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R. S. Silverman

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  • 48 titles in library
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  • James Herriot's Treasury for Children: Warm and Joyful Animal Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 31 mins)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    James Herriot's Treasury for Children collects all of the beloved veterinarian's delightful tales for young listeners. From the springtime frolic of "Oscar, Cat-About-Town" to the yuletide warmth of "The Christmas Day Kitten", these stories are perennial favorites, and this new complete edition will make a wonderful gift for all listeners, great and small.

    R. S. Silverman says: "Favorite stories made even better!"
    "Favorite stories made even better!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of James Herriot's Treasury for Children to be better than the print version?

    Actually, yes. As an American, I can't imagine the Yorkshire accents just from the printed word. Jim Dale's reading is quite excellent, though his James Herriot doesn't sound as Scottish as often described in the books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of James Herriot's Treasury for Children?

    That would be a spoiler.


    What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

    Timing, accent, voices.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Off to Be the Wizard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1474)
    Performance
    (1385)
    Story
    (1394)

    It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

    Charles says: "Fantastic"
    "Looking for more from this performer!"
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    Would you listen to Off to Be the Wizard again? Why?

    I found the characterizations provided by Luke Daniels to be delightful. I had to double-check that it wasn't actually multiple actors.


    Would you recommend Off to Be the Wizard to your friends? Why or why not?

    I found it to be a somewhat silly book, with overlong descriptions, but I liked the overall arc and the characters were fun despite the nerd stereotypes.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    I have heard very few male readers do a female voice well; that was one of the things I really liked. He made it musical but in the same pitch as his usual voice. His accents and mannerisms were spot-on.


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

    Some imaginary worlds are imposed upon you... and others you create yourselves. The real revenge of the nerds is living well.


    Any additional comments?

    There were several throwaway lines amid the interminable (yet helpful) descriptions that were really good -- my favorite was Gwen saying, "Actually, a woman can blame a man for trying. We do it all the time." That this was not followed up by "because most men don't take No for an answer" disappointed me, in a way, because I'm not sure that everyone reading the book would interpret it that way. Some things need to be spelled out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (434)

    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!)"
    "Rich, detailed, and witty."
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    Would you listen to The Privilege of the Sword again? Why?

    Probably, but I'd need to have quiet weekends again


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Catherine, without a doubt. Even when I wanted to laugh at her or smack her for wearing her naïveté like armor, she carried the book. And her enjoyment of everything she saw and felt wasn't just part of the description of the scenes, it was her.


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

    The Black Rose.


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

    I don't know, but the sets and costumes would have to be very good indeed in order to live up to their descriptions in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Barbara Rosenblat deserves the introduction that Neil gives her here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Bear Called Paddington

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michael Bond
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (125)

    Paddington Bear had traveled all the way from Darkest Peru when the Brown family first met him on Paddington Station. Since then their lives have never been quite the same... for ordinary things become quite extraordinary when a bear called Paddington is involved.

    R. S. Silverman says: "Delightful storytelling."
    "Delightful storytelling."
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    What made the experience of listening to A Bear Called Paddington the most enjoyable?

    Stephen Fry's variety of voices and accents very much enrich the adventures of Paddington in the odd new world of London. I love that I'm able to introduce this classic to the kids with his voice.


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

    Stephen Fry's variety of voices and accents very much enrich the adventures of Paddington in the odd new world of London.


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

    Yes, but we've been saving it for car rides with the kids.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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