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Daniel Murray

The one book I would've loved isn't recorded: "The Deluxe Transitive Vampire..." by Karen Elizabeth Gordon.

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  • Fry's English Delight - The Complete Series 2

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    A second BBC Radio 4 series of Stephen Fry's witty and incisive programmes looking at the oddities of the English language. Includes four 30-minute Radio 4 programmes presented by Stephen Fry indulging his delight in the English language. So Wrong It's Right - Stephen Fry examines how 'wrong' English can become right English, such as more people use the word 'wireless' in a computer context than in a radio one. With help from a lexicographer, an educationalist a Times Sub Editor and a judge,

    sioux says: "An amusing way to spend a journey"
    "Folly and Fun"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a fun munch of thoughts and teasings and insights on a soapy subject.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Fry’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've always liked being read to by Stephen Fry. He's the person one would want to narrate most tales.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish he would narrate more books on audible.com. It's unsporting that his list of narrations doesn't top 50 tomes yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (22172)
    Performance
    (17324)
    Story
    (17263)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "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. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "I have listened to this over and over and over."
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    Story

    Insightful and poignantly funny. It is an "Oh...my God this is good!" audiobook. Tina Fey did an amazing job as the narrator, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter Pan

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By J. M. Barrie
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (69)

    Barrie works an indisputable magic on listeners of all ages in this classic tale of the boy who wouldn't grow up. As a baby, Peter Pan fell out of his carriage and was taken by fairies to Neverland. There, he can fly and is the champion of the Lost Boys and a friend to the fairy Tinker Bell. Revisiting England, Peter becomes involved with Wendy Darling and her younger brothers, all of whom accompany Peter to Neverland. The children have many adventures and vanquish the pirate Captain Hook.

    Jefferson says: "A Delightful and Moving Experience"
    "It is shockingly good storytelling."
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    What made the experience of listening to Peter Pan the most enjoyable?

    The narrator, Christopher Cazenove, is so — so, so — fantastic. The ideal person for this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I had heard Whoopi Goldberg recommend this book on TV. And, I thought, "Really...'Peter Pan'!" What could she find fascinating about "Peter Pan"? So, I clicked on the book here, and "oh...my gosh!" 10 sentences in and I was hooked — terrible pun but true. Now, I am so glad I took her suggestion: it is storytelling magic at its best. J.M. Barrie's imagination and fluidity of thought and word is irresistibly powerful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2233)
    Performance
    (2037)
    Story
    (2033)

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    Pamela J says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "I laughed out loud — unexpectedly — a lot."
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    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    What a passionate and loving man he is. It came through every word. And, he is a tremendously talented narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Still Foolin' 'Em?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1364)
    Performance
    (1233)
    Story
    (1233)

    Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

    Sires says: "Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader"
    "Great for my morning and evening ride."
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    What did you love best about Just One Damned Thing After Another?

    I don't know how I found this one. I absolutely do not remember. However, it's been a blast. It's amazingly fun to stumble across a book this fun.


    Have you listened to any of Zara Ramm’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Wow — she is the ideal narrator for this type of work. Delightful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (7510)
    Performance
    (4917)
    Story
    (4944)

    Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

    John says: "HHTGH - Lightly Fried"
    "I've Come Back To Hitchhike Once More"
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to be better than the print version?

    There is no doubt that Stephen Fry has entered our universe in order to narrate. I'm so glad he's chosen the works of Douglas Adams as part of his destiny. He gives good voice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

    Every chapter is memorable.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Fry’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I've been following Stephen Fry for a long time.


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

    No. No. No. I like spreading a good listen out.


    Any additional comments?

    I had read this years ago — and I even have an autographed copy from the much-missed Douglas Adams. When I saw that Stephen Fry had done the narration, I decided to fly away once more on the brilliance and humor of Douglas Adams.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life So Far

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jane Fonda
    • Narrated By Jane Fonda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    She is one of the most recognizable women of our time. America knows Jane Fonda as an actress and an activist, a feminist and a wife, a workout guru and a role model. Now, in this extraordinary memoir, Fonda reveals that she is so much more. From her youth among Hollywood's elite and her early film career to the challenges and triumphs of her life today, Jane Fonda reveals intimate details and universal truths.

    PaintPots says: "interesting but ponderous"
    "The voice of a true storyteller."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of My Life So Far to be better than the print version?

    I tried to read the print version, but it was too laborious. However, I have always considered Jane Fonda's speaking voice, her enunciation, to be unbelievably beautiful. Thus, when I saw the audio version here, I decided to go with her once again on this journey. Her storyteller's voice captured me right away.


    Any additional comments?

    Were I to meet her, one of the things I'd say is this, "Please, narrate more books. You have such a gift for narration: a storyteller's magic."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nanny McPhee Returns

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Emma Thompson
    • Narrated By Emma Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    With wit and warmth, Emma Thompson, writer and star of Nanny McPhee Returns, recounts one family's tumultuous summer in an audiobook that alternates between the story and a behind-the-scenes film diary, bringing a delightful and unique perspective to this funny and magical adventure for all ages.

    Diane says: "As good as Nanny McPhee in person!"
    "A fun and goofy ride."
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    Would you listen to Nanny McPhee Returns again? Why?

    Of course — it's just the sort of fun-for-fun nonsense that one shouldn't listen to 5x in a summer but one must.


    What about Emma Thompson’s performance did you like?

    She has a whimsical way of puttering about through eccentric characters caught in all sorts of muddles.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Home: A Memoir of My Early Years

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Julie Andrews
    • Narrated By Julie Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (156)

    Since her first appearance on screen in Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews has played a series of memorable roles that have endeared her to generations. But she has never told the story of her life before fame. Until now.

    Christopher says: "The Road to Fame, Dame Julie style"
    "Enchanting"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Home to be better than the print version?

    Who wouldn't want to be read to by Julie Andrews?!?! Her voice brought such allure and enchantment to the tale.


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

    No — not at all: Why? When I enjoy something, I want it to last. I plan on listening to this more than once.


    Any additional comments?

    How is it possible that she hasn't narrated more books for others, too, apart from her own! She is a born storyteller. She has such storytelling magic: oodles of it. She should do more more narrations: much, much, much more. She's one of the best narrators around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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