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  • Persuasion

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,089

Anne Elliot has grieved for seven years over the loss of her first love, Captain Frederick Wentworth. But events conspire to unravel the knots of deceit and misunderstanding in this beguiling and gently comic story of love and fidelity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Juliet Stevenson is Simply Amazing

  • By Emily - Audible on 04-15-12

Superb

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

This audiobook was a delight from start to finish. The narrator perfectly captures the elegance and humor of Austin's writing.

  • And Then There Were None

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Ten people, each with something to hide and something to fear, are invited to a lonely mansion on Indian Island by a host who, surprisingly, fails to appear. On the island they are cut off from everything but each other and the inescapable shadows of their own past lives. One by one, the guests share the darkest secrets of their wicked pasts. And one by one, they die....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • couldn't turn it off

  • By Joy on 11-11-12

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

I love Hugh Fraser as a narrator! His matter-of-fact delivery makes this story even more disturbing then if you just read it. And the story! What can I say?
What kind of choices will people make when pushed to a wall?

This is the kind of book that makes you think!

  • The Hundred and One Dalmatians

  • By: Dodie Smith
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

Pongo and Missis Pongo are a pair of Dalmatians who live with the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Dearly and their two nannies. Mr. Dearly is a "financial wizard" who has been granted life-long tax exemption and lent a house on the Outer Circle in Regent's Park in return for wiping out the government debt. The dogs consider the humans their pets, but allow the humans to think that they are the owners. Missis gives birth to a litter of 15 puppies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A lot of fun

  • By Arie on 03-04-13

A lot of fun

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

Don't let the fact that this is supposed to be a children's book stop you from listening to this entertaining and well written story. The narrator does a great job of voicing all of the characters in a believable fashion.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Thin Man

  • By: Dashiell Hammett
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 409

The Thin Man introduces Nick and Nora Charles, New York's coolest crime-solving couple. Nick retired from detecting after his wife inherited a tidy sum, but six years later a pretty blonde spies him at a speakeasy and asks for his help finding her father, an eccentric inventor who was once Nick's client. Nick can no more resist the case than a morning cocktail or a good fight, and soon he and Nora are caught in a complicated web of confused identities.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • RECORDING IS DEFECTIVE! MISSING SEVEN CHAPTERS!

  • By David on 01-08-13

Couldn't finish

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

It may be because I watched the movie before listening/reading the book, but I really had a hard time with this story: boring with borderline creepy; and the narrator did nothing to help. I couldn't finish it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Redwall

  • By: Brian Jacques
  • Narrated by: Stuart Blinder
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

As the inhabitants of Redwall Abbey bask in the glorious Summer of the Late Rose, all is quiet and peaceful. But things are not as they seem. Cluny the Scourge, the evil one-eyed rat warlord, is hell-bent on destroying the abbey's tranquility as he prepares to fight a bloody battle for the ownership of Redwall.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good narration, but author's version better

  • By Claire on 06-03-11

Great Stuff

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

Classic story of good over evil, but told in such an entertaining fashion that you just have to smile and cheer: REDWALL! Having said that I have to say that the narrator was not up to par, he takes a great story and makes it boring. I prefer the way Brian Jacques narrates.

If you like evil villains, noble warriors, hilarious accents, and lots of food this is the book for you. (but maybe not the narrator?)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Her Royal Spyness

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,852
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,823

Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joy, Joy, Joy!

  • By Coffee Lover on 01-17-11

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

A nice listen. It doesn't need a lot of thought to enjoy the story, in fact the less you think about it the better you like it. Funny in places and the characters were, for the most part engaging. There was just enough mystery to make it interesting.
Perfect for listening to when you are doing something monotonous like laundry, cleaning or cooking.

  • 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 11,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,169

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

Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-12

This is one of my favorite books. And this is the best audio recording I've ever come across. The many and varied emotions the characters feel come alive as you listen.
If you've never read Dracula, be warned; in this story the vampire really is evil! (no such thing as redeeming qualities here)
The writing can be melodramatic and florid at times but I don't mind because I came to love the characters, to identify with them, and take their quest as my own.
The way Bram Stoker tells the story, using diaries and letters, gives you the sense that this could be real. While the multiple narrators gives substance and life to the individual voices. Again I say: Awesome!