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  • Under Milk Wood and Other Plays

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dylan Thomas
    • Narrated By Richard Bebb, Richard Burton, Dylan Thomas, and others
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (8)

    Under Milk Wood is Dylan Thomas's undisputed and unforgettable masterpiece - an affectionate, but hilarious portrait of a small Welsh town. The classic 1954 recording, featuring a perfect cast led by Richard Burton as "First Voice", is rightly considered to be definitive. This collection also includes two earlier radio programs: Return Journey to Swansea and Quite Early One Morning, read by Dylan Thomas and others.

    barnes says: "Thrilled to find it on Audible"
    "Thrilled to find it on Audible"
    Overall

    My parents owned this on vinyl back in the 1960's and it achieved cult status in our household so I was thrilled to find this full version featuring Richard Burton on Audible. Perhaps as someone who has spent time in South Wales it has more resonance for me but I would be surprised if anyone interested in dramatic prose or poetry couldn't find something to enjoy about this lovely, nostalgic cameo of life in a Welsh village.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    From the 11th storey of a Los Angeles high-rise, Nate looks out on the city - the traffic, the trees, and the beach beyond. He breathes deeply. And then he moves one foot off the ledge and into thin air. But before he can jump, gunshots ring out from within the building. A robbery is in progress. And Nate, with nothing to lose but the life he was about to give up, decides to intervene. What happens next plunges Nate into mortal danger…and reunites him with the family he hasn't known for years - a family he will do anything to protect.

    barnes says: "I listened to it twice in two weeks"
    "I listened to it twice in two weeks"
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    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Survivor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed it as much as the far fetched but action packed Matthew Reilly books most of which I own.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot was complicated and the characters believable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The beginning in the bank


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

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator did a great job of differenciating between the characters. I was never at a loss as to who was who.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Way Station

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Clifford D. Simak
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
    (1079)
    Performance
    (675)
    Story
    (686)

    In this Hugo Award-winning classic, Enoch Wallace is an ageless hermit, striding across his untended farm as he had done for over a century, still carrying the gun with which he had served in the Civil War. But what his neighbors must never know is that, inside his unchanging house, he meets with a host of unimaginable friends from the farthest stars.

    Noe says: "A very special novel that will inspire you."
    "Is this the one with imaginary friends?"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes because I like science fiction and time/light speed travel tales and this one fits the bill.


    What other book might you compare Way Station to and why?

    Hopscotch by Neal Stephenson perhaps. Because of the material, not the detail or imagination.


    What does Eric Michael Summerer bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    As with any good narrator, he has a greater repertoire of voices than I could conjour up in my own mind.


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

    It was a good listen but it didn't move me to tears or laughter.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lucy Christopher
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (179)

    This stunning debut novel from Australian author Lucy Christopher generated considerable buzz for its nonstop suspense and breathtaking imagery. Sixteen-year-old Gemma is on a layover at Bangkok Airport, headed to Vietnam with her parents. Then the vaguely familiar Ty drugs Gemma’s drink and steals her away. Her head swirling in confusion, Gemma soon finds herself fighting to survive in the unforgiving Outback.

    barnes says: "already listened twice"
    "already listened twice"
    Overall

    This narrator has the tone of voice that absolutely suits the story. It's a storyline that some will find unbearable if not unbelievable but the whole book relies on people understanding stories. I think it is lovely. I bought it on a whim and although I have already listened to it twice, it is a book I will come back to because it evokes a view of Australia that we would like to be part of or like to be true.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (141)

    Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote more time to studying the battles and wars of history than to considering what history really consists of: centuries of people quietly going about their daily business. This inspired him to start a journey around his own house, an old rectory in Norfolk, considering how the ordinary things in life came to be.

    Rachel says: "Best use of a credit"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the content of this book. Bill Bryson has such an appealing style, amusing while still being informative. I was a bit disappointed with the adenoidal sound to his voice though. Hopefully that won't be a problem for the majority of his listeners but I kept wanting him to blow his nose! I did hesitate to comment on that but if you listen to the sample and think I'm wrong then I wholeheartedly recommend a great fun listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (237)

    The radio dramatisation of The Hobbit became a classic when it was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1968 and it continues to delight today. Tolkien's famous saga, the prelude to the Lord of the Rings, has all the ingredients of fantasy and adventure: dwarves, elves, goblins and trolls, a fearsome dragon, a great wizard, a perilous quest, and a dramatic climax.

    Mary says: "Takes a little getting used to"
    "An Old Favourite"
    Overall

    I was given this book to read as a child and have loved it ever since. (I'm now over 40). The style of the dramatisation is a little bit dated and I find the music grates a bit on my ear but it does add to the atmosphere. I have listened to it three times since I bought it this week! As with any abridgement, one can always be disappointed about what was left out and what was retained from the original book but the spirit of the story is still there. The actors are very wholehearted about the project. The book was aimed at children and I think they will love this although it does get a bit scary at times!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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