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  • Stephen Briggs

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview
  • By: Holly Newson
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk about playing the role of Drumknott in Terry Pratchett’s Unseen Academicals is British writer, illustrator and dramatist Stephen Briggs. The writer and illustrator behind many of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld subsidiary works and merchandise, Stephen Briggs, who also classes himself as a ‘civil servant who dabbles in amateur dramatics’, has provided the voices and narration of Discworld and its characters in more than 20 audiobook recordings both in the UK and in the US.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Come for the Briggs and Pratchett anecdotes

  • By DJH on 08-20-18

Come for the Briggs and Pratchett anecdotes

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

Always a fan of Stephen Briggs, and though short, there is much in this interview about himself and his work with Terry Pratchett.

  • Brian Blessed

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive interview
  • By: Robin Morgan
  • Narrated by: Brian Blessed
  • Length: 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Legendary British actor Brian Blessed joins Audible Studios to talk about the release of his new audiobook, The Panther in My Kitchen. In this witty and heartwarming tale of his many encounters with animals, listeners can expect to be whisked away by one of the greatest voices of our time. Following the success of his best-selling autobiography, Absolute Pandemonium: My Louder than Life Story, Brian Blessed introduces his new work and talks life, pets, animal rights and future endeavours.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You have to hear the gorilla story!

  • By DJH on 08-20-18

You have to hear the gorilla story!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

"Flash Gordon" was the first film I was allowed to see on my own in a theater back when it first came out, and ever since then Brian Blessed has been a larger-than-life, almost mythological figure to me. Any interview, play, film that I have seen him in since never diminished the first impressions, and this interview does not disappoint.

Again, just for the gorilla story I would pay for this if it weren't free.

  • Simon Singh

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview
  • By: Simon Singh, Robin Morgan
  • Narrated by: Simon Singh, Robin Morgan
  • Length: 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Author, journalist and TV producer Dr Simon Singh joins Robin Morgan to discuss his book, Fermat's Last Theorem, which is now available for the first time on Audible. In Fermat's Last Theorem: The Story of a Riddle That Confounded the World's Greatest Minds for 358 Years, Singh tells the story of Andrew Wiles, who, in 1993, claimed that he had solved a mathematical puzzle that had been confounding intellectuals for centuries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes you want to watch a math documentary

  • By DJH on 08-19-18

Makes you want to watch a math documentary

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

Fascinating discussion which also shows how love of math can be just as moving an experience as any personal passion.

  • Toby Jones

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview
  • By: Holly Newson
  • Narrated by: Toby Jones
  • Length: 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Multiaward-winning actor Toby Jones talks to Audible about his experience of recording the part of Holy Man Joe in The Man on the Mountaintop. Best-known for his performances in The Hunger Games, Captain America, Harry Potter, Sherlock, Atomic Blonde and Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy, Toby's varied career makes him one of Britain's most loved thespians.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I ... wonder if ...it's time....for...my nap......

  • By DJH on 08-19-18

I ... wonder if ...it's time....for...my nap......

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

I was looking forward to this interview as I have enjoyed narrations done by Toby Jones. However, this interview sounded as if he'd either just finished a nap or was getting ready for one. The pretty much monotone, sleepy feel distracted from what might have been interesting content.

  • Stanley Tucci

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview
  • By: Robin Morgan
  • Narrated by: Stanley Tucci
  • Length: 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

World famous actor, director, producer and writer Stanley Tucci introduces his latest project, The Man on the Mountaintop. A modern take on fictionalised mindfulness and collection of contemporary fables, the audiobook tells the story of Old Man Joe, whose sage advice is widely sought after. Full of humour, wit and life lessons, this multicast drama is not one to miss.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ho Hum

  • By DJH on 08-19-18

Ho Hum

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

I usually give these interviews five stars since they are insightful and entertaining, but this one was devoid of depth on any level; just a rambling, basic, everyday interview will a celeb. At times you could almost hear Robin Morgan trying to stay interested. Disappointing as I can't think of a role that I haven't liked when Tucci is the actor.

  • The World of Byzantium

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421

Byzantium is too-often considered merely the "eastern rump" of the old Roman Empire, a curious and even unsettling mix of the classical and medieval. Yet it was, according to Professor Harl, "without a doubt the greatest state in Christendom through much of the Middle Ages," and well worth our attention as a way to widen our perspective on everything from the decline of imperial Rome to the rise of the Renaissance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Traditional History at it's Best

  • By Mike on 04-26-14

Needed to be longer

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This course in the end was to much of a simple survey of the period. Prof Harl attempted to cover too much in a short period of time, as such there was a lack of depth and the listener is left without a confident feeling of having understood the rise and fall of Byzantium. That being said, if one follows the syllabus and suggested readings, just like taking the course in college, all of the missing pieces are put in place. I did this, but being a busy adult it was difficult to maintain momentum. The casual listener will be challenged to get much from this.

Recommended for those who have the time and dedication to use the supplemental materials.

This course would have been better served if it were divvied up into two or three courses concentrating on each period of Byzantium so that it might feel a part of the larger Roman Empire narrative and segue better into the Western Middle Ages after the fall of Byzantium. Something similar to Daileader’s three-part history of the Middle Ages or, as a short-course example, Bartlett’s “The Italians before Italy” would have been a better structure in my opinion.

  • The Persian Empire

  • By: John W. Lee, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John W. Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447

Over the span of 24 fascinating lectures, you'll take on the role of a history detective to discover the truth about the Persian Empire. You'll discover the key to the empire's success lay in its greatest rulers, each of whom played a critical role in shaping and strengthening a civilization we still remember today. Take this opportunity to complete your understanding of the ancient world and discover the humanity of the ancient Persians.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic thematic historical exploration

  • By Knute on 09-08-15

What a good history course should do

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Prof Lee does a remarkable job of making an important period of history come alive even though so much of the period is obscured due to a lack of primary sources. His presentation is well ordered and covers a large number of topics, without the listener becoming lost. The syllabus and reading list of course are helpful, but Prof Lee’s thoroughness and clear presentation means the listener can learn much just as a casual listener. I find this important as some of The Great Courses professors organize their lectures in such a way as to make the syllabus and readings essential to the understanding of the course, meaning that the lectures lack depth and clarity. Prof Lee’s lectures do not suffer this problem.

Highly recommended if you are interested in this period of history.

  • Foundations of Eastern Civilization

  • By: Craig G. Benjamin, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Craig G. Benjamin
  • Length: 23 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485

China. Korea. Japan. Southeast Asia. How did Eastern civilization develop? What do we know about the history, politics, governments, art, science, and technology of these countries? And how does the story of Eastern civilization play out in today's world of business, politics, and international exchange?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A worthwhile "big-history" survey

  • By Acteon on 11-22-13

Pronunciation of Chin. distracts,but good overview

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

Reviewed: 06-21-17

If you could sum up Foundations of Eastern Civilization in three words, what would they be?
Good basic introduction

What was one of the most memorable moments of Foundations of Eastern Civilization?
I wouldn't say memorable, but Prof. Benjamin's enthusiasm for the subject was definitely felt throughout.

What aspect of Professor Craig G. Benjamin’s performance would you have changed?
At the risk of being pedantic, I REALLY wish Prof. Benjamin's pronunciation of Asian language names and terms was more consistent and accurate. I'm not asking for native pronunciation to be there, but at least show a passing knowledge of East and Southeast Asian language pronunciation norms. Knowing a few East Asian languages, I was often confused and had to wait for context clues or refer to the reference materials to see exactly who or what he was referring to. For those who don't know these languages, I imagine any pronunciation is fine since they will most likely be using the course reference materials. Thus, this shouldn't discourage the everyday student, but if you know these languages or are currently studying one of them, prepare for your ears to be pained.

Any additional comments?
I bought this to see how it faired alongside the courses and texts I used way back in the stone age when I was studying East Asian Studies and Chinese Language and Lit in university. As a general introduction, it does fairly well, and Prof. Benjamin is never boring. My gripes are just nitpicky ones on language, which distracted from my personal overall enjoyment. I am lenient with poor pronunciation coming from non-scholars of the East, but when it's your bread and butter I would expect more. The course, unfortunately, just teaches people to say the names and terms inaccurately. Again, I'm just being pedantic, enjoy and feel free to ignore me.

  • Born Standing Up

  • A Comic's Life
  • By: Steve Martin
  • Narrated by: Steve Martin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,496

In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Andrew on 11-30-07

Read not Narrated - who would have thought?

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

Reviewed: 06-04-14

Would you try another book from Steve Martin and/or Steve Martin?

I've read much written by Steve Martin, but this was the first time I bought an audio book of his, so I was excited that he was also narrating. However, it didn't take long for disappointment to set in. After having listened to George Carlin, Woody Allen, Neil Gaiman and others narrate their own works, I had high hopes for Martin to narrate his own story. His tone was flat and matter-of-fact; didn't stir up empathy for him. I would have gotten more out of it having read it than listening to it. So whereas I would buy another book by Martin, I wouldn't buy an audio book with his narration. His narration made what would have been an interesting memoir rather boring.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have hired a professional narrator. The story is his own - can't improve on that.

Any additional comments?

I was looking to engage with an actor whom I've enjoyed since growing up in the 70s, but couldn't get past the feeling that he wasn't too interested in his own text. I wasn't expecting a "wild and crazy guy" with a voice out of The Jerk, but at least the voice that made such movies as Roxanne and LA Story entertaining and moving.

  • Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain

  • By: A. Lee Martinez
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,301
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,299

Emperor Mollusk. Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other Worlds. Mad Genius. Ex-Warlord of Earth. Not bad for a guy without a spine. But what's a villain to do after he's done... everything. With no new ambitions, he's happy to pitch in and solve the energy crisis or repel aliens invaders should the need arise, but if he had his way, he'd prefer to be left alone to explore the boundaries of dangerous science. Just as a hobby, of course. Retirement isn't easy though.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hilariously wacky!

  • By Kat Hooper on 04-09-12

Fun, Light, Escapist Quick Listen

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

Reviewed: 03-19-13

Any additional comments?

I am all in favor of farce and absurdity. I will admit that I have been wanting to read a book by Martinez for a while now and just haven't gotten around to it. Taking this audio version of one of his books was a good way to fit him into my schedule and be introduced to his books. I will also freely admit that it was the absurdity of the title which brought me along with my love of old time radio sic fi, which took concepts like Martinez's seriously - oh the 40's and 50's, when life was so much simpler.

So can Martinez compare to people like Pratchett, Adams, Holt? I will need more books to know, but I think this was a fun start. Aiello's narration and characterizations were good. I had read one review that wasn't kind to Mr. Aiello for another book, but I believe he did a good job of showing the pomposity of the main character, the barely contained fury of our heroes companion, and the fanaticism of the pulp antagonist. The secondary characters all had distinct voices and personalities that I felt were spot on.

Was the ending predictable? Yes, saw the big reveal from a mile away.

Was the book with it's "reformed" anti-hero still fun? You bet!

I'm looking forward to another trip into the odd mind of A. Lee Martinez and sharing his works with my daughter. 11 year olds and 40 year olds can both be delighted by this quick read (listen).

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