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Nyree

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  • The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Lemony Snicket
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    I am sorry to tell you that this audiobook is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. One might say that they are magnets for misfortune. On this recording alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

    michelle says: "A great beginning"
    "Shame about the production clarity"
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    If you could sum up The Bad Beginning in three words, what would they be?

    I couldn't. Its a great book and I love an author that doesn't dumb things down for the kids who will be reading (or listening to) it.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Curry – was your favorite?

    He didn't really do voices as such - tones and inflections changed for each character but you can't change Tim Curry's voice.


    Any additional comments?

    The productions values let this down. There is a fuzziness to it that does a great injustice to both the book (which is a favourite) and to Tim Curry's narration. There is a is hissing in the background which gets on your nerves after a while - thus explaining my odd ratings. The kids loved it though they too complained about the background noise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2062)
    Performance
    (1910)
    Story
    (1899)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Fantastic"
    "Anne Hathaway loves reading to kids."
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    Would you listen to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz again? Why?

    Yes - the kids enjoyed it and we listen to audio books on long trips.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its different to the movie - as all books are - and I like it better.


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

    I have only seen her movies but I would be inclined to look out for other audio books narrated by her in the future.


    Any additional comments?

    Characters have their own voices and she reads to children exceedingly well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Train Your Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (303)

    Hiccup was a truly extraordinary Viking Hero, Warrior chieftain,awesome sword-fighter and amateur naturalist. He was known throughout Vikingdom as 'the Dragon Whisperer' on account of his power over these terrifying beasts. But it wasn't always like that.

    Hazel says: "Brilliant car-trip entertainment"
    "A joy to listen to..."
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    Where does How to Train Your Dragon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Delighful. The story is different to (and so much better than) the movie. David Tennant knows how to read and enjoys doing so.


    Which character – as performed by David Tennant – was your favorite?

    All his characters are instantly identifiable by their voices. You never think for a minute it is a character other than that than which it is intended to be - his character voices never falter.


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

    We have a holiday home a couple of hours from our house. We listen to a half a book in each direction. Our boys (8 and 6 years) never act up in the car when these are on. It makes driving such a delight.


    Any additional comments?

    We are working our way through the series and each book is proving to be a delight. Well written, narrated and produced. We love them as much as the kids do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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