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As my Wimsey takes me

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  • The Code of the Woosters: Jeeves to the Rescue

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (294)

    Witty Wodehouses�s best-loved creation is the master-servant team of Bertie Wooster, the charming nitwit, and Jeeves, his effortlessly superior valet and protector. Newsweek says "they are at their best in The Code of the Woosters." Newsweek says "they are at their best in The Code of the Woosters."

    Philip says: "Best Wodehouse narrator"
    "a joy!"
    Overall

    I'm a Wodehouse lover and have enjoyed his books for years. This is one of the few audiobooks that I enjoyed more than reading myself. The narrator is pitch-perfect, and his vocal characterizations
    are far better than anything I could ever come up with in my own head. My best friend and I listened to it together and had to replay many passages we failed to hear due to our uncontrolled laughter! Don't miss this one!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Dave Barry
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Understanding the urgent need for a deeply thoughtful, balanced book to explain our national political process, Dave Barry has not even come close. Though he himself has covered many campaigns, run for president several times, and run for cover at the rainy inauguration of George W. Bush (the man will spare nothing for his art), Barry has instead outdone himself.

    As my Wimsey takes me says: "I Love everything Dave Barry, BUT..."
    "I Love everything Dave Barry, BUT..."
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    Dave Barry is one of only a handful of contemporary writers who can make me literally laugh out loud. He is insightful without being preachy. Unfortunately, this narrator was so bad I had to make myself listen all the way through- he uses a rising inflection at the end of sentences, making statements sound like questions. I find that habit extremely annoying. If it doesn't bother you, go for it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Schindler's List

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated By Ben Kingsley
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (50)

    In the century's darkest time, one man became the most unlikely of heroes. German-Catholic industrialist and Nazi Party member Oskar Schindler used his wealth and influence to save the lives of more than 1,300 Jews who would have otherwise died in the concentration camp at Plaszow. Here is the story on which Steven Spielberg based his powerful motion picture. If you like this, try Ursula Hegi's Stones from a River.

    Dona says: "Abridged books just don't cut it!"
    "Would be perfect..."
    Overall
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    ... if unabridged! Kingsly blew this out of the water! Goose bumps, tears, pounding heart- he made me feel it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By B. J. Harrison
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    While Europeans go mad, corporations turn tyrannous, and the legend of a great ivory hunter is dangled before him, Marlow observes everything with a keen eye as we journey with him into the Belgian Congo and the Heart of Darkness.

    M. says: "A great read of a classic novel"
    "Good story"
    Overall

    This is a really great book, just don't like this narrator. He's done a lot of short stories- To Build a Fire is the only one I liked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Copperfield

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    "I am born" famously begins David Copperfield. However, this is a birth which is blighted by its timing: 12 o'clock on a Friday night at precisely the time the clock began to strike. Such untimeliness means that David was destined to be unlucky in life and would be privileged to see ghosts and spirits, a dubious privilege. In David Copperfield, ghosts and other supernatural phenomena are invoked in relation to a range of male characters and situations.

    As my Wimsey takes me says: "One of the best voices ever!"
    "One of the best voices ever!"
    Overall

    Paul Scofield is one of my all-time favorite actors, and his voice is perfect for narration- especially Dickens! I wish this was unabridged- that's the only reason I gave four stars instead of five!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anthem

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Paul Meier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (172)

    Rand's Protagonist, Equality 7-2521, describes a surreal world of faceless, nameless drones who "exist through, by and for our brothers who are the State. Amen." Alone, this daring young man defies the will of the ruling councils and discovers the forbidden freedoms that prevailed during the Unmentionable Times. In other words, he finds and celebrates the power of the self. In doing so, he becomes the prototypical Rand hero, a bold risk-taker who shuns conformity and unabashedly embraces egoism.

    Steve says: "Great Narration"
    "A must-listen!"
    Overall

    This is one of the very few books I prefer on audio. Some passages literally took my breath away. Fantastic story, perfect narration.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bleak House

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Perhaps the finest novel of nineteenth-century England, Bleak House embodies artful narrative, an engaging cast of characters, biting satire, and a detailed depiction of Victorian society. At the height of his creative power in this great work, Dickens pursues two great themes.

    As my Wimsey takes me says: "Great story/narrator"
    "Great story/narrator"
    Overall

    If this had been unabridged, I would have given it 5 stars. Paul Scofield is fantastic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lamb and the Fuhrer: Jesus Talks with Hitler

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ravi Zacharias
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Adolf Hitler spilled the blood of millions for his own sake. Jesus Christ shed his own blood for the sake of millions. Hitler set himself up as a god and the masses succumbed. Jesus Christ was God in the form of lowly man. Hitler created a living hell for the masses. Jesus endured hell to save the masses. Hitler's name is synonymous with power, evil, and genocide. Jesus' name with love, peace, and life. Put the two in a room together and you won't believe your ears.

    As my Wimsey takes me says: "Disappointed"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    I was annoyed by the overdone dramatization.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Edward Petherbridge
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    "If it were I who were to be always young and the picture to grow old, I would give my soul for it." So says Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde's brilliant creation who sells his soul for youth and beauty.

    As my Wimsey takes me says: "A Beautiful Reading of a Beautiful Book"
    "A Beautiful Reading of a Beautiful Book"
    Overall

    As one of my favorites,I had read this book multiple times. When I discovered this version narrated by Edward Petherbridge, I bought it immediately. I love the story even more now. His voice is perfect, clear and easy to follow. Characterizations are enjoyable, never overdone. This book is a permanent resident of my mp3. When I can't sleep, I let Mr Petherbridge soothe my brain with his lovely voice.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Whose Body?

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated By Roe Kendall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    Meet Lord Peter Wimsey, stylish, eccentric, seeming a fool, but in fact one of the great English detectives. The discovery of a body in a bathtub wearing only a pair of spectacles launches a motley set of sleuths and suspects toward a ghastly conclusion.

    Sarah says: "Great story; not so great narrator"
    "Great story by a brilliant author, but..."
    Overall
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    I'm very disappointed by the narration. Although her characterization of the Dowager Duchess is very good, it baffles me that a woman was chosen to narrate a book with only two female characters- and those having minimal parts. Surely (I hope!) it is not because it was written by woman. I think if Dorothy Sayers knew her beloved Lord Peter had been voiced by a woman for the sole reason that she happened to be one herself, it would boggle her brilliant mind as well as break her heart. There are SO many men (and women, for that matter!) who could have done a much better job with these colorful characters. This narrator's voice is weak and not at all suited to portraying male characters. She actually sounds pained at several points trying to maintain the vocalizations, and by the last several chapters they become muddled and differ greatly from the earlier. Read the book first!

    26 of 27 people found this review helpful

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