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  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 2
  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Martin Freeman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,104

Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons is a curious time to have a craving for tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his curious comrades in arms as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability, and desperately in search of a place to eat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this book!

  • By DrVeebs2b on 07-02-12

Martin Freeman's narration is BRILLIANT!

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

Reviewed: 03-19-13

As I walk along listening to Martin Freeman reading The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, I have a big, stupid grin on my face, and I can see people are giving me a wide berth ... :)

Several people have complained about Martin's portrayal of Zaphod, but I think it's terrific! -- A joy to listen to.

  • How to Speak Dragonese

  • How to Train Your Dragon, Book 3
  • By: Cressida Cowell
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was a Viking hero - dashing, brave, and ever so hairy. But even Viking heroes have to begin somewhere.... Toothless has been captured, the nanodragon is about to be gobbled, and Sharkworms are on the loose. Once again we are relying on Hiccup to be a hero.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • David Tennant's narration makes this worth the $$!

  • By Avocat on 03-02-12

David Tennant's narration makes this worth the $$!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-12

Cressida Cowell's "How to Train Your Dragon" series comes to life as read by Scottish actor David Tennant. His voice is magical - the accents he gives some of the characters are over-the-top hilarious -- just perfect for this great romp. Our family has the books but we have also purchased the audio versions just to hear David Tennant's performance. (Of course, as huge Doctor Who fans, we are a bit biased!)

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  • The Drop

  • Harry Bosch, Book 15
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Len Cariou
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,531
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,498

Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Of The Best Bosch Books!

  • By Laurie on 12-03-11

Terrific book - not a terrific narration

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

Reviewed: 02-28-12

If you could sum up The Drop in three words, what would they be?

compelling, tight, dark

How could the performance have been better?

I love Len Cariou's acting, but his narration is lacking. You can hear him pause at the end of every line on the page he's reading. It's annoying.

  • true

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Tom Baker
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Set against the bloody background of the French Revolution, this is perhaps Dickens' most famous work. Doctor Manette, his devoted daughter Lucie, and the young French aristocrat Charles Darnay are memorable characters. Above all the others rises the reckless Sidney Carton, whose selfless love makes him one of literature's great heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly read by Tom Baker

  • By Avocat on 05-20-11

Brilliantly read by Tom Baker

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-11

You wouldn't think anything could make this classic any better, but Tom Baker's narration is exquisite. I hope he can be persuaded to read more Dickens.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • true

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Tom Baker
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Here is the story of Pip and his mysterious rise from abused orphan to gentleman. Magwitch, the brutal convict, withered Miss Havisham, still wearing her yellowed wedding gown, and the heartless and beautiful Estella, are vibrant characters. Listen in to this superb story told with typical Dickensian warmth and humor and woven around unforgettable characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tom Baker's narration - exquisite

  • By Avocat on 04-21-11

Tom Baker's narration - exquisite

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-11

I have loved this story for a long time, but decided to spend the few $$ to get the audible version with one of my favorites Tom Baker narrating. He is sublime! He does the different voices very well. It's simply wonderful to listen to the narration in a British accent. He just does a wonderful job. Well worth the $$, even if you're very familiar with the book. I just wish he would record more Dickens!!

  • One of Our Thursdays is Missing

  • A Novel
  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 560

Deftly blending such genres as mystery, science fiction, and classic literature, Jasper Fforde’s gleefully irreverent New York Times best-selling Thursday Next novels defy categorization. In this sixth installment, the threat of all-out Genre war looms over BookWorld. But with the real Thursday Next retired in the real world, the Council of Genres has no other choice than to tap the fictional Thursday to save the day. Her mission as emissary is to prevent the brewing war—but her task is made more difficult by a hidden foe manipulating events.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not really a Thursday Next book

  • By Kevin on 03-10-11

GREAT book. TERRIBLE narration

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-11

I'm a big fan of Jasper Fforde & the Thursday Next series. I really enjoyed the book, but the purpose of this review is to comment on the narration. The narrator can't do voices at all, in particular male voices. The voice of Landen, one of the most important characters in the book, is done in a dull monotone, which doesn't even sound human. It's difficult to imagine the main character in love with him. Other male voices are done in a similar slooooow, deeeep voice which is more distracting than anything else. Plus there are careless mistakes, where she uses the wrong voice, or stays in character when she shouldn't, or vice versa. But I guess that's an editing problem. I had to buy a print copy because I couldn't stand it any more. My plan had been to buy all the books in the series on audio, but I won't buy anything else from this narrator.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful