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Emily

Mount Macedon, Australia | Member Since 2013

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  • Neverwhere [Adaptation]

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
    Overall
    (1732)
    Performance
    (1632)
    Story
    (1629)

    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....

    Gayle says: "Superb"
    "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.

    11 of 11 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)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (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
    (105)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (99)

    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
    (4484)
    Performance
    (2932)
    Story
    (2965)

    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
  • 3: 10 to Yuma

    • UNABRIDGED (33 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Henry Rollins
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    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
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    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!

    1 of 1 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
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    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!

    8 of 8 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
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    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
    (65)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    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
    (2926)
    Performance
    (2149)
    Story
    (2174)

    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
    Overall
    (10209)
    Performance
    (5850)
    Story
    (5933)

    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

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