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  • Carpe Jugulum: Discworld, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (320)

    Mightily Oats has not picked a good time to be a priest. He thought he'd come to the mountain kingdom of Lancre for a simple little religious ceremony. Now he's caught up in a war between vampires and witches, and he's not sure there is a right side. There are the witches - young Agnes, who is really in two minds about everything, Magrat, who is trying to combine witchcraft and nappies, Nanny Ogg, who is far too knowing . . . and Granny Weatherwax, who is big trouble.

    David says: "laugh til you understand"
    "Better sound quality"
    Overall

    This is a remake so the sound quality is MUCH better and the story is told in it's correct sequence. I enjoyed re-visiting Lancre meeting Oats who appears later in Unseen Academicals.

    Though people have complained about the request not to pirate his work I believe that TP has every right to make that polite request & that it is very easy to simply fast forward if you do not want to listen to it.

    Why waste the opportunity to enjoy a good story just because the author asks you to respect his intellectual property?

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Continent: Discworld #22

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (668)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (335)

    It's hot. It's dry...very dry. There was this thing once called The Wet, which no one believes in. Practically everything that's not poisonous is venomous. But it's the best bloody place in the world, alright?

    Douglas says: "No worries, mate"
    "4X - Australian for beer."
    Overall

    I was delighted that Rincewind was finally rewarded with a return to UU and boredom. The sound quality was good and I enjoyed the gently probing into the cause and effect of creation. I shall forever be alert to the dangers of pineapples, prawns and letting wizards draw animals into being. The laying down of all the 'ground work' can be a little tedious but is essential for understanding when the pace starts galloping.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Case of Identity: A Short Story from Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Dozen

    • UNABRIDGED (24 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Orson Welles
    Overall
    (857)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (249)

    Here is an acclaimed, exciting, fully dramatized performance of the Conan Doyle classic A Case of Identity. It's elementary that any Conan Doyle fan will want this splendid Sherlock Holmes mystery, a timeless tale performed as radio theater.

    Jean says: "lovely"
    "Surprized"
    Overall

    I usually loathe Sherlock Holmes and initially only downloaded this short because it was free. I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed the story especially when I listened to it side-by-side to another free short 'A Study in Emerald'.

    Though not very deep, I enjoyed the chivalrous Dr. Watson's compassion for the duped heroine. Even the violin added to the tale's ambiance bringing Holmes and his fug of pipe smoke to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4007)
    Performance
    (1820)
    Story
    (1818)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

    Nanci says: "Superb story and reading!"
    "Thank-you Audible"
    Overall

    Since receiving TBI 5 years ago I have lost my ability to read so audible is my link to the world of literature. Thank-you so much for all the free shorts, I have everyone of them.

    Tim Curry does a wonderful job narrating and I listened with mounting tension for the arrival of the Ghosts. I felt concern least someone really had made off with the Cratchet's Christmas pudding and delighted in Bob Cratchet's friend pretending to be 'blind' in order that he could sneak a kiss from the 'plump sister' when he had finally caught her.

    I beautiful story, well read and evoking the real importance of Christmas.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chivalry

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Christina Pickles
    Overall
    (1154)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (308)

    "A delicious tale of an elderly British matron who buys the Holy Grail at a rummage sale. Selected Shorts is an award-winning series of classic and contemporary short fiction read by acclaimed actors. The readings are recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City. The Selected Shorts radio series is a co-production of Symphony Space and WNYC, New York Public Radio, and is heard on public radio stations nationwide."

    Teresa says: "A delightful story!"
    "Excellent Thank-you"
    Overall

    Thank-you for an excellent short story. I enjoy Gaiman's work and was delighted to find another free short.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Watch: Discworld #27

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1126)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (597)

    Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch had it all. But now he's back in his own rough, tough past without even the clothes he was standing up in when the lightning struck.

    Terry A. Austin says: "Another brilliant Pratchett"
    "Great story -Dreadful recording"
    Overall

    A great story that is well read but unfortunately the quality of the recording is abysmal. There is a lot of background noise and the volume is erratic. This detracts from an excellent story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Gentle Lady: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (144)

    Gentle by name, gentle by nature. Everyone in the sleepy Scottish town of Lochdubh adores elderly Mrs. Gentle - everyone but Hamish Macbeth, that is. Hamish thinks the gentle lady is quite sly and vicious, and the citizens of Lochdubh think he is overly cranky. Perhaps it's time for him to get married, they say. But who has time for marriage when there's a murder to be solved? When Mrs. Gentle dies under mysterious circumstances, the town is shocked and outraged.

    W Barry McCue says: "This is just a great story"
    "Dissapointing"
    Overall

    The narrator does their best with material that is undecided about whether it is a serious mystery. The story opens well but the actions of Hamish Macbeth are unrealistic especially where he escapes from his arch Nemesis Blair, another police officer, who has kidnapped him.The conclusion where Macbeth connives to have Blair marry a prostitute as retribution is in my opinion ludicrous.

    The author attempts to inject reality into her criminals by having them iterate a litany of factors that caused their warped psychology. This also detracts from what is basically a good murder mystery.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dead Man In Trieste

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Pearce
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    It will take someone from Special Branch to look into it, someone capable of speaking the relevant languages. Only one man fits the bill - Seymour, an officer from an East End immigrant background. Capable, hardworking, but ... not entirely British.

    Robert says: "Flat Narration"
    "Flat Narration"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed 'A Dead Man in Istanbul' but was disappointed with this story. The narration is clear but flat as though the narrator is simply stating events for an insurance claim. The story line is much weaker and the clues difficult making the ending appear unrealistic as though the author has had enough of writing and suddenly decides to conclude the story. The ending is far too neat with no loose ends as the main character 'ties' everything up explaining away every happenstance.

    The characters are stereo-typical and the narration makes them seem even more mundane and the actual investigation something that the author elects to allude to now and again.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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