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  • The Beatles Tapes: Rare Interviews

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and others
    • Narrated By uncredited

    This is an audio album of interviews with each of the four members of The Beatles: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. The wit of the Beatles shines through in these audio vignettes fromn the 1960s.

    Erin says: "Fewer interviews than you might think!"
    "Fewer interviews than you might think!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The title is misleading, it should more accurately be called Beatles Radio Publicity or something similar.

    What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

    There were few actual interviews. Much of the recording was descriptions of concert venues by reporters, or discussions with fans. This is not to say that there weren't some entertaining pieces of interviews with the Beatles.

    Did uncredited do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    At least one of the interviews was not clarified. I presume it was Brian Epstein, but the interviewee was never identified.

    Any additional comments?

    The interviews and concert coverage were completely out of chronological order, the recordings began with the Beatles last American tour in 1966 and the controversy surrounding a comment by John Lennon about religion, then bounced around from year to year and country to country. Half the time it was not made clear the year or country where the segment took place.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fool Moon: The Dresden Files, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

    pterion says: "I'm liking Harry more and more"
    "Uncommon Words"
    Would you listen to Fool Moon again? Why?

    I would probably listen to Fool Moon again, but for the pronunciations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By J. R. R Tolkien
    • Narrated By Ian Holm, Michael Hordern, Robert Stephens

    A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of the first book in JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Brian Sibley's famous 1981 adaptation, starring Ian Holm and Michael Hordern, has been divided into three corresponding parts, with newly recorded beginning and end narration by Ian Holm.

    Erin says: "Dramitization"

    For what it is, it is brilliantly done. I'm just too fond of this story (the whole story) to be fully content with an abridged rendition.

    That said, I take less exception to what was cut/changed (text and content-wise) in this version than some of the things done in the 2001 film. One of my favourite moments is the Fords of Bruinen as it was written, and that spirit is kept in this dramatization.

    Five stars for dramatization, but only four as 'The Fellowship of the Ring' since it is missing so very much. It seems 'Fellowship' is usually the part of the trilogy that is cut down the most for dramatization.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By An Ensemble Cast

    Bilbo Baggins, a gentle hobbit who loves the comforts of home, reluctantly joins a company of dwarves on a journey to recover plundered gold from a fierce dragon. It's a tale of high adventure and astonishing courage, and a magical prelude to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

    Zreea says: "Many years of enjoyment"
    "Lovely rendition"

    A lovely story wonderfully dramatized. I only wish it were an unabridged version of the book. There are a few places where the dramatization (lack of full narrative) make the story a bit difficult to follow (but only a bit).

    Unfortunately, I find this rendition of the Dwarves' song tedious though in the story it is meant to be rousing. And on purely personal preference I can't get past the pronunciation of the Dragon's name. 'Smog' has never sounded right to me, though many claim it is the correct pronunciation.

    Despite nitpickings, I would absolutely recommend this version of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic to anyone who enjoys being read to and likes a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodhound: The Legend of Beka Cooper, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Dogs discover that gamblers are bringing the counterfeit money from Port Caynn. In Port Caynn, Beka delves deep into the gambling world, where she meets a charming banking clerk named Dale Rowan. Beka thinks she may be falling for Rowan, but she won't let anything - or anyone - jeopardize her mission. As she heads north to an abandoned silver mine, it won't be enough for Beka be her usual terrier self. She'll have to learn from Achoo to sniff out the criminals, to be a Bloodhound.

    Bethany says: "Beka goes a hunting"
    "Technical difficulties"

    This is a five-star story but the technical glitches in the recording prevent me from giving it full marks. As of this review Audible is working on fixing the glitches in the recording. Be aware there is currently some content missing from this story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Kathleen says: "It's not easy being green"

    My rating is more a reflection of the story than the audio/narration. I simply could not get into the story. Every time I came close to caring about the characters the scene would shift and pull away again. I never felt we were allowed to know Elphaba enough to have any feeling as to her plight. It seemed like the story was trying to cover too much. If it had focused on one part of Elphaba's life and really given the listener a link to the characters this would have been a much more enjoyable story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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