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Emily

Mount Macedon, Australia | Member Since 2013

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  • Death on the Nile

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    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 Constant Wife

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Kate Burton, Rosalind Ayres, Mark Capri, and others
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    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
    (61)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    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
    (2510)
    Performance
    (1788)
    Story
    (1805)

    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
    (9130)
    Performance
    (4837)
    Story
    (4908)

    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
  • Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 4

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By AudioGO Ltd
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (182)

    Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch & Roger Allam star in the fourth series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult. By John Finnemore (The News Quiz, Mitchell & Webb).

    Mary says: "Laugh out loud"
    "This radio series 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 - there's not a dud episode among them. I cannot wait for more episodes so come, and have listened to these ones many times and they just keep staying funny. This is a future classic, destined for the comedy hall of fame.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 3

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (236)

    Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Roger Allam star in the first series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.

    Petra says: "Still lots of fun"
    "Utterly brilliant radio comedy."
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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 - there's not a dud episode among them. I cannot wait for more episodes so come, and have listened to these ones many times and they just keep staying funny. This is a future classic, destined for the comedy hall of fame.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 2

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch, and others
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (252)

    Stephanie Cole ("Doc Martin"), Benedict Cumberbatch and Roger Allam ("The Thick Of It") star in the complete second series of the hit sitcom about the pilots of a tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.

    Gwynne says: "Brilliant Fun!"
    "In a word ... brilliant"
    Overall
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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 - there's not a dud episode among them. I cannot wait for more episodes so come, and have listened to these ones many times and they just keep staying funny. This is a future classic, destined for the comedy hall of fame.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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