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St. Williams, ON, Canada

  • 5 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 83 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Benedict Flynn
    • Narrated By Sean Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    These stories are about how, many years ago, Arthur the once and future King of England, set out to save his country from the troubles that plagued it, aided by the brave knights of the Round Table, and the most famous sword in the world, Excalibur. How Merlin the Wizard fought against the wicked Morgana le Fay's enchantments, and how Arthur loved and lost the beautiful Guinevere, his Queen.

    Toni says: "A Voice to be Heard"
    "The voice elevates the text"

    I'd conjecture that this book is a much better listen than a read. The text is quite simplistic, but it is brought to life by Sean Bean's reading, and complemented by the music which intermittently accompanies it. Bean has a marvellous vocal timbre: from the fresh tenor of the young Arthur to the low growl of a wary Merlin, he uses his vocal abilities to inhabit the various characters in a way that makes them seem to live in one's mind.,

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Plague Tales

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ann Benson
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson

    Understand science and you understand possibilities. In Ann Benson's novel, there's a future where antibiotics are useless and a past where death is an ever-present fear. Two unwilling heroes from two different centuries are linked by history and defined by circumstance. Here are their stories - the plague tales.

    David says: "The Plague Tales"
    "Definitely Good for a Rainy Sunday"

    I'd love to take a look at a copy of this book to confirm my theory, but I'm pretty sure that it's a better listen than it is a read. Benson's simple narrative style is enriched immeasurably by Juliet Stevenson's diverse and intelligent reading. The author takes us to some interesting periods in history, nimbly jumping from century to century as the tale weaves dexterously in an out. An enjoyable listen for a rainy Sunday afternoon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hedda Gabler

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Henrik Ibsen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson, Michael Maloney, full cast

    Hedda Gabler, the daughter of a deceased General, marries dull George Tesman and foresees a life of middle class tedium stretching ahead when they return from their honeymoon. Increasingly, she is drawn into the clutches of her admirer, Judge Brack, who seeks to establish a ménage à trois. Then the brilliant but dissolute Eilert Lovborg, a former flame, arrives to rival her husband for an academic post.

    Brenda says: "Hedda"
    "A Rewarding Presentation"

    Juliet Stevenson is wondrous in the title role of this Ibsen classic, as is Michael Maloney as her husband. It's truly an outstanding night at the theatre without leaving your living room. The audio quality of this recording is also extremely high ... no hiss or tin to contend with!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Windermere's Fan

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 37 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson, Samuel West

    Oscar Wilde's first play confronts the hypocrisy of public "morality" compared with genuine, private kindness. The reasons for its continued popularity are not difficult to identify: the play's witty dialogue contains many of Wilde's most quoted aphorisms, its stylish setting provides opportunities for elegant presentation, and its cast of memorable characters play out a story which is genuinely moving. This new audio production brings together a full cast worthy of Wilde's creative genius.

    Julian says: "Captivating Pleasure"
    "An exciting night at the"

    If you enjoy Oscar Wilde, you'll undoubtedly love this recording of one of his most interesting plays. Juliet Stevenson as Mrs. Erlynne seems to sashay into your living room, and the other characters are portrayed with equal competence and elan. The vocal quality of this recording is also excellent ... nothing scratchy, noone bellowing from the end of a long tunnel!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Middlemarch

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd

    Middlemarch is perhaps the finest novel in the English language. Set in a provincial town at the time of the Great Reform Bill in 1832, Eliot's novel is about the quest for both personal and political liberation and fulfilment, and centers on two remarkable individuals: the ardently idealistic Dorothea Brooke and the philanthropically-motivated young doctor, Tertius Lydgate.

    Benedict says: "Wow"
    "Like a roomful of new friends"

    This is probably my favourite audiobook to date, which is half due to the rich and complex interaction of the new friends encountered in Middlemarch, and at least half to the extraordinary narration of Carol Boyd. I heard her first in "Memoirs of a Geisha", and enjoyed it so much that I now seek out books that she's recorded. I've listened to "Middlemarch" several times, and am always sorry when it's finished and I have to say goodbye to Dorothea, Will and the rest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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