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Jessica

Lynchburg, VA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • BBC Radio Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By David Tennant, Samantha Spiro, Full Cast
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (74)

    BBC Radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard.

    David says: "Excellent"
    "Abridged and altered"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    I would love to, but the play gets modified by the performers.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The performance cuts out significant portions of the play. There are also several places where an actor changes a line or word order. It really takes away from the play. Also, Don John speaks too, too softly to even be heard. What's the point?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dee Williams
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    A graceful, inspired memoir about building a home from scratch and discovering a true sense of self - in just eighty-four square feet - by Dee Williams, a pioneer in sustainable living and the proud owner of a very tiny house. Discovering the sustainability movement and building her own house was just the beginning of building a new life. Williams can now list everything she owns on one sheet of paper, her monthly bills amount to about eight dollars, and it takes her ten minutes to clean the entire house.

    Kyle says: "Inspiration for the rest of us"
    "Mixed bag"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I sincerely appreciated the author's frankness, opening up in a very real way with her writing. I feel as though I have met her, spent time with her, and gotten to know her. There's a genuineness with a little grandiosity about sky viewings. I learned about what drove her to her tiny house life.

    I think the narrator sounds like a truly kind person, but I don't like her voice. I wish I did. She works at her craft. She sounds like she really invests in her stories and narrations, but there's too much energy for me. It actually takes away from the reading for me.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Her description helped me see that I'm not going to be comfortable with less than 400 sq ft living space. That was invaluable, and now I can drop my tiny plans and think small, just not tiny. The least interesting part was how the author goes on and on and on about the sky gazing, but then I might do so if I had a skylight over my bed.


    What three words best describe Heather Henderson’s performance?

    professional, energetic, excessive


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • On the Origin of Species

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Darwin
    • Narrated By Bill DeWees
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    This scientific writing, which was considered to be the groundwork of evolutionary biology, presented the theory that species developed over a line of originations through a method of natural selection. It imparted evidence that the variety of life resulted from a common descent via a branching model of evolution.

    Barry L. Wolfe says: "This is the 1859 British edition."
    "Good science, embarrassed for the narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to On the Origin of Species the most enjoyable?

    It is thrilling to consider Darwin's conclusions about life, without the benefit of knowing about DNA, epigenetics, gene linkage, Mendelian genetics, and so on. He was right about so many things.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The pigeons! Just kidding.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He mispronounced so many words that I am embarrassed for him. There are word substitutions that make the somewhat challenging Victorian prose impossible. That someone can get paid for such unprofessional is a disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Surely there is a better reading of this book out there? Wouldn't it be cool if the most famous biologists would do a recording? One chapter by E. O. Wilson, another by that really nice Darwin scholar/Englishman at Harvard, obviously Dawkins, James Watson...

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • John Adams

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1939)
    Performance
    (883)
    Story
    (894)

    McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

    Davis says: "An outstanding biography"
    "The narrator ruined this one for me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from David McCullough and/or Nelson Runger?

    McCullough wrote an excellent narrative, combining letters and journal entries with the sequential events of the Adams' lives. Runger's voice was too folksy, and his depiction of Abigail turned an intelligent and interesting woman into a simplistic, sing-song whiney frump. It wasn't to my taste.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of John Adams?

    His love of literature, the philosophers and Shakespeare and his commitment to financial solvency.


    How could the performance have been better?

    When I hear a narrator read for different voices, I should be able to hear the character or person and forget the narrator. Simon Vance seems to excell at this. Runger, not so much.


    Was John Adams worth the listening time?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Treasure Island

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Gabriel Woolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    First published in 1883, Treasure Island remains one of Robert Louis Stevenson's best-known and best-loved works.

    A classic coming of age adventure, featuring buried treasure, treacherous pirates, and the eponymous Long John Silver, Treasure Island tells the enthralling story of Jim Hawkins, a young cabin boy, who sets sail on an 18th century voyage in search of a pirate's buried gold.

    Jessica says: "Fantastic story, unprofessional recording"
    "Fantastic story, unprofessional recording"
    Overall

    I am enjoying the story despite the distracting throat clearing and congestion problems that were recorded and not edited out. I wish I had purchased the reading by Alfred Molina instead.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • BBC Radio Shakespeare: Macbeth (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Ken Stott, Phyllis Logan, Full Cast
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    BBC Radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard.

    Jessica says: "Abridged...too much"
    "Abridged...too much"
    Overall

    Most of the characters were portrayed the way I imagine; I particularly loved the playfulness of the witches (vs. a decrepit croniness). I didn't like the voice for Macbeth. Most disappointing to me is that, gosh, maybe 20%, or more, of the play is cut out. Too much. It's already a short(ish) play.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • SPAudiobooks Macbeth (Unabridged, Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Full-Cast featuring Nick Murchie, Coralyn Sheldon
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    An award winning Drama from SmartPass. Unabridged with guided description to set the scene and fill in visual moments.

    Jessica says: "Eh..."
    "Eh..."
    Overall

    My favorite characters in this play are the witches - and the decision of the actors or directors to speak very, very slowly was probably intended to impart an ominous feel, but it felt more "hooked-on-phonics". The very, very slow speech very nearly ruined the play.
    The role of Banquo was fulfilled very well by the actor. The other characters were adequate. In a few places the actors change the lines a bit (a few words only), which was disappointing. Overall, the reading is OK, not great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3251)
    Performance
    (1426)
    Story
    (1425)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Never so distracted from life"
    Overall

    I have never been so unable to pull myself away from my iPod as with this novel. The characters are so real and charming and beautiful even the awful ones. It's every bit as good as all the other reviewers and critics say it is. I so wish that I had heeded the good publicity sooner.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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