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Excellent Russian Literature!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Excellent Russian Literature! It's a classic for a reason! I don't feel movie stars should narrate books however, because they usually don't give good performances. They either read too dryly, too softly, exaggerate too much, or accentuate in the wrong places, and it often sounds like they didn't rehearse enough or give enough time perfecting their performance to do the production justice, because they're so busy or in the wrong mindset. Often it sounds sounds like they're loaning their famous name out, hurrying or sleeping through it, and want to hit the beach, their private jet, or an exclusive dinner instead of read a good story well. It is their movie training, and lack of theatre or literature training. A book is not a movie. Movie actors are not used to live audiences, live performances, and think everything is done and re-done in an editing room. In a movie, an awful performance can be saved by action, cinematography, music, or editing. Not so in an audiobook. It's just the reader and the listener, and nothing is fancy. Theatre background is excellent for narration. If a reader is well acquainted with the stage, and annunciating, and driving a live audience, and performing live, then they are usually a great narrator. So, I get a little tired of Audible hiring celebrities to read. I know it probably boosts sales with the famous name, but I much prefer stage-trained and tried-and-proven narrators. An exception is Christopher Reeve (Superman). He was an excellent narrator, but he also had tons of classic theatre training. All that aside, this book, the writing, is excellent.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

This is an essential book if you desire to write.

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This is an essential book if you desire to be a writer. A classic, and it is well performed. Pleasant to listen to. You may already know much of the information, or not, but it is good to keep as a guide and confirmation to that knowledge. Must have in your library.

Boring, cliché, disservice to autism. Mediocre.

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

This is a completely mediocre play. Everything about it is a cliché. The treatment of the topic(s) is very amateurish. A disservice to autism and science. Acting is decent. Not bad not great. However the portrait of the autistic child is painful to listen though, because it is so poorly written. Not recommended. So many better plays, and better works dealing with autism.

GREAT book for people writing musicals.

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

This is a wonderful book that will be informative to anyone that is a Broadway fan. But is especially nice for anyone working in the business, and especially writers. It covers classic musicals, to the newest hits of the late 2010s. What is nice, is it tells why some work, why others don't. What is good, what is bad. What makes something work, and why others fail. It covers the mistakes, and the artistry. That is helpful for writers, and also others in the creation process. If you already study Broadway, it will just confirm what you already know, and might not provide new information, since if you already study, you probably already have an extensive theatre geek background. But it's a terrific reference, and confirmation of what you already know, is still a help, anyway, if you're buying this for reference, or even entertainment. And if you're just a fan or student and new to Broadway, it will fill you in completely. It doesn't really contain gossip, which is good for me, it all more technical and helpful information and stories. Some of it repeats or goes back on itself, but to me, that is okay, because it is a study guide to me. I recommend this book mostly to students, and creators who want a good guide and reference material about the process, successes, and failures, and what makes it all tick or not tick.

(AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY)

okay

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-25-15

Its annoying that he mentions his email and website and asks you to contact him a few times. He kind of rambles. The narrator is really slow. Good voice and clarity but reads way too slow. Biggest complaint is book doesn't really inform or educate unless you're an amateur just starting out. The writing itself and exampkes are very cliché and sort of bad. This will teach you to become and stay an amateur and write cliché even cheesey books. If you like cheesey romance and bad pop titles then this is for you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Interview with Wendy Wasserstein audiobook cover art

Ok

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-15

Basic interview. Slightly informative but not truly. Very general and short. Not a lot of good information or questions. More of just a promo.

Mediocre narration.

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

Reviewed: 08-19-13

Where does Heart of Darkness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This audiobook version is one of the worst. However the written book by Joseph Conrad is one of the best.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Marlowe, of course. He tells the story beautifully.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator sounds like he did this in his bedroom or basement. He is not a professional. He needs a deeper actor's voice, and not to break up sentences so much. He may annoy some people.

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

All of it.

Any additional comments?

Look for a better version.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Excellent! Best audiobook version!

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

Reviewed: 08-19-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I absolutely recommend it. One, the story is one of the best. Two, it is finally done in audio.

What other book might you compare Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh to and why?

It is incomparable to anything else. It is one-of-a-kind.

What does Kenneth Branagh bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

While I'm not a huge movie fan of his (he's overly dramatic when he acts)... But for an audiobook, he is perfect, he did an excellent job on this audiobook, far better than any other rendition on Audible. This is the one to get.

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

All of it was great!

Any additional comments?

Get it!!!

Worth it! Good biography. Informative.

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

Reviewed: 07-09-13

Any additional comments?

Good biography. Informative. Not terribly exciting but not bad either. Great research. Necessary if you enjoy the original book or author's life. I live in New Orleans where the original book and life takes place. It's accurate and I had no issues as a French Quarter native.

I go to New York a lot, know art and students, and can relate to the people and life described... the biography is real and well done.

Don't expect literary miracles from the biography, its just a good bio.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Classic Hemingway. Bad narrator.

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

Reviewed: 07-09-13

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

William Hurt is awful. He's asleep and puts me to sleep. He sounds a little creepy, whiney, bored, and is just not a good or exciting reader.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful