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Emily

Mount Macedon, Australia
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  • The Magic Pudding

  • By: Norman Lindsay
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

The Magic Pudding is a pie except when it’s something else, like a steak or a jam donut or an apple dumpling or whatever its owner wants it to be. And it never runs out. No matter how many slices you cut, there’s always something left over. It’s magic. But The Magic Pudding is also alive. It walks and it talks, and it’s got a personality like no other. A meaner, sulkier, snider, snarlinger pudding you’ve never met.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An absolute Australian classic.

  • By Emily on 03-12-19

An absolute Australian classic.

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

I first heard this audiobook when I was maybe 5 or 6 years old, and it’s been a favourite of mine ever since. It was played on cassettes on long car trips and before bedtime.

It’s the story of Albert, the cut-and-come-again Magic Pudding, and his ‘owners’, Bill Barnacle, Sam Sawnoff and Bunyip Bluegum. It’s a classic tale of friendship, hijinks and thwarted pudding thieves which is family friendly and highly amusing.

This dramatisation by the ABC is one which will make you laugh, and the songs interspersed throughout are charming. The characters are funny and warm and beautifully voiced by the cast, and the background effects bring it all to life.

Don’t hesitate. Buy this audiobook and tuck in. You won’t regret it.

  • Nutshell

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Nutshell is a classic story of murder and deceit, told by a narrator with a perspective and voice unlike any in recent literature. A bravura performance, it is the finest recent work from a true master. To be bound in a nutshell, see the world in two inches of ivory, in a grain of sand. Why not, when all of literature, all of art, of human endeavour, is just a speck in the universe of possible things?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious, thrilling story

  • By Benjamin Myers on 10-28-16

An classic story with a new perspective.

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

Nutshell has a very interesting premise - It’s a novel narrated from the womb by a soon-to-be-born, highly articulate protagonist. Unique? Quite possibly. Engaging from the outset? Absolutely.

It’s a story about relationships between unborn child and mother, and a tangled web of lies and deception. Based on a classic, to say more would be to give the game away, and this is a story where you’ll enjoy the journey as the narrative unfolds.

The narrator (Rory Kinnear) is well-chosen, and brings life to all the characters. His voicing of the protagonist’s inner thoughts effortlessly flips from the urbane to those driven by juvenile desire and focus. An excellent characterisation of such an unusual protagonist.

If I had one thing to state in criticism, the novel was a touch too long than it needed to be, however, I did enjoy listening to it, and would recommend it to anyone after a highly literary listen with an usual perspective at its core.

  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

  • By: Marlon Bundo, Jill Twiss
  • Narrated by: Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, and others
  • Length: 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,800
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,991
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,926

HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents the story of a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny. Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence - the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon's life is about to change forever....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This story is cute, but let's be honest.

  • By João on 03-19-18

A heartwarming and important tale of equality

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

Equality is key to this story, which tells of the day where Marlon Bundo, BOTUS (Bunny of the United States), meets the love of his life - a floppy-eared boy bunny named Wesley. Knowing they want to spend the rest of their lives hopping together, they decide to marry, and that's where the story takes off ...

Listen to this gorgeous story, which is performed by a wonderful celebrity cast, and you'll be smiling and feeling sentimental by the end.

Proceeds from this book support The Trevor Project and AIDS United, so in buying this book, you're supporting worthy causes as well as making a statement - love is love, and love is all that matters!

  • House of Cards

  • House of Cards Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Michael Dobbs
  • Narrated by: Samuel West
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Michael Dobbs’ entertaining tale of skulduggery and intrigue within the Palace of Westminster has been a huge hit with the public. Its scheming hero, Chief Whip Francis Urquhart, who uses fair means and foul to become Prime Minister, is one of the best-known characters of the last decade - the politician we all love to hate. Acclaimed for its authenticity and insights into a secret world - the result of many years working behind the scenes for the Conservative Party - it became a highly popular, award-winning BBC TV series, with Francis Urquhart memorably portrayed by Ian Richardson.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A classic political tale of schemes and trickery

  • By Emily on 09-09-18

A classic political tale of schemes and trickery

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

Michael Dobbs' tale of political trickery remains as fresh today as when it was first published. The BBC series (from the 90s) and the Netflix series have only ensured its legacy as a must read for those who like politically savvy novels with a hefty dose of dark humour.

In terms of this novel, Francis Urquhart (the protagonist) remains a brilliantly constructed character whose craftiness is both disturbing and inspiring - you're left with have a feeling he's going to win, but have to keep listening to find out how he's going to triumph and who he'll leave floundering in his wake. Samuel West reads the novel with the perfect mix of cool reserve and a sense of witty and cynical disclosure in the monologues. It all makes for engrossing listening.

Should you immediately purchase and listen to this audiobook? Well, to quote Francis Urquhart himself, "you might very well think that, I couldn't possibly comment."

One note about the version - this is the revised edition of the novel, republished to tie in to the BBC series and set up the subsequent novels. If you're looking for the original version, this isn't it, and the search continues! (Audible, please let us have that one too - I believe it's narrated by Paul Eddington ...)

  • 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
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776

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!

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  • 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 5,724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,431
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,439

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 56 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.

4 of 4 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 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Click-Clack the Rattlebag, a free short story written and performed by Neil Gaiman
    
    
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    Length: 11 mins
    543 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • 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 543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509

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

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 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful