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CANBERRA, Australia

  • 2 reviews
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  • A Dance with Dragons (Part Two): Book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice

    The fifth volume in the greatest epic work of the modern age, this recording is unabridged and split into two parts. The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance. In the east, Daenerys, last scion of House Targaryen, her dragons grown to terrifying maturity, rules as queen of a city built on dust and death, beset by enemies. Now that her whereabouts are known, many are seeking Daenerys and her dragons....

    Matthew says: "Gaining Momentum at Last!"
    "Gaining Momentum at Last!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend it. If you've stuck with the story this far, then stick around for this part. Things are finally starting to pick up, as you see characters finally starting to make up their mind, and take action. I also felt that this audiobook was very good value for money (less than $1 per hour as compared to some others titles that are as much as $5 per hour).

    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dance with Dragons (Part Two)?

    The dragons are finally starting to do something!

    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    The fact that many of his voices from previous books have remained distinctive from one another (as in, it is easy to know which character is speaking at any given time, even when names are not mentioned very often).

    Any additional comments?

    Roy Dotrice has done very well with this series of audiobooks, especially for someone who is now in their late 80's, so I do not want to be too harsh when commenting on his performance.My main comment was that some of the voices of main characters have markedly changed in this book (namely Melisandre and Daenerys). I'm bearing in mind that he may have changed the character's voices for reasons other than forgetfulness (e.g., George RR Martin wanting more consistency with the voices on the TV show). Besides, even if Roy Dotrice did forget some of the voices, it's hard to blame him; after all, he holds the record for most number of characters voiced in an audiobook as a result of this series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    What are things made of? What is the sun? Why is there night and day, winter and summer? Why do bad things happen? Are we alone? Throughout history people all over the world have invented stories to answer profound questions such as these. Have you heard the tale of how the sun hatched out of an emu’s egg? Or what about the great catfish that carries the world on its back? Has anyone ever told you that earthquakes are caused by a sneezing giant?

    richard says: "Another wonderful book from Richard Dawkins"
    "Instructive, but not condescending"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Magic of Reality to be better than the print version?

    I have not yet read the print version, so it's hard to say. I really enjoyed the narration by Dawkins and Ward, but I also feel that it would be good to own a copy of this book, given that it contains many illustrations that may help clarify some of the concepts.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Dawkins' 'thought experiments' (you'll see/hear!).

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

    It did what it set out to do, which was to make me feel astonished about "everyday events", such as rainbows, without attributing the phenomena to any kinds of supernatural causes.

    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking to learn more about the basic principles/explanations underlying the natural world, then this is a good place to start. Dawkins has a great ability to explain a concept so that the reader/listener can sufficiently understand it without him resorting to being condescending. Also, whenever he goes outside of his area of expertise, evolutionary biology, he emphasises this, thus the listener is assured that they are not being misled.

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