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huntsville, al, United States
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  • Decline and Fall

  • By: Evelyn Waugh
  • Narrated by: Rik Mayall
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17

The king of farce strikes a royally hard slap to the face with this gloriously funny study of the life of Paul Pennyfeather, an Oxford expulsion who finds himself a job as a teacher, only to discover that his fellow educators are no better than a rag-tag bunch of oddballs, rascals, and even criminals! As an attractive and wealthy parent of one of the pupils is thrown into the mix, along with the chaos of the school sports day, no one is safe, least of all Paul Pennyfeather.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Amazing Barrage of Characters

  • By alura on 01-30-12

An Amazing Barrage of Characters

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

Reviewed: 01-30-12

What about Rik Mayall’s performance did you like?

Mayall's range of expression and pathos was perfect; no surprise to those familiar with his work.

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  • The Heart of the Matter

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

Scobie, a police officer in a West African colony, is a good and honest man. But when he falls in love, he is forced into a betrayal of everything that he has ever believed in, and his struggle to maintain the happiness of two women destroys him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Novel on Sin and Damnation

  • By Elanjelian on 01-20-10

A perfect reading

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

Reviewed: 01-17-12

What made the experience of listening to The Heart of the Matter the most enjoyable?

Michael Kitchen's narrative style

What other book might you compare The Heart of the Matter to and why?

George Orwell's Burmese Days because the tone, cadence and style are similar

Which character – as performed by Michael Kitchen – was your favorite?

all fantastic, but the main character, Scobie, was hauntingly poignant

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

definitely

Any additional comments?

simply superb

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