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Laura

Boise, Idaho | Member Since 2012

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  • 41 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2014
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  • The Importance of Being Earnest

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (142)

    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

    Lisa says: "A wonderful production of a great play!"
    "I laughed so hard I cried."
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    Story
    Where does The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatized) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high on the funny list of audiobooks I've listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack is more


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The scene in Jack's garden with the two brothers eating muffins kept getting funnier as it went along. I was crying so hard I had to pause twice to get a Kleenex. This play reminds me so much of not only Monty Python, but the banter between the brothers, Niles and Fraiser Crane.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Macbeth

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Joanne Whalley, Josh Cooke, and others
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    Infamously known as the cursed Scottish play, Macbeth is perhaps Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy. When General Macbeth is foretold by three witches that he will one day be King of Scotland, Lady Macbeth convinces him to get rid of anyone who could stand in his way – including committing regicide. As Macbeth ascends to the throne through bloody murder, he becomes a tyrant consumed by fear and paranoia.

    Laura says: "All hail this Macbeth!"
    "All hail this Macbeth!"
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    Performance
    Story

    I felt sad when each character died including Macbeth and Lady M which is a testament to the actors. Macbeth was courageous to the end; a true warrior who got greedy and caused so much chaos that he had to be stopped. This production tells this story believably. It is acted well, the sound is clear and special effects add to the experience. Upon further listenings, the lesser lines of the play rise up to the surface. This is a recording that deserves to be played more than once.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • She Stoops to Conquer: Mistakes of the Night

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Oliver Goldsmith
    • Narrated By Rosalind Ayres, Adam Godley, Julian Holloway, and others
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Starring James Marsters, this classic comedy of manners from 1773 is still widely performed and studied. Love, lies, and dysfunctional families. Sound like your last family gathering? Try this one on for laughs. Two randy young gents, Charles and George, set out to woo the alluring and upper-crust Kate and Constance. But inexperienced Charles is shy and clumsy around upper-class ladies, so it’s the barmaid who catches his eye. But is she really who she seems?

    Michael Hellyer says: "Wonderful performances and production. Fun story!"
    "Delightful!"
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    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up She Stoops to Conquer in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, classic, romantic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    For a play that debuted in London in 1773 it is still funny and easy to follow.


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

    Charles Marlow was my favorite.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This recording made me laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    All the actors did a great job transporting the listener to that place in time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Your First Listen

    • ORIGINAL (4 mins)
    Overall
    (21510)
    Performance
    (8332)
    Story
    (8511)

    Your Audible adventures begin right here.

    aareal says: "It was great"
    "Supposed to be funny, but made me sad."
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    Story
    What did you like best about Your First Listen? What did you like least?

    Steve Martin was great, but the story hit too close to home. I've been on both sides of this situation and neither side is fun. Steve Martin's reading of it was perfect, though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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