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  • Doctor Thorne

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

Doctor Thorne adopts his niece Mary, keeping secret her illegitimate birth as he introduces her to the best local social circles. There she meets and falls in love with Frank Gresham - the heir to a vastly mortgaged estate and obliged to find a wealthy wife. Only Doctor Thorne knows that Mary is to inherit a large legacy that will make her acceptable to the otherwise disapproving middle-class society to which Frank belongs.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. Great announcer. Bad audio production.

  • By cristina on 10-12-10

magnificent

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Reviewed: 08-20-17

in many ways a wonderful contrast to Dickens. The author constantly reverts to the reader to clarify possible differences of view. Also an incite ibto what happened to a single womans wealth on marrauge prior to the Married Womens Property Act 1882!

  • 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 2,892
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,233

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

excellent

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Reviewed: 07-06-17

a fascinating listen in the car whilst on a road trip from Alice to Darwin. Deeply moving snd a window into post war outback Australia with regerences to aboriginals considered as everday vocabulary in endearing terms now considered racist. how mucg has chaged yet vakues then seemed so much more community oriented. very thought provoking book.

  • Wishful Drinking

  • By: Carrie Fisher
  • Narrated by: Carrie Fisher
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,458

In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher tells the true and intoxicating story of her life with inimitable wit. Born to celebrity parents, she was picked to play a princess in a little movie called Star Wars when only 19 years old. "But it isn't all sweetness and light sabers."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Perspective....

  • By Allan on 12-22-08

breath of fresh air

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Reviewed: 02-06-17

although clearly the basis for a show, it reads or sounds like a personal dialogue to the listener. The humour is biting and leaves one unable to prevent spontaneous laughter which isn't always convenient when listening in public places. Superb book.

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  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,245
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,658

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Boss demonstrates his strong work ethic and dedication to excellence as he tells his story.

  • By Tim on 12-21-16

Refreshing honesty

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Reviewed: 01-30-17

It felt like you were walking along with your good friend Bruce at your side who is telling you his deeply personal philosophical thoughts on every issue through his career. A beautiful book and relevant to anyone not just those who love his music.

  • Barchester Towers

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

This magnificent novel, sequel to The Warden and second in the Chronicles of Barsetshire, satirizes the struggle for ascendancy among the clergy of a cathedral city. The contest is between the outgoing church authorities led by Archdeacon Grantly and the newcomers led by Mrs. Proudie and her protégé, the ambitious Mr. Obadiah Slope. Each wishes to become the dominant voice in the quiet diocese of Barchester, and they contend for the newly vacant post of warden of Hiram's Hospital.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Give Trollope a try

  • By Joseph on 08-17-09

Barchester Towers review

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Reviewed: 12-07-16

As a Dickens fan, I was prepared to be disappointed. But this book truly shines. I will now embark on the remaing 4 chronicles..

  • The Warden

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 174

Anthony Trollope's classic novel centers on Mr. Harding, a clergyman of great personal integrity whose charitable income far exceeds the purpose for which it was intended. On discovering this, young John Bold turns his reforming zeal toward exposing what he regards as an abuse of privilege, despite the fact that he is in love with Mr. Harding's daughter, Eleanor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Reading of Trollope

  • By Larbi on 09-15-07

the Warden

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-27-16

excellent book and narration. Trollope does indeed rival Dickens in narrative and vocabulary. Vance narrates well without becoming the focus himself.

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  • Great Expectations

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Hugh Laurie
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

A terrifying encounter with an escaped convict in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the bitter, decaying Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward Estella; the sudden generosity of a mysterious benefactor; these form a series of events that change the orphaned Pip's life forever, and he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Poorly compiled

  • By R. O'Hare on 03-26-19

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Reviewed: 01-18-16

Hugh Laurie provides a perfectly evocable reading of this brilliant Dickens tale. The sites and sounds all come to life from Victorian England

  • Bryant and May and the Invisible Code

  • By: Christopher Fowler
  • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

Two small children - playing a game called 'Witch-Hunter' - place a curse on a young woman eating lunch in a church courtyard. An hour later the woman is found dead. Then a society photographer is stabbed to death in a nearby park and suddenly a link emerges between the two cases. As the members of the Peculiar Crimes Unit investigate, they realise that the case might not just end in disaster - it might also get everyone killed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Someone's on a witch hunt

  • By Maine Colonial 🌲 on 09-05-12

Bryant & May series

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Reviewed: 02-07-15

Strange that some reviewers love them and some hate them. I think those who hate them want something superficial but these books are a nothing but. They have layers to them. Enthralling, addictive they are superb
ve and beautif I lay written.

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