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Mary

Harrisonburg, VA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    Crackpot is what everybody calls the Pott family. So when they go to buy a new car and come back with a wreck, nobody is surprised. Except for the Potts themselves. First, the car has a name. And she tells them what it is. Then they find that she can fly... and swim... Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a car on a mission to stop a criminal gang in its tracks and she is taking the Potts with her! Jump into the world s most loved magical car, for her first adventure ever!

    MissSusie66 says: "Not even close to the musical movie"
    "David Tennant and Ian Fleming--a great combination"
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    This review is of the audio version read by David Tennant. Unfortunately, many reviews are NOT of the audio version on this site. The book is a lot of fun and well worth two hours of your time. David Tennant is clearly a fan of Fleming, judging from the interview at the end (a wonderful bonus for Tennant fans).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: 11 Doctors, 11 stories

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer, Michael Scott, Marcus Sedgwick, and others
    • Narrated By Nicholas Briggs, Frazer Hines
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (99)

    The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Anthology is the perfect collection of adventures for Doctor Who fans. This audio edition is the culmination of a year-long series of ebooks to celebrate fifty years of Doctor Who. Eleven Doctors, eleven stories, eleven unique interpretations of the Doctor, his terrifying alien enemies and his time-travelling adventures. The authors involved in this exciting project are Eoin Colfer, Michael Scott, Marcus Sedgwick, Philip Reeve, Patrick Ness, Richelle Mead, Malorie Blackman, Alex Scarrow, Charlie Higson, Derek Landy and Neil Gaiman.

    Mary says: "Some Fantastic Stories in this collection!"
    "Some Fantastic Stories in this collection!"
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    I completely disagree with another reader who wrote that there are no great stories in this collection. I was interested in all of them, but for me, the standouts are the stories about Doctors 1, 5, 9 and 11. The story about Doctor 5, "Tip of the Tongue" reminded me of "The Twilight Zone" in its exploration of social issues. It is just really good science fiction. With the story about The first Doctor, we get to see him in action before he had human companions. The 9th Doctor story is about a particularly important instant of time for that Doctor and an exploration in an interesting way of what makes a good companion. And the 11th Doctor story is by Neil Gaiman! What more can anyone ask for? It is funny, terrifying and it brings Amy back with several satisfying references to the show for fans.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who - Dalek Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nicholas Briggs
    • Narrated By Nicholas Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    "The Sunlight Worlds Offer You A Life of Comfort and Plenty. Apply now at the Dalek Foundation." Sunlight 349 is one of countless Dalek Foundation worlds, planets created to house billions suffering from economic hardship. The Doctor arrives at Sunlight 349, suspicious of any world where the Daleks are apparently a force for good - and determined to find out the truth. The Doctor knows they have a far more sinister plan - but how can he convince those who have lived under the benevolence of the Daleks for a generation? But convince them he must, and soon.

    Mary says: "The best story yet from Briggs--a great premise!"
    "The best story yet from Briggs--a great premise!"
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    What about Nicholas Briggs’s performance did you like?

    Nicholas Briggs's Matt Smith impersonation is spot on.


    Any additional comments?

    Normally I'm not worried about what will happen to the Doctor and his companions in a book, but this one has a completely different dynamic and there are some truly harrowing moments of suspense. It also made me tear up several times because I really cared about the characters' tribulations. What I can't understand is--why doesn't Briggs (the voice of the Daleks, Cybermen, etc on tv) write an episode for the television show? From this book, I'd say he is at least as good a writer as Mark Gatiss, who has written several episodes. And surely there is no one more dedicated to Doctor Who!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Daleks - Mission to the Unknown

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Peel
    • Narrated By Jean Marsh
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Stranded in the jungles of Kembel, the most hostile planet in the Galaxy, Space Security agent Marc Cory has stumbled across the most deadly plot ever hatched - the Daleks are about to invade and destroy the Universe. Cory has to get a warning back to Earth before it's too late - but the Daleks find him first. Months later the Doctor and his companions arrive on Kembel and find Cory's message.

    Mary says: "Thrilling story!"
    "Thrilling story!"
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    When I bought it, this book only had a one-star rating by one person. I don't understand why anyone would just give it one star. It is exciting, witty (I laughed out loud at one point) and has a really complicated plot (though it isn't hard to follow). A correction to the description: it is narrated by Jean Marsh (who played Sara Kingdom in the original series) AND Peter Purves, who played Steven Taylor. Another reader who should not be forgotten is Nicholas Briggs, who does all the Dalek voices. Marsh, Purves and Briggs are all terrific, of course. Long may they keep doing Doctor Who in all its various forms!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Nicest Girl in the School

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Angela Brazil
    • Narrated By Harriet Walter
    Overall
    (4)
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    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Angela Brazil wrote school stories for girls throughout the first half of the 20th century. She was the first author to relate this experience from the girls' perspective, offering a more sympathetic and intimate view of school life. Funny, touching, and wonderfully "jollyhockey sticks", The Nicest Girl in the School remains one of the most popular of her stories. It features Patty Hirst and her cousin Muriel, and tells of their turbulent times together at Morton Priory.

    Mary says: "Recording a little jumbled--one scene out of order"
    "Recording a little jumbled--one scene out of order"
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    One Christmas scene is given after the author has read the words "The End." I was glad it was there, because I wondered what had happened.
    The book is suitable for eight or nine year olds. It is a very sweet old fashioned story about an English boarding school. I could see the influence of this type of book on J.K. Rowling when she wrote about the train ride to Hogwarts and other aspects of school life.
    The reader, Harriet Walter is a great actress, which is why I bought the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (131)
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    (124)
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    (123)

    Hiccup is lost in the Library Labyrinth and the Driller-Dragons, Madguts and Murderous, are on the prowl. Hiccup's birthday is not going to be the quiet affair he hoped for.... This book also contains a comprehensive Dragonese Dictionary for those who'd like to dragon-whisper themselves.

    Christopher says: "Not Unabridged"
    "Fixed! The end of the book is now included"
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    Have you listened to any of David Tennant’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Everything David Tennant does is marvelous (I've listened to everything available on Audible). This recording is no exception. I have a hard time waiting for hm to record each book in the Cowell series as it gets published.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook has been missing the last 20 minutes for a long time. It is now complete, so any reviews that state it is incomplete are outdated. I love this series by Cressida Cowell. The books are hilarious, exciting and touching. It is also worth noting that the music in the entire series is really good, which is not something I expect from audiobooks. I recommend buying all of them! They just get better and better. Cowell's website gives the order of the books, starting with "How to Train Your Dragon."

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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