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  • Emma

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Joanne Froggatt, Isabella Inchbald, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,456

This Audible Original production of Jane Austen’s Emma is narrated by Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), with a full supporting cast including Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey, Liar), Morgana Robinson (The Windsors, Walliams & Friend, Morgana Robinson's the Agency), Aisling Loftus (Mr Selfridge, War & Peace), Joseph Millson (Casino Royale, The Sarah Jane Adventures), Alexa Davies (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) and rising star Isabella Inchbald as our eponymous heroine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More of a Radio Drama than an audiobook

  • By Cyberlucy on 09-11-18

Not a Jane Austen fan, but I enjoyed the listen

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

This selection came free as an Audible Original, so decided why not give it a try. The story is not much to write home about (sorry, JA fans), but the actors/narrators were terrific. Background sound effects I found a bit annoying. Still, worth a listen.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • And Now for Something Completely Different

  • Short Story
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

Here's a question for you. What's the most exciting thing ever found in a fire bucket? And don't say 'fire' because you'll be wrong. Suppose - just suppose - it was the technology to take a pod to Mars? Yeah, now we're talking! Every Christmas, for reasons which seem good at the time - especially after an eggnog or two - Max and the others leap into the nearest pod and indulge in their illegal Christmas jump. It's a tradition. This year, however, just to be different, they find themselves part of someone else's illegal Christmas jump. It's time to don a spacesuit and bring your own urine!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OhMy! My Face Hurts from Laughter!

  • By Angi on 12-31-18

Definitely different (in a good way)

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

Another wonderful selection by Jodi Taylor. This one is about the balance of power between St. Mary’s and the Time Police ... interesting. Looking forward to the next installment of the Chronicles of St. Mary’s!

  • The Queen and I

  • By: Sue Townsend
  • Narrated by: Angela Thorne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

When a Republican party wins the General Election, they strip the royal family of everything and send them to live on a housing estate in the Midlands. Exchanging caviar for boiled eggs, servants for a social worker named Trish, the Queen and her family learn what it means to be poor among the great unwashed. Is their breeding sufficient to allow them to rise above their changed circumstance or deep down are they really just like everyone else?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Made me smile......in commuter traffic

  • By Amy on 02-22-14

from an american perspective

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

I do read quite a lot of British fiction. This book was an anomoly .... I found the story and dialogue to be boring and a bit sad. The end, however, was very meaningful and a lesson in government that many americans might find instructive at the present time. Would I recommend the listen? No. Did it nonetheless have an important message? Yes.

  • Tony's Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Adriana Trigiani
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Set in the lush Big Band era of the 1940s and World War II, this spellbinding saga from beloved New York Times best-selling author Adriana Trigiani tells the story of two talented working class kids who marry and become a successful singing act, until time, temptation, and the responsibilities of home and family derail their dreams. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A familiar genre

  • By Robin on 11-28-18

A familiar genre

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

Ms. Trigiani generally writes novels that take place some decades ago, strong characters and Italian influence, and we loyal readers snatch them up as soon as they are released. This book fits that description, and was an enjoyable read.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,516
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,326

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By Kate on 11-05-18

Just adorable!

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

Loved listening to this performance! After a bit you feel like you are sitting n the audience. For listeners of a certain age, the actors voices are familiar and admired all the more. Recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Heads You Win

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 564

Leningrad, Russia, 1968. Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age, it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive.  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • If you’ve read one, you’ve read them all?

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-01-18

A fun read

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Interesting premise, and you really cannot go wrong reading a selection by this author. Not the Clifton Chronicles, but entertaining nonetheless.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of Inheriting Secrets

  • A Novel
  • By: Barbara O'Neal
  • Narrated by: Stina Nielsen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216

When Olivia Shaw’s mother dies, the sophisticated food editor is astonished to learn she’s inherited a centuries-old English estate - and a title to go with it. Raw with grief and reeling from the knowledge that her reserved mother hid something so momentous, Olivia leaves San Francisco and crosses the pond to unravel the mystery of a lifetime. One glance at the breathtaking Rosemere Priory and Olivia understands why the manor, magnificent even in disrepair, was the subject of her mother’s exquisite paintings. What she doesn’t understand is why her mother never mentioned it to her.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration, horrible story.

  • By Debbie on 07-24-18

3.5 stars

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I thought the book was an easy listen, but contrived. Fine to pass the time.

  • Somerset

  • By: Leila Meacham
  • Narrated by: Teresa DeBerry
  • Length: 22 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

One hundred fifty years of Roses' Tolivers, Warwicks, and DuMonts! We begin in the antebellum South on Plantation Alley in South Carolina, where Silas Toliver, deprived of his inheritance, joins up with his best friend Jeremy Warwick to plan a wagon train expedition to the "black waxy" promise of a new territory called Texas. Slavery, westward expansion, abolition, the Civil War, love, marriage, friendship, tragedy and triumph-all the ingredients (and much more) that made so many love Roses so much-are here in abundance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Prequel done RIGHT!

  • By bonnie on 02-18-14

Almost as good as “Roses”

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

I thought “Roses” was excellent and so I thought I’d listen to the prequel. At first I was disappointed, as it is not as successful at drawing in the reader and was difficult to identify as involving the same families. Once the reader accepts this, the book is very engaging, albeit darker than “Roses”, no doubt owing to the time period in which it is set. With that in mind, I would certainly recommend.

  • Titans

  • By: Leila Meacham
  • Narrated by: Casey Holloway, Brian Hatch
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

Texas in the early 1900s, its inhabitants still traveling by horseback and barely familiar with the telephone, was on the cusp of an oil boom that, unbeknownst to its residents, would spark a period of dramatic changes and economic growth. In the midst of this transformative time in Southern history, two unforgettable characters emerge and find their fates irrevocably intertwined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, especially if you are from Texas and love the land.

  • By Paige on 04-19-16

B+ for this one

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

I have recently discovered Leila Meacham’s books, starting out with her best, I think, “Roses”. That and “Somerset”, the prequel, are 4 star listens. This selection, “Titans”, was good enough for an audible credit, however it did drag at times throughout. Narration kept me interested enough to finish, since there are two narrators.

  • Roses

  • A Novel
  • By: Leila Meacham
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 18 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

Spanning the 20th century, the story of Roses takes place in a small East Texas town against the backdrop of the powerful timber and cotton industries, industries controlled by the scions of the town's founding families. Cotton tycoon Mary Toliver and timber magnate Percy Warwick should have married but unwisely did not, and now must deal with the deceit, secrets, and tragedies of their choice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scarlett O'hara meet Mary Toliver

  • By Rozette on 03-22-10

Thoroughly engaging southern saga

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

I rarely read novels set in the south. Since this one had many favorable Audible reviews, I gave it a try (after all, who didn’t like Gone With the Wind?) Many hours of happy listening. All set to start the prequel next. Recommended!