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Avocat

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  • Great Expectations

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tom Baker
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Here is the story of Pip and his mysterious rise from abused orphan to gentleman. Magwitch, the brutal convict, withered Miss Havisham, still wearing her yellowed wedding gown, and the heartless and beautiful Estella, are vibrant characters. Listen in to this superb story told with typical Dickensian warmth and humor and woven around unforgettable characters.

    Avocat says: "Tom Baker's narration - exquisite"
    "Tom Baker's narration - exquisite"
    Overall

    I have loved this story for a long time, but decided to spend the few $$ to get the audible version with one of my favorites Tom Baker narrating. He is sublime! He does the different voices very well. It's simply wonderful to listen to the narration in a British accent. He just does a wonderful job. Well worth the $$, even if you're very familiar with the book. I just wish he would record more Dickens!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Martin Freeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1814)
    Performance
    (1137)
    Story
    (1157)

    Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons is a curious time to have a craving for tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his curious comrades in arms as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability, and desperately in search of a place to eat.

    J. Carpenter says: "awesome... except for the voice of Zaphod"
    "Martin Freeman's narration is BRILLIANT!"
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    As I walk along listening to Martin Freeman reading The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, I have a big, stupid grin on my face, and I can see people are giving me a wide berth ... :)

    Several people have complained about Martin's portrayal of Zaphod, but I think it's terrific! -- A joy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Speak Dragonese

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (140)

    Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was a Viking hero - dashing, brave, and ever so hairy. But even Viking heroes have to begin somewhere.... Toothless has been captured, the nanodragon is about to be gobbled, and Sharkworms are on the loose. Once again we are relying on Hiccup to be a hero.

    Avocat says: "David Tennant's narration makes this worth the $$!"
    "David Tennant's narration makes this worth the $$!"
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    Cressida Cowell's "How to Train Your Dragon" series comes to life as read by Scottish actor David Tennant. His voice is magical - the accents he gives some of the characters are over-the-top hilarious -- just perfect for this great romp. Our family has the books but we have also purchased the audio versions just to hear David Tennant's performance. (Of course, as huge Doctor Who fans, we are a bit biased!)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (3246)
    Performance
    (2648)
    Story
    (2619)

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "Terrific book - not a terrific narration"
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    If you could sum up The Drop in three words, what would they be?

    compelling, tight, dark


    How could the performance have been better?

    I love Len Cariou's acting, but his narration is lacking. You can hear him pause at the end of every line on the page he's reading. It's annoying.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tale of Two Cities

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tom Baker
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Set against the bloody background of the French Revolution, this is perhaps Dickens' most famous work. Doctor Manette, his devoted daughter Lucie, and the young French aristocrat Charles Darnay are memorable characters. Above all the others rises the reckless Sidney Carton, whose selfless love makes him one of literature's great heroes.

    Avocat says: "Brilliantly read by Tom Baker"
    "Brilliantly read by Tom Baker"
    Overall

    You wouldn't think anything could make this classic any better, but Tom Baker's narration is exquisite. I hope he can be persuaded to read more Dickens.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One of Our Thursdays is Missing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (318)

    Deftly blending such genres as mystery, science fiction, and classic literature, Jasper Fforde’s gleefully irreverent New York Times best-selling Thursday Next novels defy categorization. In this sixth installment, the threat of all-out Genre war looms over BookWorld. But with the real Thursday Next retired in the real world, the Council of Genres has no other choice than to tap the fictional Thursday to save the day. Her mission as emissary is to prevent the brewing war—but her task is made more difficult by a hidden foe manipulating events.

    Kevin says: "Not really a Thursday Next book"
    "GREAT book. TERRIBLE narration"
    Overall

    I'm a big fan of Jasper Fforde & the Thursday Next series. I really enjoyed the book, but the purpose of this review is to comment on the narration. The narrator can't do voices at all, in particular male voices. The voice of Landen, one of the most important characters in the book, is done in a dull monotone, which doesn't even sound human. It's difficult to imagine the main character in love with him. Other male voices are done in a similar slooooow, deeeep voice which is more distracting than anything else. Plus there are careless mistakes, where she uses the wrong voice, or stays in character when she shouldn't, or vice versa. But I guess that's an editing problem. I had to buy a print copy because I couldn't stand it any more. My plan had been to buy all the books in the series on audio, but I won't buy anything else from this narrator.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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