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Rachel Kapila

bookishgirl1

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  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    Overall
    (1065)
    Performance
    (891)
    Story
    (905)

    Many consider this rich social commentary to be Jane Austen's finest novel. It is certainly among her more famous ones. Austen sets her entertaining study of manners and misconceptions against the backdrop of a class-conscious society in 18th-century England.

    Rachel Kapila says: "Flo Gibson Reads You Stories"
    "Flo Gibson Reads You Stories"
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    I'm not even going to talk about P&P here. It's Pride and Prejudice. It's awesome. We all know this.
    This is about the narrator. Flo Gibson is not the sort of narrator we have come to expect in the modern age of audiobooks. We expect, these days, professional actors who have been chosen because the quality of their voice matches that of the story or the main character. This is an old recording, one of many narrated by Flo Gibson that I heard on tape as a child. She read me Wind in the Willows, all of Jane Austen, Wuthering Heights, a lot of Dickens, the Secret Garden, The Jungle Book, and Black Beauty. I get why people are writing reviews slamming her narration, I do. But to me, she is a grandmotherly figure who read to me for my entire childhood, and if you want to take advantage of the inexpensive audiobooks of her that still exist, that's how you need to think of her too. She's generally not going to sound like you think the characters sound, and as far as I know, she's not really an actor. Her voice doesn't resonate like Jim Dale's and she isn't going to do all the great accents like Davina Porter, and she simply isn't going to sound like what you have come to expect from an audiobook narrator.
    But the recordings are pretty cheap usually, and it can be nice to just be read aloud to by your honorary grandmother Flo Gibson.

    30 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • The Bagthorpes: Ordinary Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Helen Cresswell
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Mad, bad, and brilliant to know, it's the Bagthorpe family! Jack's the only one in his family who isn't a genius. Luckily, Jack's got two allies: Zero his dog and Uncle Parker. Zero's not much help, but Uncle Parker's a star. Until he comes up with a plan to help Jack do something that none of his family could ever do: tell the future. If only they could forseee the trouble that lies ahead.

    Rachel Kapila says: "A childhood favorite"
    "A childhood favorite"
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    I spent years trying to find this book, googling entire phrases I remembered until one day it turned up. It's just as quirky and fun as I remember, and the narrator does a fantastic job with all the different characters in the eccentric, brilliant Bagthorpe family.
    I wondered if my boys would like it, or if it would seem dated to them, but they love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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