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Auckland, New Zealand | Member Since 2010

  • 3 reviews
  • 20 ratings
  • 187 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    If his rotter of an estranged father hadn't gone and dropped dead at a karaoke night, Fat Charlie Nancy would still be blissfully unaware that his dad was Anansi the spider god. He would also have no idea that he has a brother (called Spider) who is also a god. And now this brother is trying to take over his life, and is generally doing a much better job of being him.

    Lesley says: "Neil Gaiman is awesome as usual"
    "Tremendous. Perfect narrator and narration."

    I do love Neil Gaiman's books but hadn't yet read this one on paper. After listening to Anansi Boys, I want to experience all his other novels in audio form. For me, Lenny Henry's narration added a whole extra dimension of joy, and slowing down my experience of the book made me realise how wonderful Neil Gaiman's language and observation is.

    Lenny Henry is the perfect narrator for this story; his pacing, his rendition of the characters' voices and thoughts, and the way he can bring both the humour and the awkwardness to life, delighted me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey

    Once in a generation a woman comes along who changes everything. Tina Fey is not that woman, but she met that woman once and acted weird around her.

    Before 30 Rock, Mean Girls, and 'Sarah Palin', Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true.

    Claire says: "No PDF??"
    "Better than I expected, and that's saying a lot"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bossypants to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version so can't comment on whether the audio version is better. Tina Fey's narration was brilliant, though.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I was expecting it to be simply funny; a story about Ms Fey's life full of jokes. It was definitely funny but it was more than that. There was real experience and advice, told jokingly but actually useful advice, and I have come to admire her as more than just a very funny person.

    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    Apart from her clear diction and good use of pacing and volume (to be expected from an actor) I enjoyed her little asides about the audiobook creation process, as a special treat to listeners.

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

    Not really - that would end the fun too soon. I listened in small doses, to stretch out the enjoyment longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory 1874-1932 Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson

    Graham says: "Churchill does it again"
    "Might have been good, but unlistenably bad audio"

    I really wanted to like this. I tried to listen to it, I really did. But the sound quality is so unbearably bad that I couldn't take it for more than a few minutes at a time.

    I can't comment on the actual content, because I only listened to about ten minutes of it before abandoning the attempt.

    I listened to the format 4 version, streamed from my computer to a decent stereo and also on my iPhone. Maybe other formats are better; I hope other commenters will note which format they listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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