In addition to being brilliantly funny, Fawlty Towers is, at times, a very physical comedy with lots of visual gags (think of the German marching walk and the business with the moose head). They've neatly solved this problem by having the episodes narrated by Manuel, the Spanish waiter (Andrew Sachs). These voice-overs make it clear what's happening, but those who are very familiar with the show might find them unnecessary. There are also discussions with writer and performer John Cleese before each episode, which are well worth listening to if you're a fan and are after some extra insight and knowledge about the show and its creation, but also slightly give away some of the events in the upcoming show (but they don't ruin them at all).
The episodes remain hysterically funny, but also painfully awkward, as they were on first viewing on the BBC. Brilliant work, and well worth a listen to revisit the good (and not so good) folks of Torquay.
Homer's epic tale of Odysseus' long journey home from the Trojan war needs the right voice to tell this story of bravery, tragedy, desire and danger, of love and seduction. McKellan is the perfect choice for this task, narrating with both a light touch (for the descriptions) and creating compelling drama during the conversations, confrontations and excitement. You'll be enchanted by this audiobook, whose 13 hours will fly by in engrossed delight.
This audiobook reminds me greatly of Equus, a startling and astounding play. This is a complex play where faith, science and belief come into conflict over a tragedy that takes place in a convent. Just what happened with Agnes, a young novice in the order? Where was God in it all? Was it divine or was it madness? Can her court appointed psychiatrist help uncover the truth? What will happen if she does?
The play has been perfectly produced and each character performed with competence and the depth required. They are so much more than stereotypes, but fully formed human beings.
No matter what your view on religion, this play will engage and entertain, perhaps confront you, and ask you to think about your own beliefs - and that's where it become a great piece of performance art.
You know a play and its performers have done their job to perfection when they get you talking back to the characters while you're listening to the audiobook on the drive home. That's precisely what this audiobook had me doing, not because I found it rip-roaringly funny or even totally enjoyable to listen to, but absolutely engaging and engrossing in its clever and full portrayal of people and their quirks.
In these three short plays, set within a single suite of the Plaza hotel, you encounter people in a variety of circumstances and points in their lives. From a couple on their anniversary to a Hollywood mogel getting in touch with his past to the mother and father of the bride (and the bride), these plays look at life, love, hope and dreams, reality and ideals. Brilliant writing is coupled with talented and well-used voice talent, which makes this an audiobook well worth listening to.
If you're looking for an abridged audiobook version of Ender's Game that will entertain you in telling the story of young Ender Wiggin, look no further. If you're looking for an unabridged version of Ender's Game without the bells and whistles of this version, the one read by Stefan Rudnicki is also excellent.
This updated and fully cast version of Ender's Game is nothing short of spectacular in its telling of Ender's story, although the abridgement does condense much of the character development of the full-length novel at the expense of our ability to sympathise more deeply with the protagonist. It has been lavishly produced and it shows. The cast are well cast and entertaining in their portrayals of their characters, the sound effects have been well designed and are used to enhance the story without annoying the listener (which isn't as easy as it seems).
This is both the debut novel by young British writer Samantha Shannon and the first in a lengthy series featuring the protagonist, Paige Mahoney.
Many people are asking whether this series might be the next Harry Potter. This is setting yourself up to be disappointed - comparisons will fall short of expectations. Rather, approach this novel as a fantasy novel set in Britain where magic exists and a host of clairvoyants are eking out their existences throughout the UK.
This is a tale of magic, of the spirit world, of seeking after freedom and liberty, of a world where people are trying to survive in spite of a system that seeks to destroy them. (For a more focusd plot summary that won't spoil things, you can trust the one Audible provides).
If you enjoy getting lost in the idea of another realm and its magic, you'll enjoy the time you spend in The Bone Season. Go in with an open mind, and I think you'll enjoy yourself.
A note on the narration - Alana Kerr reads very well, her accent is a pleasure to listen to, but sometimes you do need to concentrate to determine which character is speaking during conversations (there are no specific voices for many of the characters).
David Suchet is practically synonymous with Agatha Christie's Poirot, so it's simply wonderful that this audiobook is read by Suchet. His characterisations are perfect, subtle and entertaining, which make these audiobooks great listening. This tale of murder and mystery is enthralling listening, so settle in - you're in for a real treat.
David Suchet is practically synonymous with Agatha Christie's Poirot, so it's simply wonderful that this audiobook is read by Suchet. His characterisations are perfect, subtle and entertaining, which make these audiobooks great listening. Dive in and enjoy this tale of mystery and murder of the picturesque River Nile, you'll be spellbound.
Robert Galbraith is actually JK Rowling, so expect a well written, cleverly devised mystery plot, with plenty to keep you interested from the first moments. This novel introduces Cormoran Strike, London detective and veteran from the armed forces, who is hired to investigate the death of top model Lula Landry (a fascinating mix reminiscent of Amy Winehouse and Kate Moss in her troubled personal life and turbulent relationship). Strike is assisted by his extremely capable temp secretary Robin.
Robert Glenister reads this novel perfectly, capturing all the characters with personality and charm.
Well worth a listen, you won't be disappointed.
Great writing and a flawless cast produces one fantastic dramatisation of Neil Gaiman's work (the unabridged version read by Gaiman is also brilliant). For those who like dramatisations, this is a stellar cast performance which recounts this strange tale of bravery, intrigue and adventure on the streets of London Below. Benedict Cumberbatch puts in a magnificent performance as The Angel Islington, as does Anthony Head. You won't regret buying this audiobook.
John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme is majestic sketch comedy. Witty and amusing, intelligent and extremely funny, you can't help but laugh at the brilliant word play, effortlessly enhanced by pop culture and literary references, which just make these sketches sparkle. Comic gold. You will not regret listening to this for a second.
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