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Marie

Marie Tokyo, Japan Member Since 2011

I'm a teacher overseas. I listen because its nice to hear your native language without music or pictures.

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  • "What is Going on?"

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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If I could follow the story...


    Has Nineteen Eighty-Four turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I like the story just not this dramatized version of it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The voices were hard to follow and I never knew where they were.


    What character would you cut from Nineteen Eighty-Four?

    None.


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    Nineteen Eighty-Four

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Tim Pigott-Smith
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    Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster and the Thought Police uncover each act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party.

    Ludmila says: "IT IS DRAMATIZED"
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A Peek at DARBY KERN's Bookshelf

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DARBY KERN's greatest hits:
  • A Perfect Spy (Dramatised)

    "A great dramatization, not the complete novel"

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    What did you love best about A Perfect Spy (Dramatised)?

    It's a nice condensation of the novel, which I have less time to read or even listen to. The story is told very nicely and the actors do a wonderful job- as they do in all the Le Carre' adaptations. Those adapted by Rene Basilico are the best in my opinion. They include The Perfect Spy, The Russia House, A Small Town In Germany, and the two Smiley adaptations: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Smiley's People (the versions starring Bernard Hepton- sadly not yet available on Audible).


    What other book might you compare A Perfect Spy (Dramatised) to and why?

    A Small Town In Germany and The Russia House, both dramatized and available on Audible. I recommend them both.


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

    A clear understanding of how the lines are read. The British idiom can be lost in print but the actors make things clearly understood. I haven't listened to Mr. Jayston's reading of the book, which is 17 hours longer, but I suspect he helps push the listener along too.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "After all these years... I'm finally free."


    Any additional comments?

    You must realize that this is a dramatization with multiple actors, sound effects and music. It's so much more than one person reading you a story, but it is NOT the word for word text of the novel. That is available too and I wouldn't discourage you from buying it. I think if you give the dramas a try you'll find you enjoy them.

Marie

Marie WASHINGTON, DC, United States 06-28-12 Member Since 2010

Professional librarian type, amateur historian.

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  • "Lighthearted gets dark, and fades t..."

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    This I believe is the last in the series of a modern radio play about a couple who manages to stay childless while all their friends and family manage to have demanding monsters for children (being a form of birth control). I love David Tennant's voice, that was half the joy. Not to give too much away, but for most of the series the story it's light and somewhat comical as everyone's life around them is going to bit. However, tragedy does strike our brave couple and it is serious and deep drama. I felt deeply for the characters. even though some were on the verge of being spineless ninnies not worthy of thought or care.

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    Double Income, No Kids Yet: The Complete Series 3

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Spicer
    • Narrated By David Tennant, Liz Carling
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    David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Liz Carling (Casualty) star in the sitcom about a young couple, Daniel and Lucy, and their circle of friends. In the third series, Katy's a mum at last, Daniel's got a new job, but Lucy's jealous. Daniel and Lucy rethink their priorities on a golfing break with their awful friends. And change is all around, but Lucy doesn't realise that Daniel can't keep secrets.

    Marie says: "Lighthearted gets dark, and fades to gray"

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    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"
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    Alan Bennett: Triple Bill  by Alan Bennett Narrated by Hugh Lloyd, Patricia Routledge, Judi Dench

    Alan Bennett: Triple Bill

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Alan Bennett
    • Narrated By Hugh Lloyd, Patricia Routledge, Judi Dench
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    Here are three classic Alan Bennett adaptations, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Included are "Say Something Happened", "Two in Torquay", and "A Visit from Miss Protheroe".

  • 4.4 (94 ratings)
    Definitely Dead: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #6 (






UNABRIDGED) by Charlaine Harris Narrated by Johanna Parker

    Definitely Dead: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
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    Sookie doesn't have that many relations, so she hated to lose one - but of all the people to go, she didn't expect it to be her cousin Hadley, a consort of New Orleans' vampire queen - after all, Hadley was technically already dead. But she is gone, beyond recall, and she's left Sookie an inheritance - one that comes with a bit of a risk - not least because someone doesn't want Sookie digging too deep into Hadley's past - or her possessions.

    karen says: "A HUGE fan of this series :)"
  • 4.3 (93 ratings)
    The Mighty Boosh: The Complete Radio Series  by Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt Narrated by Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt

    The Mighty Boosh: The Complete Radio Series

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs)
    • By Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt
    • Narrated By Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt
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    The Mighty Boosh is unlike any show you are ever likely to hear, and one that defies description; the closest you could get to the unique style of Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding would be in the early days of Reeves and Mortimer, with their cardboard props and men with sticks.

    Chuck says: "Bloody Briliant !!!!"
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  • 4.5 (92 ratings)
    All Together Dead: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #7 (






UNABRIDGED) by Charlaine Harris Narrated by Johanna Parker

    All Together Dead: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
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    Sookie's beginning to get used to being surrounded by all varieties of supernatural beings - but even she has her limits. She'd really like to take a while to get over being betrayed by Bill, her long-time vampire lover, and get used to her new relationship with the sexy shapeshifter Quinn - but instead, she finds herself attending the long-planned vampire summit, the destination of choice for every undead power player around, as a sort-of human 'Geiger counter' for Sophie-Anne Leclerq, vampire queen of Louisiana.

    Rae says: "Loved It"
  • 4.5 (84 ratings)
    Fry's English Delight - The Complete Series 2  by Stephen Fry Narrated by Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight - The Complete Series 2

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    • By Stephen Fry
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    A second BBC Radio 4 series of Stephen Fry's witty and incisive programmes looking at the oddities of the English language. Includes four 30-minute Radio 4 programmes presented by Stephen Fry indulging his delight in the English language. So Wrong It's Right - Stephen Fry examines how 'wrong' English can become right English, such as more people use the word 'wireless' in a computer context than in a radio one. With help from a lexicographer, an educationalist a Times Sub Editor and a judge,

    sioux says: "An amusing way to spend a journey"
  • 4.3 (72 ratings)
    Warren Buffett: The Man, the Business, the Gift (






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    Warren Buffett: The Man, the Business, the Gift

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Charlie Rose
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    Investor and businessman Warren Buffett stunned the world when he announced he was giving most of his fortune to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Charlie Rose is the only broadcast journalist with access to Buffett and Gates on their friendship which resulted in this historic announcement. In this three part series, we'll hear about Warren Buffet: the Man, the Business, and the Gift.

    William says: "Three part interview with Warren Buffett and other"
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UNABRIDGED) by David A. Lax, James K. Sebenius Narrated by Todd Mundt

    Deal Making 2.0: A Guide to Complex Negotiations (Harvard Business Review)

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    • By David A. Lax, James K. Sebenius
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
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    The complexities of deal making and how what happens away from the bargaining table can be critical to success.

  • Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 4  by John Finnemore Narrated by AudioGO Ltd

    Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 4

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • 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"
  • Charlie Rose, 1-Month Subscription  by Charlie Rose Narrated by Charlie Rose

    Charlie Rose, 1-Month Subscription

    • ORIGINAL (53 mins)
    • By Charlie Rose
    • Narrated By Charlie Rose
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    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"
  • Are You Solving the Right Problem? (Harvard Business Review) (






UNABRIDGED) by Dwayne Spradlin Narrated by Todd Mundt

    Are You Solving the Right Problem? (Harvard Business Review)

    • UNABRIDGED (30 mins)
    • By Dwayne Spradlin
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
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    A four-part process for defining problems in a way that invites innovative solutions.

    MG says: "Must read for professionals"
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  • Orange Is the New Black: My Time in a Women's Prison (






UNABRIDGED) by Piper Kerman Narrated by Cassandra Campbell

    Orange Is the New Black: My Time in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
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    With her career, live-in boyfriend and loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the rebellious young woman who got mixed up with drug runners and delivered a suitcase of drug money to Europe over a decade ago. But when she least expects it, her reckless past catches up with her; convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at an infamous women's prison in Connecticut, Piper becomes inmate #11187-424.

    Mia says: "Straight-up: Real crime and prison time"
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UNABRIDGED) by Robert S. Kaplan, Anette Mikes Narrated by Todd Mundt

    Management Risk: A New Framework (Harvard Business Review)

    • UNABRIDGED (33 mins)
    • By Robert S. Kaplan, Anette Mikes
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
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    Why smart companies are matching their risk management to the nature of the threats they face.

    Robert says: "Ok but superficial"
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    Before You Make That Big Decision… (Harvard Business Review)

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    • By Daniel Kahneman, Dan Lovallo, Olivier Sibony
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
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    Antony and Cleopatra

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh, Alex Kingston
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    Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston star in Shakespeare's tragedy of love and power. As part of BBC Radio 3's celebration of the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston star in this brand-new production. Lovers, politicians, superstars... Antony & Cleopatra is Shakespeare’s late and epic tragedy of mature love, and the catastrophic fall from grace and power that it brings about.

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  • CatoAudio, 1-Month Subscription

    CatoAudio, 1-Month Subscription

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    CatoAudio puts you right in the middle of the important policy debates going on in Washington. This 60-minute audio magazine features inspiring discussions from well-known intellectuals, pundits, political leaders and Cato scholars. Previous recordings have included Milton Friedman, Hernando de Soto, Anne Applebaum, Alan Greenspan, P. J. O'Rourke, and Steve Forbes. From a libertarian view of limited government, free markets, and civil society, CatoAudio is your window to the ideas of freedom.

    Tobin says: "Great If You're a Libertarian"
  • Charlie Rose, 12-Month Subscription  by Charlie Rose Narrated by Charlie Rose

    Charlie Rose, 12-Month Subscription

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    • By Charlie Rose
    • Narrated By Charlie Rose
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    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.

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    The World, August 21, 2014

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    • By Marco Werman
    • Narrated By Marco Werman
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    The World is a US-based international news and analysis program co-produced by the BBC, PRI, and WGBH. It is hosted by Marco Werman.

  • Marketplace, August 21, 2014  by Kai Ryssdal Narrated by Kai Ryssdal

    Marketplace, August 21, 2014

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    Each week on Marketplace Money, host Kai Ryssdal looks at the week's major national and international stories that will impact the average listener's wallet. During the hour-long program, Ryssdal and Economics Editor Chris Farrell help listeners map out the course to financial well-being, offering advice on topics such as how to pay for college and whether to buy or lease a car.

  • BBC Newshour, August 21, 2014  by Owen Bennett-Jones, Lyse Doucet, Robin Lustig, Razia Iqbal, James Coomarasamy, Julian Marshall Narrated by BBC Newshour

    BBC Newshour, August 21, 2014

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    Global news and analysis from the BBC World Service. Join our leading team of presenters for the best interviews, features and analysis of world events.

  • Marketplace, August 20, 2014  by Kai Ryssdal Narrated by Kai Ryssdal

    Marketplace, August 20, 2014

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    • By Kai Ryssdal
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    Each week on Marketplace Money, host Kai Ryssdal looks at the week's major national and international stories that will impact the average listener's wallet. During the hour-long program, Ryssdal and Economics Editor Chris Farrell help listeners map out the course to financial well-being, offering advice on topics such as how to pay for college and whether to buy or lease a car.

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  • The World, August 20, 2014  by Marco Werman Narrated by Marco Werman

    The World, August 20, 2014

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  • BBC Newshour, August 20, 2014  by Owen Bennett-Jones, Lyse Doucet, Robin Lustig, Razia Iqbal, James Coomarasamy, Julian Marshall Narrated by BBC Newshour

    BBC Newshour, August 20, 2014

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    Global news and analysis from the BBC World Service. Join our leading team of presenters for the best interviews, features and analysis of world events.

  • The World, August 19, 2014  by Marco Werman Narrated by Marco Werman

    The World, August 19, 2014

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    The World is a US-based international news and analysis program co-produced by the BBC, PRI, and WGBH. It is hosted by Marco Werman.

  • C-SPAN Q & A: Pat Buchanan  by Brian Lamb Narrated by Brian Lamb

    C-SPAN Q & A: Pat Buchanan

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    This week on Q & A, our guest is Pat Buchanan, author of The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority. Mr. Buchanan’s new book traces how Nixon rose from the ashes of political defeats in the 1960 Presidential race and the 1962 California gubernatorial election by bringing together the liberal and conservative wings of the GOP to become our nation’s 37th president in 1969.