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Kerlian

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  • Beastly Chronicles of Saki

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By H M Munro
    • Narrated By Jermyn Street Theatre
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    The stories of HH Munro – better known by his pen name of Saki – have scarcely been out of print since they were first published nearly a century ago. Yet it often seems that their particular delights are reserved for the private pleasure of his coterie of admirers. It has to be admitted that a taste for Saki is something of an addiction. And like all addictions, once acquired, it is hard to shake off.

    Kerlian says: "excellent dramatization"
    "excellent dramatization"
    Overall

    This production is a dramatization of Saki's stories, yet the good thing about
    it is that it keeps the original texts intact. Very enjoyable listening

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Aspern Papers

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Jonathan Epstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    The Aspern Papers, one of Henry James best-known shorter works, is based on a story he heard about a collector of Shelley's manuscripts who attempted to acquire valuable letters from a mysterious old woman living in Florence. Set in beautiful Venice, James' elegant tale of suspense and romance takes the reader down the canals and inner chambers of a bygone era.

    Lois says: "A Little Gem"
    "wonderful narration"
    Overall

    This is my first foray into James novel and I am glad I have this
    audiobook to read along. As the story is told from first person narrative, it suits perfectly in audiobook form, and the accompanying music pieces are good too

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    The novelist Maurice Bendrix's love affair with his friend's wife, Sarah, had begun in London during the Blitz. One day, inexplicably and without warning, Sarah had broken off the relationship. It seemed impossible that there could be a rival for her heart. Yet two years later, driven by obsessive jealousy and grief, Bendrix sends Parkis, a private detective, to follow Sarah and find out the truth.

    Kerlian says: "Two narrators are needed"
    "Two narrators are needed"
    Overall

    The second part of the story in the book is a narration by Sarah.
    It is indeed very odd for a male reader to do this part.
    Why can't BBC add a female reader to make it more convincing?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Susan

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Laurelle Westaway, David Thorn, Susan McCarthy
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    After Jane Austen's earliest known writings, she began a more serious work, Lady Susan, in 1793 or 1794. It is a short, epistolary novel that portrays a woman bent on the exercise of her own powerful mind and personality to the point of social self-destruction.

    Kerlian says: "Three cheers for multi voice readers"
    "Three cheers for multi voice readers"
    Overall

    For years I have been waiting for audiobooks with multiple readers, which I believe, are much more convincing than a single reader production. Enter Lady Susan, I am glad my waiting isn't in vain.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley
    • Narrated By Daniel Philpott, Jonathan Oliver
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The gothic tale of Frankenstein and his construction of a human being who runs amok has, with the help of numerous films, become one of the most vivid horror stories. But Mary Shelley's original novel, written in 1816, dealt more sympathetically with "the daemon," showing how an initially beneficent creature is hammered into a daemon by the way he is treated. Her ideas, and her dramatic but poignant story, is brought to life in this sound dramatization.

    Kerlian says: "great rendition of timeless classic"
    "great rendition of timeless classic"
    Overall

    Unlike most audiobook format, which use one voice actor or actress to portray all the characters of the story, this Naxos production three different actors to play the roles of Frankenstein, The daemon and Captain Walton, making this classic more believable in its presentation.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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