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  • Casanova

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Giacomo Casanova
    • Narrated By Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (126)

    The first part of the Memoirs of Giacomo Casanova, a special film tie-in version. The film, starring Heath Ledger as Casanova with Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller, will be released in UK February 2006.

    sarah says: "SIGH"
    "Abridged, ending on a cliffhanger"
    Overall

    I compromised my usual position on abridged volumes because of the reader -- only to find once it ended that I wanted to read the complete memoirs. I've made it up to 1744, with 53 years and thousands of pages to go, and it's all fascinating. Wish Benedict Cumberbatch could have read the whole thing, but he has other gigs.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack: Burton & Swinburne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1232)
    Performance
    (1098)
    Story
    (1102)

    Sir Richard Francis Burton and Algernon Charles Swinburne are sucked into the perilous depths of a moral and ethical vacuum when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled Jack - and to find out why werewolves are terrorizing London's East End.

    Robert says: "Fun Steampunk but on the outlandish side"
    "Completely risible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Mark Hodder and/or Gerard Doyle?

    I bought this for a carpool of teenagers and also as a way for me to dip into steampunk. From the beginning, it was so ludicrously awful that we would replay the beginning to show others. From the larger-than-life hero, to the fawning women who yearned for the adventurer who could never be truly domesticated, few stereotypes were spared. Before starting the story the carpool would make guesses as to what hopeless situations our hero would suavely handle next and what feats of derring-do he would effortlessly toss off -- only to find the actual story line to be more trite than we dared guess.

    The narrator did his best. I think it is a mark of his professionalism that he didn't giggle once. The author, however, has a lot to answer for. I'm amazed it's a series; I will never pick up another book by Hodder. Had I realized at the time that Audible accepted returns, I'd have sent it back.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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