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Robert

Piedmont, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Persona Non Grata: A Novel of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (232)

    At long last, Gaius Petreius Ruso and his companion, Tilla, are headed home - to Gaul. Having received a note consisting only of the words "COME HOME!" Ruso has (reluctantly, of course) pulled up stakes and brought Tilla to meet his family. But the reception there is not what Ruso has hoped for: no one will admit to sending for him, and his brother Lucius is hoping he'll leave.

    Laurie says: "Well worth the wait!"
    "Simon Vance is great!!!"
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    If you could sum up Persona Non Grata in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable listen - and funny too!


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Simon Vance does a beautiful job covering all of the voices. He keeps a perfect cadence in his reading ... never rushing it but always drawing out the situational ironies (which Ruth Downie does so beautifully).


    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
    (2549)
    Performance
    (2327)
    Story
    (2358)

    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"
    "Loved it!"
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    What did you love best about Dracula [Audible Edition]?

    The story is incredibly interesting ... and the cast truly brought it to life (even for Count Dracula himself). I actually looked forward to my long commute so I could continue listening!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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