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  • Tomorrow, When the War Began: Tomorrow Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Marsden
    • Narrated By Suzi Dougherty
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (221)

    While Ellie and her friends are away in the bush, the world changes. Suddenly they are in the toughest situations humans can confront, facing life and death decisions. They are thrown into a world where they find courage, initiative, spirit and wisdom, or they die.

    Bev says: "Listen, you won't be sorry..."
    "Excellent Story, Disappointing Narration"
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    The story in this book and the rest of the series are really wonderful (particularly the first 3 books). I got the audiobook for my dyslexic sister and I was really disaapointed with the narration. I checked with her (since she had no previous experience of this book) and she also found the narrator underwhelming.
    There is no issue with the narrator being Australian (the book is set in Australia) but she lacks the talent to take on the personality of each character, and her overall narration isn't all that easy to listen to (unlike other narrators I've heard).
    I'll probably still get the rest of the series because the books themselves are great for teenagers (this is an Australian classic for teens) and audio is a great way to assist dyslexic readers.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2315)
    Performance
    (2110)
    Story
    (2136)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "Thoroughly enjoyed this"
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    I started reading Dracula but couldn't get into it. I've often listened to books but I was determined to read this so I listened and read it at the same time. It was brilliant. I became engrossed in the story and had to restrain myself from staying up all night to finish it. I loved how there was a different narrator for each character's journal and enjoyed each actor's interpretation of how other characters sounded. The only narrator I didn't like was the girl who read Lucy Westenra's journal - I found her style of reading very irritating, however i gave the performance five stars because everyone else was fantastic.
    I think I'll approach several other classics this way, by reading and listening - it was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Seven Dials Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Gerry Wade had proved himself to be a champion sleeper, so the other house guests decided to play a practical joke on him. Eight alarm clocks were set to go off, one after the other, starting at 6.30 a.m. But when morning arrived, one clock was missing, and the prank had backfired with tragic consequences. For Jimmy Thesiger in particular, the words "seven dials" were to take on a new and chilling significance.

    Miriam says: "Five stars for Seven Dials"
    "Great mystery"
    Overall
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    Emilia Fox is an excellent narrator. I gave her four because with every narrator I feel their voices for hte opposite sex sound 'off', but otherwise I cannot fault her.

    I gave the story four, because it was great. It isn't Agatha Christie's BEST book, but it is still better than most other mystery novels around.

    I gave it a five-star rating overall, because in the end, I really enjoyed listening to it, and I will listen to it again, which is all you can ask for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • They Came to Baghdad

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Baghdad is the chosen location for a secret summit of superpowers, concerned but not convinced, about the development of an, as yet, unidentified and undescribed secret weapon. Only one man has the proof that can confirm the nature of this fantastic secret weapon, a British agent named Carmichael. Unfortunately the criminal organisation responsible for the weapon's development will stop at nothing to prevent him entering Baghdad and presenting his proof to the assembled delegates.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fun story and easy to listen to"
    "Fun story and easy to listen to"
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    This is one of Agatha Christie's adventure stories, so if you're looking for her traditional "whodunnit?" this won't be it, but it is still a lot of fun and surpassed my expectations.

    Emilia Fox's performance was excellent. I only gave her four stars because her male voices don't sound like real men! haha, but this is an issue with almost all narrators performing voices of the opposite sex.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poirot's Early Cases

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser, David Suchet
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (29)

    Still in the formative years of his career, Hercule Poirot faces a most taxing case: who killed Lord Cronshaw? Was Coco Courtenay's death on the same night a mere coincidence? And did she deliberately take an overdose of cocaine?

    Amazon Customer says: "A nice collection"
    "Wonderful Narration"
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    The characters were magnificently portrayed by Fraser and Suchet, which makes it so easy to listen to. When I first started listening to audiobooks I was worried that hearing a narrator's voice would detract from experiencing the story. These two narrators (Fraser narrates most of it, Suchet is Poirot, I believe) eliminate this issue, really bringing the short stories to life, a sort of bridge between reading and watching a film (but with all the detail of the book).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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