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Rob

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  • The Magician

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sol Stein
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    The Magician is the now famous story of two 16-year-old antagonists locked in the crucible of their high school from which neither can escape. Ed Japhet gives a skillful performance of magic at the school prom. After the prom, Ed and his girlfriend are beset by Urek, the leader of a school gang that extracts extortion money by "renting" kids their own lockers. Ed is the only student who refuses to pay extortion money. Urek's fury at Japhet's defiance results in an attempted murder, a criminal trial, and death, with a shocker of an ending.

    James says: "Very Good AudioBook"
    "Poorly performed"
    Overall

    This is an excellent book completely let down by the narrator. I have heard two audiobooks read by this same performer and he has ruined both of them! It's quite a skill to make W.Somerset Maugham sound as thrilling as a telephone directory. If this was the narrator's intention then he has suceeded brilliantly.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Dombey and Son, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Although not as widely known as some of his other works, Dombey and Son is nevertheless one of the greatest novels by Charles Dickens. It was published in installments between 1847 and 1848, when Dickens was at the height of his powers, and it marks a transition into a more mature style from his early period of success.

    Thomas says: "A great way to spend 13 hours!"
    "Strange"
    Overall

    Unabridged audiobooks of Dickens are a bit of a rarity therefore I welcomed this production. But I was quite disappointed.

    As a rule Dickens’ work lends itself well to the audiobook format (after all the great man himself was renowned for his readings of his own material). But it requires that the narrator be up to the, not inconsiderable, task. Unfortunately this reader is not. As a Brit I find his artificial English accent rather strange. As if this wasn’t bad enough the electronic pitch treatment of the his voice, every time he renders the dialogue for the female characters, is distinctly creepy.

    I don’t anticipate purchasing parts 2 and 3.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    One of the most widely read of Dickens' major novels, Hard Times is Dickens' powerful and withering portrait of Coketown, a Lancashire mill town, in the 1840s. The novel is particularly harsh in indicting England's educational system, represented by Thomas Gradgrind, who runs a school in which he focuses on driving wonder, fancy, and imagination from children's minds to be replaced only by facts.

    Rob says: "Absolute Perfection"
    "Absolute Perfection"
    Overall

    What do you get when you bring together a literary giant such as Dickens, and one of Britain's finest character actors? Quite simply ten-and-a-half hours of unbridled perfection. Martin Jarvis has taken the audiobook format to another level. He clearly knows Dickens intimately and never misses a beat in this outstanding performance. I cannot recommend this recording highly enough.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Our Mutual Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Stephanie says: "Will this book be our mutual friend?"
    "A Painful Experience"
    Overall

    With his exquisite characterisations and unique witty style "Our Mutual Friend" is another of Dickens' literary masterpieces. However this rendition is painful to behold. The reader simply doesn't get it! His attempts at English accents make Dick Van Dyke sound like Sir Laurence Olivier. (For those non-Britishers out there Mr Van Dyke's has been widely acknowledged as the worst British accent of all time!). If you really want to hear what Dickens should sound like I urge you to download "Hard Times" read by Martin Jarvis.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jackson's Dilemma

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Iris Murdoch
    • Narrated By Juliet Mills
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Edward Lannion, the young master of Hatting Hall, is about to marry Marian Berran. At Penndean, preparations are under way for the wedding. Family and friends gather, the night is warm and clear, the wedding guests wander the grounds and enjoy the evening. Then, all of a sudden, a remarkable event occurs.

    Rob says: "Absorbing"
    "Absorbing"
    Overall

    If Jane Austen could be described as the Mozart of literature, then Iris Murdoch is the Mahler. As when listening to the works of the latter the reader must prepare to become absorbed and go with the flow. Fast moving this isn't. Long luscious and absorbing it certainly is. Juliet Mills' reading is excellent. So just lie back and enjoy!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Bleak House

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (130)

    First published in monthly parts from March 1852 to September 1853, this novel follows the fortunes of three pedestrian characters; Esther Summerson, Ada Clare, and Richard Carstone. The story they tell embondies Dickens' merciless indictment of the Court of Chancery and its bungling, morally corrupt handling of the endless case of Jarndyce v. Jarndyce, giving the novel its scope and meaning.

    UU Ma says: "30 hours was too short for me"
    "A Triumph!"
    Overall

    Robert Whitfield's reading is the finest I have heard in any audiobook (and I've listened to a good few!). Dickens' world and superb characters are vividly, and atmospherically brought to life. This is better than watching a movie...it's more like being IN one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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