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  • The Chilbury Ladies' Choir

  • A Novel
  • By: Jennifer Ryan
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister, Laura Kirman, Imogen Wilde, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,085

As England enters World War II's dark early days, spirited music professor Primrose Trent, recently arrived to the village of Chilbury, emboldens the women of the town to defy the Vicar's stuffy edict to shutter the church's choir in the absence of men and instead carry on singing. Resurrecting themselves as The Chilbury Ladies' Choir, the women of this small village soon use their joint song to lift up themselves and the community as the war tears through their lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Romance

  • By Sara on 04-17-17

Entertaining tale, well performed

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

The book is composed of letters and diaries and each is read by a well-cast narrator. The story is eventful, with some dark moments, but the tone remains cheerful as the power of friendship and community is enough to keep everyone going. The book could be seen as uplifting and fun or as shallow, depending on how realistic you prefer your fiction.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cabin Pressure

  • Zurich: The BBC Radio 4 airline
  • By: John Finnemore
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cole, Full Cast, Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 863
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 768

The complete finale of the hit BBC Radio 4 sitcom- 2 episodes. Cabin Pressure is set in the wing and prayer world of a tiny, one-plane airline, staffed by two pilots, one on his way down, and one who was never up to start with. In this, the finale of the whole series, we discover that for MJN Air, whether it's choosing an ice-cream flavour, putting a princess in a van or remembering your grandmother's name, no job is too small, but, many, many jobs are too difficult.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Rosanne Limoncelli on 03-02-15

A fun conclusion

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

If you're a fan of the series you will of course have to hear the final chapter. I knocked off one star because the resolution is really not plausible, however much Finnemore tried to pave the way by throwing around the phrase "fairytale ending." But there are certainly some priceless scenes, such as a conversation in which Douglas imitate someone, Arthur deploys one of his ever-so-convincing accents and Martin arrives and finds himself to imitate someone as well.

  • The Understudy

  • A Novel
  • By: David Nicholls
  • Narrated by: Tristan Layton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27

Thirty-two-year-old actor Stephen C. McQueen (no, not that Steve McQueen) is waiting for his big break. His only screen credits so far are playing dead bodies on cop and doctor shows. At the moment, he's paying the rent by understudying hot movie star Josh Harper, who's trying to gain dramatic credibility in a West End play. If only Josh would miss a performance, Stephen-with-a-P-H could prove his talent and redeem himself in the eyes of his disapproving ex-wife and their precocious seven-year-old daughter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Actor's Nightmare

  • By James Gordon on 10-11-05

Light and funny

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

Reviewed: 05-25-15

I wanted a light and funny book, no portentous literary fiction, and this book met my expectations. It is largely a madcap farce in which many ridiculous but entertaining things happen.

  • Americanah

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,094

As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dazzling, Romantic, and Witty

  • By Anna-Bo-Banana on 04-28-14

Many dimensions of African immigrant experience

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

Reviewed: 05-25-15

A couple who meet in high school in Nigeria take very different paths through the next 20 or so years. All the steps of their journeys in the U.S., the U.K. and their home country are presented in a very compelling and entertaining way. The narrator is wonderful. Overall, it's fabulous.

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  • The Forever War

  • By: Joe Haldeman
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,239

William Mandella is a soldier in Earth's elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends him from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when (and if) the Forever War ends?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic.

  • By John on 09-24-08

So glad I discovered this scifi classic

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

Reviewed: 05-25-15

My main comment about this book is the narrator: he was completely perfect. He brought the main character fully to life, which really added a great dimension to the story for me. There is a lot of military jargon and battle scenes which might have been a struggle to read through, but delivered in the first person narration it all worked. He was also able to present other characters in an engaging way. I especially liked the strange diction of one person William meets while recovering from injury and the laconic style of Charlie in the last section.

The story was episodic and thus the narrative momentum was uneven. But there was a lot to like and a ton of intriguing ideas about how warfare and society might develop over the centuries.

  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,232
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,661

With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Part of Saturday

  • By George Knight on 12-16-14

Whoa! Captivating and amazing!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-14

Though Cumming is a celebrity the book has little to do with that and much to do with his difficult and mysterious family history. The story is told with vivid detail and unfolded with perfect pacing. Questions emerge, and as soon as one is resolved it leads to new ones. You are absolutely pulled along. Cumming as the narrator is, unsurprisingly, excellent.

  • The Sixth Extinction

  • An Unnatural History
  • By: Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Narrated by: Anne Twomey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,166

A major audiobook about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes. Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on Earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lifts you out of the ordinary

  • By Regina on 04-28-14

Excellent book, narrator is a problem

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

Reviewed: 12-09-14

Other reviewers complained about the narrator, but I thought, it'll be fine. But upon finishing the book, I didn't love it and when I contemplated why, the answer was the narrator. The book itself is very fascinating and skillfully told. It contains a lot of very current scientific research. I have a few questions that I'd like to pose, things that were kind of left without being explored fully. Still, overall a very worthwhile and engaging book. But listening to it is kind of a drag.

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • The Industrial Revolution

  • By: Patrick N. Allitt, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Patrick N. Allitt
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 845
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837

From electric lights to automobiles to the appliances that make our lives easier at work and at home, we owe so much of our world to the Industrial Revolution. In this course, The Great Courses partners with the Smithsonian - one of the world's most storied and exceptional educational institutions - to examine the extraordinary events of this period and uncover the far-reaching impact of this incredible revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly entertaining, balanced, comprehensive

  • By Quaker on 12-03-14

Fascinating and very well presented

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

Reviewed: 10-22-14

This is the third course by Professor Allitt that I've listened to. The courses are very well organized and I find his lectures extremely engaging. He does a good job of presenting a balanced picture of both the good and bad, the admirable and the deplorable effects of the Industrial Revolution, although he does share his belief that the benefits vastly outweigh the costs (which I agreed with before and after listening to the course). I particularly like how he incorporates primary sources-- letters, newspaper articles or fiction of the time.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Clockwork Universe

  • Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World
  • By: Edward Dolnick
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,615
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,628

The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Calculus Ergo Modernity

  • By Nelson Alexander on 07-09-11

The ideas and the times are well explained

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

Reviewed: 06-03-13

This is one of my favorite types of books: history of science. I think the subtitle is misleading because there wasn't much about the Royal Society. Instead the book describes the scientific and mathematical questions of the 1600's and the men who grappled with them. There were many great details that I had not known.

Other reviewers complained about the narrator, and I have to agree. He has a nice voice, though I think his Brooklyn accent is not the best match for the book. But it's really his delivery that's the problem. He adds a lot of spin to convey how ridiculous things are. A calmer and more detached tone would have served the material better.

Nevertheless, the book was just my thing, and I have to give it top marks despite the narration.

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  • Sherlock Holmes: The Rediscovered Railway Mysteries and Other Stories

  • By: John Taylor
  • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 181

An Inscrutable Masquerade', 'The Conundrum of Coach 13', 'The Trinity Vicarage Larceny' and 'The 10.59 Assassin'. Inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Sherlock Holmes stories, John Taylor has written four more mysteries featuring the world’s greatest detective. Read by acclaimed actor Benedict Cumberbatch, these new adventures share all the suspense of the original tales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cumberbatch is a great Sherlock Holmes

  • By Janette on 01-27-12

stories are uneven but performance is excellent

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

Reviewed: 03-14-13

Doyle's stories weren't all spectacular and neither are these. In that sense they fit into the canon perfectly well. My favorite, mystery-wise, is the last one, which seems like a case only Sherlock Holmes could solve. The first one isn't even a proper mystery-- it's just Watson not knowing what Holmes is up to.

I don't mind admitting I bought this for the lovely narrator. You don't get to hear his natural voice too much, since the stories are narrated by Watson and he has a certain gruff and pompous tone for the good doctor. He also delivers an impressive array of accents, including American and British from a variety of regions and classes. Cumberbatch makes it really entertaining. I listened to it twice and expect to listen again.