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  • At Last the 1948 Show

  • The Best Of
  • By: Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, and others
  • Narrated by: Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

At Last the 1948 Show is a classic satirical TV series that inspired Monty Python. Featuring Cambridge footlighters John Cleese, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graham Chapman, this is arguably the finest sketch comedy series ever produced and certainly something you do not want to miss.... This is a large collection of the very best sketches from the first and second series of the show.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyable but some flaws

  • By Rachel Altmaier on 03-09-19

enjoyable but some flaws

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

some sketches were definitely meant to be seen, not listened to - at one point there was about 5 minutes of silence with occasional audience laughter! also if you're familiar with the Monty python sketches, a few of these will sound familiar as they were adapted and reused later. but overall very enjoyable!

  • So, Anyway...

  • By: John Cleese
  • Narrated by: John Cleese
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,806
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,686

In this rollicking memoir, So, Anyway..., John Cleese takes listeners on a grand tour of his ascent in the entertainment world, from his humble beginnings in a sleepy English town and his early comedic days at Cambridge University (with future Python partner Graham Chapman) to the founding of the landmark comedy troupe that would propel him to worldwide renown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cleese, the early years, in his own voice

  • By G. Beauchamp on 01-15-17

Hilarious

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

This book is greatly enhanced as an audio book by John Cleese's hilarious narriation. He even cracks himself up multiple times. His voice acting is great and I love that he acted out some of the sketches and even played a few old recordings. I have never enjoyed an audio book so much - highly recommend.

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  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,649
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,599

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A must hear ... but not for kids!

  • By Dylan on 02-19-19

great performance but uneven content quality

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

excellent narration and interview excerpts, really good acting in the document readings and dialogues, but overall way too much obsession with sex

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Potter: A History of Magic

  • An Audio Documentary
  • By: Pottermore Publishing, Ben Davies
  • Narrated by: Natalie Dormer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,656
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,644

The history of magic is as long as time and as wide as the world. In every culture, in every age, in every place and, probably, in every heart, there is magic. Harry Potter: A History of Magic reveals some of the hidden stories behind real-world magic and explores some of J.K. Rowling's magical inventions alongside their folkloric, cultural and historical forebears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By fisherguy446 on 10-19-18

visual aid turned audio book

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

The fundamental problem is that this book was written to accompany a museum exhibit and is organized by museum artifact, but the audio book doesn't come with any artifact images, so you just hear interviewees speaking at length about artifacts you can't see. The content is also uneven - sometimes it's genuinely historically informative and sometimes you're just listening to someone praise JK Rowling's creative process (the first and last chapters are particularly bad for that reason). Logistically, the sound mixing isn't great - the interviewees are all different volumes, and the narrator is far louder than all of them.

  • Christmas Eve, 1914

  • By: Charles Olivier
  • Narrated by: Cameron Daddo, Xander Berkeley, Cody Fern, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,740

In 1914, the war which was to have been wrapped up by Christmas had - in reality - only just begun, as all sides entrenched themselves deeper into the Great War. Christmas Eve, 1914 follows one company of British officers as they rotate forward to spend their Christmas on the front lines, a mere 80 yards from the German guns. Upper- and working-class men and boys are thrown together into one trench and struggle to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully "illustrated"

  • By anonymous on 12-25-14

absolutely beautiful

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

this was an excellent performance by the cast and a very moving story. highly recommend!

  • The Sittaford Mystery

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539

In a remote house in the middle of Dartmoor, six shadowy figures huddle around a table for a seance. Tension rises as the spirits spell out a chilling message: "Captain Trevelyan...dead...murder." Is this black magic or simply a macabre joke? The only way to be certain is to locate Captain Trevelyan. Unfortunately, his home is six miles away and, with snowdrifts blocking the roads, someone will have to make the journey on foot....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hugh Fraser is the best.

  • By No One on 05-10-14

great performance, good mystery

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

I really enjoyed Hugh Fraser's performance - the characters were well voiced (although his attempt at an accent for the Willetts was so terrible that it was distracting). I enjoyed Emily's amateur detective work a lot, and the ending to the mystery was quite surprising.

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  • After the Funeral

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395

When Cora Lansquenet is savagely murdered with a hatchet, the extraordinary remark she made the previous day at her brother Richard's funeral suddenly takes on a chilling significance. At the reading of Richard's will, Cora was clearly heard to say, "It's been hushed up very nicely, hasn't it.... But he was murdered, wasn't he?"

In desperation, the family solicitor turns to Hercule Poirot to unravel the mystery....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hugh Fraser Forever!

  • By MAGJAG on 08-20-14

great story - couldn't stop listening

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

the story was absolutely engrossing - I couldn't wait to find out the ending. Hugh Fraser was wonderful to listen to (since he played Hastings for so long) but his voices weren't particularly distinctive, so it just sounded like Hastings reading a story. nonetheless, thoroughly enjoyable.

  • The Moonstone

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 275

This is heralded as the very first mystery novel. Collins, in his great work, created the guidelines for the genre as we know it today: a fabulous diamond stolen, everyone in the house is suspected, three mysterious Indians sworn to protect the jewel at all costs, the upstairs/downstairs tension from the servants, and a brilliant detective who is eccentrically fond of roses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By James on 08-03-16

great narrator, good story

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

narrator did a great job with the voices of all the characters. the story dragged in some parts (particularly the butler's very long narration) but I was still engrossed enough to be excited as the mystery unfolded

  • Gather ‘Round the Sound

  • Holiday Stories from Beloved Authors and Great Performers Across the Globe
  • By: Paulo Coelho, Yvonne Morrison, Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters, Daniel Frances Berenson, Magda Szubanski, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5,906
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,191
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5,189

2017 has been a monumental year for Audible, having just celebrated our 20th anniversary, a milestone that would have never been possible without our wonderful and loyal listeners. One of our major commitments is bringing new and diverse audio experiences to our members, so this year, as our gift to you, we pulled together a collection that reflects a little bit of everything we’ve been up to recently.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • WHAT WAS THAT!

  • By Phillip on 12-12-17

mixed bag

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

I liked the documentary on letters to santa arriving at GE. I'm not sure why the signalman was chosen - it didn't seem related to Christmas at all. but a perfectly pleasant way to spend an hour.

  • The Fellowship of the Ring

  • Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,663
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30,756

The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last - The Definitive Recording!

  • By L. N. on 10-10-12

Great unabridged reading

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Great to find an unabridged reading, but terrible singing and sometimes hard to tell the voices of all the different characters apart