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  • Sir Nigel

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Set in the middle of the 14th century, Sir Nigel is a swashbuckling story of the eponymous hero as he seeks his fortune and the hand of his lady-love in England and France in the early part of the Hundred Years War. It is full of high romance and chivalry, battles and brutality, humour and sheer rumbustiousness as the impoverished Nigel Loring and his lascivious attendant Aylward seek their fortunes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical fictionn at it's best.

  • By Robert on 05-26-09

a great read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-18

Along with The White Company, Sir Nigel, written by Arthur Conan Doyle, tells of battles, chivalry and honor in the Hundred Year War between France and England. It is full of details of interest to us even seven centuries later. The narrators do a wonderful interpretation of the books.
I enjoyed both very much although their styles differed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wives and Daughters

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Prunella Scales
  • Length: 25 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454

Molly Gibson, the only daughter of a widowed doctor in the small provincial town of Hollingford, lost her mother when she was a child. Her father remarries wanting to give Molly the woman's presence he feels she lacks. To Molly, any stepmother would have been a shock, but the new Mrs. Gibson is a self-absorbed, petty widow, and Molly's unhappiness is compounded by the realisation that her father has come to regret his second marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb! Story and Narration A++

  • By Jo on 05-24-10

A great novel

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-18

So many wonderfully rich characters in this story will give you hours of peaceful listening pleasure. Prunella Scales was a testy wife in Faulty Towers, the great bbc comedy.
As a narrator though, she is able to mould her beautiful voice giving life to each character in the book. Male or female, young or old each with a distinct tone. She is amazing. Meet love, envy, greed, ambition, death, beauty and class distinction. The best Elizabeth Gaskell novel.



  • Ivanhoe

  • By: Walter Scott
  • Narrated by: David McCallion
  • Length: 17 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

Ivanhoe is the perfect novel for any listener who loves an action-packed adventure based on the mythology and legends of Medieval times in England. Set in the 12th century, Ivanhoe is the story of a young man who joins up with Richard the Lion Hearted during a dark time where England is split between the Normans and the Saxons, pitting friends and family against each other through the conquering of land and the changing seats of the Royal Family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of Walter Scott’s Best Works!

  • By Cindy on 01-14-17

A classic tale

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-17

After reading the White Company, which I found very enjoyable, I also loved this rendition of the classic story of Ivanhoe. The narrator delivers the story in a soothing voice.
I recommend it without reservations.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The White Company

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Nick Rawlinson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

The White Company is a motley group of English mercenaries, fighting under the leadership of Sir Nigel Loring. Bound by an unquestioning respect for social order, patriotism and a lust for adventure, the company makes its way to France to fight in the local wars. With assiduous attention to historical detail, Conan Doyle paints a convincing picture of the chivalric life and manners of the 14th century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Chivalric High Jinks, by My Ten Finger Bones!

  • By Jefferson on 08-09-11

A wonderful read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-17

The narrator Nick Rawlinson made this great old book of knights and chivalry very enjoyable. His ability to sound the various accents both male and female is astounding.
This is the best 13th century tale I know. I am lucky to own one of its early printed editions which will be fun to read again despite the small print in the hardback.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • David Copperfield [Audible]

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 36 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,498
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,317

Between his work on the 2014 Audible Audiobook of the Year, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel, and his performance of Classic Love Poems, narrator Richard Armitage ( The Hobbit, Hannibal) has quickly become a listener favorite. Now, in this defining performance of Charles Dickens' classic David Copperfield, Armitage lends his unique voice and interpretation, truly inhabiting each character and bringing real energy to the life of one of Dickens' most famous characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A PERFECT narration of an English classic!

  • By Wayne on 09-03-17

A classic tale

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-16-17

Richard Armitage's performance is brilliant. In my mind, it is even better than Romeo and Juliet, if that is possible! It is a wonderful story, full of characters and plots. You will need to reach on the bookcase for the old book to refresh your memory of the names the author playfully invented, all so fitting to the characters. The language is rich and powerful.
What a treat to revisit this jewel. Enjoy!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Rival Queens

  • Catherine de' Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal That Ignited a Kingdom
  • By: Nancy Goldstone
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519

Catherine de' Medici was a ruthless pragmatist and powerbroker who dominated the throne for 30 years. Her youngest daughter, Marguerite, the glamorous "Queen Margot," was a passionate free spirit, the only adversary whom her mother could neither intimidate nor control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely not a dull bio!

  • By Nella on 07-04-15

A real jewel

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-17

I enjoyed this book so much that I reread it within a short time and will probably read it again, especially since biography are my favorite subject. It has substance, virtue, information. Machiavelli is regarded as having a shrewed and sarcastic bend. The author makes a great addition to the book by starting each chapter with one of his comments. The story takes place at a very interesting time in Europe when religion was playing a major role in the kingdoms. The reader has a soft, beautiful voice.


  • 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 4,850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,271

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

A classic tale

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-17

So beautifully narrated it will not disappoint you. A must on the reading list for high school students, it is perhaps enjoyed even more by an adult with a love for classics. An aristocrat flees France to settle in England during the French revolution and pays for his ancestors' ill deeds. Charles Dickens, a master writer of his age, satisfies a keen reader to this day. Even in 2017 one can see the sad traits of human nature. I loved hearing Simon Vance's interpretation of the characters in this touching tale.

  • Victoria: The Queen

  • An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire
  • By: Julia Baird
  • Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
  • Length: 21 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436

Fifth in line to the throne at the time of her birth, Victoria was an ordinary woman thrust into an extraordinary role. As a girl, she defied her mother's meddling and an adviser's bullying, forging an iron will of her own. As a teenage queen, she eagerly grasped the crown and relished the freedom it brought her. She was outspoken with her ministers, overstepping conventional boundaries and asserting her opinions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging and Informative

  • By K.D. Keenan on 12-06-16

The saga of a queen

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-17

I would give the book a higher rating if it were not for Lucy Rayner's annoying tone. Her voice at first so sweet made me imagine the Queen's own young voice. Later as the Queen aged, I expected a more stern and serious tone.
However, if you can ignore this petty remark, you will like this biography for its honesty and style. The author in my opinion has portrayed Queen Victoria as well as she could,
documenting events through the long reign successfully.
The fact is that much more could have been written about the Queen's life if only her surviving family had not selectively destroyed the Queens personal correspondence. Fortunately, some documents, which were supposed to be disposed off, were not. It reminds me of how the letters Mother Theresa wrote to her Bishop to read and burn, were found saved and published after her death. If only survives of famous people would be more forgiving!

  • Come cavalli che dormono in piedi

  • By: Paolo Rumiz
  • Narrated by: Riccardo Mei
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Nell'agosto del 1914, più di centomila trentini e giuliani vanno a combattere per l'Impero austroungarico, di cui sono ancora sudditi. Muovono verso il fronte russo quando ancora ci si illude che "prima che le foglie cadano" il conflitto sarà finito. Invece non finisce. E quando come un'epidemia si propaga in tutta Europa, il fronte orientale scivola nell'oblio, schiacciato dall'epopea di Verdun e del Piave.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An account of WWI 1914-1918

  • By gran 80 on 05-09-17

An account of WWI 1914-1918

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-17

The author is a journalist from Trieste, Italy. He is visiting Redipuglia, a neighboring memorial to the fallen soldiers in the WWI, describing the absence of names from Trieste. He takes us on a search from Austria to Eastern Europe to find out what happened to the young italian recruits who were called up to fight for the austrian emperor. We discover a region called Galizia under the austro hungarian empire. In total 400,000 died in the Carso during the WWI. The book is well written. Again I enjoyed the narrator even though he could not master the triestin dialect! It is interesting how the map changed after 1918.
It is a sad story, which the author needed to tell. He does praise the modern Austrian attempts to honor the many burial grounds of unknown soldiers of WWI, and the austrian authorities help in his endeavour.




  • Il dottor Zivago

  • By: Boris Pasternak
  • Narrated by: Riccardo Mei
  • Length: 20 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Le vicende di un medico travolto dall'impatto della rivoluzione russa e dalla successiva vacuità spirituale in cui precipita il suo paese.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • una affascinante sorpresa

  • By Andrea on 12-21-18

A real jewel

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-17

What a pleasure to read this great book in the first translation from the original Russian.
Riccardo Mei does a wonderful interpretation with his pleasant voice. If you are looking for a good read in Italian,
this is it.