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Trumbull, CT USA
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  • The Wild Hunt

  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Strevens
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

In the wild, windswept Welsh Marches, a noble young lord rides homewards, embittered, angry and in danger. He is Guyon, Lord of Ledworth, heir to threatened lands, husband-to-be of Judith of Ravenstow. Their union will save his lands - but they have yet to meet...for this is Wales at the turn of the 12th century. Dynasties forge and fight, and behind the precarious throne of William Rufus, political intrigue is raging.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book!

  • By Linda S. on 11-13-17

Wonderful book!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I'm a big fan of Elizabeth Chadwick's writing and I understand that this was her very first book, book 1 of a trilogy. It tells the story of Guyon who is forced by the king to marry young lady Judith and the "wild hunt" is their falling in love and Judith's learning to love her husband. Elizabeth Chadwick does not disappoint!

My only disappointment was that "The Wild Hunt" was not available in e-book format. My only complaint is that this is a trilogy and I would love it if the other two books were also on Audible since neither is available as an e-book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Green Darkness

  • By: Anya Seton
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 23 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

The marriage of the Englishman Richard Marsdon and his young American wife, Celia, slowly turns tragic as Richard withdraws into himself and Celia suffers a debilitating emotional breakdown. A wise mystic realizes that Celia can escape her past only by reliving it. She journeys back four hundred years to her former life as the servant girl Celia de Bohun during the reign of Edward VI - and to her doomed love affair with the chaplain Stephen Marsdon.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A different narrator would have made all the difference.

  • By J on 06-04-15

One of my favorites!

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

Reviewed: 03-28-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Green Darkness to be better than the print version?

I've re-read this book many, many times but this was the first time I listened to it on Audible and I loved the reader/performer's accents and pronounciation. In many ways I prefer the audio version because it's so easy to get lost in the story when you don't have to wonder how to pronounce places and things.

What does Heather Wilds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Heather Wilds did a wonderful job - she brought an old favorite back to life for me.

  • Gallows Thief: A Novel

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419

The year is 1820 and England has fought its last victorious battle against the French. Rider Sandman, a hero of Waterloo, has finally returned to London to wed his young bride. But instead of being able to settle down to his fame and glory, he finds himself penniless in a country where unemployment and social unrest are raging high, and where men - innocent or guilty - are hung for the merest of crimes. Thus, when the Home Secretary offers him a job as private investigator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lord Keeble

  • By Glenn Hartman on 02-13-16

No Sequel?

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

Reviewed: 03-28-17

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Keeble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The reason I downloaded this book was because I just love Jonathan Keeble's narration and he did not disappoint. Phenomenal.

Any additional comments?

Great characters - I would love to read more books about them!

  • Somewhere in Time

  • The Crosse Harbor Time Travel Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Barbara Bretton
  • Narrated by: Janine Hegarty
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

When her ex-husband Zane Grey Rutledge showed up at her door with a Revolutionary War uniform that was part of his grandmother's estate, neither one suspected that their lives were about to change in ways they couldn't possibly imagine.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet Ending

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 06-26-13

Not a fan of the narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-30-16

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed reading this book but not listening to it - I couldn't finish it listening to it because I didn't care for the narration. Fun easy read but not a book to listen to with this narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Enemy of God

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,238
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,145
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,143

At the end of The Winter, King Arthur fought the battle that forces unity on the warring British kingdoms and now he sets out to face the real enemy - the English (it is one of the great ironies of the Arthur stories that he should have become an English hero when, if he existed at all, he was a great war-leader who opposed the invading Sais). First, though, Merlin leads a perilous expedition into the mysterious west to retrieve a cauldron, one of the treasures of Britain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great take on Arthur legend

  • By Dr. Jack Littley on 07-18-15

Phenomenal!

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

Reviewed: 07-24-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Enemy of God to be better than the print version?

I would not consider the audio version to be better but equally as phenomenal. What I really appreciated with the audio version was the correct pronunciations of the names of places and people. I had been pronouncing Ceinwyn's name as "sane-win" rather than the correct "kine-win" before I began listening to the audio version.

What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I originally found this book after doing a search for books that Jonathan Keeble has narrated because he is such a wonderful storyteller. His performance of this book makes me feel like I'm sitting in front of him and he's telling the story to me. I hope to listen to more of the books he has read.

Any additional comments?

This is book 2 of a three-book series. I would highly recommend reading the three books in order although one could read each of the three books as a stand-alone novel and still enjoy it.

  • The Winter King

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,696
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,560

The tale begins in Dark Age Britain, a land where Arthur has been banished and Merlin has disappeared, where a child-king sits unprotected on the throne, where religion vies with magic for the souls of the people. It is to this desperate land that Arthur returns, a man at once utterly human and truly heroic: a man of honor, loyalty, and amazing valor; a man who loves Guinevere more passionately than he should; a man whose life is at once tragic and triumphant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Might be my favorite take on Arthur

  • By Allen Young on 06-12-16

Better than expected & great beginning of trilogy

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

Reviewed: 07-24-16

What made the experience of listening to The Winter King the most enjoyable?

Jonathan Keeble's performance of this book made me feel like I was sitting in a hall listening to a bard tell this story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked them all - the friendships and the interconnections of the characters make this a very enjoyable story.

Any additional comments?

I almost didn't download this book after reading other reviews that said that that this book was slow and dull - don't listen to those. It is true that this book moves slower than the next two in this trilogy but it's worth reading and really necessary in order to understand all that goes on in the next two books - which were the kinds of books that I could barely put down. This book is good - and the next two (Enemy of God and Excalibur) are phenomenal.

  • The Pagan Lord

  • A Novel
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,845

At the onset of the tenth century, England is in turmoil. Alfred the Great is dead and Edward his son reigns as king. Wessex survives but peace cannot hold: the Danes in the north, led by Viking Cnut Longsword, stand ready to invade and will never rest until the emerald crown is theirs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book, BUT, Not The End! Grrrr.. LOL

  • By G.Monie on 01-10-14

The story continues

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

Reviewed: 05-08-16

If you could sum up The Pagan Lord in three words, what would they be?

Uhtred's still got it!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Still Aethelflaed - I like how she loves Uhtred and doesn't care what others think.

What does Matt Bates bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Matt Bates is phenomenal and much appreciated after quite a few narrators who didn't capture my interest. Jonathan Keeble and Matt Bates both are awesome - and not just readers but performers of the story. I found myself listening when I would usually be just reading because his narration added so much to my experience of the storyline.

  • Death of Kings

  • Saxon Tales, Book 6
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Stephen Perring
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,909
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,743
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,747

As the ninth century wanes, Alfred the Great lies dying, his dream of a unified England in danger and his kingdom on the brink of chaos. While his son, Edward, has been named his successor, there are other Saxon claimants to the throne - as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north. Uhtred, the Saxon-born, Viking-raised warrior, whose life seems to shadow the making of England itself, is torn between his vows and his desires....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love Cornwell. Hate this reader

  • By Bill on 04-13-15

Awesome book - not a fan of the reader

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

Reviewed: 04-28-16

If you could sum up Death of Kings in three words, what would they be?

History brought to life (sorry, I know that's 4 words)

What did you like best about this story?

I am enjoying seeing how Uhtred is growing as a person through the story

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen Perring?

Jonathan Keeble - his voice makes me feel like I'm sitting next to Uhtred and he's telling me his story. With Stephen Perring, I found myself cringing every time he mispronounced important words like "Bebbanburg" as Bamburgh....yes, it's Bamburgh NOW but it was Bebbanburg in the story!

If you could take any character from Death of Kings out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Aelflaed - she sounds like a woman who would have a lot to share.

Any additional comments?

Bring back Jonathan Keeble please.

  • Lords of the North

  • The Saxon Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Tom Sellwood
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,638
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,238

The year is 878, and the Saxons of Wessex, under King Alfred, have defeated the Danes to keep their kingdom free. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred's lack of generosity. Uhtred flees Wessex, going north to search for his stepsister in the formidable stronghold of Dunholm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • what happen to Jonathan Keeble,

  • By TmarZ on 03-23-15

I miss Jonathan Keeble!

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

Reviewed: 04-18-16

How could the performance have been better?

I miss Jonathan Keeble, who became Uhtred to me. Why was he not chosen to narrate the whole series? If I had listened to The Last Kingdom with one of the other narrators, I probably would not have continued with the book. Please bring back Jonathan Keeble!

  • The Last Kingdom

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,269
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,921

The story is seen through the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who is captured as a child by the Danes and then raised by them so that, by the time the Northmen begin their assault on Wessex, Alfred's kingdom and the last territory in English hands, Uhtred almost thinks of himself as a Dane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series of books

  • By Joshua on 10-02-15

Awesome Book and Narrator is Phenomenal

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

Reviewed: 04-18-16

What did you love best about The Last Kingdom?

I really didn't think I'd like this kind of book - until I heard Jonathan Keeble reading/performing it. Wow. Jonathan Keeble became Uhtred for me - and it was as if he was sitting next to me and telling me the story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Uhtred - although Beocca is also a favorite. Uhtred because it's his story and Beocca because he keeps believing in Uhtred.

What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

The only think I don't like about Jonathan Keeble's performance is that he didn't read all of the books. I was so disappointed to hear the other readers of the other books. They were just reading - Jonathan Keeble is performing the story and making me feel like he's sitting in front of me, talking to just me. Why couldn't the publishing house get him to perform all of them?