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  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Thandie Newton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,318
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,010

Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-16

The best reading of a classic!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Narrator Thandie Newton brings such endearing youth and integrity to the famous heroine Jane, that the listener is immediately bonded to her character and fate. How amazingly different are the voices of Mrs. Fairfax, Mrs. Reed and others, the Yorkshire accents and unique personalities are beautifully captured. She reads Rochester with just the right blend of gloom, wit and charm.
I've read the book several times over many years, seen all the films, and yet find this audio version to be the best of all.

  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,567
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,701
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,660

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

Classic read by classy reader

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

Amazed how compelling this audio version is. Rosamund Pike pulls you into the story with all its admirable, amusing, irritating and changeable characters. What a fun ride, and a reminder that this novel is timeless.

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,002
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,044

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic story to be read by all!

  • By Gina on 07-25-09

John Lee= excellent reader, Ken Follett= :(

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

What did you like best about The Pillars of the Earth? What did you like least?

Unfortunately Follett squandered the opportunity to make a really great 12th century story. Though characters Philip, Ellen, Tom Builder and Jack are terrific, most of the rest are one dimensional and most are busy carrying out Follett's own soft and hardcore porn/ murder fantasies. Even the end is laughable with Jack pondering yet again on the stages of his wife's nipples-- immediately after the death of Thomas Becket. Worse yet is the repeated thoughts and passages, making me wonder who edited this thing? I breezed through this in paperback and skipped the ridiculous parts as they came up, but you can't do that easily in the audio version.

What could Ken Follett have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Edit out the 1980's porn and the constant repetitive passages by at least 100 pages.

Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

Philip.

Was The Pillars of the Earth worth the listening time?

No.

  • Henry IV

  • The Righteous King
  • By: Ian Mortimer
  • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

The talented, confident, and intelligent son of John of Gaunt, Henry IV started his reign as a popular and charismatic king after he dethroned the tyrannical and wildly unpopular Richard II. But six years into his reign, Henry had survived eight assassination and overthrow attempts. Having broken God's law of primogeniture by overthrowing the man many people saw as the chosen king, Henry IV left himself vulnerable to challenges from powerful enemies about the validity of his reign. Even so, Henry managed to establish the new Lancastrian dynasty and a new rule of law.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed and compelling

  • By kayakman on 12-15-17

Detailed and compelling

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

Reviewed: 12-15-17

Couldn't stop listening to this extraordinary story of a lesser known king. Very nicely read.

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