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William

Brisbane, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • We Need New Names

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By NoViolet Bulawayo
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    'To play the country-game, we have to choose a country. Everybody wants to be the USA and Britain and Canada and Australia and Switzerland and them. Nobody wants to be rags of countries like Congo, like Somalia, like Iraq, like Sudan, like Haiti and not even this one we live in – who wants to be a terrible place of hunger and things falling apart?' Darling and her friends live in a shanty called Paradise, which of course is no such thing. It isn’t all bad, though. There’s mischief and adventure, games of Find bin Laden, stealing guavas, singing Lady Gaga at the tops of their voices.

    William says: "Our hunt for guavas!"
    "Our hunt for guavas!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is an understated child's view of life in a vulnerable situation.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of We Need New Names?

    Stealing guavas. It reminded me of stealing apples when I was young.


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

    Intonation and articulation of the language speak. I'm a big fan of language in its many forms, particularly when it gives life to a character as Robin Miles did.


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

    The book made me laugh and cry. I grew up in an unsettled Britain, ie; IRA, civil riots. It just reaffirmed my view that I had it great, no doubt, compared to African children being subjected, and still, to violence and abuse. However, the characters are there to hold you up, and make you laugh and smile through their cheekiness. That's children for you.Resilient.


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  • Best SF Stories of Brian W Aldiss

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Brian Aldiss
    • Narrated By Arthur Blake
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    A selection of 22 best science-fiction stories chosen by the author himself and representative of the full range of his 30-year career. The collection covers a wide range, from the day after tomorrow to the distant future, and from our own front doorstep to the farthest corners of the galaxy. Behind the idea of each story is the human factor that gives the story its meaning.

    William says: "Background noise"
    "Background noise"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Highly recommend it,but I am bias. A big B.W.A. fan. Includes the short story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The robot teddy, of course. Creepy!


    What about Arthur Blake’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic. Great intonations and humorous delivery of character dialogue.


    Was Best SF Stories of Brian W Aldiss worth the listening time?

    Yes.Very much.


    Any additional comments?

    The only disappointment and what I think spoiled a great listen was the audible page turning, plus hearing another muffled reading from what seemed another room at times.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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