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Shardlake: Heartstone audiobook cover art

Well-done abridgement of this intriguing mystery

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

I adore the "Shardlake" series, and prefer unabridged audio versions, but I did enjoy this abbreviated-but-with-care presentation; it managed to convey the gist of the novel with some deft editing and very nice voice-performances.

The Canterville Ghost audiobook cover art

Bowdlerized abridgement of Wilde's classic

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

I knew that the story would be abridged and modified for the audio-drama format, but I didn't expect it to be changed so much as to be unrecognizable. The reduction of the cast of characters was bad enough, weakening the funniest scenes in the story, but the complete gutting of the backstory of the ghost and his curse removed the remaining drama and poignancy, and made the tale's conclusion rather weak and pointless. The voice actors did a good job with the material they were given, but the production is NOT successful, in tone, story, humor, or emotion. And the addition of a talking bird as a sidekick for the ghost made me cringe. I definitely do not recommend this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Call of Cthulhu audiobook cover art

Pleasant reading voice, needs editing though

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

Lovecraft's story holds up as well as ever, but while I enjoyed the narrator's voice I was distracted by a number of mispronunciations and occasional instances of completely-wrong words. (It's possible the narrator was reading from an imperfect text, but if so, it should have been apparent from context that some of the words were wrong.) It happened just often enough to be distracting, which is a pity.

Rats audiobook cover art

Fear by daylight

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

What made the experience of listening to Rats the most enjoyable?

Perfect mix of narrator and text.

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that the... haunting?... takes place in a bright, sunny room, quite a change from the typical settings.

Good Omens audiobook cover art

Delightful dramatization of a wonderful book!

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

Reviewed: 05-15-15

If you could sum up Good Omens in three words, what would they be?

Apocalyptic good fun!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Has to be Crowley; who doesn't like a snarky demon with a streak of good in him?

Which scene was your favorite?

All of them.

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

Lots and lots of laughing, and a few happy sniffles here and there.

Any additional comments?

I adore the original text of the novel and would have loved to see more of it included, but the dramatization was very well done and thoroughly enjoyable. And the "gag reel" bit at the end was a delightful extra.

Private Peaceful audiobook cover art

Sweet, poignant story...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-06

While anyone who's read much about WWI will probably not be surprised by the events of the story, it's still touching and, in places, quite powerful. The characters are endearing, and Jeff Woodman's reading adds emotion to the text; recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Never Hit a Jellyfish with a Spade audiobook cover art
  • Never Hit a Jellyfish with a Spade
  • How to Survive Life's Smaller Challenges
  • By: Guy Browning
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance

Dry, droll, very entertaining!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-06

I thoroughly enjoyed this book (read wonderfully by Simon Vance); its mix of helpful (and not-so-helpful) hints and snarky humor reminded me a bit of a British Dave Barry - and I love Dave Barry so that's a good thing! From "How to Potter" to "How to Love" ["Men love women because they are the loveliest things on God's earth. Women love men because chocolate can't mow the lawn."], it addresses a great variety of topics - although I did not find anywhere in the book any bits about jellyfish, so the title remains a vague, almost Zen-like concept {grin}.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Teller of Tales audiobook cover art

A lively, enjoyable look at Conan Doyle

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-06

While I knew the rough facts about Doyle's life, I found a great many new bits of information in this biography, and came away with a greater appreciation of Doyle's body of work - though still very puzzled about his inability to be objective about the spiritualism movement. The book is full of wonderful anecdotes, and describes many of Doyle's less-well-known works in ways that made me want to dash out and read them. Narrator Robert Whitfield (aka Simon Vance) does a marvelous job here. Recommended.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

The Talisman audiobook cover art

Surprisingly enjoyable adventure!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-19-05

I had only dim recollections of The Talisman as one of Scott's lesser-known works (as compared with Ivanhoe, anyway), but when I found this version, read by favorite narrator Robert Whitfield (aka Simon Vance) I had to give it a try. And I was delighted! It's a wonderful romp, with surprisingly liberal views of Saladin and his host; King Richard comes off rather poorly in comparison. The secret identities got a bit far-fetched, but it was all entertaining. Recommended!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

Dracula (Blackstone Edition) audiobook cover art

A wonderful reading of the vampire classic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-05

I've re-read Dracula many times over the years and always enjoyed it, so I was delighted to find that one of my favorite audiobook readers had done an unabridged version. Listening to it was a new experience, as so many small details become noticeable when heard, and I became more aware of the structure of the story than I had been before. While Van Helsing's broken English was sometimes more funny than Stoker may have intended, overall I thought all of the characterizations held up well, and despite knowing the story backwards and forwards I found myself getting teary once or twice. Definitely recommended!

21 of 22 people found this review helpful