LISTENER

Dylan

United States
  • 26
  • reviews
  • 359
  • helpful votes
  • 52
  • ratings
  • George's Marvelous Medicine

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

A taste of her own medicine. George is alone in the house with Grandma. The most horrid, grizzly old grunion of a grandma ever. She needs something stronger than her usual medicine to cure her grouchiness. A special grandma medicine, a remedy for everything. And George knows just what to put into it. Grandma's in for the surprise of her life - and so is George, when he sees the results of his mixture!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Roald Dahl fun

  • By BlueLightningJeep on 09-10-15

Feel like a kid again!

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

In my mind this was one of the best stories my parents read to me! It just feel like something any kid would want to do - mix up some sort of brew with random ingredients.
I have gifted this book to so many kids because I just feel that every child should have this story in their world. Roald Dahl just had such great imagination and story telling abilities. That is the reason his stories are so popular to this day, and it is the reason they will continue to do so decades from now.

  • Wilma's Wicked Spell

  • By: Kaye Umansky
  • Narrated by: Clare Higgins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Wilma goes to do her work experience for her Grade Four Certificate in magic with her great-aunt Angria - who was the 13th faerie who put Sleeping Beauty to sleep for a hundred years. The spell is coming to an end in a few days, and Angria is determined to stop the prince from awakening her with a kiss. Wilma is drawn into her wicked plan, which involves going to work in the kitchens of the 12 good fairies and luring Prince Brett away from the castle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fun Story from Kaye Umansky!

  • By Dylan on 10-18-18

A Fun Story from Kaye Umansky!

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

I have always loved Kaye as an author. She really has a way of replicating some of my feelings from a good Enid Blyton book. They always make me want to be a kid again, always feeding my imagination.
I feel that Wilma doesn't have the staying power of Pongwiffy in my mind. I think this is perhaps why Kaye only wrote 2 books on this character.
I felt a little let down by the narrator. Its not that she is bad ... its just, and again I reference it, Pongwiffy's Prunella Scales made each character feel different and well rounded. Clare Higgins just feels like she has no heart for the story. She is just reading it, nor performing it.

  • Masked Ball at Broxley Manor

  • A Royal Spyness Novella
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,208

At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man - until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball at Broxley Manor. Georgie is uncertain why she was invited, until she learns that the royal family intends to marry her off to a foreign prince, one reputed to be mad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, light prequel

  • By CMMV on 01-01-15

I really think there should be more short stories!

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

A lot of my complaints about the series has been repetition and the fact I would like it stripped down. I think Rhys Bowen should do more short stories for Georgie!
Performance from Katherine Kellgren is outstanding as always - I mean could we really have expected any less.

  • Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,825

In the days leading up to her wedding to Darcy O'Mara, Lady Georgiana Rannoch takes on the responsibilities of a grand estate, but proving she can run a household just may be the death of her in the new Royal Spyness Mystery from the New York Times best-selling author of On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall I loved it!

  • By Dylan on 08-13-18

Overall I loved it!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

I have to admit I was ready to launch the audiobook, listen to 10 minutes and say the series is ruined without Katherine Kellgren. She had brought me so many hours of joy throughout 11 books. She will be missed! (PS: Rhys you added a lovely intro on how we all feel about Katherine's early passing. It was beautiful)
But to my great surprise I loved Jasmine Blackborow's narration for the series. It took a little getting used to and there are some small issues I have like her pronunciation of Georgies surname Rannoch (I will never know if Katherine had it right or if Jasmine has it right but I do like my continuity)
Jasmine is a keeper and I look forward to more Georgie stories with her.

As for the story itself I still have some of the same issues I had in book 11 with continuity and repetition. Examples for this book are - why does Belinda still act like she has money issues when she became a wealthy woman a few books ago with an inheritance? Why does Georgies mother prefer Claridge's when it was Browns hotel she favored for reverting to her old title of duchess? Why did we reference Belinda's maid leaving when she already left in a previous book to be a typist. I know people might think these are small issues but it really is sloppy writing.
On the positive side I feel the mystery itself was more solid than previous efforts. And it kept me entertained. I will gladly listen to this one again.
Yay for Georgie finally getting married. If this was the last book in the series that would be a lovely way to bookend it. But I know its not and I know there will be more. Consistency issues aside I love the series and will be back next year for a new adventure!!!

46 of 48 people found this review helpful

  • More of Poirot's Finest Cases

  • Seven Full-Cast BBC Radio Dramatisations
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: full cast, John Moffat
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 462

John Moffat stars as the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in seven more BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations. The stories in this volume are: Evil Under the Sun, Sad Cypress, Murder in Mesopotamia, Lord Edgware Dies, Halloween Party, Murder on the Links and Five Little Pigs. Based on the original novels by Agatha Christie, these superb adaptations feature a cast of outstanding actors playing an array of likely suspects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Mike on 11-17-17

All Great Performances

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I just love these dramatisations - John Moffat on Radio is as good as David Suchet on tv when it comes to Poirot. These are just perfect to listen to when falling asleep/driving or my guilty pleasure of a long bath and putting one of these on :)
Worth the money!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Mysterious Howling

  • The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1
  • By: Maryrose Wood
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,052
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057

Of especially naughty children, it is sometimes said: “They must have been raised by wolves.” The Incorrigible children actually were. Discovered in the forests of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful! ... but only the first installment...

  • By Yvette on 06-17-10

Something different but yet a lot of fun.

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

Honestly I won't lie - I had a credit and wasn't sure what to spend it on. Katherine Kellgren is by far one of the best narrators out there and she really brings the story alive for me! Hence buying this based on that alone.
I tried the book but wasn't paying any attention on the 1st turn. And I somehow dismissed it as a bad buy. This had been sitting in my library for a good year before I gave it another try.
I am excited to see where the series goes. I was hoping it would finish after 3/4 books due to Katherine Kellgren's very sad and early passing. I really am one for continuity. But regardless, if all stories have the warmth, heart and adventure of the 1st I am sure I will continue regardless of the narrator.
My only semi-negative thing is this book doesn't feel like its for young kids, nor do I feel the material is strong enough for adults and I dunno if its structured at teens. You kinda just have to try it and see if its for you.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Sarah Millican's Support Group

  • The Complete BBC Radio 4 Comedy
  • By: Sarah Millican
  • Narrated by: full cast, Sarah Millican
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Award-winning comedian Sarah Millican plays Sarah, life counsellor and modern-day agony aunt in the collected first two series of this BBC Radio 4 comedy. Solving the nation's problems with her support group, she wants you to live life to the utmost, and she's got tons of ideas of how to help. Just like the busybody at the end of your street who knows everything, and supported by her team of experts (local cabbie Terry and self-qualified counsellor Marion), Sarah dishes out advice whether you want to hear it or not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sarah Millican is Just the Funniest!

  • By Dylan on 04-01-18

Sarah Millican is Just the Funniest!

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

Fair warning - if you have ever seen Sarah Millican on TV, been to one of her shows or just in general know a little about her then you need to know that a) her humor is very British and b) it can very adult!
That said this is tamer than what you would get on her tours but just as funny!
I was searching for her latest audio book How to Be Champion - but sadly not available on the US Audible store.
I had not heard this Radio 4 series before so I am always happy to find something new by her.
I was not disappointed and find that you just can't help having a right laugh at the "advice" in this series.
If your a fan this is a must buy!!!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Shell Seekers

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Hayley Atwell
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135

At the end of a long and useful life, Penelope Keeling's prized possession is The Shell Seekers, painted by her father and symbolizing her unconventional life, from bohemian childhood to wartime romance. When her grown children learn their grandfather's work is now worth a fortune, each has an idea as to what Penelope should do. But as she recalls the passions, tragedies, and secrets of her life, she knows there is only one answer...and it lies in her heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator Speed

  • By TB on 01-18-18

A Stand Out Performance.

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

Reviewed: 01-15-18

Really stepped out of my comfort zone with this book. And I am really glad I did!
I was enticed here as I am a fan of Hayley Atwell. I really wanted to see how her skills on the screen translated to narrating a book. For that I was really impressed and I hope she continues to do more!
The biggest surprise was that I managed to enjoy the story too! I had no idea this was a well known book - and I really am glad that I found this gem! Highly recommended.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Jane Austen BBC Radio Drama Collection

  • Six BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatisations
  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: David Tennant, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julie McKenzie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,386

A collection of BBC radio full-cast dramatisations of Jane Austen's six major novels. Jane Austen is one of the finest writers in the English language, and this volume includes all six of her classic novels. Mansfield Park: on a quest to find a position in society, Fanny Price goes to live with her rich aunt and uncle. Northanger Abbey: young, naïve Catherine Morland receives an invitation to stay at the isolated Gothic mansion Northanger Abbey.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Faulty download

  • By Sian on 04-06-16

An Amazing Cast in Each Story

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

Reviewed: 08-15-17

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think a lot of the titular characters stand out. But my real answer is everyone plays their part - Austen didn't create many one dimensional characters. And through her creations I think it created a seamless transition between book to play.

Any additional comments?

The stories are timeless and sometimes I like a good dramatisation over the actual book itself. The case is exceptional - pretty sure most having gone to drama school or come from the theater. Just feels like it could be a TV production and I'm down with that!

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service

  • A Royal Spyness Mystery, Book 11
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,725
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,529

When Darcy runs off on another secret assignment, I am left to figure out how to travel to Italy sans maid and chaperone to help my dear friend Belinda, as she awaits the birth of her baby alone. An opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way - my cousin the queen is in need of a spy to attend a house party in the Italian lake country. The Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still good fun!

  • By Dylan on 08-03-17

Still good fun!

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

Would you listen to On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service again? Why?

Yes I would. I do adore the series and its good easy listening. I love the characters and that is why I keep coming back. The stories are not challenging but they are funny and charming and worth my money.

Any additional comments?

There are some annoyances for me in this series as it gets on. The repetitive fillers used in each book are getting a bit much - we all know the characters so I feel its a bit much to reintroduce again and again.
I get a bit annoyed with the continuity errors. And they start right in the beginning of the story when Georgie's brother details their villa in Nice - the very same villa she visited in Naughty in Nice. I can list many things like this - why is Georgie's wardrobe so limited when she acquired lots of clothing from Coco Chanel or her trip to America. Why is it that she has won loads of money at gambling clubs in the other books but she is forever poor. Progress is not a bad thing - she does not always have to be poor and down on her luck.
I just feel the author needs to accept a shorter book full of fresh work and not reuse so much. I really want more stories in the series - I don't want them to end. Just a bit more effort.
Lastly for some reason Katherine Kellgren sounded a little tired with her narration - everyone sounded a little older and slower. And it does annoy me when I like my continuity.
I have never had anything bad to say about the series but this book, as fun as it is, just isn't 5 star worthy :(

48 of 51 people found this review helpful