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  • Accidents of Nature

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Harriet McBryde Johnson
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    It's the summer of 1970. Seventeen-year-old Jean has cerebral palsy, but she's always believed she's just the same as everyone else. She's never really known another disabled person before she arrives at Camp Courage. As Jean joins a community unlike any she has ever imagined, she comes to question her old beliefs and look at the world in a new light. The camp session is only 10 days long, but that may be all it takes to change a life forever.

    Michelle says: "I Loved this Book!"
    "above expectation"
    Overall

    Profound depth emerges with the exploration of vivid characters and hilarity of dialogues.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Waiting for the Boatman (Afternoon Drama)

    • ORIGINAL (43 mins)
    • By Stephen Wakelam
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    The painter Mario Minniti has travelled to Naples to seek out his old friend and former mentor Caravaggio. But on arrival, the great painter is nowhere to be found. In a bid to find him, Mario retraces Caravaggio's last known movements. His search reveals a life lived dangerously. Starring David Tennant as Mario Minniti, with Anton Lesser, Peter Hamilton, Joe Dempsie, Tracy Wiles and Harry Livingstone.

    bgr says: "A Gem"
    "A Gem"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Waiting for the Boatman (Afternoon Drama) the most enjoyable?

    It's a short piece masterfully written and gorgeously performed. Like all great short pieces, it manages to deliver a tremendous amount with powerful brevity.


    What other book might you compare Waiting for the Boatman (Afternoon Drama) to and why?

    The pathos of this piece remind me of Jeanette Winterson's The Passion. Although the form of the prose, as intended for an "afternoon drama", is quite unlike anything else I've listened to.


    What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

    He's absolutely stunning. His voice conveys incredible depth and a wide range of emotions: longing, pain, recognition, obsession, surprise, regret, resignation... I hung on to every word. How delightful to see him shine in a serious drama/literary piece.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I listened to it twice in two days. Each time a somewhat different facet is revealed. The poignancy of the prose and the mastery of the actor(s) make this piece unforgetable.


    Any additional comments?

    Timeless theme of love and passion. Magnificently written and breathtakingly performed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Torchwood: Another Life (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter Anghelides
    • Narrated By John Barrowman
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    A storm is brewing: the water levels of the Bristol Channel are inexplicably rising, and Cardiff Bay is under threat from the worst flooding in years. In the midst of the climate chaos, Torchwood is called to investigate a series of gruesome murders.

    Robert says: "Fun Listen"
    "surprisingly mediocre performance and ok story"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'd pass unless you're just dying for anything Torchwood


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I honestly can't find anything memorable


    What aspect of John Barrowman’s performance would you have changed?

    Everything. I concur with other reviewers on the observation that JB doesn't sound like Cap Jack in this book.

    He's fantastic in all the other TW audio books. But I can't hear Jack's swagger and humor in this one. Could be the odd studio effect. Could be that the story just lacks character development. JB sounds rigid, wooden, and just flat. No character distinctions at all, like he is bored stiff himself.


    Did Torchwood inspire you to do anything?

    Not this one


    Any additional comments?

    The other Torchwood audio books with the entire cast are great. Short, yes, but satisfying. This one just doesn't live up to TW standard.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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