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Darcy

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  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and others
    Overall
    (1285)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (1007)

    A Special Edition of the original radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978 and recently voted the Nation's Favourite Audiobook in a Guardian poll. Starring Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan and Stephen Moore, these six episodes (Fit the First to Fit the Sixth) have been remastered to modern-day standards by Dirk Maggs, and for the first time feature Philip Pope's arrangement of the familiar theme tune.

    Thomas says: "Difficult to listen to in the car!"
    "Just like I remembered it! Maybe better!"
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    I first listened to the radio broadcast of Hitchhiker's in 1980. It was only aired once and served as my introduction to the books, TV series, and all things Douglas Adams. It was such a pleasure to find the original version, tidied up, and available to listen to again. I cannot say enough about the casting or the humor that stills tickles me today. If you have never experienced laugh out loud science fiction, this is the genre at it's very finest. Do yourself a favor and get this broadcast today!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5455)
    Performance
    (4941)
    Story
    (4953)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "I discovered a gem!"
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    I was searching for something a little different from an author I had not read or listened to before and was absolutely gobsmacked by how much I enjoyed everything about this book. The universe that Larry Correia concocts and the varied characters he populates it with left me a fan who will be acquiring more of his works.

    The story is set in a world where magic is an accepted part of life although not always welcomed. The parallels that are drawn between this reality and our own are nicely done and, provided you do not hiccup, you will hear a brief reference that links them together. The characters are nicely developed with varied backstories that are compelling and allow us to understand their motivations. This is where Bronson Pinchot does an excellent job. The interpretations he gives to the cast greatly adds to their personalities and made them come alive. As an example I know that if I had read this book, my impression of Faye would have been completely different. His impression of her adds warmth and humor which serve to endear her to the listener.

    There is plenty of action, humor, spectacular set pieces, plausible explanations of the magic, and some unexpected twists that kept me looking for excuses to listen to more. If you are in the mood for something refreshingly new that is just plain fun, this is the book you are looking for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Annie Jacobsen
    • Narrated By Annie Jacobsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1418)
    Performance
    (987)
    Story
    (995)

    Myths and hypotheses about Area 51 have long abounded, thanks to the intense secrecy enveloping it. Some claim it is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems, and nuclear facilities. Others believe that the lunar landing was filmed there. The prevalence of these rumors stems from the fact that no credible insider has ever divulged the truth about his time inside the base. Until now.

    A User says: "Reality, always more interesting than fiction."
    "Interesting history of aircraft & nuclear weapons"
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    As much as I enjoyed this book, it became clear that we only received part of the story and a large volume of what went on at the installation remains censored. What we were given was a very interesting look into the development of spy planes and of the US nuclear arsenal while also shedding some light on UFO sightings. The tone of the book changes dramatically in the final chapter and left me a little disquieted, but you will have to listen for yourself and draw your own conclusions! As for the narration by Annie Jacobsen, I thought she did a good job. I chuckled at some of her pronounciations of place names, but otherwise found her very easy to listen to, with clear diction and good pacing. Overall, for anyone with an interest in the subject matter, you will not be dissapointed, but I can pretty much guarantee you will be wanting more.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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