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Carolyn

Acushnet, MA, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • Blackadder II

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
    • Narrated By Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Full Cast
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    England 1558-1603. The filthy genes of the Blackadder dynasty bubble to the surface of history's melting pot as Lord Edmund, arrogant peer-about-town, swaggers with a big head and small beard in search of grace and favour from the stark raving mad Queen Bess.

    Gwendolyn says: "Hilarious as always"
    "Wonderful Britcom!"
    Overall

    Unlike the first Blackadder series, this Elizabethan one relies on dialogue, wordplay and wit.

    I can listen to it over and over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackadder the Third

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
    • Narrated By Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Full Cast
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    England 1760-1815. With the advent of the Regency period the Blackadder's family fortune has rather plummeted. Edmund Blackadder, butler to the Prince Regent, veers from calamity to disaster with very little in the way of constructive help from either his imbecile Lord and master the Prince Regent or the mouse-brained Baldrick.

    J. says: "crackling wit"
    "Best Blackadder ever!"
    Overall

    This is my favorite of the Blackadder series. Just erudite enough and full of wit...well, at least in Edmund's case!

    Hugh Laurie is a great witless Prince and Baldrick is the same through all the series....es.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blackadder: The Complete First Series

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Curtis, Rowan Atkinson
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Through the ages, men of flair, faculty, and outstanding courage have contributed to their country's heritage. Others, like the snivelling worm Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh (alias "The Blackadder"), have emerged from the dust of dodgy documents to claim their wrongful place in history.

    Ellen Leithold says: "Doesn't translate well to audio only"
    "Better viewed than heard"
    Overall

    I love all the other Blackadder audios, but I had forgotten how many sight gags were in the first series. It's frustrating to have long pauses and then bursts of audience laughter and you don't know what is happening.

    The other 3 series are fabulous, though. The character of Blackadder changed from the spineless creep of the first series to a wise-cracking and witty hero who doesn't need sight gags.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mark Obmascik
    • Narrated By Del Roy
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    Every year on January 1, a quirky crowd of adventurers storms out across North America for a spectacularly competitive event called a Big Year: a grand, grueling, expensive, and occasionally vicious, "extreme" 365-day marathon of birdwatching. For three men in particular, 1998 would be a whirlwind, a winner-takes-nothing battle for a new North American birding record.

    Carolyn says: "Not for the Birds"
    "Not for the Birds"
    Overall

    I like to watch the birds in my yard, that's why I picked up this book. But you don't have to care about birds or know anything about them to enjoy it. The obsession the characters had was amazing and the whole experience pointed out to what lengths people will go when they feel they are in a competition.
    I usually give up on unabridged books (short attention span) but I listened to every word of this one and was disappointed when it ended.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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