This is a five-star story but the technical glitches in the recording prevent me from giving it full marks. As of this review Audible is working on fixing the glitches in the recording. Be aware there is currently some content missing from this story.
The title is misleading, it should more accurately be called Beatles Radio Publicity or something similar.
There were few actual interviews. Much of the recording was descriptions of concert venues by reporters, or discussions with fans. This is not to say that there weren't some entertaining pieces of interviews with the Beatles.
At least one of the interviews was not clarified. I presume it was Brian Epstein, but the interviewee was never identified.
The interviews and concert coverage were completely out of chronological order, the recordings began with the Beatles last American tour in 1966 and the controversy surrounding a comment by John Lennon about religion, then bounced around from year to year and country to country. Half the time it was not made clear the year or country where the segment took place.
I would probably listen to Fool Moon again, but for the pronunciations.
For what it is, it is brilliantly done. I'm just too fond of this story (the whole story) to be fully content with an abridged rendition.
That said, I take less exception to what was cut/changed (text and content-wise) in this version than some of the things done in the 2001 film. One of my favourite moments is the Fords of Bruinen as it was written, and that spirit is kept in this dramatization.
Five stars for dramatization, but only four as 'The Fellowship of the Ring' since it is missing so very much. It seems 'Fellowship' is usually the part of the trilogy that is cut down the most for dramatization.
A lovely story wonderfully dramatized. I only wish it were an unabridged version of the book. There are a few places where the dramatization (lack of full narrative) make the story a bit difficult to follow (but only a bit).
Unfortunately, I find this rendition of the Dwarves' song tedious though in the story it is meant to be rousing. And on purely personal preference I can't get past the pronunciation of the Dragon's name. 'Smog' has never sounded right to me, though many claim it is the correct pronunciation.
Despite nitpickings, I would absolutely recommend this version of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic to anyone who enjoys being read to and likes a good story.
My rating is more a reflection of the story than the audio/narration. I simply could not get into the story. Every time I came close to caring about the characters the scene would shift and pull away again. I never felt we were allowed to know Elphaba enough to have any feeling as to her plight. It seemed like the story was trying to cover too much. If it had focused on one part of Elphaba's life and really given the listener a link to the characters this would have been a much more enjoyable story.
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