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Siobhan

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  • Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 3

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (242)

    Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Roger Allam star in the first series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.

    KDB says: "Endless laughs"
    "Brilliant!"
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    Would you listen to Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 3 again? Why?

    Yes. I listen to this over and over and over again. It is sheer unadulterated joy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 3?

    Yellow Car. That is all.


    What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

    This a six plays with four main characters, Carolyn Knapp-Shappey, played by Stephanie Cole, Douglas Richardson played by Roger Allam (that man has such a marvellous voice), Martin Crieff played by Benedict Cumberbatch and Arthur Shappey played by John Finnemore - who alway writes Cabin Pressure and is - in a word - Brilliant!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It is all fantastic. I have listened to this over and over again. I can practically recite it at this stage. I think my favourite episode of this series is Ottery St. Mary, it introduced "Yellow Car" into my life...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (4001)
    Performance
    (2559)
    Story
    (2588)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Amazing."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks to be better than the print version?

    Yes. This book packs a real emotional punch. I am a very fast reader and I think that I might have missed the full impact if I had been reading the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks?

    The death of Henrietta Lacks, finding out the fate of her daughter Elsie and the end of the book almost took my breath away. I also really enjoyed the interview with the author, Rebecca Skloot.


    What does Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrators brought the Lacks' family to life in a way that I think I would have been unable to if I had been reading the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I couldn't stop listening to this book. Everytime I was forced to stop listening (I can't listen at work) this book was all I could think about. I listened in the car to and from work, at home, whilst cleaning the house, walking. Everywhere.


    Any additional comments?

    The reason I was bought this book is that during a college lecture, the lecturer talked about the HeLa cell line and mentioned - in passing - that the cells were taken from a women Henrietta Lacks in the 1950s. My interest was piqued - who was she? Why were her cells immortal? Where are her family? How did she live her life? The lecturer moved on and college assignments piled up. During my college summer holidays, Audible recommended this book this book to me. Some might say it was fate! All my questions have been answered and as a scientist, there is a lot that I need to remember, bioethics is not just a word. As a society there is a discussion we need to have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cabin Pressure: Molokai (Christmas Special 2010)

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (194)

    In this Christmas special 'Molokai' - It's Christmas morning, but when Carolyn schedules an extra stop-off to the Hawaiian island of Molokai, Arthur has just seven minutes to celebrate Christmas. Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch & Roger Allam star in the second series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.

    Siobhan says: "Funny, funny, funny!"
    "Funny, funny, funny!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Cabin Pressure: Molokai (Christmas Special 2010) the most enjoyable?

    I love the Cabin Pressure series. They are all hilarious.


    What other book might you compare Cabin Pressure: Molokai (Christmas Special 2010) to and why?

    The other Cabin Pressure series.


    Have you listened to any of Stephanie Cole and Benedict Cumberbatch ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've got all the Cabin Pressure series and I listen to them over and over again. This is at the high standard you can expect, not only from John Finnemore's writing, but also from Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch and John Finnemore as performers.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't want to mention my favourite moment as it's a spoiler - it's the very end - and as Arthur says it's Brilliant!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 2

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch, and others
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (260)

    Stephanie Cole ("Doc Martin"), Benedict Cumberbatch and Roger Allam ("The Thick Of It") star in the complete second series of the hit sitcom about the pilots of a tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.

    Gwynne says: "Brilliant Fun!"
    "Fabulous Series"
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    Where does Cabin Pressure rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is among the funniest audiobooks I've ever listened to. I keep listening to the three Cabin Pressure series (& the Christmas Special) and they don't lose their appeal.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cabin Pressure?

    In this series, one of the most memorable moments was in the second play - the airdot is transporting a chamber orchestra to Gdansk, one of the passengers is convinced that everyone is trying to kill her. There's an interesting game going on between the pilots and Carolyn - trying to remember the names of all the seven dwarves and Arthur trying to help Martin win a bet against Douglas.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The performers; Stephanie Cole as Carolyn Knapp-Shappey, owner of MJN Air, Arthur Shappey, her son and steward, Roger Allam as Douglas Richardson, First Officer and Benedict Cumberbatch as Martin Crieff, the Captain, bring the characters to life in a way that reading the plays wouldn't.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cabin Pressure

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (335)

    John Finnemore (Dead Ringers & Mitchell & Webb) has written this brilliant new sitcom starring Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam & Benedict Cumberbatch. Cabin Pressure is set in a small airline business. The flipside of the glamorous world of international airlines.

    Dawn says: "Fly away on MJN air with these lovable characters-"
    "Love it! It's sheer joy!"
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    Would you listen to Cabin Pressure again? Why?

    Yes, absolutely. And I do, all the time.


    What other book might you compare Cabin Pressure to and why?

    Cabin Pressure is a series consisting of six plays, so it's not comparable to books.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Again, Cabin Pressure is a series consisting of plays, and you don't get the same experience reading plays as you do from having them performed. Stephanie Cole is wonderful as Carolyn Knapp-Shappy, CEO and hostess of MJN Air, and the interplay between her and Douglas Richardson, the first officer played by Roger Allam is fantastic. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Martin Crieff, the hapless Captain of the "airdot" and John Finnemore plays Arther Shappey, the ever cheerful steward.

    John Finnemore writes the series and has managed to place the characters in such bizzare and perverse situations, you can't help but cringe and laugh.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Brilliant!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Casanova

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Giacomo Casanova
    • Narrated By Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (103)

    The first part of the Memoirs of Giacomo Casanova, a special film tie-in version. The film, starring Heath Ledger as Casanova with Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller, will be released in UK February 2006.

    sarah says: "SIGH"
    "Abridged?! No!"
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    I broke my rule and bought an abridged book, because Benedict Cumberbatch was the narrator... and now I need to go and find the rest of this book... I wonder if Benedict Cumberbatch would narrate them...?

    Just buy this book, enjoy the experience of Casanova's words and experiences read by Benedict Cumberbatch... "sigh"

    But be prepared for the 5 hours to end far too quickly...

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Rediscovered Railway Mysteries and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Taylor
    • Narrated By Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (137)

    An Inscrutable Masquerade', 'The Conundrum of Coach 13', 'The Trinity Vicarage Larceny' and 'The 10.59 Assassin'. Inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Sherlock Holmes stories, John Taylor has written four more mysteries featuring the world’s greatest detective. Read by acclaimed actor Benedict Cumberbatch, these new adventures share all the suspense of the original tales.

    Janette says: "Cumberbatch is a great Sherlock Holmes"
    "Interesting stories, great narrator."
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    Having recently re-read Sir Arthur Cona Doyle's novels and watched the BBC's adaption of Sherlock Holmes, this seemed like a great way to continue enjoying Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. The four stories are diverting enough, but it is Benedict Cumberbatch's performance that makes the audiobook. His American accent isn't great, but I personally can live with that. Each story is only 30 minutes long, which is a good length. I was disappointed when the fourth story finished.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Annabel Pitcher
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Ten-year-old Jamie Matthews has just moved to the Lake District with his Dad and his teenage sister, Jasmine for a 'Fresh New Start'. Five years ago his sister's twin, Rose, was blown up by a terrorist bomb. His parents are wrecked by their grief, Jasmine turns to piercing, pink hair and stops eating. The family falls apart. But Jamie hasn't cried in all that time. To him Rose is just a distant memory.

    Jill says: "Memorable Listen"
    "Brilliant"
    Overall

    I couldn't stop listening to this book. It pulled me in and wouldn't let me go until it was done. Telling a story dealing with issues as contentious and sad as this through the eyes of a 10 year old boy is a brave and hard thing to do. It could have gone spectacularly wrong, but it works wonderfully.

    There are were a couple of times when the audio skipped, but it didn't affect my enjoyment of the book, and David Tennant reads wonderfully, bringing all the characters and emotions to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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