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  • The Mistresses of Cliveden

  • Three Centuries of Scandal, Power, and Intrigue in an English Stately Home
  • By: Natalie Livingstone
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 17 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

Overlooking the Thames, the Cliveden mansion is flanked by two wings and surrounded by lavish gardens. Throughout its storied history, Cliveden has been a setting for misbehavior, intrigue, and passion - from its salacious, deadly beginnings in the 17th century to the 1960s Profumo affair, the sex scandal that toppled the British government. Now, in this immersive chronicle, the manor's current mistress, Natalie Livingstone, opens the doors to this prominent house and lets the walls do the talking.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • disappointed

  • By Galina M. on 11-14-16

disappointed

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

Reviewed: 11-14-16

What disappointed you about The Mistresses of Cliveden?

What lover of historic fiction and Downton Abbey could resist this book after reading the Publisher's Summary promising an "immersive historical epic", "scandal, intrigue, and passion". Having listened to most of it (could not bring myself to finish) I must, unfortunately, say that it didn't deliver at all. The narrating was fine, but the book, to me, was more of an insipid reciting of facts. Such a pity, I was really excited to listen to it.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Middlemarch

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 35 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,963
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,940

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

Juliet Stevenson is an amazing narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-19-15

What did you love best about Middlemarch?

I was absolutely blown away by Juliet Stevenson's narrating. It almost felt like I was listening to a stage play. She has an amazing understanding of the characters. Extremely enjoyable experience.