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  • A Guide to Wine

  • By: Julian Curry
  • Narrated by: Julian Curry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 255

Actor and wine expert Julian Curry has devised a unique audiobook guide to wine. The whole subject is introduced and explained – how wine is made, the different grapes, the different blends, vintages, wine-growing areas and types. In an entertaining and informal style, he also teaches how to taste wine, and how to choose and store it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comprehensive overview

  • By Laurence on 09-26-03

First half very fun and interesting. Second half would be better in print form for reference.

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

Really great personality to listen to with quite extensive knowledge of wine. The first half was great. The second was more of a run-down of wine varieties from around the world. It would be better in written form to refer to. Still, it was an enjoyable and informative listen.

  • The House of the Seven Gables

  • By: Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 209

In a sleepy little New England village stands a dark, weather-beaten, many-gabled house. This brooding mansion is haunted by a centuries-old curse that casts the shadow of ancestral sin upon the last four members of the distinctive Pyncheon family of Salem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Thriller

  • By E. Pearson on 12-03-10

They just dont write 'em like they used ta

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

Reviewed: 11-24-16

Great story. Great writing. Great narrator. Finished it, very appropriately on Thanksgiving Day. Thanks Mr. Hawthorne, and thanks also to Mr Heald for an excellent reading.

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  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399

Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He isn't as young as he used to be. He drives a Saab. He points at people he doesn't like the look of. He is described by those around his as 'the neighbour from hell'.Every morning he makes his inspection rounds of the local streets. He moves bicycles and checks the contents of recycling bins, even though it's been years since he was fired as Chairman of the Residents' Association in a vicious 'coup d'état'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars is not enough

  • By Don L. on 09-19-14

Boring and predictable

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

Reviewed: 10-17-16

Boring and predictable enough that I couldn't finish it. Narration a bit too over the top. Maybe there's a surprise ending that makes it worth it? If so I didn't get that far. Sorry to the author but this one just wasn't for me. Tried twice and gave up in exasperation. Perhaps I'm just as old and quirky as Ove....

  • Short Stories: The Vintage Collection

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Saki, Thomas Hardy, and others
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi, Martin Jarvis, Hugh Laurie, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 70

The fifth volume in CSA Word's massively popular complete and unabridged ‘Short Stories’ collection is bound to please. With something for everyone this collection of classic stories read by only the best-suited and most established readers will delight the ears as a vintage wine excites the gullet; The Vintage Collection is audible gold. Features eye-catching typographical series design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Collection and Production

  • By andrew on 07-14-12

Not bad but Narration rushed

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

Reviewed: 10-10-16

Narration lacked the necessary pauses. Most annoying was the lack of silent space between each story. I suppose one could hit 'pause' but there was never time enough before the title of the next story was announced thereby eclipsing that wonderful post-story lingering. Stories were good.

  • Light in August

  • By: William Faulkner
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,945
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,949

An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • so large, so powerful, so conflicted

  • By Darwin8u on 09-17-17

Pure delight

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

Reviewed: 11-25-15

It just doesn't get better than this. A masterpiece of Literature narrated with such depth of understanding and honesty that I think I'll go listen again right now. Will Patton brings it all out. And Faulkner is The Best of The Best. A very courageous writer.

  • The Hare with Amber Eyes

  • A Family's Century of Art and Loss
  • By: Edmund de Waal
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703

The Ephrussis were a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who “burned like a comet” in 19th-century Paris and Vienna society. Yet by the end of World War II, almost the only thing remaining of their vast empire was a collection of 264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox. The renowned ceramicist Edmund de Waal became the fifth generation to inherit this small and exquisite collection of netsuke. Entranced by their beauty and mystery, he determined to trace the story of his family through the story of the collection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A vagabond through history, clutching a tiny carvi

  • By SB Price on 01-19-12

An extraordinary history- beautifully narrated

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

Reviewed: 10-19-15

So sad that the story has come to an end. The narration was excellent and the story fascinating and utterly extraordinary. How I wish my own family history was traceable. Most Armenians lost everything including their history. That in itself is the most painful part. I enjoyed this book so much I think I'll listen again right away. Thank you for the richness and beauty of it.

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighbourhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mispronunciation sure, but buy it anyway!

  • By Adele on 12-23-14

Wonderful story. Beautiful voice.

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

Beautiful voice and delivery. Needs to study French a little for pronunciation. One could really reap in the beauty of this story thanks to the lovely delivery of the reader. I'm so sad it's over.

  • Barnaby Rudge

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 26 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

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

Best narrator ever! Great story.

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

Reviewed: 01-11-15

Best narrator ever. I would listen to him til the end of time. The story is true Dickens and quite apt for our own day. The mob scenes are truly frightening. A great listen.

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