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W. Barron

A voracious reader from the age of five, I'm quite new to audiobooks, but looking forward to hearing some great stories. I loathe vampires.

Richmond, British Columbia Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • The Hippopotamus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen Fry
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Ted Wallace is an old, sour, womanising, cantankerous, whisky-sodden beast of a failed poet and drama critic, but he has his faults too. Fired from his newspaper, months behind on his alimony payments and disgusted with a world that undervalues him, Ted seeks a few months repose and free drink at Swafford Hall, the country mansion of his old friend Lord Logan. But strange things have been going on at Swafford....

    W. Barron says: "Good story, fantastic performance"
    "Good story, fantastic performance"
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    Would you listen to The Hippopotamus again? Why?

    Absolutely, because Stephen Fry brings the characters so fully to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hippopotamus?

    The description of the events of the New Year's Day shooting party, from the point of view of two young boys.


    What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

    Everything! Every character was distinct, even people who only had one line of dialogue.


    If you could take any character from The Hippopotamus out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    These characters are the sort of people one prefers to watch from a safe distance, actually.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first audiobook novel I've experienced, and I can't help but think that, as first reads go, this one sets the bar extremely high. If you've never had Stephen Fry read you a story, doing all the voices, you've really missed out. I listened to the first few chapters while out walking one day, and was thus obliged to perfect the finger-point that perfectly expresses "I'm not laughing at you, but the sounds in my ears" to strangers surprised by the eruption of snorts, hoots, and giggles as they approach or pass.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unclaimed

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Polly Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (132)

    Handsome, wealthy, and respected, Sir Mark Turner is the most sought-after bachelor in all of London—and he's known far and wide for his irreproachable character. But behind his virtuous reputation lies a passionate nature he keeps carefully in check… until he meets the beautiful Jessica Farleigh, the woman he’s waited for all his life.

    SIMARA says: "Ah the power of love..."
    "Rich, meaty story, narrated by Rebecca de Leeuw"
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    Any additional comments?

    Courtney Milan's books are always richly detailed, thoroughly thought out, and full of the visual and auditory texture that brings the story off the printed page. This book is no exception. The narration is good, too; Rebecca de Leeuw sounds remarkably like Joanna Lumley at times, and her plummy tones shift to West Country, from female to male, and from one class to another, distinctly and easily. I would definitely listen to more by this narrator. I'd love it if she could do the recording for the third book in the series, because the narrator on that one is terrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1086)
    Performance
    (755)
    Story
    (766)

    Anne Elliot has grieved for seven years over the loss of her first love, Captain Frederick Wentworth. But events conspire to unravel the knots of deceit and misunderstanding in this beguiling and gently comic story of love and fidelity.

    Emily - Audible says: "Juliet Stevenson is Simply Amazing"
    "Jane & Juliet - Perfection!"
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    If you could sum up Persuasion in three words, what would they be?

    My favourite book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Captain Wentworth's letter. Best love letter ever.


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

    I haven't, but I certainly will!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me cry-happy. That love letter, y'know.


    Any additional comments?

    Jane Austen is my favourite author, and Juliet Stevenson is the perfect narrator for Austen's works. Lovely voice, perfectly suited accent, and fantastic acting. Austen blends her dialogue into narrative sometimes, which must be a challenge for the performer. Juliet does a brilliant job with that, and with differentiating the characters, and with the omniscient narrator bits. Five stars all around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Worth Dying For: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2391)
    Performance
    (1195)
    Story
    (1192)

    There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska... and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go. The Duncans want Reacher gone - and it’s not just past secrets they’re trying to hide. They’re awaiting a secret shipment, and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy.

    Lesley says: "Reacber never fails"
    "Didn't care for the narrator"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator. I've heard some excellent ones, and this guy isn't one of them.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lee Child? Why or why not?

    Only with a different narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    Based on this book, no.


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

    Disappointment. I've read and enjoyed many of these books in print, but none of the author's wry observation or wit comes across in this narration. None of the characters are particularly differentiated, either. The voice becomes monotonous, and that robs the story of tension.


    Any additional comments?

    I wonder if it's too late for a refund.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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