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hannah

wellington, New Zealand

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  • 8 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 19 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By J. R. R Tolkien
    • Narrated By Ian Holm, Michael Hordern, Robert Stephens
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (220)

    A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of the third book in JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Brian Sibley's famous 1981 adaptation, starring Ian Holm and Michael Hordern, has been divided into three corresponding parts, with newly recorded beginning and end narration by Ian Holm.

    hannah says: "Fantastic climax to the trilogy"
    "Fantastic climax to the trilogy"
    Overall

    This I think is the best of the 3 parts in this dramatised series by the BBC. It still contains enough plot to be exciting and the music and sound effects are very complimentary to it's production.
    I can't wait to have time to listen to it again, which I think is best done in large chunks of listening time so that you get emerced into the plot.
    Don't buy this if you want plot information purity.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By J. R. R Tolkien
    • Narrated By Ian Holm, Michael Hordern, Robert Stephens
    Overall
    (512)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (261)

    A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of the second book in JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Brian Sibley's famous 1981 adaptation, starring Ian Holm and Michael Hordern, has been divided into three corresponding parts, with newly recorded beginning and end narration by Ian Holm.

    Bryan J. Peterson says: "The quality continues."
    "Brilliant for light listening"
    Overall

    Once again I enjoyed listening to The Two Towers in dramatization. I think the story is always so much more enriched when the different characters are spoken by different people.
    If you want heaps of detail to the story line then don't buy this, there is only so much detail that can be added while incorperating sound effects and music. But overall I found that it contained enough plot line to get the major gist of the story without being waffly and boring to listen to. I really love the LOTR trilogy over the full book anyway. The book, (though I'm sure is amazing once you get into it) is very waffly at the start and I could not read it, so having this to listen to gave me the chance to picture the whole Tolkein world with very little effort.
    This Is great to have in the car to listen to on long, and otherwise boring, journeys.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (1862)
    Performance
    (921)
    Story
    (940)

    Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

    Joe says: "worthwhile"
    "Good start to the mystery"
    Overall

    Over all I did enjoy this 1st part of the novel.
    It contains a great deal of character building and back story line before it starts to get into the nitty gritty of the plot, and i did find that to be somewhat tedious and confusing. I would recommend taking the time to listen to this part again just so that you understand the characters properly before moving onto part 2. It was necessary in order to know how the characters tick, who they really were and how they would interact with all the other characters in the following 2 parts of the audio book.
    I enjoyed the parts of the book that particularly pertained to the story line, ie: all the interesting facts and info about the dead Harriet Vanger, and did find myself wanting to know more.
    This is not a book I would have regularly chosen to read, but hearing it was much more exciting in the long run.
    If you like a good mystery then this is a good place to start.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister's Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By uncredited
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2907)
    Performance
    (1130)
    Story
    (1134)

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful Book, Very Emotional"
    "Compelling and emotional"
    Overall

    I found this to be a pretty good book to listen to. I enjoyed the 2nd part more than the 1st and the ending made me cry. I have known someone who had Leukemia twice and died after his bone marrow treatment which made him cancer free, so this audio book really hit the spot on the emotional scale. This book has all you need for enjoyable listening.
    It's subplots make for a great book with much more depth of interest than the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Live the Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Josephine Cox
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Set in the 1930's, this is the story of three people caught up in a tangle of love and hatred, which threatens to tear them apart forever. Handsome, wealthy and fair-minded, Luke Hammond could have the world at his feet. Instead, he has the world on his shoulders. Consumed by sadness, Luke's only respite from his respectable life is on a Tuesday, when he heads off to seek solace in a hideaway deep in the calm heart of the woods.

    hannah says: "Lovely for summer listening"
    "Lovely for summer listening"
    Overall

    I very much enjoyed listening to this audio book.It is not the sort that I would usually read, but a friend recommended another book by this author which I did read and enjoyed, so thought i'd give this a go on audiobook.
    It was great to listen to while doing boring chores. I could emerse myself in doing the lawns or dishes on autopilot while I listened to find out what happened to the characters, who they were interacting with and how seemingly random people ended up interacting with eachother. It really reminded me that people know eachother through communication and love. This book also has a twist that shows how intertwining hearts come back to eachother in the end. It has heart renching moments and loving moments, a must for people who like a rollercoaster of emotion in books. It did have a couple of slower sections but these do have story info so it is good to keep listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chocolat

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Joanne Harris
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    When an exotic stranger, Vianne Rocher, arrives in the French village of Lansquenet and opens a chocolate boutique directly opposite the church, Father Reynaud identifies her as a serious danger to his flock, especially as it is the beginning of Lent, the traditional season of self-denial. War is declared as the priest denounces the newcomer's wares as the ultimate sin.

    hannah says: "Beautiful to listen to"
    "Beautiful to listen to"
    Overall

    I found this audio book to be absolutely wonderful, it is well read and the story is a classic french tale. I found myself really loving the characters and felt for them in their decisions through out the book. I now sometimes use this book to help me get to sleep, not because it is boring, far from it!! It is so soothing to listen to that on a lovely sunny day lying on my bed I can't help but get carried along with the story. I highly recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Greg Wise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (169)

    Bram Stoker's masterpiece is at the same time intensely romantic and very modern. It unfolds the story of a Transylvanian Don Juan, the aristocratic Count Dracula who preys on desirous damsels.

    Jefferson says: "A Mesmerizing and Appalling Audiobook Dracula"
    "Captivatingly toothy"
    Overall

    I have really enjoyed listening to this 1st part of the book, it has been great seeing how the tale develops. 90% of it is good listening, and the other 10% is not very compelling but relavent to the story line so needs listening to. My friend thoroughly enjoyed it too and is listening to it a second time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By J. R. R Tolkien
    • Narrated By Ian Holm, Michael Hordern, Robert Stephens
    Overall
    (789)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (395)

    A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of the first book in JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Brian Sibley's famous 1981 adaptation, starring Ian Holm and Michael Hordern, has been divided into three corresponding parts, with newly recorded beginning and end narration by Ian Holm.

    Erin says: "Dramitization"
    "LOTR"
    Overall

    I found listening to this a great way to wind down at the end of the day. Hearing the dramatisation made me have mental pictures of the movies in my head, so it was a great way to feel like I was watching it without having to stay up and watch it in the Dvd player. It has all the major plot lines of the movies, so is very familiar, without being long winded like the books can be.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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