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  • The Privilege of the Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ellen Kushner
    • Narrated By Ellen Kushner, Barbara Rosenblat, Felicia Day, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), cast the narrators and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents. In this exciting new "illuminated production", the author herself reads her own work, supported by a full cast.

    Ann says: "Austen-es​que tale (with swordfight​s!)"
    "This is how to do a multi-voice production!"

    I would recommend both books in this series. They are fairy tales with adult themes, a vividly drawn world and the absolute best audio production ever. Neil Gaiman has put together the most outstanding team to produce this book which is actually read by the author and former radio host, Ellen Kushner.

    The audio production uses multiple voices and sound effects. The various voices slide into the narration without interrupting the flow of the story adding a rich, vibrant texture to the story. The sound effects are not as seamless but that is as it should be since they are used to show the transitions in the narrative. This production is the gold standard by which I will judge all future multi-voice narrations. I am afraid most will fall far short.

    Ellen Kushner knows her archetypes and plays with them beautifully. Although set in a time of swords, carriages and masked balls, her heroine meets challenges and grows in very modern ways. Her guide through this process is her uncle, the Mad Duke. With benign neglect, he offers her an unorthodox upbringing in his chaotic world.

    Her themes are too adult for kids or I would have shared this with my granddaughter on a recent road trip. I would have loved to introduce her to the heroine. I will recommend this to my friends who love an off beat fairy tale and an outstanding audio experience.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Pythonesque

    • UNABRIDGED (43 mins)
    • By Roy Smiles
    • Narrated By Roy Smiles

    The story of Graham Chapman's history with the Monty Python team; how he met and started writing with John Cleese, his rise through the ranks writing The Frost Report, the glory, glory years with the Pythons and his struggle to overcome his considerable drinking demons. And how the collective kindness of Messrs Cleese, Jones, Idle, Palin and Gilliam saved him from oblivion and gave him the lead in the two funniest British films of all time: Monty Python and The Holy Grail and Monty Python's Life of Brian.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Most Delightful & Unexpected Biography!"
    "A Most Delightful & Unexpected Biography!"
    What did you love best about Pythonesque?

    It was done in voices that you will swear are the original characters. If you loved Monty Python, Life of Brian and anything else done by the Python crew (and why else would you be reading this?), you will find this a wonderful listen. Madcap, funny and moving.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Graham Chapman, since he was the lead character, was my favorite but they were all fun. You have to listen to understand.

    Which character ??? as performed by Roy Smiles ??? was your favorite?

    Listen for yourself and then try to make a decision. It's impossible.

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

    It was too short. I listened to it on a long drive and I did not want it to end. My husband in the car ahead was concerned to see me laughing out loud so often.

    Any additional comments?

    I grew up watching Monty Python every Thursday night while babysitting for the neighbors. I have also enjoyed the movies and post-Monty Python projects that the fellows have done. But I was rather unaware of the behind-the-scenes lives of the crew. This book filled in some of the gaps. This has to be the most unusual performance I have ever listened to in the four years of my Audible membership. To say more would take away the fun of discovery for the next listener. If you loved Monty Python, listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Disorderly Knights

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Dorothy Dunnett
    • Narrated By Andrew Napier

    The Disorderly Knights is the third volume in The Lymond Chronicles following Queens' Play. Dorothy Dunnett's series is cherished for its romance, adventure, and colorful historical scenes. The year is 1551, and Scottish nobleman Francis Crawford of Lymond has been called to fight with the Knights of Hospitallers to defend the island of Malta against the Turks.

    Marcheta says: "James Bond of the 1500s"
    "The Disorderly Knights"

    I have been waiting for Audible to find Dorothy Dunnett. I have not been disappointed. Her books are so wonderfully layered and plotted so intricately that listening to them, after already have read them, just increases the enjoyment.

    Dunnett completely immerses you in her world with complex, well-drawn characters, laugh-out-loud humor and a story that guarantees to keep you entranced long after you pull into the driveway.

    This is why we listen to audio books.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Three Men in a Boat: (To Say Nothing of the Dog)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jerome K. Jerome
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After his final trip up the river Thames with his three companions - - Harris, George, and Montmorency the dog - - Jerome K. Jerome sat down to write his proposed book, The Story of the Thames. But before he could tackle the work in the serious manner intended, his humor took over and gave birth to a masterpiece of unquenchable comedy. This is a classic of English humor, justifiably loved around the world.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Classic for a Reason"
    "A Classic for a Reason"

    This is one of those books that you find authors referring to in the oddest places. After reading... or rather listen to...Connie Willis' "to Say nothing of the Dog" I was excited to see this in Audible. Now I will have to go back and re-listen to Willis's book.

    The humor is so dry and so very British. You can see the the influence of this book on so many of the great British humorists of the modern day.

    The author occasionally drifts in his descriptions but you will still want to reserve a seat on a boat on the Thames. A delightful listen to escape the commute.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Memory and Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charles de Lint
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As the young student of the cruel, brilliant artist Vincent Rushkin, Isabelle Copley discovered that she could paint images so vividly real they brought her wildest fantasies to life. Now, 20 years later, Isabelle must come to terms with the shattering memories she has long denied and unlock the slumbering power of her brush. And, in a dark reckoning with her old master, she must find the courage to live out her dreams and bring the magic back to life.

    David E. Ballard says: "If this is your first de Lint"
    "finally a De Lint on Audio"

    As a collector of Charles De Lint books, I was so excited to see an audio version. I was not disappointed. The book is set in his Newford setting that he uses for his urban realism stories. De Lint explores the role of the arts in our lives. A common theme in many of his books. Of course, he wraps it all in a lively set of stories that are interwoven and come together with a very satisfying end.

    De Lint fans will be glad to listen to one of his stories and newcomers are in for a treat.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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