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Frederick

Alfred, ME, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Sam Weller (Editor), Mort Castle (Editor)
    • Narrated By George Takei, Edward Herrmann, Kate Mulgrew, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Ray Bradbury - peerless storyteller, poet of the impossible, and one of America's most beloved authors - is a literary giant whose remarkable career spanned seven decades. Now 26 of today's most diverse and celebrated authors offer new short works in honor of the master; stories of heart, intelligence, and dark wonder from a remarkable range of creative artists.

    Dave says: "The Heirs to Ray Bradbury"
    "A collection of stories Bradbury would be proud of"
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    What can I say - this is one of the most fantastic collections of short stories I've heard in a few years. Kudos to Mort Castle and Sam Weller for being able to round up this incredible caliber of talent.

    While I bought this title mainly because of names I know (Neil Gaiman, Dave Eggers, Harlan Ellison) - what was most pleasantly surprising were the new writers I discovered who I sure hope have their own books out.

    There are a couple of duds, but the gems in this collection make up for them. There are stories of unrequited love - because the lover is beyond the grave, time-travelling interstellar ghost stories, Hungarian ghost stories (detect a theme?) oh and stories that just revel in the essential being of youth and passion and humanity and the joy of storytelling.

    The narration is also strong throughout, with an eclectic mix of narrators I all found spot-on. Can't recommend this enough, this will spawn many more hours of pleasant listening and discovery of new friends. Bradbury would be proud.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventures of Sexton Blake

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dirk Maggs
    • Narrated By Simon Jones, Wayne Forester, June Whitfield
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    BBC Radio 2's action-packed deafening romp - with 40 minutes of previously unbroadcast peril. Sexton Blake! The name that spells hurtling adventure! The name that spells doom for villainy!

    In a series of thrilling adventures packed with incident and hilarity, Sexton Blake, (Simon Jones, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) and his plucky assistant Tinker (Wayne Forester, Captain Scarlet), aided by Mrs Bardell (June Whitfield, Absolutely Fabulous) battle diabolical masterminds.

    Frederick says: "Delightful Audio Romp"
    "Delightful Audio Romp"
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    Simon Jones as ever is terrifically entertaining, with perfectly timed dry English comic wit and delivery; supported by a cast equally (or exceedingly) zany and the mad genius Dirk Maggs who paints a lush sonic madhouse tied together with a few inexplicable mysteries and ne'er do wells. I don't know much of the history of the Sexton Blake character, but this revival will have you hooked and eager for more audio adventures!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swordspoint: Review Version

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ellen Kushner
    • Narrated By Ellen Kushner, Dion Graham, Katherine Kellgren, and others
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St. Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless--until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye.

    Frederick says: "Illuminates what is missing with many audiobooks"
    "Illuminates what is missing with many audiobooks"
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    You don't know what you're missing in a typical audiobook until you listen to this one. The author/narrator's performance is magnificent, as deft and full of derring-do as the story's light-of-foot heroes, and the illuminated dialogue is truly delicious. Unlike many 'full cast' productions, you can feel a real focus on 'performance' in this cast - instead of blocky, awkward switches to different narrators, the many voices chime in cleanly and convincingly. I consider good sound design as design so good we do not notice it, and this was very much the case with me.

    Full disclosure: I am an full cast audio drama producer so am a bit biased towards this production style. That being said I also listen to plenty of single-voice narrators. This title does a great job of combining both a strong narrator with a really nice ensemble cast. To be honest I think the additional dialogue voices and music do more to liven up the book than sound effects (which can sound awkward at times) but it sure is a pleasure to hear the clatter of sword-on-swords! I hope this title leads the way towards more inspired full-cast dramatizations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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