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Amy

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  • The Curse of Chalion

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2086)
    Performance
    (895)
    Story
    (903)

    Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

    Pete says: "Excellent Fantasy... Epic in feel, finite in pace"
    "Incredible."
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    Would you listen to The Curse of Chalion again? Why?

    I finished this book and wanted to hear it from the start again. Bujold's style of writing in this book seems especially suited to the audio market. The insights dy Cazaril shares draw you into his world, his perspective and his care for the people around him. The first person, internal dialogue and the well drawn characters, coupled with the intense development of plot events made it an incredible listening experience.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Curse of Chalion?

    One moment? Are you kidding? There were far too many.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. There were moments when I felt the need to pause the audio, to take in something that had just happened. The first person perspective and my growing attachment to the characters made the events very personal.


    Any additional comments?

    I would very highly recommend this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Yankee Clipper and the Adventure of the Golden Sphinx: A Radio Dramatization

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jerry Robbins
    • Narrated By J. T. Turner, Joseph Zamparelli, The Colonial Radio Players
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    Captain Martin Hawk and his crew arrive in Alexandria, Egypt, on the clipper ship Yankee Spirit. With their mysterious guide, Ini-Herit, they embark on a journey to the famed Valley of the Kings. There, Hawk encounters Professor Donald Curtis who has made an incredible discovery - the tomb of Prince Erihppas. Up until now he was believed to be only legend. Within the tomb the professor has found a large Sphinx, made entirely of solid gold. It becomes the task of Captain Hawk to transport the Sphinx to a museum in England.

    Amy says: "True Radio Drama"
    "True Radio Drama"
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    What did you love best about Yankee Clipper and the Adventure of the Golden Sphinx?

    The audio dramatically recreates the feel of sailing a ship in that era.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I felt that the ending was drawn out a trifle too long - too much to and fro between the hero and villain. It could certainly have been a couple of episodes shorter. It was also very male dominated - there was one female character, who went the very predictable way of most pulp female characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Sheep

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Barbara Leigh-Hunt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (179)

    He had nothing to recommend him but his smile, and she was surely too old, and had too much commonsense, to be beguiled by a smile... Miss Abigail Wendover's efforts to detach her spirited niece Fanny from a plausible fortune-hunter are complicated by the arrival in Bath of Miles Caverleigh. The black sheep of his family, a cynical, outrageous care-for-naught with a scandalous past - that would be a connection more shocking even than Fanny's unwise liaison with his nephew!

    Roxalanne says: "Excellent entertainment"
    "Highly Enjoyable Heyer."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely - this is one of my favourite stories.


    What about Barbara Leigh-Hunt’s performance did you like?

    Leigh-Hunt's clear diction, differentiation between character voices and slight accent added greatly to my enjoyment of this audiobook


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I very nearly did!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Corbett Space Cadet: A Radio Dramatization

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr)
    • By Jerry Robbins
    • Narrated By Andrew Tighe, Mark Thurner, Mark McGillivray, and others
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Juggling schoolwork, cadet training and saving the world, Tom is on the adventure of his life. In his new adventure, Tom, and fellow cadets Roger and Astro, have their first encounter with a dangerous new enemy with a surprising origin. "As roaring rockets blast off to distant planets and far flung stars, we take you to the age of the conquest of space with Tom Corbett...Space Cadet!"

    sam says: "If Only There Were More Of These!"
    "Rollicking Pulp Space Adventure"
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    Would you listen to Tom Corbett Space Cadet again? Why?

    I would listen to it again - the soundscape and detail were very good.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a pulp adventure in the best styling of the golden age of Science Fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jarrem Lee - Ghost Hunter - The Tollington Hall Case, The Ancient Burial Barrow, Lord Wentworth's Statue and Professor Taylor's Final Experiment: A Radio Dramatization

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Gareth Tilly
    • Narrated By Jerry Robbins, The Colonial Radio Players
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Meet Jarrem Lee, Ghost Hunter (or as he prefers to call it, a psychical detective). With the help of college student Arthur Bennett, he embarks on a series of spine tingling and exciting adventures in the world of the dead. Episode 1: "The Tollington Hall case" - Sir Frederick Carmichael asks Lee to visit Tollington Hall, where a ghost haunts the attic each night. Episode 2: "The Ancient Burial Barrow" - A demon is trying to escape from a grave discovered during an archaeological dig. Episode 03: "Lord Wentworths Statue" - A collector becomes obsessed with a strange statue that becomes more life-like each day.

    Susan says: "Abominable accents too distracting"
    "Brilliant!... except for one thing."
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    Where does Jarrem Lee - Ghost Hunter - The Tollington Hall Case, The Ancient Burial Barrow, Lord Wentworth's Statue and Professor Taylor's Final Experiment rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I highly enjoyed the dramatic retelling in the old radio play style.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jarrem Lee - Ghost Hunter - The Tollington Hall Case, The Ancient Burial Barrow, Lord Wentworth's Statue and Professor Taylor's Final Experiment?

    The chilling moments as the investigators realised the truth about Lord Wentworth's infatuation with his new acquisition.


    Did Jerry Robbins and The Colonial Radio Players do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, it was excellent. The character acting and writing easily rendered each character distinguishable from the rest.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen to this in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    The performances were largely good, very professional - but the lead male playing the young chemist sidekick of Jarrem Lee was a let down. A highly mobile accent and awkward delivery detracted from the overall high quality of the performance. I will still be looking out for more of these shows, but I sincerely hope that experience improves his performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Grand Sophy

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Clare Wille
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (108)

    Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humourless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving. With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?

    Carol says: "Can we get it unabridged?"
    "Great characterisations, good work on abridging."
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    If you could sum up The Grand Sophy in three words, what would they be?

    Light-hearted period romance.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sophy as ever, is by far my favourite character. I've always enjoyed Heyer's charming, reckless and strong minded heroine. Clare Wille's rendition of her lines won me to Sophy's way of seeing thing just as Sophy won her way against other characters in the book, so I felt it was an excellent character portrayl.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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