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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I love the Cabin Pressure series. They are all hilarious.
The other Cabin Pressure series.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Yes, absolutely. And I do, all the time.
Cabin Pressure is a series consisting of six plays, so it's not comparable to books.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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