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Neryl

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  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and others
    Overall
    (1364)
    Performance
    (1072)
    Story
    (1077)

    A Special Edition of the original radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978 and recently voted the Nation's Favourite Audiobook in a Guardian poll. Starring Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan and Stephen Moore, these six episodes (Fit the First to Fit the Sixth) have been remastered to modern-day standards by Dirk Maggs, and for the first time feature Philip Pope's arrangement of the familiar theme tune.

    Thomas says: "Difficult to listen to in the car!"
    "Re-visit"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to be better than the print version?

    It's old. It's still funny. It's Douglas. The only thing that would have made this recording better would have been Alan Rickman as the Robot (which he was in the TV version!). Introduced my nephew (11 yrs) to Douglas with this recording and he loved it.


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

    The characterisations are great. Film runs the risk of ruining your own imagined cahracters after reading the book. But audio is quite safe.


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

    Read the book first


    Any additional comments?

    A worthy blast from the past

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Art of Gratitude

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Hilary Neville
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Isabel Dalhousie, philosopher and amateur solver of other people's problems, meets an old foe, Minty Auchterlonie, at a birthday party attended by their young children. Ambitious Minty, now the head of a small investment bank, is in trouble with her shareholders. Isabel becomes involved, and is drawn into a murky world of financial concealment.

    Neryl says: "A Giggle on the Way to Work"
    "A Giggle on the Way to Work"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Lost Art of Gratitude again? Why?

    I would certainly listen again...because Alexander has a way of making me giggle on the way to work. I take delight in his subtle humour and understated seriousness of thought.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of it


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of it


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

    No. I like to savour every section. Slowly


    Any additional comments?

    I wish these books were not abridged!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By George Prochnik
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    Between iPods, music-blasting restaurants, earsplitting sports stadiums, and endless air and road traffic, the place for quiet in our lives grows smaller by the day. In Pursuit of Silence gives contextto our increasingly desperatesense that noise pollution is, in a very real way, an environmental catastrophe.

    Neryl says: "Bring it on! A quieter world"
    "Bring it on! A quieter world"
    Overall

    Interesting book.
    Why does a search for silence so often mean an investigation of noise?
    Touched on topics I had never heard of before.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • BBC Radio Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Sylvestra Le Touzel, Sam West, David Threlfall
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Fairy magic wreaks havoc and midsummer madness takes over as lovers tread the delicate line between fancy and reality. This fresh and vibrant production brilliantly reflects the BBC's decades of experience when it comes to Shakespeare.

    Ry says: "At least it's Shakespeare"
    "Brought to life"
    Overall

    Even without the visual, this play still comes alive in this audio version. Who would have thought it... the voices of Mr Dursley and Wallace in the same play!? The actors are brilliant and gave me an introduction to A Midsummer's that will lead to further study. Thanks

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1594)
    Performance
    (1062)
    Story
    (1082)

    A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

    Alan says: "Very Moving"
    "Affecting"
    Overall

    Anyone with an interest in WW2, or in theology, or in church history, or in inspiring personalities, should read this book. The reader does a great job of representing the various characters using small changes in tone and accent. Well Done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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