Read by Bill Gates & Roger Steffens
Penguin, 6hrs, pounds 12.99
PERSEVERANCE IS necessary to get hooked on this advertorial but important audiobook. The first problem is the listening experience (sorry - business jargon is infectious). The terse prefaces to each section by Gates himself work well, but Steffens's lugubrious voice takes some getting used to. The next is content - by the end of side one you'll be wondering why this tape wasn't called A Brief History of Microsoft. But the examples broaden - and, whether you're a queen bee or an ant, the web will revolutionise your ways of life and work.
3hrs, pounds 8.99
CATHERINE BAILEY'S dramatisation of Charlotte Bronte's last novel is the most lively and arresting broadcast of a classic novel I have heard. Catherine McCormack is heart-breakingly brave and vulnerable as Lucy Snowe, Joseph Fiennes suitably prattish as the fickle Graham, Harriet Walter brilliantly mean as Madame Beck. The spooky story of an English teacher in a French finishing school, haunted by a mysterious nun, had its origin in Charlotte's own experience of a French school - and the love she felt for the husband of its headmistress.Reuse content