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F. S. Mualim

A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end.

Member Since 2013

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  • Seven Ages: An Anthology of Poetry with Music

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Ted Hughes
    • Narrated By Ralph Fiennes, Dame Judi Dench
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (49)

    This highly entertaining anthology of verse is the comic, tragic, tender, and telling story of life's seven ages, from childhood to old age. Within the framework of Shakespeare's speech, "The Seven Ages of Man," performed by Sir Ian McKellen, are 150 great poems from all ages, from Chaucer to Emily Dickinson to Walt Whitman and many others. The poem are presented by the finest cast ever assembled on one recording and includes Ralph Fiennes, Dame Judi Dench, John Cleese, Michael Caine, and more.

    ESK says: "The Anthology of 'Music-Makers'"
    "Performance vary; Organization could be better"
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    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance vary by narrator. Some are good (e.g. Ian Mckellen) while some are unexpectedly disappointing.


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

    No, this is a book that you want to absorb in stages.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there's an option to replay a specific section over and over again or to skip to a specific poem. What I ended up doing was making separate notes at the beginning of each poem so that I could skip to that part.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hogfather: Discworld #20

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (784)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (362)

    "Discworld is more complicated and satisfactory than Oz," says Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. "Truly original. Pratchett creates a brilliant excess of delectable detail!" Hogfather is a Discworld Christmas tale - not to be missed! Browse more novels of Discworld.

    W. S. says: "Sure cure for December blues"
    "Great story & narration - some quality problem"
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    Any additional comments?

    I first encountered this story from the movie version of the same tale and fell in love with it. Nigel Planer did a great job in bringing the characters to life. However, the "standard" quality download contain some amount of static/background noise. If you switch to the "high" quality download, it's still present but ignorable. It's something to keep in mind.

    I will highly recommend this audio to anyone who loves the absurd.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6303)
    Performance
    (3089)
    Story
    (3105)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Never get tired of re-reading it"
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    Would you listen to The Graveyard Book again? Why?

    I've probably listened to it at least 5x!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Graveyard Book?

    It's difficult to pick one specific moment from the book but I find the last encounter between Bod and his friend to be heart-wrenching.


    Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've heard his Audiobook Collection. His performance is comparable to this work.


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

    It's both, really. There are funny, heartwarming moments and there are moments that makes you want to cry.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not for very young children. I would advise 8+ I bought this book for my own enjoyment a couple of years ago and I could not believe my luck. I devoured it and had kept it close to my bedside table ever since. When I recently got into audiobooks, it was to my utter delight that I found this narrated by none other than Gaiman himself!

    The Graveyard Book benefits from multiple readings - at least two. There were aspects of it that you could not pick out from the first reading and there are multiple things that would invite discussion, if you are so inclined. The book also heavily borrows from other myths and fairy tales as well as history and though it could be set in any suburbs, there is a passing mention of its location which the reader might have fun figuring out.

    It is a fine book - one that is highly enjoyable to both the adult and the child.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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