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  • The Kraken Wakes

  • By: John Wyndham
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Journalist Mike Watson and his wife, Phyllis, trace it back to the strange showering lights they noticed on the final day of their honeymoon cruise; lights which appeared to land and disappear into the water. Reports mount of similar sightings all over the world. Governments embark on missions to investigate the sea, but ships disappear and diving crews never return to the surface. Something deep in the ocean does not want to be disturbed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Something of a Disappointment

  • By Ross Henderson on 07-20-12

Classic sci fi with a satirical bite

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

Reviewed: 06-02-12

Where does The Kraken Wakes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best

What other book might you compare The Kraken Wakes to and why?

Out of the Silent Planet by CS Lewis. Has the same satirical taste

Which character – as performed by Alex Jennings – was your favorite?

Mike, the narrator.

If you could rename The Kraken Wakes, what would you call it?

Global Warming via Deus ex Machina

Any additional comments?

Only wish that some of John Wyndhams lesser known works, in particular 'The Trouble with Lichen' were also in audible format.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Frederica

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Clifford Norgate
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,284

Rich and handsome, the hope of ambitious mothers and despair of his sisters, the Marquis of Alverstoke sees no reason to put himself out for anyone. But when a distant connection applies to him for help, he finds himself far from bored.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enormous pleasure!!

  • By Hazel on 06-28-09

A Heyer Favourite

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

Reviewed: 03-06-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Frederica to be better than the print version?

I thoroughly enjoyed both versions but one gets the full benefit of the witty dialogue when listening to the book compared to reading it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Frederica herself, in particular her optimistic outlook.

What about Clifford Norgate’s performance did you like?

A very easy-to-listen-to voice.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended. This is one of my favourite Regency romances by Heyer.

  • The Ruby Knight

  • The Elenium, Book 2
  • By: David Eddings
  • Narrated by: Greg Abby
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871

Ehlana, Queen of Elenia, had been poisoned. A deep enchantment sustained her life, but only while the Knights aiding it still lived - and, already, they were dying, one each month. Then Sparhawk, the knight and Queen's Champion, learned that the cure for the poison was Bhelliom, the great jewel lost when Sarak of Thalesia died in battle 500 years before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you liked the first book get this one too,

  • By Cliff on 02-12-14

Improved performance, padded story

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

Reviewed: 03-06-12

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Despite it's lack of action and less than perfect editing (too much padding) this was still an entertaining enough book to listen to for relaxation.

If you’ve listened to books by David Eddings before, how does this one compare?

As mentioned, The Elenium as a series is not up to the standard of The Belgariad and The Mallorean. There is less character development, less entertaining dialogue and rather a lot of descriptive padding, much of which could have been omitted from the story.

What about Greg Abby’s performance did you like?

Fairly easy to know which character was talking based on the narrator's voice.

Could you see The Ruby Knight being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No.

Any additional comments?

I think Eddings fell into the same trap as many other authors of high fantasy have done. He wrote more, producing ever larger volumes for each successive book, but the actual interesting content of the stories decreased.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Diamond Throne

  • The Elenium, Book 1
  • By: David Eddings
  • Narrated by: Greg Abby
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,455
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102

Sparhawk, the Pandion Knight and Queen's Champion, returns from a long spell of exile to find his native land overrun with evil and intrigue, and his young Queen grievously ill. Indeed, Ehlana lies magically entombed within a block of crystal, doomed to die unless a cure can be found within a year.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could have been

  • By Homescholar on 02-27-13

Solid read

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

Reviewed: 03-06-12

Would you try another book from David Eddings and/or Greg Abby?

This series not quite as good as the Belgariad and The Mallorean but still a good read.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Main problem with the story is that not a lot happens even though the book is quite large.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narration was fairly good, just some strange choices of pausing sometimes.

Was The Diamond Throne worth the listening time?

It is worth the listening time.

Any additional comments?

More padding and less character development than Eddings' earlier books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bath Tangle

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Sian Phillips
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581

The Earl of Spenborough has always been noted for his eccentricity. Leaving a widow younger than his own daughter Serena is one thing, but quite another is leaving Serena's fortune to the trusteeship of the Marquis of Rotherham -- a man whom Serena once jilted and who now has the power to give or withhold his consent to any marriage she might contemplate. When Serena and her lovely young stepmother Fanny decide to move to Bath, Serena makes an odd new friend and discovers an old love, Major Hector Kirkby.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sian Phillips is a delight!

  • By Roxane on 06-17-10

A Tale of Romantic Misunderstandings

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-25-11

An enjoyable listen although this story is not quite as well suited to an auditory format as some of Heyer's other romances - some of the dialogue in this story consists of characters discussing regency politics and gossip which can be skipped if reading from a book but is not so easily skipped when listening to an audio recording. That having been said however, the second half of the recording is a pleasure to listen to. I enjoyed Sian Phillips reading which did not surprise me when I remember her performance on the television series 'I, Claudius'.

  • Devil's Cub

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Michael Drew
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589

The excesses of the young Marquis of Vidal are even wilder than his father's before him. Not for nothing is the reckless duellist and gamester called "the Devil's Cub". But when he is forced to leave the country, Mary Challoner discovers his fiendish plan to abduct her sister. Any only by daring to impersonate her can Mary save her sibling from certain ruin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely book but narrator missed the mark

  • By Janet on 09-09-08

Classic Heyer

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-11

One of my favourite Heyer romances this book translates quite well into an audio format. Stars one of Heyer's typical heros - handsome, dangerous, and cynical - with a smart, courageous, ladylike heroine. This is the sequel to 'These Old Shades' and although it stands very well on its own, one needs to read the prequel in order to fully appreciate some of the characters - in particular the characters of Avon and Leonie. The only slight quibble I have concerns the narrator's voicing of some of the male characters. There is a decided lisp given to many of the more dandyish of the male characters which can become a little distracting. It is rather unlikely that all Georgian dandies lisp when they speak so I think this particular style of voicing was a little overdone in this audiobook.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Talisman Ring

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636

The legend of the Headless Horseman and a proposed marriage de convenance both have their impact on the mystery of a golden talisman ring and Lord Lavenham's young heir, Ludovic. Neither Sir Tristram Shield nor Eustacie, his young French cousin, share the slightest inclination to marry one another, yet it is Lord Lavenham's dying wish. For there is no one else to provide for the old man's granddaughter while Ludovic remains a fugitive from justice...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as a play

  • By A on 06-19-11

As good as a play

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-11

Although somewhat shorter than many of her other novels. Heyer's Talisman Ring is one of her most entertaining reads. When I first read it years ago I thought how good a play it would make. Now, many years on, my very much thumbed and ragged version of the book has been replaced with an Audible version of the book delightfully read by Phyllida Nash - and yes, it does play very well as an audiobook. Snappy and funny dialogue of extremely likeable characters in a gently adventurous situation, this is a book that is fun to read and fun to listen to for anyone who enjoys lighthearted, well-scripted, regency romances.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Cotillion

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 872
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878

The three great-nephews of cantankerous Mr Penicuik know better than to ignore his summons, especially when it concerns the bestowal of his fortune. His freakish plan is that his fortune will be his step-daughter's dowry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my Favorites

  • By Diane Jemmett on 07-14-09

A story of a real hero

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-11

Another beautifully read story by Phillida Nash. 'Cotillion' is another of Heyer's romances which could have been written specifically to be read and listened to. One of her few romances that does not involve a cleverly sardonic hero but instead involves a quiet, dandy-ish hero of average intelligence and a very kind heart. Freddy's character is wonderfully created by the nature of his dialogue and Phyllida Nash does an excellent job of translating that dialogue into voice - despite being female. The reader follows Kitty's journey from her childish adoration of the handsome Jack to her more mature and more true love of the less obviously heroic Freddy. A thoroughly enjoyable audibook.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful