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  • Passages from the Diary of Samuel Pepys

  • By: Samuel Pepys
  • Narrated by: Fred Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

A witness to the coronation of Charles II, the Great Plague of 1665, and the Great Fire of 1666, Pepys chronicled the events of his day. His diary provides an astonishingly frank and diverting account of political intrigues, naval, church, and cultural affairs, as well as a quotidian journal of daily life in London during the Restoration.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • worth the effort

  • By beatrice on 04-16-11

Well worth the time.

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

Reviewed: 03-22-13

If you could sum up Passages from the Diary of Samuel Pepys in three words, what would they be?

Historic treasure.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Passages from the Diary of Samuel Pepys?

When Samuel decided to bury his wine and parmesan cheese in his backyard to save them from the Great London Fire of 1666.

What about Fred Williams’s performance did you like?

This is not a usual reading, but the passages of a diary. Mr. Wlliams's voice is very suited to it, to my ear. I can't think of anyone else who who be the voice of Samuel Pepys after listening to this book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was moved when, after he made his young wife take back some earrings she had bought, he sent for them saying, "It was enough that she had yielded."

Any additional comments?

Just like any other period piece, it is always well worth brushing up on your history before, during and after the book. This book is especially worth the effort.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Six Wives of Henry VIII

  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 22 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,560

This acclaimed best seller from popular historian Alison Weir is a fascinating look at the Tudor family dynasty and its most infamous ruler. The Six Wives of Henry VIII brings to life England’s oft-married monarch and the six wildly different but equally fascinating women who married him. Gripping from the first sentence to the last and loaded with fascinating details, Weir’s rich history is a perfect blend of scholarship and entertainment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Overview AND Sordid Details

  • By Troy on 10-29-13

Cannot praise enough!

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

Reviewed: 02-25-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Best treatment of Henry's wives that I have ever, ever run across.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The wives - all six.

What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

His authoritive, glorious British voice was able to convey a range of emotions without sounding patronizing. Very hard in this serious book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

You know the king- now meet the women behind him..

Any additional comments?

I've been listening to audible books for decades and this is absolutely my favorite.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Fellowship of the Ring

  • Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,511
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30,604

The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last - The Definitive Recording!

  • By L. N. on 10-10-12

The way Tolkien would have read it.

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

Reviewed: 01-30-13

What made the experience of listening to The Fellowship of the Ring the most enjoyable?

Rob Inglis did a wonderful job with a book that sports a mulitude of made-up languages. He even sings the songs!

What did you like best about this story?

I have read the book before and knew the story; What made this a new pleasure was being about to listen to it as read by Rob Inglis.

What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

Rob Inglis's accent is perfect, perfect, perfect. I had the impression that he not only knew the book but enjoyed it as much as I did.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Rob Inglis singing Tolkien's songs.

Any additional comments?

Thanks Audible, and special thanks to Rob Inglis.