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Elisa

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  • How to Be a Pirate

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (144)

    Hiccup was a Viking hero - dashing, brave and ever so clever. But even Viking heroes have to begin somewhere. In this riproaring adventure he recounts his early days - when he still had a lot to learn about swordfights, shipwrecks, and homicidal dragons.

    Georgia says: "Another Tennant triumph"
    "I've never seen my nieces so enthralled"
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    What made the experience of listening to How to Be a Pirate the most enjoyable?

    David Tennant is an awesome narrator. The story is already fantastic, but he puts such gusto, feeling, and humour into his voice that listening to is a million times better than me reading it. I put it on and curled up at night with my 2 nieces and listened to this. I have never seen them so enthralled by anything before.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is so funny, the main characters are so likable. An excellent


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

    All of David tennant's performances are awesome. This is just as fantastic as any of them. I hope he continues to narrate more children's stories.


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

    My nieces held their breath and were wide eyed with anticipation about once every chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    I would really love to see audible release the Unabridged version. But for now, this abridged version is still fun and perfect for an Aunt's one week visit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Murder is Announced

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Joan Hickson
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn are agog with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette which reads: "A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30 p.m." A childish practical joke? Unable to resist the mysterious invitation, a crowd begins to gather at Little Paddocks at the appointed time when, without warning, the lights go out.

    Elisa says: "Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon"
    "Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon"
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    I just love Agatha Christie's Miss Marple stories. And Joan Hickson is my favourite Miss Marple. Her voice has that very proper English lady sound while also sounding very inquisitive and intelligent.

    This is the perfect audio book to sit back in the evening and just envelope yourself in the fascinating world that Agatha Christie creates.

    As a book, this is my favourite Miss Marple story. It has such interesting characters and such devious twists and turns in the plot.

    If you like little old lady murder mysteries you'll love this audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Man's Search for Meaning

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Viktor E. Frankl
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1933)
    Performance
    (912)
    Story
    (920)

    Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

    Ann Marie says: "I will isten again and again"
    "Life changing for me"
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    This book moved me to tears. But despite its description of very tragic events, I felt uplifted by this book.

    Frankl, a survivor of Nazi concentration camps, analyses mans search for the meaning of life. When life is stripped down to the bare basics of the day-today struggle to survive, what meaning do people give to life and how does their frame of mind help them feel that life is a treasure worth keeping.

    I suffer chronic pain, which never goes away, ever. And this book made me realize how you can keep a positive outlook even in the depth of suffering.

    This book is definitely worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (368)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind – until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out. Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more.

    Masha says: "Frustratingly bad read"
    "This will have you panting"
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    I'm not a fan of the romance genre, so I found Anna's character really annoying. And the way the narrator reads the character is grating (I'm not a fan of silly girls). But, this made the really hot parts of the book so much better. The way Becca gets really breathy and deep for Grey is intoxicating and worth enduring the inbetween parts of the book for.

    This is the kind of book where you have to leave your sense at the door - this is an unrealistic fantasy world. I won't even go into the flaws in the themes in the book. I think E.L. James should stick to short erotic stories.

    I recommend you suspend reality, curl up on the couch, endure the crappy romance and hold out for the fantastic hot scenes. Becca's reading of them makes the audiobook so much hotter than reading it yourself.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (167)

    To say that Augusten Burroughs has lived an unusual life is an understatement. From having no formal education past third grade and being raised by his mother’s psychiatrist in the seventies to enjoying one of the most successful advertising careers of the eighties to experiencing a spectacular downfall and rehab stint in the nineties to having a number one bestselling writing career in the new millennium, Burroughs has faced humiliation, transformation and everything in between.

    Susan K Treiman says: "Wonderful, inspiring, insightful"
    "Augusten Burroughs at his best"
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    I bought this audiobook based purely on the fact that I love Augusten's writing and view of the world. And I wasn't disappointed. Although I was not looking for a self help book, Augusten has such a great perspective on the world that there are insights in this book that have made me look at the world and myself in a completely different way. This is no usual self help book, but rather a man who's gone through it all, come out the other side and telling it like it really is.

    I love that the author narrates this audiobook. As this is advice from his very personal experience, he's able to give life to his witty writing.

    I listened to this right through in a very short time as it was riveting, and have now dipped back into it to re-listen to chapters that really resonated with me. I don't think this book will ever be deleted from my smart phone - this is a great book to listen to on public transport. You'll alight at the other end of your trip a much more alive person.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seven Deadly Sins

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Corey Taylor
    • Narrated By Corey Taylor
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    "I was 22 years old, a hard-on with a pulse: wretched vice-ridden, too much to burn and not enough minutes in a hour to do so. 1995 was a full 365-day year of drinking, fucking, lying, raging and exploration for me - not a dull one in the bunch. It was a time of self-shit: self-importance, self-absorption, self-indulgence and selfishness. I was the only person in the known galaxy and I wanted what the fuck I wanted sooner rather than later." The action begins in Iowa, where Corey Taylor committs each of the Seven Deadly Sins.

    Elisa says: "A Rollercoaster"
    "A Rollercoaster"
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    What did you love best about Seven Deadly Sins?

    This made me giddy, excited and want to throw up. From his hilarious tales of his past antics, passionate tirades and recounting of his painful childhood, Corey's reading of his book takes the audience on the ride with him. It made me guffaw out loud on public transport and made my heart hurt. For such an angry, loud personality, you can hear the hurt 11 year old in his voice as he recounts his childhood. He is the consummate performer and it all comes out in this audiobook.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, Corey can rant. Sometimes I wondered where he was going. But hey, that's what he's made his career out of, and it was entertaining none-the-lessI would honestly get this book for his gorgeous voice alone. He could make a third career just out of reading audiobooks (he rivals David Tennant as my favorite narrator).Oh, and for those not familiar with Corey's other work, it would be amiss of me not to mention the very strong language. It makes the book what it is though, and he has such an amazing way with words. I was really impressed. Really, really impressed with this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Quite Ugly One Morning

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Christopher Brookmyre
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Yeah, yeah, the usual. A crime. A corpse. A killer. Heard it. Except this stiff happens to be a Ponsonby, scion of a venerable Edinburgh medical clan, and the manner of his death speaks of unspeakable things. Why is the body displayed like a slice of beef? How come his hands are digitally challenged? And if it's not the corpse, what is that awful smell?

    Joanna says: "Came for Tennant, stayed for the story..."
    "Hilarious and entertaining"
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    Where does Quite Ugly One Morning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The performance rates up there with the best. David Tennant is my number 1 narrator, and he does comedy so well. The story is the best light comedy I've listened to so far.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The female doctor. This relatively straight character has some fantastic dry wit.


    Which character – as performed by David Tennant – was your favorite?

    The little old lady. How he does female characters so well is beyond me.


    Any additional comments?

    I only bought this audiobook because David Tennant narrated it in his native Scottish accent. I was delighted with David's performance, but was really surprised at how funny this book was. Its not a genre I would normally go for, but it was really, really entertaining. I can thoroughly recommend it if you want a light, funny listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Down and Dirty: Ann Summers Short Story 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 mins)
    • By Ann Summers
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (591)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (336)

    In "Down and Dirty", a woman fantasizes about the gorgeous stranger working at the construction site every morning as she passes. Finally her dreams become reality as she gets down and dirty with the mysterious man.

    Paul says: "Not bad"
    "Boring"
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    What disappointed you about Down and Dirty?

    Its poorly written, cliched, and unimaginable.


    Has Down and Dirty turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, it makes other books in this genre look much better.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was fine.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really, other than being free.


    Any additional comments?

    Hey, download it for free, but you get what you pay for with this one. Good to fill a really boring moment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteen Problems

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Joan Hickson
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (29)

    When her friends from the Tuesday Night Club visit Miss Marple's house, the conversation often turns to unsolved crimes. Trying to solve these 13 mysteries are Raymond West, a young writer; the artist Joyce Lemprière; Dr Pender, the clergyman, who claims to know the hidden side of human character; Mr Petherick, a lawyer who is only interested in the logical approach; and Sir Henry Clithering, whose experience as commissioner of Scotland Yard speaks for itself.

    Elisa says: "Awesome Miss Marple Short Stories"
    "Awesome Miss Marple Short Stories"
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    What did you love best about The Thirteen Problems?

    Its a series of 13 short stories, expertly read by Joan Hickson (my favourite Miss Marple). Each story is the perfect length to listen to before bed, on the train, etc. Each keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering who-dunnit.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, by having a series of short stories, so the suspense never lowers.


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

    Joan Hickson's voice just epitomizes Miss Marple. But she's also a great actress who brings life to every character, and adds suspense and excitement through her voice.


    Any additional comments?

    A good selection for time poor people.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (1805)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (887)

    Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

    Joe says: "worthwhile"
    "Just as gripping as the movie"
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    If you could sum up The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in three words, what would they be?

    suspenseful, sexy, powertrips


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lisbeth of course. Who wouldn't love a tattooed, pierced, kick-arse, introverted, computer geek? She gives as good as she gets, if not better.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Already done.


    Any additional comments?

    The audio book is better than the movies - you get more into the heads of the main characters. However, as with most male narrators, they find it hard to do women's voices. Lisbeth is an introverted Northern European women of few words - they should be said in a very clipped, direct and brief way. The narrators breathy Lisbet just doesn't seem right. But it didn't effect my overall joy of listening to this book. His pronunciation of Swedish places and names was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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