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Sons and Lovers audiobook cover art

Superb

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

This is a great novel. DH Lawrence at his best. The narration by Jenny Sterlin is
Perfect. Heartrending. One of the top listening experiences I have had on audible.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

The Golden Bowl audiobook cover art

The best!

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

The Golden Bowl is one of Henry James' most complicated and enthralling novels. Juliet Stevenson is without doubt one of the best readers you can find on audible. The combination made me appreciate the subtleties of this work I had missed while reading it on the page.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Mansfield Park (Naxos Edition) audiobook cover art

Perfection

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

Reviewed: 04-16-16

This is one of best audio books I have listened to. Juliet Stevenson superb narrator.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

The Mill on the Floss audiobook cover art

Superb

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

Reviewed: 03-24-15

Narration by the great Eileen Atkins is perfect. She matches the spirit of this great novel. My very best audible listening experience so far and this is saying a lot!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Nora Webster: A Novel audiobook cover art

Power of a great reader

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

Reviewed: 11-02-14

Would you listen to Nora Webster: A Novel again? Why?

The novel is beautifully written. A simple clear plot. Fiona Shaw 's superb reading nails it.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I was sorry to reach the end.

What does Fiona Shaw bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The mind set of a woman in Ireland of the 1970s. Fiona Shaw becomes Nora.

Who was the most memorable character of Nora Webster: A Novel and why?

Nora. Because she finds her own voice (singing and otherwise) at the same time she remains bound to her children

Any additional comments?

The combination of Shaw and Toibin shows the importance of a reader to the listening experience.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

The Spoils of Poynton audiobook cover art

perfect reading of wonderful novel

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

Reviewed: 07-21-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Spoils of Poynton to be better than the print version?

Not exactly. But I think it enriches the print version so that I notice things I didn't while reading.

What did you like best about this story?

The mystery of the power of collecting objects. The description of Poynton itself. The main character's aesthetic sense. Her honor. Henry James' brilliant writing.

Have you listened to any of Maureen O'Brien’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I listened to What Maisie Knew which was incredibly good. I thought that one couldn't be bested but Spoils is just as good. I will now listen to Middlemarch. I wish she did more. I am not so interested in listening to Lawrence but probably will because she is so good. However I wish she would do more Henry James novels. She is one of your truly great readers.

Any additional comments?

PLEASE more novels read by Maureen O'Brien.
Portrait of a Lady, Turn of the Screw, The Golden Bowl.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful