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Ms. S. M. Williams

Dozysparks

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  • The Rivals

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Richard Brinsley Sheridan
    • Narrated By Rosalind Ayres, Kenneth Danziger, Lucy Davis, and others
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Romantic havoc ensues in the town of Bath when Sir Anthony arrives to arrange the marriage of his son Captain Jack Absolute to the wealthy Lydia Languish. Jack and Lydia are already in love, but because of Lydia’s obsession with romantic novels, Jack has disguised himself as a poor officer named Ensign Beverly – and he is only one of Lydia’s many suitors. i>The Rivals was Sheridan’s first play, and this charming comedy of manners continues to be widely performed today. Includes an interview with Linda Kelly, author of Richard Brinsley Sheridan: A Life.

    Ms. S. M. Williams says: "The Rivals"
    "The Rivals"
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    What did you love best about The Rivals?

    Funny!! The humour was subtle and cerebral - a change from the crass and vulgar of modern "comedy"..


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rivals?

    The end where O'Trigger rejects Mrs Malaprop after the girl gets the guy..


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    They were all great!! An amazing cast for a great play..


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

    Yup, sure did many times..


    Any additional comments?

    Love the playwright's work.. Are their any more??

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hangman's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1063)
    Performance
    (938)
    Story
    (931)

    When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. When more children disappear and an orphan is found dead with the same mark, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth.

    goddess_of_pipework says: "Fascinating"
    "The Hangman's Daughter"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    It gave me a vivid picture of life in a 17th century village..


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    He got the German accent right..


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

    Yes - and I did..


    Any additional comments?

    A really thrilling story that I couldn't see the ending and was really surprised at who the villain was.. LOVED IT!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By Edmond Rostand
    • Narrated By Frederic March
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Our own Hollywood Stage presentation relives the tale of the guardsman and poet cursed with an enormous, bulbous, protuberance of a nose. His belief is that no woman can ever love him because of his physical appearance, and so he becomes instead applauded for his personal bravery and writing skills. However, the true apple of his eye is the beautiful Roxanne - but, of course, she loves another.

    Ms. S. M. Williams says: "Needs an edit"
    "Needs an edit"
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    What did you like best about Cyrano de Bergerac (Dramatised)? What did you like least?

    I was enjoying the play and it is well remastered.. The BUT is, it has an ad in it which is quite annoying..


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warden: Timothy West Version

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    The first of Trollope's Barsetshire novels, The Warden concerns the moral dilemma of the Reverend Septimus Harding, who finds himself at the centre of a bitter conflict between defenders of Church privilege and the reformers of the mid-Victorian period.

    Joseph R says: "The Old Man & His Terrific and Single Daughter"
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    Would you listen to The Warden: Timothy West Version again? Why?

    Would absolutely listen to it again, a wonderful story about mid Victorian life in an English Cathedral city..


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Warden: Timothy West Version?

    Too many to count, was all great.. Sadness at the ending was well written and performed..


    Which character – as performed by Timothy West – was your favorite?

    Loved the way it was all done but he made the Rev. Harding so much like I'd picture him, he made him seem really sympathetic and a truly Christian man..


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

    It's long but yes I would.. Love it so much and am slowly getting the rest of the Barsetshire Chronicles as audiobooks read by Timothy West..


    Any additional comments?

    Nothing except I have found a new classic author to love :D

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Murder in the Cathedral

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 45 mins)
    • By T. S. Eliot
    • Narrated By Robert Donat, Alan Dobie, Wolfe Morris, and others
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral is both a fascinating retelling of the 12th-century assassination of Archbishop Thomas Becket and a compelling call for resistance in the face of intimidation. Written against the backdrop of rising Fascism in 20th-century Europe, Eliot’s classic verse play is as relevant now as it ever was. This re-release of the original 1953 recording stars Robert Donat whose commanding performance as the Archbishop, alongside a full cast, is widely celebrated.

    Ms. S. M. Williams says: "Murder in the Cathedral"
    "Murder in the Cathedral"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Murder in the Cathedral to be better than the print version?

    Could really get a picture of the reasons why Beckett was assassinated and the guilt of the King..


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder in the Cathedral?

    The point where Henry II curses about the archbishop and asks why nobody would kill him.. I can feel that moment..


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Very clearly spoken throughout, fantastic work..


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed it very much, a favourite in my collection..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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