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A Peek at Matthew's Bookshelf

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Matthew's greatest hits:
  • Star Wars (Dramatized)

    "Brings Out Nuances in the Well Known Story"

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    Would you listen to Star Wars (Dramatized) again? Why?

    I would listen to this recording again to share with friends and my young son. For the initiated, it provides a new take on the story as it was made popular by the George Lucas blockbuster motion picture. While true to the motion picture in sound effects, characters, and overall tone, the dramatized version provides additional dialogue and scenes that enhance the listener's understanding of the story. Listening to this recording is like experiencing a hybrid of the novelization and the film: you get more depth while still experiencing many of the aspects that made the film thrilling. For those -- like my son -- who are yet to experience the Star Wars motion pictures, this recording still creates vivid images in the minds' eye. It's a great radio serial that is broken into hour-long segments, so it can be taken in incrementally and makes for good listening on car trips.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars (Dramatized)?

    There are numerous additional scenes and bits of dialogue that are not in the motion picture. Luke's interactions with his child-hood friends from Tatooine stand out to me.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Hamill and Daniels embody their characters with the even greater zeal than they do in the motion picture.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The depiction of Darth Vader interrogating/torturing Princess Leia is disturbing on many levels.


    Any additional comments?

    Note: Because of the intense violent scenes depicted in this dramatization, it may not be suitable for very young audiences. I think the absence of visual images causes the listener to internalize the story more within their own imagination. Recommended for listeners over ten-years old.

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  • "Possibly the best thing written in ..."

    8 of 8 helpful votes

    OK - those are strong words, and there really has been a lot of great writing in the last 50 years (I did say "possibly"). But the combination of imaginative genius, over-the-top humor and just enough philosophical thought makes H2G2 a true standout. The radio plays predated the published books, and were my first exposure to Douglas Adams in the early 1980s - they remain the best way to experience The Hitchhiker's Guide.

    There are only a few audio books that I return to and listen a second time. H2G2 is an audio book that I am moved to listen to at least every two years. Basically, I'd be lost without the Guide... If I could give it six stars, I would.

    P.S. Years after I fell in love with the books, I learned that Adams had been a script writer and editor for the BBC's Doctor Who, and that he was a friend of Richard Dawkins - he introduced Lalla Ward (who played Romana on Doctor Who) to Dawkins, they subsequently married. Lalla Ward co-narrates Dawkins' audio books, which I also recommend. That serves to illustrate "the interconnectedness of all all things" (which is something you'll come upon in another of Adams' books - Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

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    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
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    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!"
  • 4.8 (377 ratings)
    Cabin Pressure (






UNABRIDGED) by John Finnemore Narrated by Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Cabin Pressure

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch
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    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 (289 ratings)
    Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by John Finnemore Narrated by Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Finnemore

    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
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    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 (250 ratings)
    Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 3  by John Finnemore

    Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 3

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
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    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.

    KDB says: "Endless laughs"
  • 4.8 (215 ratings)
    The Opie and Anthony Tribute to Patrice O’Neal – Segment 1  by Opie & Anthony Narrated by Opie & Anthony

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

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Opie & Anthony
    • Narrated By Opie & Anthony
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    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"
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  • 4.9 (205 ratings)
    Cabin Pressure: Molokai (Christmas Special 2010) (






UNABRIDGED) by John Finnemore Narrated by Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Cabin Pressure: Molokai (Christmas Special 2010)

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch
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    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 (197 ratings)
    Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 4  by John Finnemore Narrated by AudioGO Ltd

    Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 4

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    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By AudioGO Ltd
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    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"
  • 4.8 (188 ratings)
    Car Talk, 1-Month Subscription  by Tom Magliozzi, Ray Magliozzi

    Car Talk, 1-Month Subscription

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    • By Tom Magliozzi, Ray Magliozzi
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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."
  • Neverwhere [Adaptation]  by Neil Gaiman Narrated by Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, David Harewood, Sophie Okonedo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anthony Head

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    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
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    Jenn says: "Absolutely Perfect Casting"
  • Cabin Pressure (






UNABRIDGED) by John Finnemore Narrated by Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Cabin Pressure

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    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (377)
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    (337)
    Story
    (333)

    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-"
  • Opie & Anthony 1-Month Subscription  by Opie & Anthony Narrated by Opie & Anthony

    Opie & Anthony 1-Month Subscription

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    • Narrated By Opie & Anthony
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    David says: "Ramon, bring me a spoiled family photo"
  • Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 2 (






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    Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 2

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    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch, and others
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    Gwynne says: "Brilliant Fun!"
  •  
  • Doctor Who: The Feast Of The Drowned (






ABRIDGED) by Stephen Cole Narrated by David Tennant

    Doctor Who: The Feast Of The Drowned

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    • By Stephen Cole
    • Narrated By David Tennant
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    When a naval cruiser sinks in mysterious circumstances in the North Sea, all aboard are lost. Rose is saddened to learn that the brother of her friend, Keisha, was among the dead. And yet he appears to them as a ghostly apparition, begging to be saved from the coming feast... the feast of the drowned. As the dead crew haunt loved ones all over London, the Doctor and Rose are drawn into a chilling mystery.

    C. Call says: "Creepy, but good!"
  • Star Wars (Dramatized)  by George Lucas, Brian Daley (adaptation) Narrated by Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels

    Star Wars (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George Lucas, Brian Daley (adaptation)
    • Narrated By Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels
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    (984)
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    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.

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  • The Power of Myth: Programs 1-6  by Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers Narrated by Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers

    The Power of Myth: Programs 1-6

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    • By Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers
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    (348)

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    Lucas says: "A series that changed my life"
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised) (






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    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised)

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    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and others
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    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!"
  •  
  • The Hobbit (Dramatized) (






ABRIDGED) by J. R. R. Tolkien Narrated by An Ensemble Cast

    The Hobbit (Dramatized)

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    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By An Ensemble Cast
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    Brianna says: "Many years of enjoyment"
  • Opie & Anthony, Nikki Glaser and Ace Frehley, August 18, 2014  by Opie & Anthony Narrated by Opie & Anthony

    Opie & Anthony, Nikki Glaser and Ace Frehley, August 18, 2014

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    • By Opie & Anthony
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