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  • The Cat in the Hat and Other Dr. Seuss Favorites

  • By: Dr. Seuss
  • Narrated by: Kelsey Grammer, John Cleese, John Lithgow, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,097
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694

Eleven complete Dr. Seuss stories at a great price, featuring performances by John Cleese, Billy Crystal, Ted Danson, Kelsey Grammer, Dustin Hoffman, John Lithgow, and more!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The individual books are bookmarked

  • By Eric on 12-28-09

A-list narrators reading Dr Seuss - Unbeatable

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

Reviewed: 12-14-15

This collection of Dr Seuss practically sells itself - look at the narrators! All great actors and comedians and storytellers. They all bring their talent and skill in telling these whimsical and wonderful stories, and they nail them. They revel in the rhythm and rhyme of the stories, and make the most of them. Dr Seuss has a way of writing that is so distinct, and each narrators works flalessly with the text. I cannot think of a single thing that needs to be changed.

The sound effects really bring the stories to life without being too heavy-handed or detracting from the text, which is a great achievement too.

This collection (and the others in the series) will become repeat listenings for family roadtrips and bedtime stories, and they'll never grow old or become boring, 98 and three-quarters percent guaranteed!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Confederacy of Dunces

  • By: John Kennedy Toole
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,803
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,814

The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Done

  • By Jon on 09-18-05

Sublime. A perfect telling of this remarkable tale

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

Reviewed: 03-07-15

There's something about Ignatius J Reilly ... He'll make you guffaw with laughter, choke with repulsion and, thanks to the remarkable talent of John Kennedy Toole, you might even find pity for him.

This novel is astounding. It's such a tragedy that there were no more novels by Toole, who could have been a prodigious talent. However we have this title, and Ignatius is his gift to the world, and the world is much richer for it.

You won't regret a moment spent listening to this brilliant audiobook; the narration is spot on, and the characterisations marvellous. Best enjoyed while eating a hot dog. Happy listening.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Quite Remarkable Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat

  • By: Eric Idle
  • Narrated by: Eric Idle
  • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Join the Owl and the Pussycat on their long journey to save the walking, talking Bong Tree in this clever story filled with love and laughter, silly songs, fabulous felines, vile villains, precocious pie-rats, and lots more to tickle one's fancy. Enhanced by an original musical score that contains 10 hysterical songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A charming tale with funny songs; a total delight.

  • By Emily on 12-30-14

A charming tale with funny songs; a total delight.

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

Reviewed: 12-30-14

Eric Idle's telling of the story of the Owl and the Pussycat, who set to sea in a pea-green boat, is marvellous. It takes the poem as its basis and spins it into a wonderful adventure involving the Fire Lord, the magical Bong Tree (that walks and talks), and, of course the Pig with a ring in his nose!

There are songs interspersed within the story (I particularly like the one about shopping), and which add to the whole story beautifully, and Eric Idle reads delightfully. As a member of Monty Python, he brings his wit to the narration and his sense of fun, not to mention his ability to create fantastic voices for the characters.

Adults and children alike will love this audiobook about the Owl and the Pussycat, two brave friends whose adventure will become a favourite, and deserves to be a classic.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Very British Coup

  • By: Chris Mullin
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Against the odds, former steel worker Harry Perkins has led the Labour Party to a stunning victory. His manifesto includes the removal of American bases, public control of finance and the dismantling of media empires. The Establishment is appalled. Something must be done. As MI5 conspires with the City and the press barons to bring Perkins down, he finds himself caught up in a no-holds-barred battle for survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Interesting Tale of Politics and Betrayal

  • By Emily on 12-29-14

A Very Interesting Tale of Politics and Betrayal

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

Reviewed: 12-29-14

Harry Perkins is elected Prime Minister of the UK in an election that leaves the conservatives reeling. His platform is radical, left-wing, and from day one his enemies begin to rally against him. 'A Very British Coup' is a story about the rise of a government, and a look at what can happen in a democracy when you have the wrong, or should that be right, enemies.

Chris Mullin reads the story well, going from Perkin's thick Yorkshire accent to the polished Oxbridge accents of Perkin' conservative enemies, to the American accents of the US interests who involve themselves in the story. So effective is his narration that the gum chewing of the American President will grate on your nerves (or at least, it did mine ...)

This audiobook will appeal to those who love political thrillers like House of Cards, and was adapted into a highly acclaimed mini-series.

  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag, a free short story written and performed by Neil Gaiman

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483

A few words from Neil: A few years ago, I blogged about an idea I had for a new Halloween tradition…. I proposed that, on Hallowe'en or during the week of Hallowe'en, we give each other scary books. And so All Hallows’ Read was born. This year, I decided to make the tradition Audible. Literally. We have been telling each other tales of otherness, of life beyond the grave, for a long time; stories that prickle the flesh and make the shadows deeper and, most important, remind us that we live, and that there is something special, something unique and remarkable about the state of being alive. Happy Halloween!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantasticly Original and creepy

  • By Melaina Lara on 04-25-18

A spooky story for All Hallow's Read

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

Reviewed: 12-29-14

Neil Gaiman created All Hallow's Read, a tradition where readers exchange scary stories for Halloween, and this is his first audiobook offering for lovers of spooky stories - Click-Clack the Rattlebag. His narration is skilled, and his voice very pleasant to listen to, with just the right mixture of warmth to put you at your ease and creepiness when things get strange and spooky.

Settle back, and learn about click-clacks and rattlebags, but be careful ...

  • I Am Not Going To Get Up Today!]

  • By: Dr. Seuss
  • Narrated by: Jason Alexander
  • Length: 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

I'm Not Going to Get Up Today read by Jason Alexander.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unsung classic from Dr Seuss, beautifully told

  • By Emily on 12-29-14

An unsung classic from Dr Seuss, beautifully told

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

Reviewed: 12-29-14

"I'm not going to get up today" is a little known Dr Seuss story but it's an absolute gem that deserves to be wider known. It's a story of a boy who just wants to sleep in, declaring to his parents, the town and the whole world that he's not going to get up today, no matter what they try. Jason Alexander is a great narrator and gets the tone of the story just right, at every moment. I can't recommend this audiobook more. It's funny, it's sweet and the whole thing is marvellously accompanied by sounf effects and music that enhance the story perfectly.

So, have a sleep in, and, in honour, listen to his book as you settle down for a snooze.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,868
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,863

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Top Pick for 2012

  • By Emily - Audible on 11-30-12

A disturbing vision, well told by Claire Danes

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

Reviewed: 12-29-14

The Handmaid's Tale is an alarming story of a society where women have been entirely subjugated, rendered powerless and even nameless, taking their identities from the men who control them. Margaret Atwood's tale is brought vividly to life by Claire Danes, who reads with longing for the former times, fear of what her character finds herself in, and depicts perfectly the dystopian society of Gilead. This could not be better told, and could not have a better narrator.

This is not a comfortable listen, but a necessary one given the struggle for equality that women still face around the world.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme

  • The Complete Series 3 & 4
  • By: John Finnemore
  • Narrated by: a full cast, John Finnemore, Carrie Quinlan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

The complete third and fourth series of BBC Radio 4’s award-winning sketch show, written by and starring the writer of Cabin Pressure. In the third and fourth series of his hit sketch show, John Finnemore examines a typically eclectic range of issues including making friends, the problem with polymath bestselling authors, the colour of posh men’s trousers, and a history of choice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comedy gold from Finnemore and company

  • By Emily on 12-29-14

Comedy gold from Finnemore and company

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

Reviewed: 12-29-14

John Finnemore is becoming one of the brightest talents of the current British radio comedy scene, and John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme is one of the reasons why. Full of clever and witty short sketches, and comic songs, this will make you laugh out loud time and time again. One particular stand-out is the song of the Red Trousers, and the sketch about finding a friend at the airport.

If you like his work, check out his series Cabin Pressure, as well as the other series of the Souvenir Programme. Trust me, it's well worth it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Oh, the Places You'll Go!

  • By: Dr. Seuss
  • Narrated by: John Lithgow
  • Length: 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 498
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 385

Here is the incomparable Dr. Seuss' story of an unnamed "you" whose travels through the world involve a series of ups and downs. His ultimate success, however, is "98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed!"

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely effects!

  • By Cesar on 11-26-12

Classic Seuss, read beautifully, not just for kids

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

Reviewed: 12-29-14

'Oh the places you'll go' is an amazing book - it's uplifting, inspiring and leaves you feeling enthusiastic about the world and your part in it. This is a great book for children, to tell them that great things lie before them, and a wonderful book for young adults (and not so young adults) to tell them that their talents can lead them to places they never expected. John Lithgow reads this story so well, clearly and with a sense of fun as well as seriousness (when required).

This is an audiobook that you can listen to time and time again, and will never tire. You won't regret it - ninety-eight-and-three-quarter per cent guaranteed.

  • The Bees

  • By: Laline Paull
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. Living to accept, obey and serve, she is prepared to sacrifice everything for her beloved holy mother, the Queen. But Flora is not like other bees. Despite her ugliness she has talents that are not typical of her kin. While mutant bees are usually instantly destroyed, Flora is removed from sanitation duty and is allowed to feed the newborns, before becoming a forager, collecting pollen on the wing. She also finds her way into the Queen's inner sanctum, where she discovers secrets both sublime and ominous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing and accurate account of the honey bee!

  • By rallynug on 11-29-15

The Bees - a buzzing debut novel

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

Reviewed: 08-31-14

Many critics will describe this book as the bee version of the classic animal novel Watership Down. It's a great compliment. Watership Down is a detailed and fascinating exploration of the life of a warren of rabbits, and The Bees is a similarly detailed and fascinating exploration of the life of a hive of bees. The story is told from the individual perspective of a single bee, Flora 717, as she lives and works in the hive for the wellbeing of the hive and its queen, who is adored with religious fervour and whose love sustains the hive.

Laline Paull's novel is engrossing and interesting, and Orlagh Cassidy's narration suits it well and carries the drama of the story with style and subtlety. She has the richness of voice needed for the queen, the wheedling tones necessary for the dangerous enemies of the colony, and a brave and bold voice for Flora 717 herself, on whom the whole story rests.

This book will have you buzzing with excitement - buy it now!