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Michele

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  • Mary Poppins

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By P.L. Travers
    • Narrated By Sophie Thompson
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    When Mary Poppins takes charge of the Banks children Jane, Michael and the twins she changes their lives forever. Unlike other nannies, she makes the most ordinary events extraordinary. She slides up bannisters, pulls all manner of wonders out of her empty carpetbag, and banishes fear or sadness with a no-nonsense 'Spit-spot'. Who else can lead the children on one magical adventure after another and still gently tuck them in at the end of the day? None other than their beloved nanny Mary Poppins.

    Michele says: "Classic!"
    "Classic!"
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    This classic tale of the magical nanny is brought beautifully to life by Sophie Thompson. As a long-term fan of the Poppins books, I was hesitant to purchase this version but I have been very pleasantly surprised. Ms Thompson embues each of the characters with great personality and individuality through her skillful reading. This is a wonderful addition to any children's (or adult fans's) library.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lillian Jackson Braun
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Things are spicing up in Pickax: huge inheritances from old families are suddenly and mysteriously pouring in to town, but nobody is quite sure why. Except Koko, that is - and he's not telling. Then things get really interesting when one resident drops dead from an apparent bee sting. Can Qwill and his cats get to the bottom of things?

    Michele says: "Disappointing drivel!"
    "Disappointing drivel!"
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    It is official....Lillian Jackson Braun has run out of ideas! That is the only reasonable conclusion to which I can come having just finished the Audible version of this "story". Disjointed and with no real point to the tale, this book is a complete disappointment. I have quite enjoyed her earlier "Cat Who" books but this is utter rubbish. There are a couple of incidents in the story which may be crimes but nothing ever develops with these. Save your money & don't bother with this one. Braun's earlier works are much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whisky Galore

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Compton Mackenzie
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    It's 1943, and the war has brought rationing to the Hebridean Islands of Great and Little Todday. When food is in short supply, it is bad enough, but when the whisky runs out, it looks like the end of the world. Morale is at rock bottom. George Campbell needs a wee dram to give him the courage to stand up to his mother and marry Catriona. The priest, the doctor and, of course, the landlord at the inn are all having a very thin time of it.

    Michele says: "Entertaining but a curiously unsatisfying finish."
    "Entertaining but a curiously unsatisfying finish."
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    A Scottish island has reluctantly been plunged into a state of sobriety due to a whisky shortage cause by WWII. As luck would have it, a ship bound for the USA, and laden with the finest Scottish whisky, is shipwrecked on the island's coastline.
    This tale has a great deal of the customary Compton Mackenzie charm with various minor stories of island life and love interwoven with the main plot. I must say though, that I found the book ended abruptly. In fact, I thought there had been a mistake and the recording had somehow jumped a chapter, but no. I felt the book needed a little more finishing but obviously Mackenzie didn't agree.
    In all, it is an entertaining, frothy listen well presented by David Rintoul. However, it does leave you with the feeling that the vast majority of islanders must be alcoholics if Mackenzie's portrayal is accurate!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ballet Shoes (Dramatised)

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Noel Streatfeild
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A full cast dramatisation of this classic children's book. Pauline, Petrova, and Posy Fossil are not really sisters; even their surname is invented since Great Uncle Matthew(GUM) adopted each of them on his various fossil-hunting trips. When the trio decide to "put our name in the history books because it's our very own", each Fossil uses her individual talents to achieve their joint aim in this captivating story, now a modern children's classic.

    bjohnston says: "Careful when downloading"
    "Somewhat charming but highly improbable story!"
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    If you are a fan of this tale from childhood, I'm sure you'll enjoy this adaptation of "Ballet Shoes". That being said, the storyline is highly improbable to the point of absurdity. Coming from a professional dance background myself, I found the whole dance school set-up to be preposterous. It is definitely a dated book. The actors present the play well however I did not find the character of Posy very likeable at all. I could only recommend this book as a curiosity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anne of Green Gables

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By L. M. Montgomery
    • Narrated By Susan McCarthy
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Anne is adopted by the Cuthberts even after a great mistake at the orphanage. But the frail red-headed young girl stays, even though not wanted at first. She is raised strictly but lovingly by the Cuthberts whose world is set upside down by her wonderful, creative and sometime crazy and eccentric ways. In the end, she gives them endless joy as she grows into womanhood.

    Michele says: "A classic Canadian tale."
    "A classic Canadian tale."
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    I love the "Anne" books and was looking forward to again hearing the wonderful story of the little red-haired orphan who steals our hearts. Sadly, the narrator lessened my enjoyment enormously. I'm sure Ms McCarthy gave it her best but unfortunately, this is not a very inspiring reading of Anne's story. Ms McCarthy has some curious pronounciations of certain words, including a strange way of saying Avonlea, which becomes very annoying. She also makes Anne sound as though she is part bullfrog, using any extraordinarily raspy tone for the character. It is such a shame that the reading is not of a quality fitting this classic tale. I cannot recommend this particular version due to the inadequacies of the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joyce Grenfell Requests the Pleasure

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joyce Grenfell
    • Narrated By Joyce Grenfell
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Joyce Grenfell was known and loved all over the world for her monologues, her songs, and her comic writing. Her career, which spanned more than 30 years, saw her work in many different areas. From wartime entertainment tours to performances on radio, stage, and screen, all were graced with Joyce's usual charm, humour, and talent.

    Michele says: "A delight from beginning to end!"
    "A delight from beginning to end!"
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    Ms Grenfell narrates her own life story in this utterly charming Audible book. Written with great skill & self-deprecating humour, we join Ms Grenfell's journey through her early years which were dominated by the eccentric personality of her American mother. Throw in her Waldorf & Astor cousins, add her very English father and her brother & we have a fascinating listen ahead. This is a truly charming book filled with wonderful anecdotes of theatre life. I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Learn Italian with Innovative Language's Proven Language System - Level 1: Introduction to Italian

    • ORIGINAL (17 mins)
    • By Innovative Language Learning
    • Narrated By Marco Moraglia, Consuelo Innocenti
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (32)

    Congratulations! You have just discovered the fastest and most fun way to learn a language! Are you ready to discover the secret to language learning success? Simply use our program and you will find it. Hundreds of thousands of language learners just like you have already discovered the power of our system. This program offers you a brand new way to learn a language. You'll be speaking from your very first lesson with our fun, easy to use, and innovative method.

    Nanci Arvizu says: "Good Intro to course"
    "Don't bother!"
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    This series gives the impression it will teach you basic Italian but I found it to be a complete waste of time.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bruach Blend

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lillian Beckwith
    • Narrated By Hannah Gordon
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    What can take the fire out of a fever, the ache out of loving and the meanness out of a miser? The answer according to Tearlaich is whisky - the ‘water of life’. And when he suggests to Lillian that the islanders should have their own blend - a ‘Bruach Blend’ - Lillian can see his logic.

    Michele says: "An absolute delight!"
    "An absolute delight!"
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    If you have never read or heard any of Lillian Beckwith's stories, do yourself a favour and buy this book! Many of Beckwith's tales are based on her real-life experiences when she moved from London to the Scottish Hebrides. Suffering from ill-health, she was advised by doctors to go where the air was fresh and the life-style simple. Instead of heading to the English country-side, Beckwith moved lock, stock and barrell to the Hebridean Isles where she became so entranced with the people and the crofting life that she stayed for some 20 years.

    Bruach Blend is just one book in a series by Beckwith which details her comical struggles to become a crofter and to fit in with the Hebridean people. Her book is filled with much humour and some quite touching tales of the harsh existence of the proud people of the Islands. There are many colourful characters who have a unique way of expressing themselves and of dealing with the challenges of daily life. The Bruach-ites are always the first to laugh at themselves, making their stories incredibly endearing. Beckwith is such skilled writer. She is able to capture the people, their stories and the landscape in such detail and yet, the details never gets in the way of the flow of the story. Her books are very easy and enjoyable to read or listen to.

    Hannah Gordon is a wonderful choice of narrator, coping well with the snatches of Gaelic dialect and various accents. She skillfully conveys the dry humour of the Island's inhabitants and draws you, as the listener, right into the story.

    My only regret is that there are not more of Lillian Beckwith's wonderful Hebridean stories available on Audible. I'd buy every one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Adam's Rib

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Garson Kanin, Ruth Gordon (Adapted by David Rambo)
    • Narrated By Adam Arkin, Anne Heche, Annabelle Gurwitch, and others
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    A married couple's relationship is tested when they find themselves serving as attorneys on opposite sides of the same headline-making case. The fireworks displayed in the courtroom follow Adam and Amanda Bonner home, creating a wildly witty portrait of love and work.

    Michele says: "Great adaptation of a classic!"
    "Great adaptation of a classic!"
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    I love the movie "Adam's Rib" with Spencer Tracey & Katherine Hepburn so was a little dubious about buying this adaptation. I'm so pleased I did! It's a most enjoyable rendering of this play featuring wonderful performances by Adam Arkin & Anne Heche and a talented supporting cast.

    This is a story of the age-old battle of the sexes and the double standards society has regarding the roles and rights of men and women. Although the original was written back in the 1950's, the material is still delightfully witty. While our social values have changed in many respects, this play highlights some issues where there is still inequality between men and women.

    This one is definitely worth a listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Poppins and the House Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 21 mins)
    • By P.L. Travers
    • Narrated By Sophie Thompson
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    It is a day like any other for Mary Poppins and the Banks family in Number 17, until the telegram arrives with the momentous news that Miss Andrews, the Holy Terror, is coming to live in the house next door. But with Miss Andrews comes the mysterious Luti, a new friend for Jane and Michael....

    Michele says: "A must for Mary Poppins fans!"
    "A must for Mary Poppins fans!"
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    Being a long-term Mary Poppins fan, I was delighted to find this title on Audible. "Mary Poppins and the House Next Door" is a lesser known title amongst the Poppins books and is quite difficult to obtain in print, so it is wonderful to be able to access another of P.L.Travers' enchanting tales through Audible.

    This is only a short tale, almost like a chapter story, rather than a full book like most of the other M.P.books. I don't consider this to be Travers best work but it is still most enjoyable. Those familiar with the other Poppins books will, once again, meet many old friends (and some villans) from previous stories and will again become ensnared in the web of unforgetteble personalities as they go about there lives in Cherry Tree Lane. If you are unfamiliar with the Mary Poppins series, you will still be able to fully follow the story and characters as it also works as a stand alone story. The story is obviously written in a different era and, as such, displays some different social values from current society. However, this does not detract from the story as the reader/listener is aware that the stories are not set in current times.

    Sophie Thompson captures the magic of Travers' story with her wonderfully descriptive storytelling and she brings each character to life with flair and good attention to detail.

    This is definitely a book to add to your collection if you are a Poppins fan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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