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  • Dodge & Twist

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tony Lee
  • Narrated by: Matt Lucas, Stephen Mangan, Michael Socha, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,985
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,984

It’s rumoured that Dickens wanted to return to his classic novel Oliver Twist, to bring him back into a later book as an older character, but he never managed this before he died. However, if Oliver had returned, what would he have been like? Would the scars of his childhood affect the man he would become? And what of ‘Dodger’, sent to a land halfway around the world, his friend, mentor and master dead because of Oliver? Dodge & Twist is that story. The tale of two boys, 12 years later, returning into each other’s lives - for both good and bad.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent performance, pretty dismal story

  • By Kevin on 02-04-19

So good.

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

The script wasn't perfect (anachronistic), but the performances were. I dearly love mashups, and this added a dash of Dickens' works to just the right flavor.

  • The Graveyard Book

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,080
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,397

Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful!

  • By Paula A Ford on 12-13-09

A YA Title for Particularly Twisted YAs

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

Reviewed: 10-16-13

What made the experience of listening to The Graveyard Book the most enjoyable?

Hearing the material in the author's own voice. Nobody is more intimately familiar with the characters or the role each plays.

What other book might you compare The Graveyard Book to and why?

I don't read much, but this stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Tim Burton films like Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Humor thrives in the darkness.

Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favorite?

The Poet. Only an Englishman can create and recite a more stereotypically rubbish English poet, and get away with it so convincingly.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely! By the mid-point in the story, I had a hard time prying myself away.

Any additional comments?

The epitaphs made me laugh out loud.

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  • Ender's Shadow

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, a Full Cast
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,357
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,874

Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this book, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean, the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Card

  • By L. on 10-10-05

Enriches the Picture

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

Reviewed: 10-16-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Ender's Shadow to be better than the print version?

I don't read novels in print.

What did you like best about this story?

Bean's character felt important in Ender's Game, but we didn't know anything about him. This book fleshes out his character, and shows -how- he balances Ender in the fight against the Buggers.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

We'll find out on November 1st, 2013, won't we?

Any additional comments?

If you enjoyed Ender's Game, this is a must-read. I haven't read the rest of the Ender's Game series, but I will probably continue on the Shadow series' path.

The Gunslinger
    The Dark Tower I
    
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        George Guidall
    
    


    
    Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
    11,109 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • The Gunslinger

  • The Dark Tower I
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,270
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,340

Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Dark Tower Review - Part One

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-23-03

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 10-16-13

Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or George Guidall?

George Guidall gave an excellent performance. Stephen King's story in this book was not compelling enough to proceed with the Dark Tower saga. The most interesting part of the book was in a single conversation, nearly the end, separated from a good start by a sea of drudgery in the middle. I'm especially bothered by the sex in the book; though necessary to the story, it felt like it was written by somebody who never had a relationship with a sexual component.

Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

I will try his other story types, but The Dark Tower is a universe I won't revisit.

Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first Guidall narration. His use of tone and voice and pacing were quite enjoyable. If the performance hadn't been excellent, I would have stopped listening in the middle of the story instead of finishing it.

Could you see The Gunslinger being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Probably, but I didn't feel enough of a connection with the characters to find a popular face that would fit the personalities. Maybe Clint Howard as the Dweller.

  • The Sign of Four

  • A Sherlock Holmes Novel
  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 442

As a dense yellow fog swirls through the streets of London, a deep melancholy has descended on Sherlock Holmes, who sits in a cocaine-induced haze at 221B Baker Street. His mood is only lifted by a visit from a beautiful but distressed young woman---Mary Morstan, whose father vanished ten years before. Four years later she began to receive an exquisite gift every year: a large, lustrous pearl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • best one yet

  • By Justin on 07-20-16

Simon Prebble Brings Holmes to Life Again

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

Reviewed: 05-07-12

Would you consider the audio edition of The Sign of Four to be better than the print version?

I have not read the book, but Prebble's use of accent, inflection, and cadence make it easy to believe that he is speaking different parts, and never once did I have to wonder which part he was voicing.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Doyle was a genius in that he could conceive a sequence of events that would create a set of circumstances and leave a set of evidence that average people would never string together.

Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have also listened to Prebble's readings of The Study in Scarlet and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. This is no less excellent than the other novel or collection of short stories.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

At the end, I was moved to seek out more Prebble readings of Doyle work. :)

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