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  • Far From the Madding Crowd

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Jamie Parker
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 999
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 997

In a remote corner of early Victorian England, where traditional practices remain untouched by time, Bathsheba Everdene stands out as a beacon of female independence and self-reliance. However, when confronted with three suitors, among them the dashing Sergeant Troy, she shows a reckless capriciousness that threatens the stability of the whole community. Published in 1874, and an immediate best seller, Far From the Madding Crowd established Thomas Hardy as one of Britain's foremost novelists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Country tales and voices.

  • By Judyth on 01-07-15

Why did I wait so long?

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

What did you like best about this story?

Gabriel Oaks, steady, consistent, manly character

What about Jamie Parker’s performance did you like?

Narrators can 'make' or 'break' the best novel. Jamie Parker definitively 'makes' this extraordinary Hardy novel come alive

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I felt physically ill as I listened/mentally watched, Bathsheba verbally seduced by Francis Troy. Each encounter was visceral. Oaks knew about him and was powerless, what pain?

Any additional comments?

Have and will listen to this marvelous book many times

  • The Moonstone [Naxos AudioBooks Edition]

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Ronald Pickup, Sean Barrett, David Timson, and others
  • Length: 22 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

Upon inheriting the Moonstone, a huge and priceless diamond, Rachel Verinder's delight turns to dismay when the gem suddenly disappears. But this is no ordinary theft. Sergeant Cuff of Scotland Yard is called in and immediately suspects an intricate plot. However, not even his powers of detection can penetrate fully the mysteries surrounding the diamond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The very finest detective story ever written

  • By John on 11-10-16

A 'sleuthy' mystery and hard won love story

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Moonstone [Naxos AudioBooks Edition] to be better than the print version?

Superb narration sets the audio above the book version

What other book might you compare The Moonstone [Naxos AudioBooks Edition] to and why?

Most definitely, The Woman in White, Collins' best known novel.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Why bother if you've found the best?

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Franklin Blake's confrontation with Rachel is sweetly, beautifully, brutal.

Any additional comments?

Fenella Woolgar's interpretation of Drucilla Clak (SP) is despicably wonderful.

  • Emma [Naxos]

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,583

One of Jane Austen's most popular novels. Arrogant, self-willed, and egotistical, Emma is her most unusual heroine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why can't all literature be like this?

  • By Theodore on 10-15-11

Book over Video, hands down

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

Would you listen to Emma [Naxos] again? Why?

Being an avowed romantic, I had to re-hear the scene on Boxhill and that of Knightley's declaration of love.

What other book might you compare Emma [Naxos] to and why?

anything by Jane

What does Juliet Stevenson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I have been distractedly in love with Juliet Stevenson's voice. Her giftedness makes any book a triumph of success as characters come to life in vivid tones.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Jane Austen and Juliet Stevenson are a combination making it painful to stop listening. I've spent a few extra hours in parking lots unable to leave the car.

Any additional comments?

Anything by Jane and anything by Juliet

  • The Alchemist

  • A Fable About Following Your Dream
  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,417
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29,727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,742

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Timeless Tale

  • By Judi on 01-07-07

Great Expectations alas

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book would be exceptional for those with an abstract knowledge of Judaism and Islam and an over-enthusiastic grasp of New Age Mysticism.

What could Paulo Coelho have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He might have chosen another endeavor

What does Jeremy Irons bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Jeremy Irons brings the sole value to this painfully banal repetitious story.

  • The Woman in White

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Ian Holm
  • Length: 24 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351

Late one moonlit night, Walter Hartright encounters a solitary and terrified woman dressed all in white. He saves her from capture by her pursuers and determines to solve the mystery of her distress and terror. Inspired by an actual criminal case, this gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness and mistaken identity has never been out of print since its publication and brought Collins great fame and success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The outstanding narration is what I enjoyed most

  • By Leslie Grey McCawley on 12-03-10

Now I know shy Dickens loved Wilke Collins

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

Reviewed: 01-22-17

Would you listen to The Woman in White again? Why?

I have, again and again. Why? Because each review is pure pleasure. I've been copying quotes that have denoted my life precisely.

What did you like best about this story?

I need to have a happy ending every once in a while. Mill on the Floss nearly killed me. But for the guy to get the girl or vice versa, too easily deflates the true value of love. Hard won love is the best. Ah, Mr. Hartright, your are a man of true character and worthy of... well, best let the listener listen on.

Which scene was your favorite?

Oh dear, the sense that each personality is real, set my mind ablaze. I know that they are real. I think I once worked for Count Fosco... You might as well ask me my favorite color.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Three to be honest, set my heart and kleenex in motion. The first was the intense and good relationship of Marian with Walter from the beginning. It was clean, pure and deep. Secondly the parting scene with Walter and Laura... more kleenex. Third, I could have screamed at the scene of the tomb with Hartright and the two women. Oh, to have missed those first few precious moments.... ah well, my heart filled in the blanks.

Any additional comments?

I have cruely entrapped my sister into the bliss of audio books. I'll buy her this one and the mean old evil big sister will be forever indebted to baby brother. (I'm 64, she's, well older)

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  • David Copperfield [Audible]

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 36 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,178
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,019

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

Copperfield Renewed

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Armitage is not just an excellent reader, he interprets and performs Copperfield masterfully. Charles would be pleased.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Favorite character? Why not ask me for my favorite color. Armitage brings all the characters to life. I know them all and miss them dearly.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

As an audio learner, I have listened to D. Copperfield by other narrators. I got the drift from them but this performance brought me, forced me to feel each emotion, tear, sorrow, joy and delight. I play many sections again and again laughing and weeping as if hearing for the first time.

Any additional comments?

Because of this version/performance by Armitage, I believe that I know Charles Dickens in a very personal way. This particular audio book gives the feel of an extremely touching autobiography.

0 of 2 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 3,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,736

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

Progressively Addictive, Greatly Satisfying

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

Reviewed: 07-29-16

Where does Middlemarch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

George Eliot captured my heart and mind as I lived along side each character living in Middlemarch. I am by far the richer in understanding and appreciation and I am forever indebted to her for making my life so rich. As for comparison to other audiobooks, this delicious tale built page by page to it's culmination as one of my absolute favorites.

What did you like best about this story?

I've been told that I'm a hopeless romantic. As I savored the vivid cultural, political, economic and relational images, the knot in my heart's stomach needed the relief of Chapter 83.

What does Juliet Stevenson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

When it comes to audiobooks, the greatest author is held captive by the skill or lack thereof of the narrator. Juliet Stevenson holds a place in my ear and heart as the most talented interpreter of whatever work she graces. Her voice and talent have activated all five common senses and ignited deep emotions and mental activities.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I'm old enough to know that knots and flutters in the stomach signify good or bad, relief or anguish, love or hate. I'm not ashamed to say that there are fewer kleenex tissues in my house and car and that other commuters have looked my way as 'some old guy laughed in his car. Yes, is the simple answer.

Any additional comments?

I'm a late bloomer. Late in life I found that I am an audio learner. All of the masters are now mine and I have only begun. How grateful I am to Audible.com.