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M

Highton, Australia | Member Since 2013

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  • Mr. Darcy's Noble Connections

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Abigail Reynolds
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Klett
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    There's only one fact that notorious rake Lord Charles Carlisle and his cousin, Fitzwilliam Darcy, can agree upon: a house party given by the Marquess of Bentham is bound to be intolerably dull. To relieve his boredom, Lord Charles accepts a bet that he can seduce his sister's pretty friend during their stay at Bentham Park. After all, it's easy money for an experienced seducer. Why should he care if his staid cousin Darcy disapproves?

    M says: "Austen-like dialog sparkles"
    "Austen-like dialog sparkles"
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    Where does Mr. Darcy's Noble Connections rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    AR is a great writer of Pride & Prejudice variations. The witty repartee shines. The prose is high quality.

    Slightly warmer than Georgette Heyer but still very sensual rather than physical.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Favourite scene. Lisbeth's late night departure from Bentham park.


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

    Extremely good narration.

    But still a few mispronunciations? Isn't it per-goal-a?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mummy or Ramses the Damned

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Michael York
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    Anne Rice, best selling author of The Vampire Chronicles, delves into the mysterious legend of the mummy in this original and poetic tale of romance and horror. It begins in the early 1900s when archaeologist Lawrence Stratford discovers a perfectly preserved mummy in a tomb in Cairo. Little does he know that the mummy has consumed an extraordinary potion that makes him immortal; only the powerful rays of the sun are needed to bring him to life.

    melinda says: "Not good at all"
    "Salacious cuts"
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    Where does The Mummy or Ramses the Damned rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The narration by Michael York is outstanding.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was difficult to make sense of the story because of the small amount of the original text used.


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

    No. But I'd be interested to listen to further books by him.


    If you could take any character from The Mummy or Ramses the Damned out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    No brainer. Ramses.


    Any additional comments?

    The music was sometimes distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Archer's Goon

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated By Miriam Margolyes
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Fact: A Goon is a being who melts into the foreground and sticks there.… When the Goon turns up demanding "Archer’s 2,000", life turns upside down. As Howard desperately tries to get to the bottom of this peculiar demand, he discovers that the town is run by seven crazy wizards (not all of whom live in the present!) and someone is trying to take over the world! Exciting, bizarre and truly hilarious!

    M says: "Outstanding narration"
    "Outstanding narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    For those who love fantasy, you can't go past Diana Wynne Jones for invention. Yet this book somehow failed to grip me; perhaps it was sheer awefulness of Awful. Margoyles has turned this into one of my favourite audiobooks.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is not my favourite Diana Wynne Jones story by far, but the narration makes it outstanding.


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

    She is a consummate voice actress. Her portrayal of Dillon makes you believe a glamorous beauty is mouthing the words.


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

    No, but I enjoyed every moment.


    Any additional comments?

    Please get MM to do The Ogre Downstairs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charmed Life: The Chrestomanci Series

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated By Tom Baker
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Everybody says that Gwendolyn Chant is a gifted witch with astonishing powers, so it suits her enormously when she is taken to live in Chrestomanci Castle. Her brother Eric (better known as Cat) is not so keen, for he has no talent for magic at all.However, life with the great enchanter is not what either of them expects and sparks begin to fly!Winner of the Guardian Award.

    M says: "Deserves 6 stars for performance. No, 10."
    "Deserves 6 stars for performance. No, 10."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Charmed Life to be better than the print version?

    No. It is abridged. Hence the loss of one star.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them. My least favourite was Chrestomanci. He sounded too old. I picture Hugh Jackman as Chrestomanci (in fancy dressing gowns).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ginger bread man was missing!


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

    No. But I will listen to it multiple times.


    Any additional comments?

    Pleeeease get him to do the entire book.How about Howl's moving castle?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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