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Chris18

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  • The Folklore of Discworld

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Jacqueline Simpson
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens
    Overall
    (172)
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    (147)
    Story
    (148)

    Most of us grow up having always known to touch wood or cross our fingers, and what happens when a princess kisses a frog or a boy pulls a sword from a stone, yet sadly, some of these things are now beginning to be forgotten. Legends, myths, and fairy tales: our world is made up of the stories we told ourselves about where we came from and how we got there. It is the same on Discworld, except that beings which on Earth are creatures of the imagination - like vampires, trolls, witches, and possibly, gods - are real, alive and in some cases kicking on the Disc.

    Sara says: "An interesting listen"
    "Never knew how well researched Discworld books are"
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    Where does The Folklore of Discworld rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the best, despite the potential spoilers if you haven't listened to/read a lot of the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I always thought Pratchett just had a crazy imagination, but the majority of his characters & theories are taken from Earthly lore. This book shows how much effort he goes to in researching his writing.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Fenton Stevens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't, but I've listened to every other Discworld narrator. I'd rank him second behind Steven Briggs. I didn't like his portrayal of the Feegles. They are supposed to be quick in everything they do but he dragged out their speech.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How many magpie rhymes do you know?


    Any additional comments?

    Serious spoiler alerts if you haven't read/listened to a lot of the Discworld series. Other than that it's great to hear how much goes into the writing of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Making of Slap Shot: Behind the Scenes of the Greatest Hockey Movie Ever Made

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jonathon Jackson
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Even 30-odd years after Slap Shot's release, diehard hockey fans can still recite scenes of dialogue by heart, making lines like "putting on the foil" just common argot for the devoted. Yet many may be surprised to learn that the true story behind the making of the film is as captivating as the film itself. In The Making of Slap Shot, veteran sports writer Jonathon Jackson lets fans not only relive just how the film was made, but brings to light surprising facts (i.e., Al Pacino was the first choice for the role of Reggie Dunlop.

    steve says: "Three Thumbs Up!!!"
    "More cinematic background than I wanted."
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    What did you love best about The Making of Slap Shot?

    There were some good hockey background stories, though not enough. Too much movie industry background for my liking, but that may appeal to others. I am a hockey fan far more than a movie fan.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Hansons of course, and Paul Newman. It was great to hear that Reg Dunlop was Newman's all time favorite character to play, and that Slap Shot was the most fun he ever had making a movie.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration matched the pace of the story pretty well, but the narrator could have learned to pronounce the French Canadian names correctly. He takes a pot-shot approach to a few, trying different ways at various points in the book so he can say he got it right at least once. It's a hockey book, so you know there are going to be French Canadian names... Be glad it was in the 70s and he didn't yet need to try any Slavic names!


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

    I would like to have listened to it in one sitting, but generally listen as I drive, so my audiobooks get broken up depending on the trip lengths. I did sit in the car a few times to hear out a storyline.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a good book, but does not compare to the more amusing stories told in Dave Hanson's Slap Shot Original. I wish he'd make an audio version of that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lords and Ladies: Discworld #14

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (327)

    Thomas Mailloux says: "Witches vs. Elves"
    "Great story"
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    Would you listen to Lords and Ladies again? Why?

    I would recommend Lords & Ladies, as it is a vital part to the on-going Discworld series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a Discworld story. What is not to love?


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

    Not much. I love Nigel Planer's comedy but his voice range leaves a lot to be desired. Every character sounds like they have some sort of sinus blockage, and he sometimes reads a bit slowly.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    There is a good reason I don't make films: I find their tag lines to be annoying.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it, and think of Shakespeare.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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