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Emily

Mount Macedon, Australia | Member Since 2013

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  • The Odyssey (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Homer
    • Narrated By Tim McInnerny, Amanda Redman
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    "My fame is written in the heavens, and my fate too..." So speaks Odysseus as he starts to recount his struggles to sail home to Ithaca, in one of the greatest pieces of storytelling in Western literature. The Odyssey is his incredible traveller's tale, and also the story of his faithful wife Penelope who waits for him, besieged by suitors, and their son Telemachus who has a quest of his own.

    Jimmy says: "This was great"
    "An epic tale given a fitting treatment."
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    Homer's grand tale of Odysseus returning from the battle of Troy is meant to be heard, not read. This is a tale recounted around hearths and fireplaces for centuries, and it's lost nothing over all those years. Tim McInnerny is perfectly cast as Odysseus, weary and homesick warrior whose only desire is to see his beloved homeland of Ithica once more. McInnerny (known for his role as Percy and Darling on Blackadder) gives the role of Odysseus its full complexity - the bravado, grandeur, honour, wisdom, hubris, humility, fragility and desperation that the role requires. They couldn't have chosen better. This is a grand telling of an epic tale. Listen and be enchanted.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Homer (translated by Robert Fagles)
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (370)

    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
  • Agnes of God

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By John Pielmeier
    • Narrated By Barbara Bain, Emily Bergl, Harriet Harris
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In this contemporary murder mystery, set within the confines of a convent, Agnes is a devout, innocent young nun accused of infanticide. As a psychiatrist - herself a lapsed Catholic - and the Mother Superior struggle over Agnes' fate, the play plunges deeply into the mystery of faith and the consequence of truth.

    Emily says: "A fascinating play brought sharply to life"
    "A fascinating play brought sharply to life"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plaza Suite

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 41 mins)
    • By Neil Simon
    • Narrated By JoBeth Williams, Edward Asner, Hector Elizondo, and others
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Hilarity abounds in this portrait of three couples successively occupying a suite at the Plaza Hotel. A suburban couple takes a suite while their house is being painted, a Hollywood producer calls a childhood sweetheart for a little sexual diversion, and a mother and father fight about the best way to get their daughter, the bride, out of the bathroom and back to the wedding.

    John Lane says: "I wish I could see the original play"
    "One location, a thousand unique stories"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
    Overall
    (841)
    Performance
    (800)
    Story
    (802)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    Amazon Customer says: "A fresh new way to enjoy the story"
    "Fully cast and fully brought to life. Perfect."
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    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).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Season

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Samantha Shannon
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1176)
    Performance
    (1088)
    Story
    (1088)

    The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

    linda says: "Engaging, Room for Improvement"
    "An enjoyable debut novel from a promising author"
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    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).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on the Orient Express

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Just after midnight, a snowdrift stopped the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train was surprisingly full for the time of the year. But by the morning there was one passenger fewer. An American lay dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.

    Emily says: "Suchet reading Poirot - a perfect partnership."
    "Suchet reading Poirot - a perfect partnership."
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death on the Nile

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile was shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway had been shot through the head. She was young, stylish, and beautiful. A girl who had everything...until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalled an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: "I'd like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger." Yet in this exotic setting nothing was ever quite what it seemed.

    Emily says: "Poirot read by Suchet - this could never go wrong!"
    "Poirot read by Suchet - this could never go wrong!"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling: Cormoran Strike, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (179)

    When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

    Jane says: "Hopefully this is the first of a series"
    "A great story, very well read. One perfect novel."
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere [Adaptation]

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (261)

    A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....

    Jenn says: "Absolutely Perfect Casting"
    "Go underground. It's one heckuva tale ..."
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    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme: The Complete Series 2

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By John Finnemore
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (22)

    The complete second series of BBC Radio 4's award-winning sketch show - winner of the Chortle Radio Award of the Year. In these six episodes, which make up the complete second series, you'll hear some moth-based lunacy, an awkward celestial relationship, a heart-warming tale of the days before health and safety, and how The Archers sounds to people who don't listen to The Archers - plus many other sketches featuring acute observations and wonderful wordplay.

    Emily says: "Sketch comedy to make you guffaw."
    "Sketch comedy to make you guffaw."
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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