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Meaghan

History student with VERY eclectic tastes. Too busy to actually sit down and read most of the time so audiobooks have saved my sanity.

Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • Casanova

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Giacomo Casanova
    • Narrated By Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (106)

    The first part of the Memoirs of Giacomo Casanova, a special film tie-in version. The film, starring Heath Ledger as Casanova with Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller, will be released in UK February 2006.

    sarah says: "SIGH"
    "Ben can read to me all day..."
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    Benedict Cumberbatch narrates and is wonderful! He should read everything. I don't think I need to say anything more about that.

    As for the story: Casanova's memoirs are fascinating. Whether he actually did all the things he said he did is pretty irrelevant. His memoirs are a great window into 18th century society. For history buffs this is a must read. Also, it is nowhere near as explicit as people seem to think.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jacquard Loom

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Congratulations!
    • Narrated By You Hacked the Audiobook. Details in the description below.
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    Download Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet for FREE by Julian Assange, narrated by Tom Pile.

    Meaghan says: "Quite an interesting listen"
    "Quite an interesting listen"
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    This book is a really interesting conversation between cyber activists. I learned quite a bit listening to this and got a new insight into the world of hacktivism and where Assange and his colleagues stand.

    The one thing that sort of bothered me was that there is only one narrator. This is a transcript of a conversation so a single voice switching parts left me confused at times to who was speaking. It would have been a bit better had there been a narrator for each different person in the conversation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (369)

    At the heart of these stories, as with all the best of Lovecraft’s work, is the belief that the Earth was once inhabited by powerful and evil gods, just waiting for the chance to recolonise their planet. Cthulhu is one such god, lurking deep beneath the sea until called into being by cult followers who – like all humans – know not what they do.

    Katherine says: "Required reading"
    "Super creepy.. and I love it!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories the most enjoyable?

    This was my first real foray into Lovecraft and I didn't REALLY know what to expect. The incidental music really adds to the atmosphere and the narration is wonderfully expressive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories?

    The end of 'The Dunwich Horror' is really sticking with me. So horrifying!


    What does William Roberts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His reading of the ancient language is wonderful and he is very expressive. Really adds to the overall horror atmosphere.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Again.. the ending of 'The Dunwich Horror' is really sticking with me.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great introduction to the world of H.P. Lovecraft. It features some of his best known stories so is a great jumping off point. So incredibly creepy! I'll definitely be looking up more Lovecraft after this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cabin Pressure

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (341)

    John Finnemore (Dead Ringers & Mitchell & Webb) has written this brilliant new sitcom starring Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam & Benedict Cumberbatch. Cabin Pressure is set in a small airline business. The flipside of the glamorous world of international airlines.

    Dawn says: "Fly away on MJN air with these lovable characters-"
    "So much fun!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cabin Pressure to be better than the print version?

    There is no print version so... yeah


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Why must I only choose one?! They are all so wonderful! Ok... if I have to choose I'll choose Martin because he tries so hard to be taken seriously and he's just undermined and twisted in hilarious knots.. also it's Benedict Cumberbatch.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Again no print version. The comedic timing of these wonderful actors is brilliant and that would probably be lacking in a print version and the jokes may not have played as well in a book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I definitely listened to this in one sitting. May have gotten strange looks from people sitting near me as I tried to stifle giggles.


    Any additional comments?

    Will be buying the remaining seasons as soon as possible. So funny. Highly recommend this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Winifred Watson
    • Narrated By Frances McDormand
    Overall
    (1140)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (589)

    Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of 24 hours, as she becomes caught up in the life of Delysia LaFloss, her own life is changed - forever. This charming, funny, light-hearted 1938 novel was a bestseller on its first appearance. Read by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand, who stars in the 2008 film as Miss Pettigrew.

    Holly C. Salley says: "Adorable"
    "Strangely the movie's better"
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    I watched the movie years before I listened to this story and I was completely in love with the movie so listening to the original story was a little odd to me and I'm a little biased, sorry.

    I did really like the book though. It is very different from the movie, which I still prefer, but there were a few things that bothered me about it. Miss Pettigrew is not nearly as strong a female character as I would like her to be and seems to just kind of bumble along accidentally helping her new friends. The men are excused their awful behaviour because they are handsome. I liked the ending though. Still a happy ending for everyone, but different from the film.

    This is a nice fluffy book, good for when you need something to pass a trip or something but not wanting anything too heavy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Dr. Seuss
    • Narrated By Walter Matthau
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (408)

    The Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, hates Whoville's holiday celebrations, and plans to steal all the presents to prevent Christmas from coming. To his amazement, Christmas comes anyway, and the Grinch discovers the true meaning of the holiday.

    A User says: "Awesome Grinch"
    "A Great Christmas Story"
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    No Christmas is complete without the Grinch. Although it was weird to have it read to me by someone other than Boris Karloff, Matthau does a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Venetia

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (196)

    Venetia Lanyon, beautiful, intelligent and independent woman, lives in comfortable seclusion in rural Yorkshire with her precocious brother Aubrey. Her future seems safe and predictable: Either marriage to the respectable but dull Edward Yardley, or a life of peaceful spinsterhood. But when she meets the dashing, dangerous rake Lord Damerel, her well-ordered life is turned upside down, and she embarks upon a relationship with him that scandalizes and horrifies the whole community.

    Judith says: "Great, but too bad it is abridged"
    "Entertaining and Well Narrated"
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    This is the second Heyer novel I've listened to (the first was Sylvester). I really only downloaded them because Richard Armitage was narrating. I didn't really expect to like these books, as'm not much of a romance fan, but I'm glad that I was sorely mistaken in this.

    Richard Armitage does an amazing job narrating. I could listen to his voice all day.

    As for the story, there are parts of the narrative that are a little silly, but overall it is super entertaining. The characters are marvelous and remind me a little of Jane Austen characters. I love the strong independent Venetia and absolutely adore Demerel, the rake.

    I'm definitely planning on reading/listening to more Heyer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sylvester

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (221)

    When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She finds him insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and begin a new-found liking and respect for each other.

    Marcheta says: "Georgette Heyer and Richard Armitage - love it!"
    "Richard Armitage makes everything better"
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    I enjoyed this story for the most part. I didn't realize it was an abridged version until I had finished it and came on here to rate it. This made perfect sense to me because there are a few points where the story seems to jump forward and character relationships seem to have really moved along in a very short time. This doesn't really hurt the story in my opinion, but it was noticeable. Also, why would you not get Armitage to read the full version? The more Armitage you have the better it is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11138)
    Performance
    (8025)
    Story
    (8026)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Fantastic!"
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    I had been told by friends that the Dresden series didn't get good until the third or fourth book, but I have to say that I absolutely loved the first book. Maybe having it read to me by James Marsters (who does a great job!) made the difference.

    I'm definitely going to continue with the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dominion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By C. S. Friedman
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    Overall
    (1239)
    Performance
    (1093)
    Story
    (1103)

    Four hundred years after mankind's arrival on Erna, the undead sorcerer Gerald Tarrant travels north in search of a legend. For it is rumored there is a forest where the fae has become so powerful that it devours all who enter it, and he means to test its power.

    DarcyB says: "Warning, vampires within!"
    "I Feel Like I'm Missing Something"
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    I got this as a free download here on Audible this summer. I have not read anything else by C.S. Friedman so this story mostly left me feeling lost. I'm not familiar with the character of Terran or with the world, so I didn't really care like I'm sure I was supposed to.

    I still enjoyed listening. R.C. Bray did a good job narrating. I'm planning on checking out the Coldfire Trilogy at some point so I can see what I'm missing. Maybe then I'll enjoy this novella more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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