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  • The Convenient Marriage

  • Written by: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Horatia Winwood is the youngest and the least attractive of the three Winwood sisters. She also has a stammer. But when the enigmatic and eminently eligible Earl of Rule offers for her oldest sister’s hand – a match that makes financial and social sense, but would break her heart – it is Horatia who takes matters into her own impetuous hands. Can she save her family’s fortune?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Sylvia Karingada on 17-08-19

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 17-08-19

Richard Armitage, an actor with an impossibly perfect diction, brings to life the breathless stammer of the heroine, Horatia, so realistically. We are also treated to the careless aristocratic drawl of the Earl, the nonchalance of Pelham, the rough uncouthness of highwayman to name just a few.

Amazing as to how he manages all these individual voices!

If you love Georgette Heyer Regencies, be sure to listen to this spellbinding (as always) performance by Richard Armitage!!

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  • David Copperfield

  • Written by: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 36 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Between his work on the 2014 Audible Audiobook of the Year, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel, and his performance of Classic Love Poems, narrator Richard Armitage ( The Hobbit, Hannibal) has quickly become a listener favorite. Now, in this defining performance of Charles Dickens' classic David Copperfield, Armitage lends his unique voice and interpretation, truly inhabiting each character and bringing real energy to the life of one of Dickens' most famous characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Wonderful Listening Experience.

  • By Sylvia Karingada on 01-06-19

A Wonderful Listening Experience.

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

It would be too presumptuous of ANYONE to attempt a review of Dickens’ David Copperfield- this magnum opus is a great canvas, across which he portrays a wide spectrum of emotions and characters. The power of his writing is immense!

The narration by Richard Armitage is outstanding- as always! He gives each character his/her own unique voice, specific inflections and accents which are consistently maintained throughout the performance.

This book is quite long. It is a 36 hours long Audiobook - but do not be daunted. It is a veritable audio treat. Just listen to Richard Armitage voicing Mr. Creakle, Mr. Peggotty or Mr. Micawber. Or Dora or Aunt Betsy.
The man is a consummate, superbly talented genius! His acting and voice work training just shines in Audible fiction narrations.
Highly recommended!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Landmarks

  • Written by: Robert Macfarlane
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Landmarks, a fascinating exploration of the relationship between language and landscapes by Robert Macfarlane, read by Roy McMillan. Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes are grained into our words. Landmarks is about the power of language to shape our sense of place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful book! Wonderful narration!

  • By Sylvia Karingada on 20-03-19

Beautiful book! Wonderful narration!

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

Reviewed: 20-03-19

The beauty of language and landscape is captured so wonderfully in this book, as is the case with most works of Robert Macfarlane.

The narration by Roy Mcmillan enhances the beauty of the work. Calm, evocative, studied- his voice draws the listener into Macfarlane's wonderful tapestry of land and language and sounds.

I am someone who really had second thoughts whether audiobooks would work for me or not. Happy to be wrong.

Listening to Landmarks was a truly special experience!

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  • The Man from St Petersburg

  • Written by: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

It is just before the outbreak of World War I, and Britain must enlist the aid of Russia. Czar Nicholas' nephew is to visit London for secret naval talks with Lord Walden, who has lived in Russia and has a Russian wife, Lydia. But there are other people who are interested in the arrival of Prince Alexei: the Waldens' only daughter, Charlotte - wilful, idealistic, and with an awakening social conscience; Basil Thompson, head of the Special Branch; and, above all, Feliks Kschessinky, the ruthless Russian anarchist. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narration! As usual.

  • By Sylvia Karingada on 20-03-19

Excellent Narration! As usual.

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

Reviewed: 20-03-19

Sometimes words do fail to describe the wonderful and insightful narration which Richard Armitage brings to each project he undertakes! He does independent voices so well- the lazy drawl of English aristocrats, cultured tones of ladies, thick accents of Russians speaking English, rural accents, speech of maids, the roughness of a policeman's accent, the eagerness of a little boy, cockney accents...

It was a joy to listen to this talented actor read this book. Any book, actually. I will happily listen to the telephone directory or your household grocery list- if he reads it!

Highly recommended.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • Written by: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rivetting true life story

  • By VKT on 12-03-19

Unforgettable Experience.

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

The story, brought so vividly to life by Richard Armitage, is so true to life and extraordinary. There is the horror of Auschwitz and Birkenau camps; but there is also the hope and survival and kindness. It is so life affirming.

Richard Armitage has done the narration so wonderfully well. Even though he is a native English speaker, he brought so many accents, voices, tones and emotions so wonderfully to life. It was a truly valuable experience- listening to him.

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  • Classic Love Poems

  • Written by: William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

For anyone who's in love - or hopes to be - what greater celebration could there be than to hear the world's greatest love poetry read lovingly by Richard Armitage? With 13 poems by William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and more, Classic Love Poems is a listening treat for Valentine's Day - or any day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just wonderful!

  • By Sylvia Karingada on 15-11-18

Just wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 15-11-18

A lovely selection of poems.

The narration is excellent. The deep and expressive voice of Richard Armitage does absolute justice to these wonderful poems.

It is a joy to listen to him.