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  • Pastoral

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

She was from the hills of Yorkshire, country born and bred. He was a city boy. By the stream where they fished they were two young people falling in love. Overhead, the bombers roared, threatening to blow their idyllic world, so young, so fresh, to smithereens.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Historical romance set in WWII England.

  • By Stan on 06-19-12

wonderful story!

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

Reviewed: 05-08-12

I throughly enjoyed this story. Very convincing picture of a developing romance against the backdrop of war and a bomber station, especially given that the war was still ongoing at the timing of this book's publication. Although most of the book was quite slow paced, there were definitely some exciting periods towards the end. I greatly enjoyed what appears to be a personal appearance of the author in his own book! Excellent narration, well suited to Shute's quiet, understated style. I'm so glad that another of my "top 5" Shute favourites has been added to Audible!

7 of 7 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 1,646
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,241

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
  • Frederica

  • By Carol on 06-07-09

Georgette Heyer at her best!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-11

This has always been my favorite of all of Heyer's books, and when I finally had a chance to revist the book in audio, it was just as wonderful a book as I remembered. Kids, misbehaving dog, longsuffering & reluctant guardian, pork jelly, not to mention excellent narration, make this a thoroughly enjoyable listen.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • The Danger

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

Dick Francis is the author of dozens of best-selling mysteries set at the racetrack, involving jockeys, horses, and the glamorous world of horseracing. The most delightful aspect of his stories is that one need know nothing about horses and racing to enjoy them thoroughly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful!

  • By Paula Beck on 12-13-05

My favorite Dick Francis!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-11

This is probably my favorite of the Dick Francis books, and the narration for this audio version simply added to the enjoyment!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • High Stakes

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

Steven Scott is relatively new to horses. A successful, wealthy inventor, he takes up horse racing as a hobby - a hobby that soon brings him winner after winner under the inspired guidance of his trainer, Jody Leeds. Currently both their reputations are wrapped up in a beautiful black hurdler named Energise. But just when Steven is winning at both women and horses, he discovers deceit in his own stables. Termination of the troublemaker marks Steven for his own termination - and much sooner than he can imagine...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never a bad book

  • By James on 01-05-03

this is Dick Francis at his best!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-11

The excellent narration added to a thoroughly enjoyable story. I suspect that I will be listening to this one again!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 10-lb Penalty

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

At nearly 18, easy-going Benedict Juliard has no stronger ambition than to ride in steeplechases as an amateur jockey. His father, George, driven towards a life of public service and politics, asks his son to enter into a pact that neither of them will commit any act that could destroy the father's growing reputation and career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As always Dick Francis tells a great story!

  • By Katherine H on 01-06-15

a thoroughly enjoyable listen!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-11

Tony Britton is a superb narrator, and greatly enhanced what this enjoyable story! I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

  • Blood Stains

  • By: Sharon Sala
  • Narrated by: Gayle Hendrix
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

At the reading of her father's will, Maria Slade receives shocking news—as a four-year-old, she'd witnessed her prostitute mother's murder and been taken into hiding by the well-meaning preacher who'd raised her as his own. Maria remembers none of that. But now she's determined to flush her mother's killer out of hiding and discover the identity of her birth father. She heads to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she meets Detective Bodie Scott.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narration NOT RIGHT!!!!!!!!

  • By Donna Thomas on 02-16-13

enjoyable story

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

Reviewed: 11-03-11

An enjoyable start to the series and worth the listen, despite slow and laboured narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hawken's Heart

  • By: Suzanne Brockmann
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

Navy SEAL Crash Hawken awakens in a Washington, D.C., hospital to learn that he is the prime suspect in the assassination attempt on a commanding officer. Charged with treason, conspiracy and murder, he is alone - except for Nell Burns. Nell and Crash have a history - as friends, as lovers. And she knows he could not have committed these crimes. Soon they are on the run, determined to uncover what really happened the night of the attempted assassination. But first they have to survive another day.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good story but painful narration

  • By Laurie on 05-30-11

good story but painful narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-11

Found the story to be one of the better ones of the series, but the narration was painful - the upward inflection at the end of every sentence (especially in the second half of the book) grew ever more of a distraction!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Town Like Alice

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,167

Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, beautifully told

  • By Mary on 03-27-11

great story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-09

I discovered Nevil Shute in my late teens and was thrilled to see this old favorite finally available with Audible. As with many Nevil Shute books, it starts off slowly but then becomes completely engrossing. Fascinating picture of life in Malaya and Australia in the '40s and early '50s, engaging characters. Excellent narration, perfect for the story. Am hoping that other Shute favorites will be added soon - Pied Piper, No Highway, Trustee from the Toolroom, Pastoral, In the Wet.

52 of 56 people found this review helpful

  • The Railway Children

  • By: E. Nesbit
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

In this classic story, first published in 1906, a false accusation places the father in jail, leaving his wife and three children on their own. Circumstances force mother and the children to leave their ideal life in London to live near a train station in a rustic cottage. As the good natured children work to rescue their father, they befriend and help others along the way.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Story Marred by a Bad Performance

  • By Charles H. on 04-21-15

delightful story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-08

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this classic children's story. It was beautifully read, despite the strong American accent combined with rather odd attempts at the British accents.

  • Patriot Games

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Martin Sheen
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Jack Ryan, historian, ex-Marine, and CIA analyst, is vacationing in London when the Ulster Liberation Army makes a terrorist attack on the Prince and Princess of Wales. By instinctively diving forward to break up the attack, he gains both the gratitude of a nation and the hatred of its most dangerous men. Jack Ryan must summon all of the skills and knowledge at his command to battle back against his nemesis.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good book, but disappointing abridgement

  • By Laurie on 05-01-08

good book, but disappointing abridgement

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-08

The story's great, the narrator is very good, but the abridgement is disappointing (although someone who has not read the book would probably enjoy this abridgement, despite the fact that many of the best characterization bits are missing). The completely unnecessary musical interludes are horrible - very melodramatic, corny, quite distracting.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful