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Vivian

I am photographer and mother of two. I am a lifelong bibliophile and lover of stories in general, and I discovered audiobooks because I no longer had time to read. It has been a beautiful friendship.

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  • Winnie the Pooh: The House at Pooh Corner (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By A. A. Milne
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry, Jane Horrocks, Geoffrey Palmer, and others
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    An award winning production, with an all star cast including Stephen Fry and Dame Judi Dench. Brings to life one of the best loved and recognised children's books of all time in a full dramatisation with specially composed music.

    Isia says: "This Audiobook is faulty."
    "Charming and beautifully realized."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, I don't even think that you need the excuse of having small children. A.A. Milne is whimsical enough on his own, but the cast brings these voices to life in ways I had never even been able to imagine, not a false note among them.


    What other book might you compare Winnie the Pooh: The House at Pooh Corner (Dramatised) to and why?

    The first in the series, 'Winnie the Pooh', though it's a bit obvious to mention it.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    They are varied enough that they are immediately distinguishable and so full of personality you expect them to walk out of your head, complete and large as life.


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

    Yes, but each chapter is great on its own, as well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Name Verity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (932)
    Performance
    (848)
    Story
    (843)

    Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

    Suzn F says: "Haunting, Beautiful, Exquisite, Special Book"
    "What an unexpected and delightful surprise!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Code Name Verity to be better than the print version?

    Undoubtedly, though I would like to read in print just to test if this is true. This is one of those books in which it is very hard to distinguish the skill of the narrator(s) from that of the author, and between the three of them the characters absolutely come alive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I had no idea what to expect with this, and I fell madly in love with the heroines of the story. It manages to delve deeply into the madness and gravitas of a brutal war engineered by brutal people, while also pirouetting gaily through the capers of the two women. Because it made me laugh it also made me very genuinely horrified and sad. When it was finished I turned around and listened to it again, both to hear them tell their stories once more, and to appreciate with wiser ears the deliberate path of the journey. While I do on occasion re-listen to books, this was first time I've ever done so immediately.


    Have you listened to any of Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    So many, but to list them would be to give too much away. One of my favorites early on is when Queenie and Madi first meet. It is so thrilling to witness (even fictional) people being ingenious and supremely competent in outrageous circumstances.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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