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A Peek at Petra's Bookshelf

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Frankfurt am Main, Germany 6 REVIEWS / 6 ratings Member Since 2011 0 Followers / Following 0
 
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  • Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 3

    "Still lots of fun"

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    Just finished the third series, listening to too many episodes at one time. ;)
    I usually like to savour them, by just listening to only one each time, but they were so funny I got carried away.
    Luckily there is a fourth series available now.

  • Cabin Pressure: Molokai (Christmas Special 2010)

    "Christmas fun"

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    Usually I am not a big fan of Christmas specials, but this was a fun episode.

  • Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 2

    "Just as much fun as the first series"

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    After enjoying the first series so much, I bought this one as well. I listen to it while knitting and I have a great time with it.

  • Cabin Pressure

    "Very entertaining"

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    I admit I only bought this first series because of Benedict Cumberbatch. It is so funny, I just love it.

Linda Lou McCall

Linda Lou McCall Phoenix, AZ USA 03-06-14 Member Since 2007

Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton.  In-depth fair reviews - from front to BLACK!!! 

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  • "A CLASSIC!!!"

    3 of 3 helpful votes
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    With all of the crime that is happening now, people should see that there was just as much crime 60 years. I'd recommend this to friends who are always complaining about "the good old days" and "these kids today". The mindset is the same among criminals - only the amount of firepower has changed. "Dragnet" is the father of all crime shows today, especially the in depth technical ones which involve forensics and DNA and also shows like "Law & Order" that used real crimes taken from newspaper reports or police files. Jack Webb was an innovator who created this genre of television.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    That question is not applicable here.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    This is a multi-performer audiobook with different actors playing each role. That gives the listening experience a rare layered effect.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    IMPOSSIBLE! It's 16 Parts of 6 to 8 hours in each Part. But, say, I had nothing to do for a whole month, like I'm stuck in a hospital bed because I broke every bone in my body - I'd have to say that no one would WANT to listen to these episodes in one sitting or even one day. It's basically the same format over and over again - crotchety old landladies, snoopy neighbors, arrogant criminals, mouthy teens, precocious toddlers, each repeating the same dialogue from one story to the other. The "stage business" - walking, stirring coffee, typing, opening doors, balling up paper, etc. - gets irritating after a while. It worked 60 years ago because listeners wanted to get as much bang for their buck in the 30 minute show time. However, listening to Sgt. Friday "walking" on a hard floor for the first 100 episodes, it becomes a bit old to have to hear it for 260 more shows.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I enjoyed this "book" which is actually recordings of old radio shows, even with the snaps, crackles and pops. That's what gives it the dated feeling. However, the original recording was poorly done with no levels adjusted from one season to another, much less episodes. I had to give up the ghost when "the needle got stuck", playing several parts over and over again. In the old days, we'd just lift up the record player arm or put a coin on it to hold it in the groove. Here it is apparent that the engineer wasn't paying attention during the production and that Audible did no quality control afterwards.

    NOTE: A highlight of these old shows is the advertisements. To hear the manufacturers of Fatima ("The Long Cigarette") and Chesterfields ("The Mild Cigarette") insist that smoking is healthy for you and that THEIR product is the very best is both funny and sad. Fatima goes on and on about how smokers switching to Fatima has increased by 500% since its last "report". If you've lost a loved one to lung cancer, this will be hard for you to take. But that was the way it was back then. People lit up a cigarette for any reason, even in a hospital bed!

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    Dragnet: Old Time Radio - 380 Episodes

    • ORIGINAL (137 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Frank Burt, James E. Moser, John Robinson
    • Narrated By Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Ben Alexander, and others
    Overall
    (32)
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    (27)
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    (28)

    Dragnet was perhaps the most famous and influential police procedural drama in media history. The series gave millions of audience members a feel for the boredom and drudgery, as well as the danger and heroism, of real-life police work.

    Actor and producer Jack Webb's aims in Dragnet were for realism and unpretentious acting. He achieved both goals, and Dragnet remains a key influence on subsequent police dramas in many media.

    Elizabeth says: "The Grandfather of Law and Order"
  • 4.8 (323 ratings)

    Cabin Pressure

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (282)

    John Finnemore (Dead Ringers & Mitchell & Webb) has written this brilliant new sitcom starring Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam & Benedict Cumberbatch. Cabin Pressure is set in a small airline business. The flipside of the glamorous world of international airlines.

    Dawn says: "Fly away on MJN air with these lovable characters-"
  • 4.9 (249 ratings)

    Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 2

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch, and others
    Overall
    (249)
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    (218)
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    (221)

    Stephanie Cole ("Doc Martin"), Benedict Cumberbatch and Roger Allam ("The Thick Of It") star in the complete second series of the hit sitcom about the pilots of a tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.

    Gwynne says: "Brilliant Fun!"
  • 4.9 (211 ratings)

    The Opie and Anthony Tribute to Patrice O’Neal – Segment 1

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Opie & Anthony
    Overall
    (211)
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    (195)
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    (190)

    This tribute to Patrice O' Neal includes reflections from Gregg ‘Opie’ Hughes, comedians Rich Vos, Joe DeRosa, and Amy Schumer. Classic Patrice appearances include a discussion on Patrice’s outfits, Wesley Snipes going to jail, awful sci-fi movies, Patrice’s WWE career, Alfred Hitchcock movies, making a lingerie girl cry, a discussion on Lady Gaga, Patrice’s glass dildos, and the punk test.

    david says: "Great comic"
  • 4.9 (203 ratings)

    Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 3

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    Overall
    (203)
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    (196)
    Story
    (195)

    Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Roger Allam star in the first series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.

    Petra says: "Still lots of fun"
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  • 4.8 (188 ratings)

    Car Talk, 1-Month Subscription

    • NONE (1 hr)
    • By Tom Magliozzi, Ray Magliozzi
    Overall
    (188)
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    (0)
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    One of NPR's most popular programs, Car Talk lets listeners (2.3 million of them) call in with their car woes while the hosts dish out their wit and know-how. At the end of each hour, 2 of 2 things are guaranteed to happen: you'll learn something about your motor vehicle and you'll have a belly laugh. Get the latest issue or subscribe!

    Alex says: "Whoo hoo! It's CD burnable."
  • 5.0 (182 ratings)

    The Opie and Anthony Tribute to Patrice O’Neal – Segment 2

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Opie & Anthony
    Overall
    (182)
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    (167)
    Story
    (163)

    This tribute to Patrice O' Neal includes reflections from comedian Jim Florentine and Anthony Cumia. Classic Patrice appearances include The Black Phillip Show, Patrice’s take on the Illuminati, Patrice in studio with Gallagher, The Bobo Up and Down Game, the cab challenge, and Patrice’s ‘Unmasked’ interview with Ron Bennington.

    Amazon Customer says: "RIP Funny Man"
  • 5.0 (172 ratings)

    The Opie and Anthony Tribute to Patrice O’Neal – Segment 3

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Opie & Anthony
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (155)

    This tribute to Patrice O' Neal includes reflections from comedians Louis CK, Dave Attell, Colin Quinn, and Dane Cook. Classic Patrice appearances include exotic meats, The United States of Patrice, Patrice’s mom, the rock coat, it’s raining stuff, Independence Day, and side pussy.

    All proceeds from the sale of this program will go to Gladys and Dude Productions, Inc., for the benefit of Patrice O’Neal’s family.

    Amazon Customer says: "RIP Funny Man"
  • 5.0 (171 ratings)

    The Opie and Anthony Tribute to Patrice O’Neal – Segment 4

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Opie & Anthony
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (155)

    This tribute to Patrice O' Neal includes reflections from comedians Kurt Metzger, Russ Meneve, and Robert Kelly. Classic Patrice segments include Patrice goes to jail, Patrice’s last show, and Warren Haynes.

    All proceeds from the sale of this program will go to Gladys and Dude Productions, Inc., for the benefit of Patrice O’Neal’s family.

    Amazon Customer says: "RIP Funny Man"
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  • 4.9 (167 ratings)

    Cabin Pressure: Molokai (Christmas Special 2010)

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (158)

    In this Christmas special 'Molokai' - It's Christmas morning, but when Carolyn schedules an extra stop-off to the Hawaiian island of Molokai, Arthur has just seven minutes to celebrate Christmas. Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch & Roger Allam star in the second series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.

    Siobhan says: "Funny, funny, funny!"
  • 4.9 (138 ratings)

    Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 4

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By AudioGO Ltd
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (135)

    Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch & Roger Allam star in the fourth series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult. By John Finnemore (The News Quiz, Mitchell & Webb).

    Mary says: "Laugh out loud"
  • Star Wars (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George Lucas, Brian Daley (adaptation)
    • Narrated By Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels
    Overall
    (625)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (330)

    This landmark production, perhaps the most ambitious radio project ever attempted, began when Star Wars creator George Lucas donated the story rights to an NPR affiliate. Writer Brian Daley adapted the film's highly visual script to the special demands and unique possibilities of radio, creating a more richly textured tale with greater emphasis on character development.

    Matthew says: "Beyond the film..."
  • Opie & Anthony 1-Month Subscription

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Opie & Anthony
    • Narrated By Opie & Anthony
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Legions of fans know Opie & Anthony as the kings of "cringe radio," who dominate an expanding media empire. Since October 2004, their unique humor has been the centerpiece of High Voltage, the channel XM Satellite Radio created especially for them. Then, in April 2006, they took over the key morning drive slot on seven CBS Radio stations. Audible's Opie & Anthony subscription delivers both shows in one hilarious package!

    David says: "Ramon, bring me a spoiled family photo"
  • Neverwhere [Adaptation]

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (269)

    A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....

    Jenn says: "Absolutely Perfect Casting"
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and others
    Overall
    (955)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (702)

    A Special Edition of the original radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978 and recently voted the Nation's Favourite Audiobook in a Guardian poll. Starring Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan and Stephen Moore, these six episodes (Fit the First to Fit the Sixth) have been remastered to modern-day standards by Dirk Maggs, and for the first time feature Philip Pope's arrangement of the familiar theme tune.

    Thomas says: "Difficult to listen to in the car!"
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  • The Power of Myth: Programs 1-6

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers
    • Narrated By Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (296)

    An exhilarating journey into the mind and spirit of a remarkable man, a legendary teacher, and a masterful storyteller, conducted by TV journalist Bill Moyers for their acclaimed PBS series.

    Lorraine says: "A Brilliant Man"
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Secondary Phase (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and others
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (194)

    A Special Edition of the original radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978 and recently voted the Nation's Favourite Audiobook in a Guardian poll.

    Starring Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan and Stephen Moore, these six episodes (Fit the First to Fit the Sixth) have been remastered to modern-day standards by Dirk Maggs, and for the first time feature Philip Pope's arrangement of the familiar theme tune.

    Craig says: "Possible Reason For Some Low Ratings"
  • Charlie Rose, 1-Month Subscription

    • ORIGINAL (53 mins)
    • By Charlie Rose
    • Narrated By Charlie Rose
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (0)
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    (0)

    Emmy award-winning journalist Charlie Rose has been praised as "one of America's premier interviewers". Each night, as host of his PBS program, Charlie Rose engages America's best thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, business leaders, scientists, and other newsmakers in one-on-one interviews and roundtable discussions.

    Alan says: "Charlie Rose"
  • Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 4

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By AudioGO Ltd
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (135)

    Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch & Roger Allam star in the fourth series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult. By John Finnemore (The News Quiz, Mitchell & Webb).

    Mary says: "Laugh out loud"
  •  
  • The Hobbit (Dramatized)

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By An Ensemble Cast
    Overall
    (1047)
    Performance
    (645)
    Story
    (657)

    Bilbo Baggins, a gentle hobbit who loves the comforts of home, reluctantly joins a company of dwarves on a journey to recover plundered gold from a fierce dragon. It's a tale of high adventure and astonishing courage, and a magical prelude to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

    Brianna says: "Many years of enjoyment"
  • Car Talk, 1-Month Subscription

    • NONE (1 hr)
    • By Tom Magliozzi, Ray Magliozzi
    Overall
    (188)
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    One of NPR's most popular programs, Car Talk lets listeners (2.3 million of them) call in with their car woes while the hosts dish out their wit and know-how. At the end of each hour, 2 of 2 things are guaranteed to happen: you'll learn something about your motor vehicle and you'll have a belly laugh. Get the latest issue or subscribe!

    Alex says: "Whoo hoo! It's CD burnable."
  • Opie & Anthony, April 21, 2014

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Opie & Anthony
    • Narrated By Opie & Anthony
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    The guys are off today so we present this show from the archives… Today on O&A, we start the show talking about Erik and Sal coming in late. We discuss the Yankees giving out Mariano Rivera bobble head figures and we listen to Rich Little’s impressions. We listen to Miley Cyrus rapping, football's mercy rule, and privacy issues with EZ Pass. We listen to audio of CNBC anchor using an Indian accent. We are joined in studio by comedian Rich Little, he tells us about appearing on The Tonight Show. He does impressions of Nixon and Reagan. We talk about his time on the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts. We are joined in studio by UFC's Chris Weidman, we discuss his fight with Silva and his hometown of Long Island. Michael Shannon from Boardwalk Empire joins us in studio and we discuss his acting career. Finally, Jim hosts the Jim Norton Show and gives advice to callers.

  • The World, April 22, 2014

    • ORIGINAL (48 mins)
    • By Lisa Mullins
    • Narrated By Lisa Mullins
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  • Charlie Rose: April 21, 2014

    • ORIGINAL (54 mins)
    • By Charlie Rose
    • Narrated By Charlie Rose
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    Charlie Rose interviews well-known thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, businessmen, leaders, scientists, and other newsmakers.

  • Ron & Fez, April 22, 2014

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Ron & Fez
    • Narrated By Ron & Fez
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    "Ron" is Ron Bennington. "Fez" is Fez Whatley. Together with Chris "Pepper Hicks" Stanley, Pips and the whole Ron & Fez gang, they commit their outrageous brand of humor daily on XM Satellite Radio's The Opie & Anthony Channel 103.

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  • The Bob Edwards Show, Bob Mankoff and Jacinda Townsend, April 22, 2014

    • ORIGINAL (57 mins)
    • By Bob Edwards
    • Narrated By Bob Edwards
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    In a memorable episode of the hit TV show Seinfeld, a frustrated Elaine tracks down The New Yorker’s cartoon editor to get him to explain to her a particularly perplexing cartoon. Turns out, he didn’t get it either – he just “liked the kitty.” Elaine is not alone. In their annual Cartoon issue, The New Yorker runs a feature titled “I Don’t Get It” where the year’s most confounding cartoons are explained. Many of those cartoons were likely drawn or edited by Bob Mankoff. He published his first cartoon in The New Yorker in 1977 and is now that magazine’s cartoon editor. His new memoir is titled How About Never – Is Never Good for You? My Life in Cartoons.

  • Opie & Anthony, Bert Kreischer, April 22, 2014

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Opie & Anthony
    • Narrated By Opie & Anthony
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    Today on O&A, Sam hosts the Pre Show. We talk about our Easter weekend, Opie gets some peeps from Dominique Ansel's bakery, and Opie and Jim attend a premiere with Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield. We discuss the Boston Marathon, we try to figure out why Kenyans and Ethiopians are great runners, we talk about how things work, and we discuss science and God. We talk more about the Boston Marathon, Erik sends Scott Shannon a gift, an Ice Road Trucker kidnaps a hooker, Lindsay Lohan says she had a miscarriage, and a podcast makes fun of us. Comedian Bert Kreischer joins the show, we read through a list of hurtful words that are part of a new campaign, Bert tells a story about a girlfriend and Patrice O'Neal, and we wrap up with Bert.

  • NPR American Chronicles: World War I

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By NPR
    • Narrated By Rachel Martin
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    Famously referred to by US president Woodrow Wilson as "the war to end all wars", the First World War eclipsed all previous wars with its scale of destruction. With over 27 nations involved, the battle-field horrors and political outcomes of the first truly global military conflict had repercussions that are still felt today. NPR presents a vivid portrait of what most experts consider the first modern war, including profiles of America’s flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker, unlikely savior of war-torn Belgium Herbert Hoover, and the last surviving doughboy Frank Buckles.