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  • Terry Pratchett: BBC Radio Drama Collection

  • Seven BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis, Sheila Hancock, Anton Lesser, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smell very much like our own, but which looks completely different.... Collected together for the first time are seven full-cast BBC Radio dramatisations of Terry Pratchett’s novels, with star-studded casts including Martin Jarvis, Sheila Hancock, Anton Lesser, Philip Jackson, Alex Jennings and Mark Heap.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Get the unabridged audiobooks, instead

  • By S. Horn on 11-09-18

This is not the books...well no - its radio drama.

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

If you really want the Pratchett book...buy the Pratchett book - they are great and Stephen Briggs does a fantastic job bringing them to life...Since I have read all of these, some a very long time ago, the dramatization was exactly what I was expecting.
Now you may want to save your credit as all these dramas are probably available on the BBC website. The convenience of having them all together, however, is great. Wish they would have collected them as Nightwatch, witches, unseen university etc but the mixture is good - maybe the next collection.
Why I couldn't give it 5 stars...well the staging/recording itself. The volume goes up and down, there are sections where there are too much background noises, voices talking over one another, odd foley choices and times when you just had to pull the earphones out or risk being deafened. The quality got better as the collection progressed.
Overall, if you were not lucky enough to catch these on BBC, this is your chance to see these books from a different perspective.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Quantum Night

  • By: Robert. J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 499

Experimental psychologist Jim Marchuk has developed a flawless technique for identifying the previously undetected psychopaths lurking everywhere in society. But while being cross-examined about his breakthrough in court, Jim is shocked to discover that he has lost his memories of six months of his life from 20 years previously - a dark time during which he himself committed heinous acts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Discombobulated, but interesting

  • By Keith on 03-21-16

Another great thought experiment

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

What made the experience of listening to Quantum Night the most enjoyable?

I like how Sawyer thinks and enjoy his books even when I disagree with the way he is turning and flipping ideas - maybe I like it more because I've been arguing with the ideas since the book started.

I think this book really turns a mirror on who we think we are and how we treat others because we assume they are not like us - the idea of tribes and 'the others' that are not like us and how we treat them because we think less of them.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

While I think Scott Aiello was a good voice for the main character Jim, he really needed some guidance on pronunciation - Regina, Assiniboia, Saskatchewan...maybe ask someone who has actually been there because being a native of Saskatchewan the mispronunciations started to grate...a lot!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My only negative reaction to this book was some of the simplistic reactions that characters have to major events - a foreign power annexing Canada would illicit a stronger response, and a quantum shift would not simply solve the major world problems - see Brave New World - CWC's cannot be counted on to be morally superior or smarter than the rest of humanity....see I'm still arguing with the book.

Any additional comments?

Oh, and Robert...why in hell would you drive through Regina to get to Saskatoon from Winnipeg??

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Touch

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 611

Kepler had never meant to die this way--viciously beaten to death by a stinking vagrant in a dark back alley. But when reaching out to the murderer for salvation in those last dying moments, a sudden switch takes place. Now Kepler is looking out through the eyes of the killer himself, staring down at a broken and ruined body lying in the dirt of the alley.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Large volume changes on most sentences.

  • By Nathan on 05-16-18

Can't stop thinking about the complexities

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

Reviewed: 03-23-15

This book is somewhat different from my normal reading but I wanted a change of pace and the idea of an entity that could move between bodies sounded interesting. Right from the start I was drawn into the pictures that the author painted and she really takes her reader across Europe and into the lives of every skin kepler touches. It provides great suspense as we track Aquarius trying to find out who killed kepler's host and why but it is much more - it is about love and life and being who we each are in our own skins. It is about love and acceptance and seeing the true beauty of authenticity in the lines and imperfection of everybody. I also love what it does with gender and the idea of who or what we are and how we love.

I finished it days ago and the ideas are still ranging around my head. Tracking down more from this author was somewhat of a trick as Claire North is a pseudonym for Catherine Webb , a YA author who also writes under the pseudonym Kate Griffin depending on the series she is writing. Looking forward to discovering much more from this author.

The narrator was excellent as well - I don't believe I have come across him before but he does a great job of interpreting the personalities of each 'skin' while retaining kepler's own personality. Will be looking for more from Peter Kenny as well.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Razor's Edge

  • Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion, Book 1
  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 583
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 547
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 546

Times are desperate for the Rebel Alliance. Harassment by the Empire and a shortage of vital supplies are hindering completion of a new secret base on the ice planet Hoth. So when Mid Rim merchants offer much-needed materials for sale, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo lead an Alliance delegation to negotiate a deal. But when treachery forces the rebel ship to flee into territory controlled by pirates, Leia makes a shocking discovery: The fierce marauders come from Leia's homeworld of Alderaan, recently destroyed by the Death Star.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book, Adequate Narrator.

  • By Pamela on 09-29-13

Not the typical Star Wars Book

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

Reviewed: 11-06-13

I have been a fan of the expanded universe from the very start - graphic novels, short stories, books, whatever I could get my hands on. I'm oldschool though and I really do like the adventures of Leia, Han and Luke the best and this is a nice look into Leia's world.

As I started this book I was a little put off by the narrator - that being said, I think she does a fantastic job. Ok, granted she is not Marc Thompson but...I think that's the point - this is a book about Leia, not Han, not Lando - Leia and some other very prominent female characters and January Lavoy does an excellent job on every single one. I also think she does a pretty good job of Han and Luke (C3P0 was a little weak but not really distracting)- I would recommend she not try Lando though, that guy is just too smooth.

This book isn't all space battles and shoot-em-up, although it has plenty of that too. Instead I enjoyed getting into Leia's mind, behind the self-assured mask a bit. I would have liked to go even deeper but this was a nice change of pace. Wells does a good job of setting the foundation for the Leia and the woman/jedi she later becomes.

Let your prejudices go - no it's not Thompson, get over it. Let Wells and Lavoy take you into Leia's world.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Spider's Bite

  • Elemental Assassin, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Estep
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,244
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,506
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,514

They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South -- when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • How I got to loathe the story

  • By Brian Rygaard Jensen on 06-06-13

Interesting new world for Urban Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 11-19-12

I picked this up on one of the sales and got hooked in yet another great series.

I'm glad I didn't look at the reviews beforehand. Most are very positive but there are a few that got caught up on the repetition on the book. There is definitely some of that - ok we get the placement of her blades and the colour of everyone's eyes. The story was compelling however and I think the strength of the narrator keeps the books going (that accent is right on the money).

Overall I am very thankful that this is a strong female character and the author doesn't feel the need to use sex in every other scene - there is definitely some scenes along those themes however the story is central and is not a bed hop.

Gin is a strong, believable, flawed character who I really did like as a person. Glad to have this series in the queue.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Shaken

  • Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels, Book 7
  • By: J. A. Konrath
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe, Dick Hill
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 419

Chicago cop Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels has chased and caught dozens of dangerous criminals over the course of her career. But she's about to meet her match. When Jack wakes up in a storage locker, bound and gagged, she knows with chilling certainty who her abductor is. He's called "Mr. K," and more than two hundred homicides have been attributed to him. His victims have died in the most horrible ways imaginable: he is the essence of evil. Some think he's just an urban legend, but he's very, very real. Jack has tangled with him twice in the past, and both times he managed to slip away.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sadistic Story

  • By cynthia on 11-13-11

Small doses over time

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

Reviewed: 10-12-12

Would you try another book from J. A. Konrath and/or Angela Dawe and Dick Hill ?

I read Konrath's first few books then started to listen and enjoyed the timing and humour. I still enjoy the characters but this book turned dark fast.The Narrators are great. Dick Hill deserves all the accolades he has received over the years. Angela Dawe is a new narrator to the series - replacing Dick's wife Suzie Breck - not sure the reason behind that move. She does a good job but I do miss Suzie's characterization of Jack.

Would you be willing to try another book from J. A. Konrath? Why or why not?

Yes because I like to complete things and will continue reading in the series as Konrath slowly kills most of Chicago.

What does Angela Dawe and Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Both are excellent voice actors - Dick Hill is an experienced and award winning narrator who is a master of all the characters he does. This is the first time I've listened to Angela Dawe and she does a good job with Jack. I'm not sure why they changed from Suzie Breck who use to do all the female voices and really had made Jack's character so I do miss her interpretation.

Was Shaken worth the listening time?

It took a while to get through - I had to start and stop this book a number of times as I just couldn't deal with the violence for a full week of commuting - I had to break it up with vampires or something a little less terrifying.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Monstrumologist

  • By: Rick Yancey
  • Narrated by: Steven Boyer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 430

Dr. Warthrop is a scientist who tracks and studies real-life monsters. Assisted by his 12-year-old apprentice, Will Henry, Dr. Warthrop discovers a pod of Anthropophagi and launches a hunt to destroy the foul beasts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent naration brought the horror to life

  • By Kristin M. Slonski on 12-19-12

Enjoying this but...be warned!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-10

I am 1/2 way through listening to this book and actually enjoying the homage to Lovecraft.

I knew when I bought that it was about monsters. I even did some research and found the author writes both adult and youth books. Not a problem I quite like that genre if it is done well and the author is an excellent writer. This book was published on the youth side of things and so I expected something a little different than what I found.

So far in the 5 hours I have listened (and without giving anything away I hope) I have been through at least 3 heavily gore encrusted scenes, murder, illegal activities, evisceration, sever (and detailed) sepsis and some fairly high end psychosis involving abandonment issues.

In my opinion this is not a book that should be targeted to youth - unless they tend toward wearing a lot of black and too much eyeliner I would recommend parents listen along with their 'young adult'.

You are warned - it is gory - very Lovecraftian, well written - but gory.

12 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Symbol

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,111

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In love with books again

  • By Paul on 01-31-10

Good escape

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-10

This book is not a leap from Dan Brown's other books. It was great escapism and there were some good moments...I am a geek and I liked the "lectures" throughout. As a mystery - not so much - I figured out the staircase about chapter 10 - won't spoil it for others.

This is not Shakespeare but a good story and probably written for the 3rd movie. Enjoy and take it as a bit of a vacation from real life. Don't bother if you want deep characters and a believable story.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

  • By: Katherine Howe
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 899

Connie's mother asks her to sell an abandoned house once owned by her grandmother in Salem, Mass. Relunctantly, Connie moves to the small town and inhabits the crumbling, ancient house, trying to restore it to a semblance of order. Curious things start to happen when Connie finds the name "Deliverance Dane" on a yellowed scrap of paper and begins to have visions of a long ago woman condemned for practicing "physick," or herbal healing, on her neighbors in 1690s Salem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it!

  • By Darinda on 06-20-09

Wonderful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-10

From my understanding this is Katherine Howe's first novel and I can't wait for her next.

True it is a bit slow in areas but I didn't get bored for one minute. The lives of all the women from 1692 to 1991 were wonderfully detailed and I was interested in the process that Connie had to go through to find herself and the book. I couldn't wait for my commute to continue the story each day.

I did find it a little predictable but the story wasn't a mystery - it was about the women who were bound by this book and it's a peek into a time so different from our own.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Fool

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,585

Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mr Moore does it again.

  • By Michael on 02-17-09

Taking it one step farther

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-09

I've been hooked on this author since I started chanting "First we feast then Ikea" after I listened to the stupidest angel...Moore takes his irreverence one step further in this outing. Moore loves words and wordplay and it shows - yes it can be quite vulgar and the F word probably is overused (if I was English I might be a bit offended at the overuse of shag as well). Of course this isn't family reading but a very entertaining twist on the Lear story for (very) mature audiences. Made my commute all the more enjoyable.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful