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Simon

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  • Clarice Bean, Utterly Me

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lauren Child
    • Narrated By Claire Skinner
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    An utterly good audio edition of the very first Clarice Bean novel. Read by Claire Skinner, star of the hit BBC comedy 'Outnumbered'. Clarice Bean loves reading the adventures of Ruby Redfort, ace girl detective and secret undercover agent.

    Simon says: "Brilliant!"
    "Brilliant!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Clarice Bean, Utterly Me to be better than the print version?

    It must be! The voices and reading are wonderfully entertaining.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Clarice of course.


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

    I wouldn't make a film of the book. I'd just listen to this book again.


    Any additional comments?

    A perfect family listen. We have loved this and listened multiple times on car journeys. It looks "girlish" but our son has loved it when he was 6, 7 and now 8.
    Very funny.

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  • The Hundred and One Dalmatians

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dodie Smith
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Pongo and Missis Pongo are a pair of Dalmatians who live with the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Dearly and their two nannies. Mr. Dearly is a "financial wizard" who has been granted life-long tax exemption and lent a house on the Outer Circle in Regent's Park in return for wiping out the government debt. The dogs consider the humans their pets, but allow the humans to think that they are the owners. Missis gives birth to a litter of 15 puppies.

    Arie says: "A lot of fun"
    "A great family listen"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hundred and One Dalmatians to be better than the print version?

    We haven't read the print version. I am sure it would be a good book to read aloud, but I don't think I could match the narrator here!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The dogs all helping each other was lovely. The older puppies pulling the smaller ones in a cart. The nightly howling spreading the news around the dog world.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen on a car trip with our 8 year old son. Old fashioned, sweet natured adventure which I am sure we would happily listen to again (even if our son was not with us!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tandia

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1222)
    Performance
    (679)
    Story
    (680)

    Tandia is a child of all Africa: half Indian, half African, beautiful and intelligent, she is only sixteen when she is first brutalized by the police. Her fear of the white man leads her to join the black resistance movement. With her in the fight for justice is the one white man Tandia can trust, the welterweight champion of the world, Peekay. Now he must fight their common enemy in order to save both their lives.

    Thomas Andrews says: "Thanks for this wonderful collaboration"
    "Great entertainment"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    A great story while explaining the time and context of South African history. The boxing matches were enthralling.


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

    I haven't listened to Humphrey Bower before but I'd be happy to listen again. I am an Australian living in South Africa, so his voice was very easy for me to listen to! His timing, accents and voices were very good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind in the Willows

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Kenneth Grahame
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (147)

    These are the exploits of Toad and the efforts of his friends, Ratty, Mole, Badger, and Otter, to control the rascal.

    Jennifer says: "perfect"
    "Droning narrator"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator was dull and droning. We tried twice to listen to this as a family for 30 mins to an hour each time. Both times parents and child got bored quickly. I can't really judge the story (which I realise is a classic) as we couldn't maintain interest past the narrator. Each character sounded the same and missed the distinct personalities and interest I am sure they could have offered.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ralph Cosham’s performances?

    No. I see other reviewers like his performances.
    I managed to get through Watership Down (a great story!) but I lost my family along the way to the deep drone of Ralph Cosham.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I don't really know what the story would offer with a different reader.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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