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  • Uncle Dynamite

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

A chance meeting on a train brought together Lord Ickenham and Bill Oakshott, although being told that the love of his life, Hermione, was engaged to none other than Pongo, Lord Ickenham's nephew, did not make Bill feel like he'd been struck behind the ear. And what with the usual amount of stirring goings-on at Ashendon Manor that include biffings and black eyes and duckings in duck ponds, is there any chance that it will ever work out for poor Bill?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost better than Jeeves

  • By Sarah on 02-16-08

Jonathan Cecil is a master of reading Wodehouse. He brings them to life

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

Reviewed: 05-26-15

Jonathan Cecil is a master when it comes to reading P G Wodehouse.
I think I have all of the audiobooks he did.he has a good grasp of the various voices in the story, and his voices fit the characters. He has the knack of pacing the story mastered-- it is subtle but when one listens to other readers his skill is obvious.
If Jonathan Cecil hasn't read A Wodehouse title then my second choice is Martin Jarvis

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  • The Life and Works of Bach

  • By: Jeremy Siepmann
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Siepmann, John Shrapnel, Trevor Nichols, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Although now beloved and revered by millions as the greatest composer who ever lived, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) was best known in his lifetime as an organist, and was eclipsed in fame as a composer by two of his twenty children. For the last twenty-seven years of his life he was a schoolteacher and choir director whose duties extended to meal supervision and dormitory inspection. Yet throughout his career he composed a vast body of music which is amongst the most joyful, dancing and enrapturing ever written.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By JP Bogers on 05-23-15

A good introduction to Bach's Life and Work

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

Reviewed: 01-10-15

I am very fond of J S Bach
I cannot read music. I find the format of the Naxos Life and Works series well tailored to my needed
There is narration that moves the story along , but there is the words of JS Bach and other members of his family. One learns of his great appetite for work, and his various quarrels with students, town councils and Church administrators.
The focus is Bach and his work-- from his childhood to his death.
There is good linking between the narrative and the other extended musical examples
A first class introduction.
I also like the other volumes in the series

  • The Life and Works of Chopin

  • By: Jeremy Siepmann
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Siepmann
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Frédéric Chopin is the pianist-composer par excellence. Here, his life - from his birth in Poland, his famous affair with the French writer George Sand, and his death at the age of 49 in Paris - is told with his music featuring prominently.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Through and Through

  • By Stephen on 07-16-03

A good introduction to Chopin

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-15

This is a good introduction to Chopin in both narrative and musical examples. One hears from Chopin's writings and from those who admired him along with some who didn't
There is a good balance between narrative and long musical instruments samples.
I cannot read music and found this a very informative guide to Chopin and his work.
I will listen to his music with more insight as a result of this work