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Vergiate | Member Since 2017

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  • Harry Potter e la camera dei segreti (Harry Potter 2)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By J.K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Francesco Pannofino
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    A Hogwarts il nuovo anno scolastico s'inaugura all'insegna di fatti inquietanti: strane voci riecheggiano nei corridoi e Ginny sparisce nel nulla. Un antico mistero si nasconde nelle profondità del castello e incombe ora sulla scuola; toccherà a Harry, Ron e Hermione risolvere l'enigma che si cela nella tenebrosa Camera dei Segreti... Francesco Pannofino è un celebre attore italiano di cinema, TV e teatro nonché voce ufficiale italiana di George Clooney.

    Amazon Customer says: "ottimo
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    "Pessimo Lettore"
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    Pessimo lettore. Pannofino ha una bellissima voce di base, ma sbaglia completamente le intonazioni, non è capace di differenziare minimamente le voci dei vari personaggi e legge con un enfasi accessiva. La voce che dà a Dobby per esempio dove la Rowling scrive che è cosi alta da trapanare i muri, la rende con la gola stretta e bassa invece che nasale e fa sembrare il personaggio cattivo e duro, invece che ossequioso e buono. In altre parti, dove il testo dice "sottovoce" lui parla a voce alta, etc. Tutti i personaggi li fa con la stessa voce non sforzandosi minimamente di differenziarli, rendendo la lettura piattissima. La sua lettura distrae così tanto che ho deciso di restituire il libro. I produttori dovevano far ascoltare a Pannofino la lettura di Stephen Fry e dirgli di impegnarsi in modo adeguato. Questa è una pessima produzione che allontanerà tanti potenziali lettori italiani dagli audiolibri.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Planet of the Apes

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Pierre Boulle
    • Narrated By Greg Wise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (244)

    Greg Wise reads Pierre Boulle's chilling, iconic novel about a nightmare world where apes rule over men. In a spaceship that can travel at the speed of light, Ulysse, a journalist, sets off from Earth for the nearest solar system. He finds there a planet which resembles his own, except that on Soror humans behave like animals and are hunted by a civilised race of primates.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "ORANGUTANS ARE OFFICIAL SCIENCE"
    "So so"
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    I expected a much smarter book and instead the author manages to be very old school French: racist, mysoginist, anthropocentric, pompous. The "science" is extremely bad and in many points plainly dumb. Only the idea remains which is very good and for a good reason has been adapted in several movies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
    • Narrated By Claire Danes, Margaret Atwood, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17364)
    Performance
    (16024)
    Story
    (15973)

    After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

    ambER says: "WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT"
    "Useless"
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    The useless wallowing of a useless wallower. This kind of people are useless both in real life and in fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twenty Years After

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (272)

    Twenty years later, time has weakened the resolve of the Musketeers and dispersed their loyalties. But treasons and stratagems still cry out for justice: civil war endangers the throne of France, while in England, Cromwell threatens to send Charles I to the scaffold. Dumas brings his immortal quartet out of retirement to cross swords with time, the malevolence of men, and the forces of history. But their greatest test is a titanic struggle with the son of Milady, who wears the face of Evil.

    Nathan says: "Dumas YES, Narrator NO"
    "Not as good as the first one"
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    The characters are so changed in this continuation and so cynical that I didn't like them as much as before. Plus the theme of royalty didn't resonate with me, but I'll keep in going with the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Macbeth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2579)
    Performance
    (2265)
    Story
    (2262)

    Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

    Beverly says: "Narrator choice inspired"
    "Grim to boredom"
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    To its credit, I must say it is interesting in what it adds to the play, but it is written with such a heavy hand as to become tedious. The author is monotonous in his portrayal of grim events—there is nothing else in the story and soon all grinlmness becomes tedious and insignificant (there is a reason why the play is short and the authors didn't catch it.) It doesn't have the glaring logical/plot holes of their adaptation of Hamlet, but fails in the most important and most interesting task it set out to accomplish: the portrayal of a good man turning into an evil monster. The authors gave it too much for granted and, after building Macbeth into a good and honest men, just make him slip with a couple of strokes into bad, not making much sense along the way. That part should have been the most important and most interesting of the story, but instead is given mostly for granted and not given the development it needed.
    Alan Cumming was excellent in his reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3195)
    Performance
    (2977)
    Story
    (2962)

    It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet - son of the old king, nephew of the new - becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception - and murder. Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage ("Thorin Oakenshield" in the Hobbit films), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

    C. Telfair says: "Something Rotten in Denmark..."
    "Good but fails in the end"
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    Pretty good adaptation with great character work on Claudius and Hamlet, making them much more round and human.
    Unfortunately, the authors set up certain things that would have definitely changed the ending, but didn't have the courage to pursue them, sticking to the original ending instead and thus making little sense. Case in point, there is no reason why Gertrude wouldn't show Laertes the letter she received from Ophelia other than forcing the plot toward the original ending. Also, given how the old Hamlet is portrayed, Hamlet grief makes no sense at all and the authors in fact didn't explain how he became to be so attached to such a vile father (who, in normal life he would have hated.) The authors didn't have a suitable answer and thus left a hole so big in the story a truck could drive through.
    A pity they didn't think these things trough and didn't have an editor worth its name to read their work, but who has it nowadays, where publishing houses are staffed with talentless, worthless sellers and bureaucrats, who undoubtedly only saw the money to be made from an adaptation of Shakespeare and not the merits an flaws of the work itself?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Wrinkle in Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Madeleine L'Engle
    • Narrated By Hope Davis, Ava DuVernay, Madeleine L'Engle, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11665)
    Performance
    (10400)
    Story
    (10407)

    Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract", which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg's father had been experimenting with time travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

    Patricia says: "Thank You for a New Narrator"
    "Let down"
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    Would you try another book from Madeleine L'Engle and/or Hope Davis?

    No. This is supposed to be her masterpiece and I did not like it, so I don't think I will check out any other books by her.


    What was most disappointing about Madeleine L'Engle’s story?

    It was fairly trite. It is pretty much a sci-fi story, but then there are inexplicable sideturns into religion. It felt like a the kind of cheat a Creationist Tea Partier would try. Overall, though, the story was just flat and trite and the tone changes suddenly toward the end, just in order to bring the story to a conclusion.
    The reader did a fine job in mimicking different voice and was always very pleasant, despite a really poor recording quality at the beginning.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I love children books and was really looking forward to reading this, since it is supposed very intelligent and challenging. It was neither.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    Overall
    (33081)
    Performance
    (26908)
    Story
    (26982)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Charles says: "brought an old classic to life"
    "What a mess of an audio production!"
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    Would you try another book from Frank Herbert and/or the narrators?

    I love Frank Herbert and love all of his books.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The audio production of this title is horrifying. Apparently, they could not decide whether to make a full cast audio book or a single reader one. One chapter is read by the full cast, then another is not, then another is, then another are not. What were the producers thinking? It is the worst listening experience I have had in many years of listening to audiobooks. Plus, it is a shame, because the voice talent is outstanding. I also so not like the intrusive score, that comes and goes almost randomly throughout the reading. This audio production of Dune is at the same level of the TV adaptation: abysmally bad. What a disappointment!


    Any additional comments?

    Please make a new audio production and stick to either a full cast, or a single reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince of Tides

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (5865)
    Performance
    (4730)
    Story
    (4732)

    Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.

    Ella says: "A "Prince" amongst novels"
    "Absurd"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Pat Conroy and/or Frank Muller?

    Not another book by Pat Conroy, but certainly one from Frank Muller.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The book left me disappointed. It was an gratuitous exercise in eccentricity. Instead of delving into the psychology of his main character, Conroy transforms the whole story in a circus act. The climax of the book is so ludicrous and conceited it made me roll my eyes. The ratio by which he went seems to have been "The weirder, the better." He also seemed to think that more was more in terms of plot, which frankly he does not have a good grip of.
    There are still some wonderful scenes and great dialogues here in there in the book, but they can't make up for the lack of cohesion.


    Any additional comments?

    In the end, I found the whole book absurd and truly unrealistic. The Addams Family seems far more true than the Wingos.

    7 of 10 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
    (10383)
    Performance
    (9575)
    Story
    (9583)

    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.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "IS THAT NOT SO?"
    "Awful female voice actors"
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    Would you try another book from Bram Stoker and/or the narrators?

    I would definitely read another book from Bram Stoker. Dracula is a masterpiece.
    The narrators are another story. The male voice actors are fine. Some are great, others are OK. Unfortunately most of the material is read too fast, which takes away from the experience. The real problem are the female voice actors. They are simply unbearable. They read in an monotone drone that sounds like a flight attendant announcement and make the stupidest voices when they try to imitate men. I was incredibly excited to read this full cast version, but the female voice actors just ruined it all for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Whoever cast the female voices should be flogged. They are the worst narrators I ever heard so far. Whoever supervised this recording should also be flogged. Somebody should have told the narrators to slow down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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