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PITTSBURGH, PA, United States
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  • Jeeves

  • Joy in the Morning (Dramatisation)
  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Michael Hordern, Richard Briers
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Michael Hordern stars as Jeeves with Richard Briers as Bertie in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation. The rural beauty of Steeple Bumpleigh holds no attractions for Bertie, containing (as it does) the appalling Aunt Agatha. But there is man's work to do and, with Jeeves at his side, how can Bertie fail?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By vanessa on 08-21-10

Do not pass go, get Jonathan Cecil instead

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-17

Joy in the Morning is a wonderful story, one of my favourites in the Wodehouse canon. But while this dramatization is amusing in spots and the performances are enjoyable enough, the adaptation is disappointing. I don't know if the BBC original was a serial, but there are multiple "chapters" that begin with repetitive exposition of what's already happened.

This was pretty disappointing. Wodehouse is meant to be read, not played. And that's why recommend you check out Jonathan Cecil's reading of the book instead of this abridged adaptation.

  • It’s Not Fair, Jeremy Spencer’s Parents Let Him Stay Up All Night!

  • By: Anthony Wolf
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Noted clinical psychologist and best-selling author Anthony E. Wolf, Ph.D. digs into the mysteries of raising children aged three to preteen in this insightful and humorous audiobook. It’s Not Fair, … focuses on parenting’s most difficult challenges: setting limits and making demands. Filled with witty anecdotes and slices of life that entertain as well as teach, this book explores the causes and cures for various childhood behaviors. Dr. Wolf gently explains the solutions to problems ranging from annoying nuisances like whining to the potentially life-shattering consequences of early childhood trauma.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I don't have kids but I got a lot from this!

  • By D. Sheff on 05-11-18

Guidall really nails this performance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-17

I love this book, and I would recommend it to any parent who wants help with how to impose discipline on their children without anger. There is no question that I feel like a better parent when I employ the principles from this book.

But I wanted to write a review primarily to give George Guidall props for a fantastic reading. This material is tough, because there are many sample dialogues between kids and parents, and Guidall manages to perform these and make them believable without being cartoonish or silly. I think it must be hard for an adult to read text like "I want my doggy shirt!" in a way that would remind you of a child tantrum without making you want to turn it off immediately. And Guidall makes all these dialogues seem very genuine.

  • The Amityville Horror

  • By: Jay Anson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,314
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,317

In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their new home on suburban Long Island. George and Kathleen Lutz knew that, one year earlier, Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers, and sisters in the house, but the property - complete with boathouse and swimming pool - and the price were too good to pass up. This is the shocking true story of an American dream that turned into a nightmare beyond imagining for the Lutz family, who were forced to flee their new home in terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good, it’s scary.

  • By steve on 11-02-12

Just read The Exorcist instead

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-15

This book is terrible. Put charitably, it's inspired by The Exorcist. Put less charitably, it's a blatant ripoff with a ridiculous veneer of "this is a true story" splashed on top. I could forgive the sin of unoriginality if the execution were good, but worse: it's boring! A total snoozefest! It was a tough slog to get to the end, but I figured there must be some payoff for the reader. Learn from my fail: there isn't. Spare yourself this lemon and just read The Exorcist instead.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,817
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,834

Oscar Wilde brings his enormous gifts for astute social observation and sparkling prose to The Picture of Dorian Gray, the dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. This dandy, who remains forever unchanged---petulant, hedonistic, vain, and amoral---while a painting of him ages and grows increasingly hideous with the years, has been horrifying and enchanting readers for more than 100 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Should be Next In Your Library, Period

  • By Paul on 11-12-13

This Should be Next In Your Library, Period

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-13

What made the experience of listening to The Picture of Dorian Gray the most enjoyable?

The Picture of Dorian Gray is a stunningly beautiful book, among my very favourites. I had not read it for many years when I stumbled upon this performance of it, and it has instantly rocketed to the top of the "Top 10" list in my Audible library.

This cautionary, "be careful what you wish for" tale contains many of Oscar Wilde's most celebrated lines, including my personal favourite, "There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about." Beautiful-but-outrageous dialogue like this brings a lightness and some comedy to this otherwise sad story.

I'm not sure if I've ever given 5 stars across the board before, but this performance of this wonderful book is surely deserving of it. I can't recommend it highly enough.

Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

Prebble gives a near-perfect performance. Each character has a distinctive voice, but the distinctions are subtle and totally believable, unlike some narrators who I think go overboard. His "Basil Hallwood" in particular is beautifully human; every ounce of the characters kindness, and his love for Dorian, comes shining through.

26 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

  • A History of Nazi Germany
  • By: William L. Shirer
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 57 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,416

Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Held my interest for 57 hours and 13 minutes

  • By Jonnie on 11-08-10

A stunning work, both in breadth and depth

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-13

Where does The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

An epic historical masterpiece. This is one of the best works of non-fiction I've ever read.

What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

Gardner's performance is pretty close to perfect in its tone and cadence. He is understated and very matter of fact, but does a fantastic job of mirroring the author's own tone.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Murder of the Century

  • The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars
  • By: Paul Collins
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,360
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,142
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,142

In Long Island, a farmer found a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discovered a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumbled upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime were turning up all over New York, but the police were baffled: There were no witnesses, no motives, no suspects. The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era's most perplexing murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great look at NYC crime, forensics, and journalism

  • By deborah on 11-04-11

Supercilious reading of a super-sized story

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-13

What was most disappointing about Paul Collins’s story?

This was a fascinating story, but sadly presented in an 8-hour audiobook when a piece in the Atlantic or even a longish Wikipedia article would have more than sufficed. Collins draws it out exhaustively, putting in unneeded details for atmosphere and devoting entire chapters to twists and turns in the investigation that he inflates to grand importance when they turn out to have no impact.

I felt like he super-sized my book when I ordered a small.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Dufris' narration reminds me of a friend of mine who thinks he does a really great Jerry Seinfeld impression. In fact, it's terrible, but he thinks it's so good that he presents it with great earnestness, like a high schooler playing Hamlet. Dufris has exactly one accent, which is pretty much what an American would think a German spoke like if his only exposure to Germans was watching Hogan's Heroes as a kid, and all "foreign" characters in the book are treated to this terrible accent. The defense attorney character was presented in such a ridiculous cartoonish booming voice that all I could do was laugh, because it reminded me, more than anything else, of Sir Topham Hatt from the Thomas The Tank Engine shows that my 4 year old likes to watch.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Macbeth

  • By: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: James Marsters, Joanne Whalley, Josh Cooke, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300

Infamously known as the cursed Scottish play, Macbeth is perhaps Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy. When General Macbeth is foretold by three witches that he will one day be King of Scotland, Lady Macbeth convinces him to get rid of anyone who could stand in his way – including committing regicide. As Macbeth ascends to the throne through bloody murder, he becomes a tyrant consumed by fear and paranoia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Might want to Read Along

  • By SydSavvy on 02-03-14

Horrible performance of a wonderful play

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-13-11

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I bought this after listening to Gielgud's Hamlet, as it was among the highest ranked Shakespeare dramatizations. But ... wow ... it's a truly awful performance by all save Lady MacBeth, who stands out and tries valiantly to carry the cast around her.

I honestly thought back to high school, when our poor English teachers had to listen to 25 pasty kids reading beautiful soliloquies in an uninterested monotone. In places, the voices are so similar and droning that it's difficult to tell the characters apart.

Give this one a miss.

7 of 15 people found this review helpful