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Brooklyn, N.Y. USA

  • 3 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 52 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2014

  • Broadway Nights: A Romp of Life, Love, and Musical Theatre

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Seth Rudetsky
    • Narrated By Seth Rudetsky, Kristin Chenoweth, Andrea Martin, and others

    Stephen Sheerin was born to play on Broadway - or at least, under it. He's a musician, a conductor, and his dream is to music-direct a big Broadway musical. After years of toiling in the pit of some of the best-loved (and loathed) hits on the Great White Way, he's just been given his big break. Can life really be going that well? Of course not.

    Michael says: "A *must-have* for any fan of Broadway or humor!"
    "Insider look at putting together a Broadway show"
    If you could sum up Broadway Nights in three words, what would they be?

    "Smash" done well

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Broadway Nights?

    Narrator realizes that he is never going to impress his egocentric mother.....actual growth as a character.

    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have seen on line video clips. This is more sustained than shorter performances.

    If you could rename Broadway Nights, what would you call it?

    Insider look at the Broadway creative process, and its world.

    Any additional comments?

    Seth Rudetsky is in every Playbill on Broadway. He started out as a rehearsal pianist, but now he lectures on theatre cruises by major cruise ships. The special interest cruises are heavily advertised in every Playbill, the free magazine/ program that is given out in theatres. Here in New York, he has a cabaret theatre/ interview program that gives performances regularly. He is part of the creative team behind real shows. He knows the theatre world inside and out. He has an obsessive interest in/ knowledge off singing and music related to the special world of Musical Comedy which, for a small segment of the population, is an alternate religion. People who watch "Glee" and take it seriously....people who watch "Smash" on tv, people who go to the theatre....this book is for you! Some of the voices who assist him on this audio book are among the biggest stars on Broadway.

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  • Wives and Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Prunella Scales
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Molly Gibson lost her mother when she was a child. Any stepmother would have been a shock, but the new Mrs Gibson is a self-absorbed, silly little widow, and Molly's unhappiness is compounded by the realisation that her father has come to regret his second marriage.

    Jo says: "Superb! Story and Narration A++"
    "Superb narrator/ divine acid portrait of step-mom"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    We all run out of Jane Austen books after a time. This very nearly ascents to the same heights of genius. The narrator is a gem.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wives and Daughters?

    Most of the scenes in which the step-mother tries to maintain her authority over her far-more intelligent and sensitive step-daughter. It's a struggle for mastery. There are also many comic scenes, where the step-mother shows her slavish devotion and worship of local aristocratic characters.

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

    She is a master of different class and locality accents.

    If you could rename Wives and Daughters, what would you call it?

    My Step-Mother was a B**ch!

    Any additional comments?

    Some people may already love Prunella Scales, thanks to her performance in the televised "Lucia and Mapp." Here she outdoes herself.

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  • Howards End

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Edward Petherbridge
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    First published in 1910, Howards End is the novel that earned E. M. Forster recognition as a major writer. At its heart lie two families - the wealthy and business-minded Wilcoxes and the cultured and idealistic Schlegels. When the beautiful and independent Helen Schlegel begins an impetuous affair with the ardent Paul Wilcox, a series of events is sparked - some very funny, some very tragic - that results in a dispute over who will inherit Howards End, the Wilcoxes' charming country home.

    Susanne says: "Now I need a hard copy"
    "Meaningful fiction read with great flair"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Howards End to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because the voice of the reader, Edward Petherbridge, is such a cultivated, elegant British voice.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Howards End?

    Only half way thru it, so can't say as yet.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    So far, Mrs. Wilcox and Margaret go shopping in London together, and you sense that Mrs. Wilcox is fading into illness and, at the same point, is taking a liking to Margaret as someone who might understand the attachment that she (Mrs. W.) has to her ancestoral home.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Descriptions of the English countryside.

    Any additional comments?

    I appreciated Edward Petherbridge's performances in "Nicholas Nickleby" (BBC tv production) and the Lord Peter Whimsey series. It is a pleasure to be able to hear his cultivated voice in this recorded performance. There are so many female parts...spoken dialogue. He captures the nuances of female phrasing very effectively....kind of like those Japanese actors who always play the parts of women in ritual Japanese dramas.

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