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  • Robinson Crusoe

  • By: Daniel Defoe
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891

Widely regarded as the first English novel, Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe is one of the most popular and influential adventure stories of all time. This classic tale of shipwreck and survival on an uninhabited island was an instant success when first published in 1719, and it has inspired countless imitations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Story and Excellent Narration

  • By William on 03-02-11

Great story, fantastic narration

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

A great story end to end! It starts a little impenetrably with the description of his relationship with his father and Robinson’s decision to go against his wishes and all the ill that may befall him... Then the story really gets underway and takes you on a great adventure including totally absorbing (and satisfying!) descriptions of his ship wrecked life and how he went about surviving. A great listen made all the better by the ever exceptional Simon Vance.

  • Self-Compassion

  • The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself
  • By: Kristin Neff
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,137

The relentless pursuit of high self-esteem has become a virtual religion - and a tyrannical one at that. Our ultracompetitive culture tells us we need to be constantly above average to feel good about ourselves, but there is always someone more attractive, successful, or intelligent than we are. And even when we do manage to grab hold of high self-esteem for a brief moment, we can't seem to keep it. Our sense of self-worth goes up and down like a ping-pong ball, rising and falling in lockstep with our latest success or failure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Learning self-compassion is transforming my life.

  • By Erika on 03-28-13

A life changing listen

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

Self development (for me at least) tends to go in cycles and now and then a block or impasse is reached. For me my block was the seemingly irresistible pull into feelings of frustration towards others and self rebuke. Despite good intentions...

I read the reviews for this audio book and it rang a bell. Could self compassion be the key to moving forward? Listening to the book was a revelation and a journey. While I found doing some of the deeper exercises challenging (not least because I’m often listening and driving!) I found myself easily practicing some of the simpler soothing ideas and immediately noticed benefits including a drop in frustration levels and an increase in patience and kindness to myself and consequently others.

So all in all highly recommended - and yes the narrators voice is ever so slightly syrupy but I ended up finding that to be part of the gentle comforting charm:)

  • David Copperfield

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 33 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,634

Based in part on Dickens's own life, it is the story of a young man's journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among its gloriously vivid cast of characters, he e.ncounters his tyrannical stepfather, Mr. Murdstone; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble yet treacherous Uriah Heep; the frivolous, enchanting Dora; and one of literature's great comic creations, the magnificently impecunious Mr. Micawber.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Amazing

  • By Justin on 11-05-10

Fantastic in every way!

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

A wonderful heartwarming, moving and totally engrossing story brilliantly narrated by Simon Vance.
THe story follows the life of David Copperfield (said to be somewhat autobiographical of Charles dickens) as he grows up from his unusual and not entirely happy birth to the trials of his younger years and emergence into adulthood.

The whole memorable journey is marvelously embellished by the wide assortment of characters artfully portrayed and brought to life by dickens’ sumptuous writing.

Enjoyed every line, moment and chapter!

  • The Call of the Wild

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,151
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029

Jack London's masterpiece, tells the gripping tale of a dog named Buck who is wrenched out of his life of ease and luxury to become a sled dog in Alaska. Drawing on his wolf heritage, Buck must fight for survival in an alien environment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Introductory Literature; Lousy Production

  • By Rich on 12-11-15

Great book, slightly bizarre narration

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

Wonderfully crafted hugely evocative story with slightly odd rather stilted almost staccato narration. At times it worked with its definition, but at others it detracted from the flow.

  • Middlemarch

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 35 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,908

Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audible book ever

  • By Molly-o on 12-25-11

Fantastic classic

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

Reviewed: 03-31-17

A book I always wanted to read but somehow never got round to it is brought to life brilliantly by Juliette Stevenson. Wonderful story of love, society and human behavior. Great characters and truly great narration.

  • The Lost World

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Glen McCready
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,839

Here is the precursor to Jurassic Park. Victorian explorers have heard there is a remote plateau where dinosaurs still survive, and a group set outs on a dangerous mission to find out more about it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wit and Drama

  • By Simon Fraser on 07-26-09

Fantastic story told by a brilliant narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-06-17

A great, classic rolling kind of story with great characterization and a good pace. The narrator was amazing.

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  • A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor]

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,203

A Tale of Two Cities is one of Charles Dickens's most exciting novels. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, it tells the story of a family threatened by the terrible events of the past. Doctor Manette was wrongly imprisoned in the Bastille for 18 years without trial by the aristocratic authorities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • it's the singer not the song*

  • By Maynard on 11-09-13

Simply perfect!

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

Reviewed: 11-21-16

A great story brilliantly told. A very accessible part of the Dickens collection - a family drama set to the backdrop and entangled with the French Revolution and the preceding aristocratic era. The narrator was truly wonderful!

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  • Treasure Island

  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,396

Robert Louis Stevenson's cherished, unforgettable adventure magically captures the thrill of a sea voyage and a treasure hunt through the eyes of its teenage protagonist, Jim Hawkins. Crossing the Atlantic in search of the buried cache, Jim and the ship's crew must brave the elements and a mutinous charge led by the quintessentially ruthless pirate Long John Silver. Brilliantly conceived and splendidly executed, it is a novel that has seized the imagination of generations of adults and children alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Jessica Kos on 01-02-08

Great narrator, ripping yarn!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-16

Loved Alfred Molina as narrator. An atmospheric listen and gripping story! Not just for children :)

  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 46 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,065
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,188

Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A true Time-machine

  • By Ramon on 12-27-10

Brilliant story telling and narration

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

Reviewed: 06-13-16

47+ fantastic hours of fantastical entertainment. Never thought I'd get round to reading this book but finding it available as an audio book I thought I'd give it a try. What a great discovery - a great rolling rollicking good yarn that kept me fascinated and waiting for my next listen throughout. Great narration made it all the better.

  • The Shadow Effect

  • Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self
  • By: Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Debbie Ford
  • Narrated by: Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Debbie Ford
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 702
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447

Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, and Marianne Williamson - New York Times best-selling authors and internationally acclaimed teachers - have joined together to share their knowledge on one of the most crucial obstacles to happiness we face: the shadow. These three luminaries, each with a signature approach, bring to light the parts of ourselves we deny but that still direct our life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • like it

  • By Heimo on 06-06-10

Good lord! Narrator talent + content?!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-16

Two thirds was ok ...but just ok. One third (sorry Debbie Ford) was lacking in terms of content (what content?! Repeating the same things doesn't count...) ABC unpalatable in terms of narration. In fact repeating the same things in THAT tone of voice was a draining shadow effect indeed.