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Alina

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  • Fry's English Delight: The Complete Series

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 43 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    Stephen Fry hosts four programmes on the joys of the English language - as heard on BBC Radio 4, including Current Puns. Why does our language groan with the weight of puns? What exactly is a pun? And who, or what, is the Thief of Bad Gags?

    W. Doug Bolden says: "Good, but could have been better"
    "This is a very English delight"
    Overall

    Fry's delightfully plummy voice discusses the uses and misuses of the English language in consultation with assorted experts. Many quips from Fry and many "I did not know that" moments about the origin of English expressions. You're unlikely to want to listen to this series more than once but it's a most diverting listen for a long drive.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pictures in My Head

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gabriel Byrne
    • Narrated By Gabriel Byrne
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Dublin-born actor Gabriel Byrne shares his life in this frank and absorbing collection of memories and episodes. He leads you from his youth through his career on stage and screen and his current work as a producer and actor. His unique narrative style, a blend of colloquial dialogue with evocative descriptions, provides an intimate account of the man - and the writer - behind the actor's many faces.

    Julie says: "MUST HAVE.. I lLOVE IT!!"
    "Fall in love with the Irish brogue"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is not so much an autobiography, although there are autobiographical features, rather it is Gabriel Byrne recounting random pictures in his head of his experiences in life, whether in Dublin or New York. My mother came from the same part of Dublin as himself so the accent and story telling of the Irish community had a poignant familiarity to me. This is one of the best examples of an author reading their own works that I have come across. Byrne has an incredible facility for impersonation. If you're looking for a straight autobio from Byrne this is likely to disappoint. However if you're looking to listen to an Irishman muse on what's most important in life and the contrasts between their youth and their adulthood then this will appeal. It is a joy to listen to Byrne's voice paint the pictures in his head. It becomes clear that this is partly a gift from Byrne to his children, telling them about the experiences that shaped him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Improvised Life: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alan Arkin
    • Narrated By Alan Arkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    An Improvised Life is Alan Arkin’s wise and unpretentious recollection of the process, artistic and personal, of becoming an actor and a revealing look into the creative mind of one of the best practitioners on the stage and screen. Arkin, in a manner that is direct, down-to-earth, accessible, and articulate, reveals not just insights about himself but truths for the rest of us about our sense of self, our work, and our relationships with others.

    Alina says: "An in depth examination of acting craft"
    "An in depth examination of acting craft"
    Overall

    I admire Alan Arkin as an actor immensely so I was very excited to listen to his memoir narrated by himself. Unfortunately I came away disappointed. Arkin comes across as a very serious man, seriously dedicated to the craft of acting. He gives away little about his personal life and his highs and lows and mainly discusses his professional career in sometimes boggling detail. If you are an aspiring actor this memoir will give you incredible insights into the work required to hone the craft. If you are not an aspiring actor but looking for an entertaining memoir then you might find this somewhat disappointing. Arkin provides almost no anecdotes regarding the many movies he's made and the many actors he's worked with. He does provide blueprints for how to be seriously obsessed with being the best actor you can be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kid Stays in the Picture

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert Evans
    • Narrated By Robert Evans
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    The Kid Stays in the Picture by Hollywood giant and legendary "bad boy" Robert Evans is an intimate and fascinating account of his rise, fall, and rise again in show business. The only actor to ever run a studio, Evans took Paramount from the basement to the penthouse with such movies as The Odd Couple, Rosemary's Baby, Love Story, The Godfather, and Chinatown. An extraordinary recounter, Evans spares no one, least of all himself.

    Amazon Customer says: "Cult Classic - Must be Heard to be Believed"
    "This is not unabridged but it's worth listening to"
    Overall

    I've read the original book and the audible edition is substantially abridged from the original book. Unnarrated in the audible edition are accounts of Evans whoring, cocaine addiction, criminal trials and possible connections with organised crime. In other words, your grandma can safely listen to the audible edition. And worth a listen it is. Evan's voice is incomparable and his ability to mimick the characters he discusses is highly amusing. This is a very, very entertaining listen. But if you want the full account of Evan's highs and lows then read the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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