LISTENER

Essam Shabana

Jersey City, NJ, USA
  • 5
  • reviews
  • 2
  • helpful votes
  • 17
  • ratings
  • Man and Superman

  • By: George Bernard Shaw
  • Narrated by: Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Juliet Stevenson, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Man and Superman was the first drama to be broadcast on the BBC's Third Programme on October 1, 1946. To celebrate Radio 3's 50th anniversary, the play was directed by Sir Peter Hall, and preserved for all time in this lush audio dramatization. 'A comedy and a philosophy', Man and Superman is based on the Don Juan theme, and using all the elements from Mozart's Don Giovanni, Shaw reordered them so that Don Juan becomes the quarry instead of the huntsman.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS IS "MY" BERNARD SHAW!!

  • By Mitzi on 11-26-18

A good time is guaranteed with this play

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

Reviewed: 05-29-15

A wonderful performance by the actors especially Ralph Fiennes. Such a great masterpiece. Highly recommended.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Campbell's Kingdom

  • By: Hammond Innes
  • Narrated by: Mark Elstob
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

He was a man without hope, until a lawyer and a crazy inheritance spurred him to one last desperate roll of the dice. The old man was convinced, against all evidence, that there was oil in the Rocky mountains. So his grandson sets off to a godforsaken town of shattered hopes and bitter old men, and plunges into a perilous battle against hostile country, powerful enemies, and a ticking clock.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterpiece and a riveting performance by the reader

  • By Essam Shabana on 05-27-15

A masterpiece and a riveting performance by the reader

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

An incredible and inspiring journey by an Englishman from his monotonous existence complicated by a death sentence in the form of inoperable cancer to the Canadian Rocky Mountains where he found a new purpose in his life pursuing the dreams of his late grandfather. It's a story of hope and determination. Knowing that he had nothing to lose, and driven by the desire to clear his grandfather's name, the protagonist defied impossible odds. I must add that the artful performance by Mark Elstob gave life to the character and made the experience a real joy. Highly recommended

  • Wreckers Must Breathe

  • By: Hammond Innes
  • Narrated by: Philip Bird
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

The spectre of another world war haunts journalist Walter Craig and disturbs the peace of his seaside holiday. But below the Cornish cliffs, hidden by churning seas, the enemy is very real indeed, and much closer than anyone could suspect. Craig and his singularly resourceful fisherman friend alone discover the terrible truth - a potentially devastating threat to Britain's merchant ships - and alone must risk their lives against the might of the German navy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A typical Hammond Innes masterpiece

  • By Essam Shabana on 02-16-15

A typical Hammond Innes masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 02-16-15

A wonderful performance by the narrator combined with a captivating wartime thriller to produce an enjoyable reading experience! Definitely recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wreck of the Mary Deare

  • By: Hammond Innes
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

They dismissed the Mary Deare as ‘a piece of leaking ironmongery taken off the junk heap’. For 40 years this 6,000-ton freighter had tramped the seas, suffered shipwreck twice, and been torpedoed three times in two world wars. Then one March night, battered and bruised and empty, she emerged from severe Biscay gales into the English Channel - and into the newspaper headlines. Here was a ship of mystery and tragedy... in one of the greatest sea stories of all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sea tale

  • By Richard on 07-03-10

A wonderful novel by a master storyteller

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

Reviewed: 01-15-15

The beauty of the novel is only exceeded by the captivating performance of the narrator. An immersive atmosphere. Strongly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • One Second After

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,922

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Realistic Worst Nightmare

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 03-02-17

A shocking but great novel.

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

Reviewed: 02-19-12

What made the experience of listening to One Second After the most enjoyable?

One second after is very real.

What other book might you compare One Second After to and why?

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

No.

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

The moment that really moved me was right after the war.

Any additional comments?

No

0 of 1 people found this review helpful