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Brian

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  • King Richard III

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh, Geraldine McEwan, Nicholas Farrell, and others
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    Written in 1593, King Richard III is one of Shakespeare's earliest plays. This play differs from its predecessors, being amore structured piece, examining the development and motivations of a single character, Richard Duke of Gloucester, who will stop at nothing to gain control of the throne occupied by his brother Edward IV.

    Donald says: "Another NAXOS masterpiece!"
    "Who can top Brannaugh?"
    Overall
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    Where does King Richard III rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best dramatization I've listened too.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brannaugh's Richar both approachable and mysterious.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Terrific that much of his cast from Much Ado through As You Like It joined in.


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

    Of course!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Loved China

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (123)

    In sumptuous and illuminating detail Simon Winchester chronicles the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, the brilliant Cambridge scientist who turned his eccentric genius on the study of China.

    David Ewing says: "Great for Winchester Fans"
    "A Worthwhile Book About China"
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    If you could sum up The Man Who Loved China in three words, what would they be?

    A book about a book (though lengthy and multivolume, the Science and Civilisation of China remains a unitary work) about China through the lens of Joseph Needham. Eminently approachable for the western reader. Relatable as well, through the fusion of eros and logos in Needham.


    What other book might you compare The Man Who Loved China to and why?

    The Age of Wonder, Holmes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hamlet

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser, full cast
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (29)

    Hamlet, which dates from 1600-1601, is the first in Shakespeare's great series of four tragedies. In writing this extraordinary play, Shakespeare effectively re-invented tragedy after an interval of roughly 2,000 years - you would have to go back to the Greek dramatists of fifth century Athens to find anything of comparable depth and maturity. This production features the voice of Anton Lesser as Hamlet along with a full cast.

    Kirby says: "Excellent Copy"
    "Wonderful Production"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a must listen version. The production quality and acting is just phenomenal. I can't think of a better production in the attention to detail. Just a terrific use of sound effects and music first off; they don't take anything away from the production, which is hard to do in audio only format.


    What about Anton Lesser and full cast ’s performance did you like?

    Anton Lesser's Hamlet is just first rate. The way he communicates the character in such an understandable way. Rarely have I empathized with a character so well. Standing ovation.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julius Caesar

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Andrew Buchan, Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (259)

    Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare’s most compelling Roman plays. The plot against Caesar and the infamous assassination scene make for unforgettable listening. Brutus, the true protagonist of the play, is mesmerizing in his psychological state of anguish, forced to choose between the bonds of friendship and his desire for patriotic justice.

    David says: "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars"
    "Wonderful Adaptation"
    Overall
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    Where does Julius Caesar rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the Top 40 overall and in the Top 3 for dramatizations.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Low hanging fruit is Brutus for this question, but his followers were equally intriguing. Marc Antony terribly complex as well.


    What does Andrew Buchan and Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Amazing production, they and the rest if the cast really out a lot of effort in and it paid off.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5377)
    Performance
    (2241)
    Story
    (2256)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Not Good"
    Overall

    A hodgepodge of fragmentary stories slapped together with no consistency of character or plot.

    This is the Hamlet 2 of novels.

    Guidall was great as usual.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4351)
    Performance
    (1624)
    Story
    (1635)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "First time for Moore and Stevens - love it!"
    Overall

    My buddy recommended this and it was terrific. The novel itself was great, but I don't know how I'll listen to any other Moore novels that aren't read by Stevens - he did a terrific job!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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