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Emily

A lover of audiobooks of all kinds, since childhood, when long car journeys were accompanied by Discworld stories. @ReineDesLivres (Twitter)

Mount Macedon, Australia | Member Since 2015

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  • The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Homer (translated by Robert Fagles)
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (718)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (527)

    McGrath-Muniz says: "Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"
    "An epic tale, an epic narrator, just fantastic"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Quite Remarkable Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Eric Idle
    • Narrated By Eric Idle
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Join the Owl and the Pussycat on their long journey to save the walking, talking Bong Tree in this clever story filled with love and laughter, silly songs, fabulous felines, vile villains, precocious pie-rats, and lots more to tickle one's fancy. Enhanced by an original musical score that contains 10 hysterical songs.

    Emily says: "A charming tale with funny songs; a total delight."
    "A charming tale with funny songs; a total delight."
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    Eric Idle's telling of the story of the Owl and the Pussycat, who set to sea in a pea-green boat, is marvellous. It takes the poem as its basis and spins it into a wonderful adventure involving the Fire Lord, the magical Bong Tree (that walks and talks), and, of course the Pig with a ring in his nose!

    There are songs interspersed within the story (I particularly like the one about shopping), and which add to the whole story beautifully, and Eric Idle reads delightfully. As a member of Monty Python, he brings his wit to the narration and his sense of fun, not to mention his ability to create fantastic voices for the characters.

    Adults and children alike will love this audiobook about the Owl and the Pussycat, two brave friends whose adventure will become a favourite, and deserves to be a classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Very British Coup

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Chris Mullin
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
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    Against the odds, former steel worker Harry Perkins has led the Labour Party to a stunning victory. His manifesto includes the removal of American bases, public control of finance and the dismantling of media empires. The Establishment is appalled. Something must be done. As MI5 conspires with the City and the press barons to bring Perkins down, he finds himself caught up in a no-holds-barred battle for survival.

    Emily says: "A Very Interesting Tale of Politics and Betrayal"
    "A Very Interesting Tale of Politics and Betrayal"
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    Harry Perkins is elected Prime Minister of the UK in an election that leaves the conservatives reeling. His platform is radical, left-wing, and from day one his enemies begin to rally against him. 'A Very British Coup' is a story about the rise of a government, and a look at what can happen in a democracy when you have the wrong, or should that be right, enemies.

    Chris Mullin reads the story well, going from Perkin's thick Yorkshire accent to the polished Oxbridge accents of Perkin' conservative enemies, to the American accents of the US interests who involve themselves in the story. So effective is his narration that the gum chewing of the American President will grate on your nerves (or at least, it did mine ...)

    This audiobook will appeal to those who love political thrillers like House of Cards, and was adapted into a highly acclaimed mini-series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag, a free short story written and performed by Neil Gaiman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (204)

    A few words from Neil: A few years ago, I blogged about an idea I had for a new Halloween tradition…. I proposed that, on Hallowe'en or during the week of Hallowe'en, we give each other scary books. And so All Hallows’ Read was born. This year, I decided to make the tradition Audible. Literally. We have been telling each other tales of otherness, of life beyond the grave, for a long time; stories that prickle the flesh and make the shadows deeper and, most important, remind us that we live, and that there is something special, something unique and remarkable about the state of being alive. Happy Halloween!

    Ash Litton says: "Open-ended"
    "A spooky story for All Hallow's Read"
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    Neil Gaiman created All Hallow's Read, a tradition where readers exchange scary stories for Halloween, and this is his first audiobook offering for lovers of spooky stories - Click-Clack the Rattlebag. His narration is skilled, and his voice very pleasant to listen to, with just the right mixture of warmth to put you at your ease and creepiness when things get strange and spooky.

    Settle back, and learn about click-clacks and rattlebags, but be careful ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'm Not Going to Get Up Today

    • UNABRIDGED (3 mins)
    • By Dr. Seuss
    • Narrated By Jason Alexander
    Overall
    (19)
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    (8)
    Story
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    I'm Not Going to Get Up Today read by Jason Alexander.

    Emily says: "An unsung classic from Dr Seuss, beautifully told"
    "An unsung classic from Dr Seuss, beautifully told"
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    "I'm not going to get up today" is a little known Dr Seuss story but it's an absolute gem that deserves to be wider known. It's a story of a boy who just wants to sleep in, declaring to his parents, the town and the whole world that he's not going to get up today, no matter what they try. Jason Alexander is a great narrator and gets the tone of the story just right, at every moment. I can't recommend this audiobook more. It's funny, it's sweet and the whole thing is marvellously accompanied by sounf effects and music that enhance the story perfectly.

    So, have a sleep in, and, in honour, listen to his book as you settle down for a snooze.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (4005)
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    (4036)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "A disturbing vision, well told by Claire Danes"
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    The Handmaid's Tale is an alarming story of a society where women have been entirely subjugated, rendered powerless and even nameless, taking their identities from the men who control them. Margaret Atwood's tale is brought vividly to life by Claire Danes, who reads with longing for the former times, fear of what her character finds herself in, and depicts perfectly the dystopian society of Gilead. This could not be better told, and could not have a better narrator.

    This is not a comfortable listen, but a necessary one given the struggle for equality that women still face around the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme: The Complete Series 3 & 4

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By John Finnemore, Carrie Quinlan, a full cast
    Overall
    (37)
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    (30)
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    (30)

    The complete third and fourth series of BBC Radio 4’s award-winning sketch show, written by and starring the writer of Cabin Pressure. In the third and fourth series of his hit sketch show, John Finnemore examines a typically eclectic range of issues including making friends, the problem with polymath bestselling authors, the colour of posh men’s trousers, and a history of choice.

    Emily says: "Comedy gold from Finnemore and company"
    "Comedy gold from Finnemore and company"
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    John Finnemore is becoming one of the brightest talents of the current British radio comedy scene, and John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme is one of the reasons why. Full of clever and witty short sketches, and comic songs, this will make you laugh out loud time and time again. One particular stand-out is the song of the Red Trousers, and the sketch about finding a friend at the airport.

    If you like his work, check out his series Cabin Pressure, as well as the other series of the Souvenir Programme. Trust me, it's well worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Oh, the Places You'll Go!

    • UNABRIDGED (7 mins)
    • By Dr. Seuss
    • Narrated By John Lithgow
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
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    Here is the incomparable Dr. Seuss' story of an unnamed "you" whose travels through the world involve a series of ups and downs. His ultimate success, however, is "98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed!"

    Cesar says: "Lovely effects!"
    "Classic Seuss, read beautifully, not just for kids"
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    'Oh the places you'll go' is an amazing book - it's uplifting, inspiring and leaves you feeling enthusiastic about the world and your part in it. This is a great book for children, to tell them that great things lie before them, and a wonderful book for young adults (and not so young adults) to tell them that their talents can lead them to places they never expected. John Lithgow reads this story so well, clearly and with a sense of fun as well as seriousness (when required).

    This is an audiobook that you can listen to time and time again, and will never tire. You won't regret it - ninety-eight-and-three-quarter per cent guaranteed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Laline Paull
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
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    (2)
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    (2)

    Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. Living to accept, obey and serve, she is prepared to sacrifice everything for her beloved holy mother, the Queen. But Flora is not like other bees. Despite her ugliness she has talents that are not typical of her kin. While mutant bees are usually instantly destroyed, Flora is removed from sanitation duty and is allowed to feed the newborns, before becoming a forager, collecting pollen on the wing. She also finds her way into the Queen's inner sanctum, where she discovers secrets both sublime and ominous.

    Emily says: "The Bees - a buzzing debut novel"
    "The Bees - a buzzing debut novel"
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    Many critics will describe this book as the bee version of the classic animal novel Watership Down. It's a great compliment. Watership Down is a detailed and fascinating exploration of the life of a warren of rabbits, and The Bees is a similarly detailed and fascinating exploration of the life of a hive of bees. The story is told from the individual perspective of a single bee, Flora 717, as she lives and works in the hive for the wellbeing of the hive and its queen, who is adored with religious fervour and whose love sustains the hive.

    Laline Paull's novel is engrossing and interesting, and Orlagh Cassidy's narration suits it well and carries the drama of the story with style and subtlety. She has the richness of voice needed for the queen, the wheedling tones necessary for the dangerous enemies of the colony, and a brave and bold voice for Flora 717 herself, on whom the whole story rests.

    This book will have you buzzing with excitement - buy it now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (116)

    One Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning, this seems already to be more than he can cope with.

    Matthew says: "Stephen Fry is so, so good"
    "Stephen Fry reads Douglas Adams. This is perfect!"
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    Having Stephen Fry read the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is as brilliant as the twinkle in Zaphod Beeblebrox's eye. Fry is perfect as Arthur Dent, who finds himself a reluctant galactic hitchhiker, as Ford Prefect, carefree traveller through the stars, and as Zaphod Beeblebrox, creator of the Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster and President of the Universe. There is not a single flaw in Fry's narration.

    Douglas Adams' classic novel retains all its wit, sparkle and insight as an audiobook, and this story will enjoy repeated listenings, time and time again. Buy this audiobook, enjoy it, and enjoy it over and over again. The only flaw in the ointment is that Fry hasn't recorded all the books in the series, but Martin Freeman (who played Arthur Dent in the recent film) is well up to the task.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4826)
    Performance
    (3237)
    Story
    (3271)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "Devilishly funny, angelically read. Perfect!"
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    Good Omens is a simply fantastic book. Two genius British writers, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, join forces to imagine the apocalypse. The result is a brilliantly funny novel, with a bibliophilic angel, a vintage Bentley-driving demon, witch-finders, gangs of enthusiastic children, apocalyptic motorcyclists and the only witch who could accurately foresee the End of Days. If I need to be clearer, this novel is the best of Pratchett meeting the best of Gaiman, and you won't be disappointed!

    Martin Jarvis is the perfect choice as narrator. His voice moves from character to character with ease and style, and never skips a beat during conversations. The accents are impeccable, and make listening to this audiobook an absolute pleasure.

    Buy this audiobook. Listen, laugh, and then listen to it again. You'll be in audiobook heaven.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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