellently crafted story. The freebie worked as now I want to read more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Tale of Two Cities

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Dickens' two cities are London and Paris during the time of the French Revolution. Dr. Manette, a French physician, having been called in to treat a young peasant and his sister, realizes that they have been cruelly abused by the Marquis de St. Evremonde and his brother. To ensure Dr. Manette's silence, the Marquis has him confined for eighteen years in the Bastille. As the story opens, the doctor has just been released. He is brought to England where he gradually recovers his health and his sanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic not to be missed

  • By Madiantin on 02-19-15

Classic not to be missed

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

Reviewed: 02-19-15

Having known the basics of the story and not much else I embarked upon this audiobook. It was fairly well read, though some of the character voices were a little grating. Still, the talent to produce so many voices is quite remarkable.
As to the story itself - astonishing. And I admit I'm a bit of a blubbering mess as I type this, just two minutes after finishing the book. So dang affecting and uplifting. Such a horrible time and place to have lived through. It's a reminder that while there is always darkness and evil in the world, there is also goodness and light, and it is by our own choices that we brighten or darken our lives, the lives of those around us, and the world as a whole.
Highly recommended.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful