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India

Kingsland, GA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Neverwhere [Adaptation]

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
    Overall
    (2136)
    Performance
    (2007)
    Story
    (2000)

    A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....

    Gayle says: "Superb"
    "Brilliant"
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    Would you listen to Neverwhere again? Why?

    I would gladly listen again. It was beautifully performed and very well written


    What other book might you compare Neverwhere to and why?

    Hmm, that's tough. Perhaps a mix between Harry Potter and Angels and Demons? Setting aside the fact that I am not a fan of Brown's works it has a similar layer of suspense with the mysticism and colorful characters that you find in Harry Potter.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Oh, well clearly Islington.


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

    I laughed a good deal in this book, and had a few gasps of shock


    Any additional comments?

    This was just all around wonderful. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Washington Irving
    • Narrated By Tom Mison
    Overall
    (2257)
    Performance
    (2067)
    Story
    (2071)

    In the secluded Dutch territory of Sleepy Hollow, nebbish schoolmaster Ichabod Crane competes with the town hero for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, the 18-year-old daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer. As Crane leaves a party at the Van Tassel's farm one autumn evening, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman, an apparition said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper snuffed out by a stray cannonball.

    Sara says: "Treasures Of Jolly Autumn"
    "Worthwhile!"
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    The best thing about this story is that Tom Mison is narrating it. The story of Sleepy Hollow is fun for what it is, but there is no real horror within. Perhaps a bit horrifying how cruel people can be when they are jealous? The true beauty lies in its subtlety. Something that Mison performs well!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins, Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (104)

    Master storyteller and satirist Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most in-demand commencement speakers of his time. For each occasion, Vonnegut’s words were unfailingly unique, insightful, and witty, and they stayed with audience members long after graduation. As edited by Dan Wakefield, this book reads like a narrative in the unique voice that made Vonnegut a hero to readers and listeners of all ages. At times hilarious, razor-sharp, freewheeling, and deeply serious, these reflections are ideal for anyone undergoing what Vonnegut would call their "long-delayed puberty ceremony".

    nina says: "This IS nice"
    "Vonnegut at his best"
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    Everyone should read this book--or listen to the audiobook. It might be a compilation of graduation speeches, but his sage advice applies to all ages. How often do we look bleakly at the world? Vonnegut offers honest wisdom with a firm grasp on reality. If we all took a moment to appreciate the nice things in life when they happen I think we would just be a happier species in general.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Hans Christian Andersen
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (4721)
    Performance
    (4141)
    Story
    (4181)

    This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one's self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen.

    Sara says: "Strange & Fascinating"
    "Charming"
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    This was really just an excuse to listen to Julia Whelan read :) The story is charming. There's no other way to describe it. All of Andersen's tales have a bit of darkness to them which keeps the reader engaged--and serves as a morality tale for children. This is no exception. Just listen to it. What are you reading this for?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Jill Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    This book is often thought to be the story of Jane Austen's own lost love. In it, she seems mellowed and more philosophical, touched perhaps by the sentiment of a story in which she saw herself as the heroine but in whose happy outcome she has a premonition that she would never play a part.

    A. Thompson says: "Not the best narrator, but certainly not the worst"
    "For everyone woman of eight and twenty"
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    The first time I attempted Persuasion I was left wanting. The book fell to the wayside and was not picked up again for two years. This time--with the assistance of Jill Masters charming narration--I not only finished the story, but fell in love. Perhaps this is the perfect example a book finding you at the right time in your life. I was 26 when I first attempted the story and at 28 I fully understood the brain of Anne Elliot. While I might not have acted as she did--I tend to be less easily persuaded--I admired and understood her every decision. Jane never really lets me down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (1033)
    Performance
    (962)
    Story
    (957)

    It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet - son of the old king, nephew of the new - becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception - and murder. Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage ("Thorin Oakenshield" in the Hobbit films), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

    Robert says: "Fantastic whether you like Shakespeare or not!"
    "Oh, Hamlet"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel to be better than the print version?

    Better? That is hard to say. I would rarely say better, but I appreciated the liberties that were taken with the story. I knew the story of Hamlet quite well before I'd ever read or seen the play. It's just so ingrained in literary culture. What this version does is offer the reader (or listener) another version of the tale, expounding on things and creating a thrilling sense of urgency throughout.


    What did you like best about this story?

    a story I know rather well, but have never fully loved until this moment. With most readings of the play I find myself yelling frustratedly at the characters, "Get it together, Hamlet! Don't you see what trouble this will cause??" "Seriously, Ophelia. Why did you think that was a smart plan?" The story is filled with darkness, and long introspective monologues. I find it beautifully tragic, but hard to read. While I still wanted to yell and reach my hands into the book(err...my headphones?) and shake a character or two, I found myself understanding their actions a bit more. Fate makes fools of us all, does it not? These characters were dealt a rather crappy card and they played true to form. It breaks my heart, the reading of it, but I still greatly loved getting lost in the world.


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

    I was certainly spurred on by the growling tones of Richard Armitage--and I have to say that I have a new found appreciation for the play and its characters because of it. He breathes life and darkness into this story. His voice perfectly matched for the tone of this story.


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

    And the rest is silence


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this story to anyone who finds Hamlet intriguing. Perhaps to someone struggling to understand the subtler nuances of the story, but also to anyone who has never read Hamlet and is searching for a way to break into Shakespeare's worlds. Be warned (if you weren't already) the tale is dark, and there is very little light within, but I think you'll glean much from its pages. And I would certainly recommend the audiobook. Who doesn't want a Hobbit prince to read to them?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: Classic Love Poems

    • UNABRIDGED (22 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (1390)
    Performance
    (1246)
    Story
    (1179)

    For anyone who's in love - or hopes to be - what greater celebration could there be than to hear the world's greatest love poetry read lovingly by Richard Armitage? With 15 poems by William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and more, Classic Love Poems is a listening treat for Valentine's Day - or any day.

    vc says: "Wonderful recitation by Richard Armitage"
    "Charming in every way"
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    What a delightful compilation of poetry read by the perfect narrator. Richard's voice perfectly warms the heart and is well suited for these classic profanations of love.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6916)
    Performance
    (3665)
    Story
    (3687)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "A Charming Adventure"
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    I was relatively convinced that Jim Dale should narrate my life. After listening to both Stardust and The Graveyard Book I think I might need to change my mind. Gaiman has such an enchanting voice. You are drawn inexplicably into the worlds that he creates—and what a world this is! The Graveyard Book tells the story of a young boy—orphaned as a toddler by the brutal murder of his entire family—raised by ghosts in a graveyard. His name is Nobody Owens and he has quite the remarkable life. I recommend this story to anyone who has an interest in quirky tales with fun characters or really just anyone who loves a relatively short story, fun story with excellent narration and a few little twists to keep you wholly engaged!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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