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Daniel Murray

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  • 24 reviews
  • 57 ratings
  • 178 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2018
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  • Peter Pan

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By J. M. Barrie
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (141)
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    (143)

    Barrie works an indisputable magic on listeners of all ages in this classic tale of the boy who wouldn't grow up. As a baby, Peter Pan fell out of his carriage and was taken by fairies to Neverland. There, he can fly and is the champion of the Lost Boys and a friend to the fairy Tinker Bell. Revisiting England, Peter becomes involved with Wendy Darling and her younger brothers, all of whom accompany Peter to Neverland. The children have many adventures and vanquish the pirate Captain Hook.

    James says: "I will listen again and again"
    "It is shockingly good storytelling."
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    What made the experience of listening to Peter Pan the most enjoyable?

    The narrator, Christopher Cazenove, is so — so, so — fantastic. The ideal person for this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I had heard Whoopi Goldberg recommend this book on TV. And, I thought, "Really...'Peter Pan'!" What could she find fascinating about "Peter Pan"? So, I clicked on the book here, and "oh...my gosh!" 10 sentences in and I was hooked — terrible pun but true. Now, I am so glad I took her suggestion: it is storytelling magic at its best. J.M. Barrie's imagination and fluidity of thought and word is irresistibly powerful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What Would Mary Ann Do?: A Guide to Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dawn Wells, Steve Stinson
    • Narrated By Dawn Wells
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    As the sweet, polite, and thoughtful Mary Ann Summers from Kansas in the hit series Gilligan's Island, Dawn Wells created an unforgettable and beloved character that still connects with people 50 years from the show's debut in 1964. As the "good girl" among the group of castaways on a tiny island, she was often positioned against the glamorous and exotic Ginger Grant, played by Tina Louise, prompting many to ask: Are you a Ginger or a Mary Ann?

    Daniel Murray says: "Incredible narration: fantastic reader. "
    "Incredible narration: fantastic reader. "
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    The book is preachy — sometimes very, very preachy and sometimes less so; however, Dawn Wells has an extraordinarily good narrator's voice.

    I'm shocked that she doesn't have a narration career doing audiobooks. She has such a beautiful and clear and animated voice for narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter Mayle
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (108)

    Armed with knife, fork, and corkscrew, Peter Mayle travels to every corner of France. From bouillabaisse to escargot, here is all the glory and pleasure of the French table in the most satisfying audiobook. Bon appétit!

    Diane says: "Delightful"
    "Delightful."
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    A retired man enjoying food and wine and camaraderie in France amidst a mix of foibles: What could be more delicious to listen to on my way to and from work?

    Additionally, Simon Jones narrates the whole romp with aplomb and panache.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Family and Other Animals

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gerald Durrell
    • Narrated By Nigel Davenport
    Overall
    (940)
    Performance
    (768)
    Story
    (770)

    This memoir is soaked in the sunshine of Corfu, where Gerald Durrell lived as a boy, surrounded by his eccentric family - as well as puppies, toads, scorpions, geckoes, ladybugs, glowworms, octopuses, bats, and butterflies.

    T.K. says: "A thoroughly delightful book!"
    "A Treasured Adventure"
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    I have come back over and over and over again to this book during my adulthood. It's a wonderful gift to my inner child.

    It's such a magical tale.

    The narration by Nigel Davenport is spot on — thank God for lining up the perfect narrator for such a treasure as this tome by Gerald Durrell.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Penny Marshall
    • Narrated By Penny Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1851)
    Performance
    (1643)
    Story
    (1645)

    her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz

    GaylM says: "Listen up - not to be read!"
    "A Charming Journey"
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    This was a great book to read this summer. I didn't know what to expect, and that was one of the nicest things about the reading experience . Penny Marshall is a unique, sincere, and intricate individual. She really isn't like anybody else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Rosamund Pike
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8449)
    Performance
    (7666)
    Story
    (7628)

    One of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Pride and Prejudice, is vividly brought to life by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl). In her bright and energetic performance of this British classic, she expertly captures Austen’s signature wit and tone. Her attention to detail, her literary background, and her performance in the 2005 feature film version of the novel provide the perfect foundation from which to convey the story of Elizabeth Bennett, her four sisters, and the inimitable Mr. Darcy.

    Akela says: "A perfect narration of a perfect book"
    "It is definitely worth the journey. "
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    It took me a while to get into it, but it was worth the effort. I listened to the first part (the first six chapters) a few times to get into the prose; however, it was so delightful once I "clicked in" to it.

    I did follow along with the text (online) for a few chapters — big help; then, I found I could pay better attention without the text.

    I listened to many chapters over and over again for the sheer beauty of not only the language but the way in which Elizabeth and Darcy were interacting.

    When I was finished, I started it all again. I enjoyed it even more the second time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kevin Hart, Neil Strauss - contributor
    • Narrated By Kevin Hart
    Overall
    (25652)
    Performance
    (23417)
    Story
    (23296)

    Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

    Sam Clear says: "Best Audiobook I Ever Listened To"
    "A rattling train + a storyteller = Kevin Hart."
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    I had no idea who Kevin Hart was/is/has been before I saw him on "The View" (once last week) and saw his book touted on audible.com.

    I did not get Kevin right away: he seemed loud and brash and louder and brasher as I listened. Then, by about Chapter 7, he was still brash and loud but he was also a unique and engaging churning-bouncy-train storyteller.

    If my mom were still alive, I wouldn't've recommended this book to her; if my great-grandmother were alive (she died at 99), I would've recommended this to her: she would've loved listening to his (probably when no one else was around due to some of the vocabulary) big, bouncy tales.

    I know I do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Loved Her in the Movies: Memories of Hollywood's Legendary Actresses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Wagner
    • Narrated By Robert Wagner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (135)

    In a career that has spanned more than 60 years, Robert Wagner has witnessed the twilight of the Golden Age of Hollywood and the rise of television, becoming a beloved star in both media. During that time he became acquainted, both professionally and socially, with the remarkable women who were the greatest screen personalities of their day. I Loved Her in the Movies is his intimate and revealing account of the charisma of these women on film, why they became stars, and more.

    Ernie D. Casciato says: "Outstanding!"
    "A Surprise!!!!"
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    What a beautiful tour with a thoughtful and kind guide through a maze of characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shockaholic

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carrie Fisher
    • Narrated By Carrie Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (952)
    Performance
    (868)
    Story
    (868)

    Told with the same intimate style, brutal honesty, and uproarious wisdom that placed Wishful Drinking on the New York Times bestseller list for months, Shockaholic is the juicy account of Carrie Fisher’s life, focusing more on the Star Wars years and dishing about the various Hollywood relationships she’s formed since she was chosen to play Princess Leia at only 19 years old.

    Gretchen SLP says: "Shockingly Nearly Perfect Book"
    "Really great storytelling."
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    I never saw her shows. I wasn't a big fan of her movies — more the content of the films than her, truthfully. And, then, I happened to hear her reading from her book here (sample clip from Audible.com), and boom: I was instantly hooked in about 2 minutes.

    I'm almost finished the first-through, and I will re-listen to it as soon as I'm done. Delightful.

    She brings magic to any topic.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wishful Drinking

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Carrie Fisher
    • Narrated By Carrie Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3418)
    Performance
    (2824)
    Story
    (2802)

    In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher tells the true and intoxicating story of her life with inimitable wit. Born to celebrity parents, she was picked to play a princess in a little movie called Star Wars when only 19 years old. "But it isn't all sweetness and light sabers."

    Allan says: "Another Perspective...."
    "Such a delight!"
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    What a gem! This is delightful. I'm on my 2nd listen — and, I want to do a 3rd one as soon as the 2nd run-through is finished.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (2669)
    Performance
    (1407)
    Story
    (1415)

    This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

    Leigh A says: "Many Of Course monments"
    "Exquisite and intriguing."
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    This is one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to.

    Robert Powell is outstanding as a narrator. The topic — which I thought would be dull, dull, dull x 100 — turned out to be incredibly intriguing. Some chapters I had to relisten to due to the volume of information; however, I enjoyed each and every chapter enormously.

    What a treat!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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