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Emily

Mount Macedon, Australia | Member Since 2013

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  • Cabin Pressure

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (334)

    John Finnemore (Dead Ringers & Mitchell & Webb) has written this brilliant new sitcom starring Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam & Benedict Cumberbatch. Cabin Pressure is set in a small airline business. The flipside of the glamorous world of international airlines.

    Dawn says: "Fly away on MJN air with these lovable characters-"
    "Cabin Pressure is Brilliant!"
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    Buy this audiobook. Buy it now. Buy it fast. You'll laugh until you're sore in the stomach listening to the adventures of MJN air, Britain's least competent but most endearing airline. This is British radio humour at its very best, and it has Benedict Cumberbatch in the cast (as Captain Martin Crieff)! The entire series is excellent, so don't stop here, but the second and third series and the Christmas special too - there's not a dud episode among them. I cannot wait for more episodes so come, and have listened to these ones many time and they just keep staying funny.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 3: 10 to Yuma

    • UNABRIDGED (33 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Henry Rollins
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Best-selling author Elmore Leonard launched his career as a writer of Westerns. This classic story is the basis for the 1957 film starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin, and the 2007 film starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale.

    Robert J. Voelker Morris says: "Enjoyed a lot"
    "Saddle up to hear this great Western"
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    3:10 to Yuma is a short story packed with drama which sees a deputy marshall waiting with a dangerous prisoner to make the train which will take the prisoner to jail and earn the deputy marshall a $150 bounty. It's a classic Western and made a fantastic film - but note that this is NOT the same story as the film, it just inspired the film.

    Henry Rollins is a perfect choice to read this story - his voice is subtle enough to convey everything the story and its characters need and has the toughness required to narrate a gun-toting Western and keep the listener engrossed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Runcie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    It is the 1960s and Canon Sidney Chambers is enjoying his first year of married life with his German bride Hildegard. But life in Grantchester rarely stays quiet for long. Our favourite clerical detective soon attempts to stop a serial killer who has a grievance against the clergy; investigates the disappearance of a famous painting; uncovers the fact that an "accidental" drowning on a film shoot may not have been so accidental after all; and discovers the reasons behind the theft of a baby from a hospital.

    Emily says: "Sidney Chambers is back! Hallelujah!"
    "Sidney Chambers is back! Hallelujah!"
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    Our favourite Cambridge Canon is back! Canon Sidney Chambers, that lover of warm beer and hot jazz, returns once more in the third title in the Grantchester Mysteries series. In this series of short mysteries, Sidney tackles the changes to his life following his marriage, as well as being called to help solve several mysteries, including thefts and murders, all while keeping up to his tasks as an Anglican clergyman in the early 1960s.

    These wonderful books are a combination of crime fiction and theological musings, which make very thought provoking novels. Fans of era-specific detective fiction will approve and enjoy, as well as those who like to contemplate the meaning of life, good and evil, right and wrong, and the link between religion and morality. James Runcie's work in combining these two genres is remarkable, and very enjoyable.

    So, settle in with your favourite tipple and get listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Antony Jay, Jonathan Lynn
    • Narrated By Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorn, full cast
    Overall
    (3)
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    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Between 1980 and 1988 on BBC television and radio, the exploits of the Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP (Paul Eddington) - later Prime Minister - kept the British nation enthralled. Helped - and hampered - by his diligent Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne) and his Principle Private Secretary Bernard Woolley (Derek Fowlds), Hacker and his department became synonymous with government bureaucracy and administrative double dealing.

    Emily says: "Does this work as an audiobook? Yes, Minister ..."
    "Does this work as an audiobook? Yes, Minister ..."
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    This wonderfully witty, clever and beguilingly cynical look at British politics made perfect television when originally made, and it works just as well as an audiobook. Those familiar with the series will be very pleased by the chance to re-encounter Jim Hacker, Sir Humphrey Appleby and Bernard Woolley, and those unfamiliar are in store for a real treat.

    Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister will reward multiple listenings, and there are two bonuses among the episodes: The Yes Minister sketch involving Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and a Christmas Greeting from Sir Humphrey Appleby to Jim.

    Download it as soon as you can - you certainly won't regret it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Constant Wife

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Kate Burton, Rosalind Ayres, Mark Capri, and others
    Overall
    (20)
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    (19)
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    (20)

    There’s something Constance Middleton’s friends are dying to tell her: her husband is having an affair – with her best friend! Despite their hints, Constance remains ever cool, and seemingly oblivious. Or is she? In this biting comedy of manners, marriages and mistresses, Constance – a not-so-desperate housewife - has some ideas of her own about extra-marital activity that surprise everyone in the end!

    Gwynne says: "Fun and frothy, but with a bit of a bite!"
    "A witty, funny, feminist tale of liberation"
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    Constance is the perfect wife living the dream. She is devoted to her husband, a doctor, spends her days comfortably, and enjoys a high standard of living. To all appearances, nothing could be wrong in her world. However, she has a rather delicious secret ...

    W. Somerset Maugham's brilliantly funny play is charming, will make you laugh, and is a timeless tale of a woman discovering who she is and what she wants. It will bear many repeated listenings, losing nothing in knowing what comes next, but becoming even better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Odd Couple

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By Neil Simon
    • Narrated By Nathan Lane, David Paymer, full cast
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    Poker buddies Felix Ungar and Oscar Madison suddenly find themselves bachelors again and innocently decide to share an apartment. In this classic comedy by America's most prolific and successful playwright, these two wildly mismatched roommates bring down the house when they try to live together in one eight-room New York City apartment. Performed by a full cast starring Nathan Lane, David Paymer, Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith, and more!

    Berrett T. Maynard says: "Capturing the spirt of the stage"
    "Brilliantly funny, and the file is now fixed"
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    Other reviews here note that the file is all jumbled up, with scenes out of order. This has now been fixed by an update, so buy this without fear!

    It's a fabulous story of a slob and a neat freak who decide to live together when their marriages fail. Hilarity ensues. Nathan Lane is stellar as Oscar, a genius actor perfectly cast and having a lot of fun while he's at it.

    Classic American comedy at its finest. Buy, laugh, and laugh some more ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2577)
    Performance
    (1842)
    Story
    (1862)

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
    "Classic science fiction, perfectly performed"
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    Michael York was the perfect choice to read this classic work of science fiction. He brings his skills as actor to this narration, providing each character with personality and subtlety, and his descriptions with inflection and meaning, reinforcing the intended preferences of Huxley's dystopian society with delicacy and style. Huxley's classic work is made even better through the perfect partnership of text and reader, and you'll revel in it as you listen, engrossed, as the story unfolds.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9351)
    Performance
    (5049)
    Story
    (5117)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "An epic story"
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    This audiobook is an epic telling of a grand story. Frank Herbert's narrative of destiny, bravery, interstellar politics and inter-family wars is engrossing. This has something for everyone - a coming of age narrative, an ecological tale of life in an inhospitable place, dynastic tales of power and posturing, philosophy, drama and romance. The tale is long, but it will maintain your interest.

    However, the production is rather strange, in that some sections are fully dramatised, and others have a single narrator performing all the roles. It takes some time to get used to (and I dare say that the dramatised sections make for better listening through variation and the skill of the performers), but this is an audiobook well worth having in your library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Runcie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Sidney Chambers, the Vicar of Grantchester, is a 32-year-old bachelor. Tall, with eyes the colour of hazelnuts, he is both an unconventional clergyman and a reluctant detective. Working in association with his friend, Inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney is able to go where the police cannot, eliciting surprise revelations and confessions from his parishioners.

    Emily says: "English mysteries featuring a clerical detective"
    "English mysteries featuring a clerical detective"
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    Sidney Chambers, Canon in the Church of England, finds himself drawn into mysteries during his ministry to the people of Cambridge. These short stories are entertaining and amusing while also being solid mysteries which are not simply curiosities featuring a novelty sleuth in the figure of the investigating priest. Enjoy them, perhaps with tea, perhaps with a single malt, but Sidney wouldn't recommend a sherry ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Runcie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    1955: Canon Sidney Chambers, loveable priest and part-time detective, is back. Accompanied by his faithful Labrador, Dickens, and the increasingly exasperated Inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney is called to investigate the unexpected fall of a Cambridge don from the roof of King's College Chapel; a case of arson at a glamour photographer's studio and the poisoning of Zafar Ali, Grantchester's finest spin bowler. Alongside his sleuthing, Sidney has other problems. Can he decide between his dear friend the glamorous socialite Amanda Kendall and Hildegard Staunton, the beguiling German widow?

    Maine Colonial says: "Good writing, but weak mystery, and awful reader"
    "English mysteries featuring a clerical detective"
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    Sidney Chambers, Canon in the Church of England, finds himself drawn into mysteries during his ministry to the people of Cambridge. These short stories are entertaining and amusing while also being solid mysteries which are not simply curiosities featuring a novelty sleuth in the figure of the investigating priest. Enjoy them, perhaps with tea, perhaps with a single malt, but Sidney wouldn't recommend a sherry ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Day Of The Triffids

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Wyndham
    • Narrated By Samuel West
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    The Triffids are a monstrous species of stinging plant; they walk, they talk, they dominate the world. The narrator of this novel wakes up in hospital to find that, by missing the end of the world as he knew it, he has survived to witness a new one. But the new world that awaits him is fantastic, horrific - and entirely plausible.

    Emily says: "Classic British sci-fi, well read and engrossing"
    "Classic British sci-fi, well read and engrossing"
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    John Wyndham's classic sci-fi novel makes for engrossing listening. Bill Mason awakes one morning in a London hospital to find that the world has changed completely, and civilisation will never be the same. Samuel West reads the novel very well, voicing both male and female characters with skill, giving them a sense of life and personality, and the narrative a sense of urgency as well as curiousness as Bill explores London during the dawning of deadly disaster.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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