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  • The Prestige

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Christopher Priest
    • Narrated By Simon Vance

    In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent séance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and expose each other. In the course of pursuing each other's ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magician's craft can command. Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers, but with terrible consequences.

    Andrew says: "One of a Kind."
    "Fantastic! Even if you've seen the movie!"

    The movie is a favorite of mine, but even with being that familiar with the story the book is great and still holds many surprises. There was one section that I felt was a bit slow and repetitive though; I'll write what that was below, but to avoid any spoilers I'll write it backwards.

    As for the reading, it was absolutely top-notch. I highly recommend this book, either in printed or audio form.

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    .gnirob tib a saw yraid s'reignA fo flah tsrif

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Book I

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By David Timson

    In this collection are four of the finest cases of Mr. Sherlock Holmes, narrated by his faithful friend and admirer Dr. Watson. What was the horror of the speckled band or the secret behind the curious legacy for men of red hair? These and other puzzles are solved by this bloodhound of a genius.

    Fred says: "These are the best Holmes recordings!"
    "These are the best Holmes recordings!"
    Where does The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes I rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    These (the entire set read by David Timson) are the best. The Derek Jacobi ones are good too, but these edge them out as the winners.

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

    Timson is now my favorite reader. Close is Stephen Fry (if you like Harry Potter, seek out his versions, which are not legally available in the U.S. unfortunately). Timson's (and Fry's) performances feel like a theatrical performances rather than dry readings. They bring the books to life.

    Any additional comments?

    I partially agree with one or two of the other commenters who have said this series is not a great value. There are only a handful of stories per volume in these whereas there are others (with other readers) that offer more. I'd have liked it better if these volumes were grouped together more so you didn't need to buy as many sets. HOWEVER, I do not recommend getting the "better value" sets because those aren't read by Timson, and in an audiobook what ultimately matters is the performance. 30 hours of mediocre readings is not as great a value as 3 or 4 hours of great performances.I'm aware that the preference in narrators is a matter of opinion, so definitely give the various readers a listen. I'm sure you'll like the Timson ones best.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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