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  • Rebecca

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

This mysterious tale is the best known and best loved of du Maurier's work. After honeymooning in Italy, the dashing Max de Winter returns to Manderley, his beautiful country estate, with his innocent young bride. But the unsettling presence of Rebecca (the first Mrs. de Winter) still lingers within the mansion's rooms and halls, and most of all in the persistent reminders from the grim housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rebecca

  • By Hannah Williams on 05-05-05

Read this, but choose another version

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

Reviewed: 03-05-13

Rebecca is one of my very favorite books; every time I read or listen to it, I discover new layers to Du Maurier's complex and emotional novel: the naiveté of the unnamed narrator, Max's assumptions about her understanding, Mrs. Danvers's dedication to Rebecca; all unfold in their own way and only become more interesting as I get older and identify more strongly with one character or another, depending on my own space.

Everyone should read (or listen to) this book, is what I'm trying to say. Bonus points for being guided by one of Du Maurier's favorite books: Jane Eyre.

However, I cannot recommend this audio version. The narrator is all right - I'd give her 3.5 stars on her own - but the sound editing is poorly done. From one character to another, the volume of the narrator's voice changes to the point where I was constantly having to fiddle with the volume - sometimes quite vehemently - and the plosive consonants, especially the "esses," caused me to quickly relegate this book to listening only when I could do so on speakers in a quiet room (as opposed to earbuds or in the car).

  • Mansfield Park

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Frances Barber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

When the self-effacing 10-year-old Fanny Price is sent to live with her wealthy relations at Mansfield Park she seems shy and withdrawn beside her witty and vivacious cousins. Growing up in the Bertram household, she is always treated as an inferior, only finding an ally in her cousin Edmund. But Fanny's steadfast and purposeful character eventually makes her an indispensable part of the household. During the absence of Fanny's uncle, the others become entangled in a maze of flirtation and intrigue upon the arrival of Mary Crawford and her brother Henry.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good narration

  • By Constance Jenkins on 02-28-18

A More Favorable Review than Anticipated

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-26-09

Mansfield Park is not my favorite of Austen's works. The heroine herself is nervous and mousy, and the secondary characters are rarely redeemable in any sense. However, Frances Barber's reading of this novel lends it some entertainment that I had not got from reading it to myself. Her precise English diction threw me off for the first chapter or so, but then it grew on me and by the end, I added her name to my (very short) list of favorite narrators. I am pleased with this recording and when the time comes to listen through all of Austen's novels again, I will look forward to Mansfield Park almost as much as I do to the rest of Austen's books.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Sense and Sensibility

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,979
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,445

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
  • very easy on the ears.

  • By Rachael on 02-27-08

Brilliantly Read.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-09

Juliet Stevenson has done a masterful job not only reading Sense and Sensibility, but also giving the characters vivacity and personalities. Marianne's raptures made me smile and the vulgarity of Mrs. Jennings made me giggle uncomfortably in a way that simply reading the book never has before.
I highly recommend this version as a wonderful and colorful reading of a book that is, at its core, about the blend of Enlightenment and Romanticism of the early 19th century.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Emma

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Victoria Morgan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Emma Woodhouse has it all: She's beautiful, rich and very clever - maybe too clever - but she also has too much time on her hands. So Emma decides to dabble in the lives of others, setting about making romantic matches - but why can't she find the right suitor for herself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of the best

  • By Joseph on 09-29-05

Fantastic Book, Unfortunate Editing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-09

Emma should make anyone's list of Great English Literature. The whole book is filled with Austen's witticisms about human nature that can only come from keen observation. Ms. Morgan does a good job reading Emma (both the book and the character); however, she has a tendency to pause mid-sentence - possibly while turning a page? - and pick up again a moment later as if beginning a new sentence all together. It is rather disconcerting, as it takes the listener out of the story. I find the whole thing unfortunate, as I really enjoy Ms. Morgan's vocal talents and wish that her editors had done a better job taking out the pauses, breaths and fits-and-starts that are so jarring to the listener.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Study in Emerald

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,662

A Study in Emerald draws listeners in through carefully revealed details as a consulting detective and his narrator friend solve the mystery of a murdered German noble. But with its subtle allusions and surprise ending, this mystery hints that the real fun in solving this case lies in imagining all the details that Gaiman doesn't reveal, and challenges listeners to be detectives themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen Well

  • By M. D. Baines on 08-16-08

An Unusual Pleasure

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-09

I do not usually like short stories, but in Mr. Gaiman's case they keep me entertained in between full-length novels. A Study in Emerald is no different - Gaiman uses clever clues and interesting plot twists to keep the reader (listener) engaged, and there is a lovely surprise at the end worthy of the author to whom this story is in reference. Hearing Gaiman narrate his own characters is always a pleasure, and while this piece is not as amusing as some of his others, it is still quite brilliant.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,778

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there!

  • By D. McMillen on 05-31-05

Delightful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-05

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell reads like a novel written in the time period it describes. Susanna Clarke captured the spirit and wit of the early 19th century completely brilliantly. The story itself is fun, with a bit of magic and a lot of nods to actual events and persons of the age. Mr. Green's reading is absolute perfection - he grasps the sarcastic tones and emotions of the characters quite well, and had me laughing out loud while walking down the street, earning me a few stares. The novel itself merits a 4-star rating, but Mr. Green gave it that extra little *something* that can't be obtained by reading alone.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,372

Why we think it’s a great listen: It is a truth universally acknowledged that anyone looking for a great listen won’t be able to resist Jane Austen’s delightful classic of love and manners in Regency England. Jane Austen's story of Mrs. Bennet's finding husbands for her daughters is told with wit and charm. A must for lovers of good literature. Commuters Library presents Pride and Prejudice read by Kate Reading.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narrator

  • By C. A. Likely on 03-12-07

Even Lady Catherine would approve

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-25-05

Pride and Prejudice is one of my absolute favorite books, and this performance by Kate Reading is the best audiobook of P&P I've ever heard. Ms. Reading is clear, entertaining, and grasps the sly wit of Jane Austen admirably. Austen's work was designed in part to be read aloud, and though I've read the book countless times, listening was a whole new experience; I found myself laughing at passages I had merely skimmed over in the past. I highly recommend this book (and all Austen's work), both in paper and audio format.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful