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Andy

ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Doctor Who: Nuclear Time

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Oli Smith
    • Narrated By Nicholas Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    ‘My watch is running backwards.’ Colorado, 1981. The Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive in Appletown - an idyllic village in the remote American desert where the townsfolk go peacefully about their suburban routines. But when two more strangers arrive, things begin to change. The first is a mad scientist - whose warnings are cut short by an untimely and brutal death. The second is the Doctor... As death falls from the sky, the Doctor is trapped. The TARDIS is damaged, and the Doctor finds he is living backwards through time.

    Andy says: "What A FInd!"
    "What A FInd!"
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    You first need to know this comes from someone who has followed the Doctor's adventures from the Seventies until today. I especially enjoy the narrator, Nicholas Briggs, as producer of a whole line of audio adventures made and distributed by Big Finish Productions. I may have been a bit predisposed to like this, but I still was amazed at what a find this particular story is.

    For me, it was like getting an extra episode of the T.V. series. The story was brilliant. Even though you know the characters are going to make it out, there were at least two... maybe three times when you could have believed they may not. The plot twist that has the Doctor going backward through time was amazingly well done and must have been a very complicated thing to write. The personalities of the characters were all in place. One little gem has the Doctor acquiring a new toy with a "Happy Christmas, me!", which one could totally hear Matt Smith's character saying.

    Nicholas Briggs is simply jaw dropping. I cannot fathom how he goes seamlessly from the Doctor to Amy's Scottish accent to the other Americans. It was an inspired performance that married itself to this incredible story to produce a five star wonder that I hope Doctor Who fans will enjoy as much as I did.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The King's Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Una McCormack
    • Narrated By Nicholas Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    In the city-state of Geath, the King lives in a golden hall, and the people want for nothing. Everyone is happy and everyone is rich. Or so it seems. When the Doctor, Amy and Rory look beneath the surface, they discover a city of secrets. In dark corners, strange creatures are stirring. At the heart of the hall, a great metal dragon oozes gold.Then the Herald appears, demanding the return of her treasure... And next come the gunships.

    Andy says: "Entertaining for Fans"
    "Entertaining for Fans"
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    Nicholas Briggs gets the voices perfect. Fans of the current incarnation of the T.V. show will not be disappointed in the performance. I've read and heard better stories. The high point is that the author gets all the regular characters just right. The folks that are introduced as the story goes on were not consistent. For instance, it was hard to believe what motivated the two groups who are vying for power at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Ambassadors of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By David Whitaker
    • Narrated By Jon Pertwee, Caroline John
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Seven months after it left the red planet, Mars Probe 7 still hasn't returned to Earth. The Doctor and Liz Shaw join the investigation asa second capsule, Recovery 7, is sent to discover what has happened. But when it returns, something is terribly wrong with its three astronauts... The space-suited figures are kidnapped and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart leads UNIT in a rescue attempt - whilst Liz finds herself at the mercy of dangerous fanatics.

    Andy says: "You Need A Better Medium"
    "You Need A Better Medium"
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    No, I don't mean communicating with spirits and all that rubish! I mean that sometimes the special effects of the day could not capture the best imagination of the scripts of these Third Doctor/ U.N.I.T. stories. A full cast radio production may be a much better medium. Jon Pertwee was especially delicious in this story - he was always at his best when confronting authority figures, and there were plenty to confront, here. I also liked how the sound effects hearkened back to the days of the first lunar expedition. Fans of the current Eleventh Doctor series on BBC that began with "The Impossible Astoronaut" may find some delight here. Just be warned that the pace of the action is a bit slower than a fan of the current T.V. series is used to. Nonetheless, this lifelong Doctor Who fan found many things to enjoy in this audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A Radio Dramatization

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum, Jerry Robbins
    • Narrated By Jerry Robbins, The Colonial Radio Players
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    One of the true classics of American literature. Originally published in 1900, it was the first truly American fairy tale, as Baum crafted a wonderful fantasy, peopled with memorable characters — a cornfield scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and a humbug wizard.

    Andy says: "What A Deal!"
    "What A Deal!"
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    The full cast production of the Oz stories was an amazing find! There are five in this series, and all of them are wonderfully performed. It was thoroughly entertaining for my two children and I as we listened in the car.

    I simply cannot believe that such a spot-on production would only be about $3 to Audible members. For about the price of a novel, one can get the whole series and enjoy hours of entertainment with the kids.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Eric Idle
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Last seen flying through the sky in a giant elevator in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie Bucket is back for another adventure. When the giant elevator picks up speed, Charlie, Willy Wonka, and the gang are sent hurtling through space and time. Visiting the world's first space hotel, battling the dreaded Vermicious Knids, and saving the world are only a few stops along this remarkable, intergalactic joyride.

    Christopher says: "A delicious sequel"
    "Not So Bad"
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    This was not as tight a narrative as the Chocolate Factory, but there was enough charm, silliness, and familiarity with the characters to entertain our family (with children ages 6 and 8) through a long car ride.

    Narrator Eric Idle was very funny and really threw himself into all the different voices - including a very convincing President of the United States.

    The first helping of Charlie was clearly the best. This second helping was... not so bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Stone Rose

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Rayner
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (338)

    Mickey is startled to find a statue of Rose in a museum; a statue that is 2,000 years old. The Doctor realises that this means the TARDIS will shortly take them to Ancient Rome, but when it does, he and Rose soon have more on their minds than sculpture.

    Vincent says: "Be Careful What You Wish For"
    "David Tennant... in A Toga"
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    The story sets up, beautifully. And for Doctor Who books, it simply does not get better than having one of the actors who play the good Doctor as the narrator. David Tennant is simply... brilliant. Full disclosure: I am a long time fan of Doctor Who in all its incarnations.

    The only thing that I did not like in the story was a bit of Deus Ex Machina toward the end. The plot revolves around a... well, I better not spoil it. As much as the "bad guy" reveal made me wince, it did not completely take away my enjoyment of the story. The very strong character building throughout made up for the things that aggravated me.

    If you listen to the end, there is an interview with the author that gives quite a lot of insight into the process of converting a book set in a popular television series into an audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Moonlight: Free Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (1577)
    Performance
    (1318)
    Story
    (1325)

    Barely a teenager, Kaylin Neya is a thief, a fugitive and an attempted assassin. She also has a smart mouth, sharp wits and mysterious markings on her skin. All of which make her perfect bait for a child prostitution sting in the city of Elantra - if she survives her first meeting with the Hawks!

    Jason says: "Great STUFF!!!"
    "Surprisingly Good"
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    This story was quite a value for a free download. It was not a fast, one hour "to be continued" sort of thing (which I was expecting). The narrator was quite versatile with her characterizations of the different races who populate this fantasy/sci-fi world. And, I was surprised that the plot and characters were complex, but not so complex that you would get lost in endless descriptions. It was a story one could easily follow with characters that provoked some emotion. The final surprise was that it was a complete story. It does lead into the series and fortunately, it was written well enough that it left this listener thinking about hearing more. That said, I don't think it was so excellent that I would instantly put it at the top of my priority list. But, overall, I was very grateful for the amount of entertainment this story provided for free.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Eric Idle
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (126)

    When Charlie Bucket finds himself the proud winner of a Golden Ticket in a chocolate bar, he knows he has the greatest treat in the world in store for him. Join Charlie on his fantastic world-famous adventures in Willy Wonka's miraculous chocolate factory, where he sees strawberry-juice water pistols, luminous lollipops, a chocolate river, and rainbow drops, and has the time of his life.

    Mary A. says: "Light Hearted fun...great narrator!"
    "Saved the Thanksgiving Road Trip"
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    An IPod and a portable speaker were all I needed to entertain my two girls, ages 6 & 8, for the last leg of our Thanksgiving Day road trip. They were both familiar with the story after seeing both movie versions, but Eric Idle made it come alive in their imaginations. Mr. Idle also entertained the two parents in the car, as well, with many "laugh out loud" moments as he narrated. Listening to this story as a family was a welcome change from the DVD player (which the driver cannot see) and the personal devices (which are good for a quiet vehicle). This was something we could all enjoy together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Clockwise Man

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Justin Richards
    • Narrated By Nicholas Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    In 1920s London, the Doctor and Rose find themselves caught up in the hunt for a mysterious murderer. But not everyone or everything is what they seem. Secrets lie behind locked doors and inhuman killers roam the streets. Who is the Painted Lady and why is she so interested in the Doctor? How can a cat return from the dead? Can anyone be trusted to tell or even to know the truth?

    Annissa says: "Slow build to a great end"
    "The Many Voices of Nicholas Briggs"
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    I went searching for a Doctor Who story narrated by the actor who played the ninth incarnation, Christopher Eccleston (to put alongside my David Tennant and Matt Smith stories). The narrator, Nicholas Briggs, was just as good, if not better.

    Don't get me wrong, at first, his Doctor voice sounded a bit like Bullwinkle with a northern British accent. But either it got better, or my ears got adjusted. In any event, I was fully into this story because Mr. Briggs (voice of the Daleks and Cybermen, and head of the fabulous Big Finish line of audio productions) simply has a wide range of vocal talent. While the story was entertaining and had a number of good twists, the real enjoyment in listening was hearing it come alive through the many voices of Nicholas Briggs.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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