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  • Wuthering Heights

  • By: Emily Bronte
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

The wild and passionate tale of Cathy and Heathcliff's impossible love for each other and its phenomenal setting on the blasted Yorkshire moors has to be one of the best-known love affairs in literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narration

  • By Teresa Castillo on 04-18-16

Tragic and Dreary

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

The story opens by showing the reader the dreary ending that awaits them, and then proceeds to drag them into a bleak and relentless hell with no hope of rescue and no likable characters to cling to for support. If you are suicidal, do not read this. If you are not suicidal, you will be by chapter 13, especially when you realize you are only one third the way through the story and things can only get worse. You have been warned.

Seriously, this is a tragic story but the reader will find no empathy for any of the characters because they all contributed to their own misery. Some stories have a mediocre ending but the reader does not mind so much because the ride was so enjoyable. After a while, I began to hope that this book was the opposite and had an outstanding ending that made it all worth it. As I continued to read (listen), I found that scenario less and less likely. Now that I have finished, I want the time back that I wasted, and I am sad that this story is now taking up space in my brain where more important things could go.

  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Penguin Classics presents Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Passionate, poetic, and revolutionary, Jane Eyre is a novel of naked emotional power. The story of a defiant, fiercely intelligent woman who refuses to accept her appointed place in society - and instead finds love on her own terms - has become famous as one of the greatest romances ever. But it is also a brooding Gothic mystery, a profound depiction of character, and a transformative work of the imagination.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Brilliant

  • By SusieB on 06-11-12

A Perfect Example

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

Reviewed: 10-01-17

Before you can appreciate an opinion it would be beneficial to know something of the source. I am a straight man in his 40s who has recently enjoyed reading (or listening to) Jane Austin novels. I think my enjoyment in them stems from them being so far removed from my lifestyle and vantage point. however, while they were very good, I found in each of them one flaw or another. I found no such flaws in Jane Eyre.

I had been doubtful that I would like Jane Eyre as I believed it would be nothing but the prattlings of a weak and tormented young lady. Imagine my surprise when she turned out to be strong willed and intelligent, yet still tender. The story, too, was much more complex and intriguing than I originally had thought. At one point I even thought I had stumbled onto a horror mystery book.

And what of the narration? Well, let us just say that I would marry Juliet Stevenson sight unseen just to have her read to me every day. She has a wonderful voice and a perfect reading style for books of this type.

I hope this review helped you to make up you mind to purchase this audiobook. Now, I must leave you to finished my breakfast and search for my next book. Good day to you.

  • Sense and Sensibility

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,702
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,183

When Mrs. Dashwood is forced by an avaricious daughter-in-law to leave the family home in Sussex, she takes her three daughters to live in a modest cottage in Devon. For Elinor, the eldest daughter, the move means a painful separation from the man she loves, but her sister Marianne finds in Devon the romance and excitement which she longs for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb - Justice to Jane Austen and Emma Thompson

  • By Jo on 11-19-06

A story spoiled by a forced twist of fate.

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

Reviewed: 05-29-17

After just enjoying Pride and Prejudice despite the end game of that novel being so readily apparent, I was at first happy with Sense and Sensibility in that its conclusion was somewhat murkier. However, the author's ham-fisted treatment of the reveal as well as the extreme unlikeliness of the same spoiled the overall book. Without going indepth and spoiling the story, I will say that the story would have been much better had the author spent more time on early interactions between the eldest daughter and her male friends, and also had she revealed the turning point of the book in story form rather than the almost dismissive narration of the event after the fact.

However, despite my above complaints, I did still enjoy the story and I think anyone who reads or listens to it will not regret it.

On a side note, the narration of the story was fantastic. I see that there are many versions of this story available​ on Audible but am convinced that I had picked one of the best.

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  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,216
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,379
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,337

One of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Pride and Prejudice, is vividly brought to life by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike ( Gone Girl). In her bright and energetic performance of this British classic, she expertly captures Austen’s signature wit and tone. Her attention to detail, her literary background, and her performance in the 2005 feature film version of the novel provide the perfect foundation from which to convey the story of Elizabeth Bennett, her four sisters, and the inimitable Mr. Darcy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect narration of a perfect book

  • By Akela on 12-09-15

Difficult to warm up to then difficult to put down

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

Reviewed: 05-27-17

Firstly, I'd like to state that the narration was first class. I can not imagine anyone doing a better job. As for the story, I originally felt I would be bored of it as it is so far removed from my demographic and experience, but in the end it was these differences that kept my interest. To be certain, then ending as well as some of the twists in the book were painfully transparent even early on in my reading of it, but I nevertheless found myself enjoying the story as it meandered towards its inevitable conclusion. In fact, while the ending was perfectly satisfactory and well concluded, I still found myself wanting more.

  • The Swarm

  • By: Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Vikas Adam, Stephen Hoye, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,545

The first invasion of Earth was beaten back by a coalition of corporate and international military forces and the Chinese army. China has been devastated by the Formic's initial efforts to eradicate Earth life forms and prepare the ground for their own settlement. The Scouring of China struck fear into the other nations of the planet; that fear blossomed into drastic action when scientists determined that the single ship that wreaked such damage was merely a scout ship. There is a mothership out beyond the solar system's Kuiper Belt, and it's heading into the system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely happy

  • By Katy Troe on 08-09-16

The Usual Card

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

Reviewed: 05-26-17

As my title suggests, everyone's favorite Mormon sci-fi writer is back with another exciting prequel to Ender's Game. If you have read his other books, then you already know to expect excessively insightful and introspective characters as well as children who are more mature than any adult, and adults who are obsessed with marriage and pumping out as many children as they can. The only thing missing in this book from Card's repertoire was a slightly creepy sibling love story.

But, as I said, we all knew that going in and we love Card's stories all the same, even when reading page after page of a character's thoughts or laughing at the amazing logical leaps his characters are capable of, such as deducing the existence of a completely unique and top secret piece of technology from a single sentence spoken by a nobody character.

So, with all that behind us, how was the story? Well, you see my rating, right? It was up to Card's standards - well thought out and engaging. This book covered the time after the first war but before the second one gets fully underway. In doing so, we learn a lot more about Mazer Rackham's past, the growing pains of the International Fleet, and the humble beginnings of battle school. Oh, and I think there was a tiny nod to Jane's existence as well.

At any rate, like you, I have been impatiently waiting for the next installment of this story, and I was not disappointed. Now, I impatiently awaiting the next.

  • Thief of Time

  • Discworld, Book 26
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,574
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,229

Time is a resource. Everyone knows it has to be managed. And on the Discworld that is the job of the Monks of History, who store it and pump it from the places where it's wasted (like the underwater; how much time does a codfish need?) to places like cities, where there's never enough time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A welcome re-recording.

  • By Glen Phipps on 02-01-10

A story I never get tired of.

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

Reviewed: 08-20-16

There are so many Discworld stories and yet there never seems to be enough. I now have all of them on audiobook and still enjoy listening to them again and again. With many of them, I am hesitant to repeat, not because they are bad but simply because I know them so well that they have somehow lost some shine. However, a Thief of Time never loses its brightness. I think the fact that it is more metaphysical than many of the others somehow soothes me. Also, I do quite fancy Susan, and this book shows her at her best.

  • The Integral Trees

  • The State, Book 2
  • By: Larry Niven
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

Leaving Earth, the crew of the spaceship Discipline were prepared for a routine assignment. Dispatched by the all-powerful State on a mission of interstellar exploration and colonization, Discipline was aided - and secretly spied upon - by Sharls Davis Kendy, an emotionless computer intelligence programmed to monitor the loyalty and obedience of the crew. What they weren’t prepared for, however, was the Smoke Ring - an immense, gaseous envelope that had formed around a neutron star directly in their path. The Smoke Ring was home to a variety of plant and animal life-forms evolved to thrive in conditions of continual free fall.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • entertaining

  • By Lena K Schroeder on 05-26-18

A big pile of Who Cares

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

Reviewed: 11-16-15

I very rarely drop a book, but this one is an exception. Chapter 2 is so dreadfully dull and spatially confusing that it it made me completely lose interest.

EDIT: I have since stuck it out and finished the book. I am sticking with my original assessment: a big pile of "Who cares." Lots of action, but since this silly world gets described piecemeal, it is merely annoying rather than exciting. I think this is one of those books in which the author probably had a lot more fun while writing it than most will have while reading it.

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