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HBT

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  • Down Under

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (55)

    Australia has more things that can kill you than anywhere else. Nevertheless, Bill Bryson journeyed to the country and promptly fell in love with it. The people are cheerful, their cities are clean, the beer is cold, and the sun nearly always shines.

    A User says: "A safe bet!"
    "Bryson and Roberts - a match made in Heaven"
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    If you could sum up Down Under in three words, what would they be?

    Sublime. Wonderful. Superb.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Thew combination of Bryson's wit and Robert's talent.


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

    Yes!!! This is perhaps the best - his Australian accent is superb!!


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

    Yes - again and again!


    Any additional comments?

    Bryson and Roberts in combination are perfect! As sad as I am to have read the last of the Bryson/Roberts works, I am so pleased I can hear them again and again when I need reminding that the world is a grand and wonderful place!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Notes From a Small Island

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson, the acclaimed author of such best sellers as The Mother Tongue and Made in America, decided it was time to move back to the United States for a while. This was partly to let his wife and kids experience life in Bryson's homeland, and partly because he had read that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another. It was thus clear to him that his people needed him.

    Donna says: "Great Read, Great Laugh"
    "Feelgood therapy - a must-read!"
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    If you could sum up Notes From a Small Island in three words, what would they be?

    Humour, warmth and passion.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Notes From a Small Island?

    The whole book is a pearl necklace of memorable moments!


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

    William Roberts is the perfect narrator! Mr. Roberts - if you read these reviews - THANK YOU!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Made in America

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (283)

    In Made in America, Bryson de-mythologizes his native land, explaining how a dusty hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how the Wild West wasn't won, why Americans say 'lootenant' and 'Toosday', how Americans were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up, as well as exposing the true origins of the G-string, the original $64,000 question, and Dr Kellogg of cornflakes fame.

    John says: "Bryson Not Reading Makes For a Rare Fail"
    "William Roberts and Bill Bryson are superb!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Made in America to be better than the print version?

    Yes, William Robert's voice nuances perfectly supplement Bryson's subtly wit.


    What did you like best about this story?

    William Robert's narrative voice.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Chapter 13 - William Roberts renditions of women's voices!


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

    Oh yes!


    Any additional comments?

    My next download will be a Bryson/Roberts combination.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Irving Stone
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (176)

    This is Irving Stone's powerful and passionate biographical novel of Michelangelo. His time: the turbulent Renaissance, the years of poisoning princes, warring popes, the all-powerful Medici family, the fanatic monk Savonarola. His loves: the frail and lovely daughter of Lorenzo de Medici; the ardent mistress of Marco Aldovrandi; and his last love - his greatest love - the beautiful, unhappy Vittoria Colonna.

    Richard says: "Don't go to Italy without reading this!"
    "Stone, Morey & Michelangelo - a perfect synergy."
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    Where does The Agony and the Ecstasy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the Gold Standard - a perfect combination of learning & entertainment.


    Any additional comments?

    Arthur Morey is the perfect "voice" for Irving Stone's epic work - just the way I would expect Michelangelo to speak. I was truly sad when I got to the end of this audiobook...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Palin: Sahara

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Palin
    • Narrated By Michael Palin
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Michael Palin's epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe, travel from the North to the South Pole and circle the countries of the Pacific Ocean, but perhaps the greatest single challenge he has faced is his latest, a crossing of the vast and merciless Sahara Desert. As the journey unfolds, the Sahara reveals not only the emptiness of endless sand dunes, but a huge and diverse range of cultures and landscapes, and a long history of civilisation, trade, commerce and conquest.

    HBT says: "Excellent, like taking a vacation!"
    "Excellent, like taking a vacation!"
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    What did you love best about Michael Palin: Sahara?

    Michael Palin's narration and writing!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything.


    Any additional comments?

    All of Michael Palin's books are like good friends, the kind that picks you up when you are down. Michael Palin's narrative is simply superb and you feel like he is talking to you personally over a good glass of wine at the start of a long bank holiday :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3506)
    Performance
    (2545)
    Story
    (2553)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "Great expectations, well-written but..."
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    If you could sum up The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich in three words, what would they be?

    Detailed, well-written, relevant.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Grover Gardner?

    Grover Gardner narrates well, and his voice is clear and compelling. Unfortunately, his pronounciation of the German names and places was enough to significantly distract me so I found myself waiting for the next German name (of which there are many) and shouting the correct pronounciation to the distress of fellow travellers. This was enough to make me stop and give up after a few hours... in fairness, though, Grover Gardner IS a good narrator and I will be actively looking for other books narrated by him.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, the pronounciation of the German names and places made me cry ;-)


    Any additional comments?

    If you are not a German native speaker, I strongly recommend this audiobook as well as Grover Gardner's narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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