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Joseph Norton

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  • Tumtum and Nutmeg: Trouble at Rose Cottage

  • By: Emily Bearn
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 59

There are some new residents in Rose Cottage. Bits of cake have been eaten, homework has been sabotaged and the doll's house has been trashed. But who are these mysterious intruders? Tumtum and Nutmeg make it their mission to get to the bottom of these unwanted house guests and when they finally uncover the truth the Nutmouses are horrified by what they find...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great performance and a fun story

  • By Joseph Norton on 02-01-18

Great performance and a fun story

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

I have read whaat I believe are the first 3 books in this series, so I grabbed this one since my kids and I enjoyed those.

Bill Wallace brings a great performance to this book, giving characters different voices and accents, bringing the book to life.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Exploding the Phone

  • The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell
  • By: Phil Lapsley
  • Narrated by: Johann North
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

Before smartphones, back even before the Internet and personal computer, a misfit group of technophiles, blind teenagers, hippies, and outlaws figured out how to hack the world’s largest machine: the telephone system. Starting with Alexander Graham Bell’s revolutionary "harmonic telegraph", by the middle of the 20th century the phone system had grown into something extraordinary, a web of cutting-edge switching machines and human operators that linked together millions of people like never before. But the network had a billion-dollar flaw, and once people discovered it, things would never be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story along with Great Technical Research

  • By Elsa Braun on 04-25-16

Phonetastic! Great story of how the phone was!

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

Reviewed: 04-18-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend this book to any of my friends who are technically inclined because it is fascinating history

What did you like best about this story?

The author covered the subject well and even did justice to the people he interviewed.

What about Johann North’s performance did you like?

Johann North is a former phone phreak who is familiar with the concepts discussed in this book, and, his narration reflects this very well.

Any additional comments?

This book discusses the telephone as it was when I, and, many of my contemporaries were growing up. As a blind person, I was fascinated with the phone and the various sounds it made. I would have loved to read this book back when I was a kid. Anyway, it brings back memories of the way I felt about the phone back then. There were so many cool things that could be done with the phone at the time.Great book, and, great narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Tertiary Phase (Dramatized)

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Full Cast
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555

Don't panic! The Hitchhiker's saga continues with a brand new full-cast dramatisation of Life, the Universe and Everything, the third book in Douglas Adams's famous 'trilogy in five parts'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dramatization, not the book.

  • By Tim Tringle on 03-23-11

The adventure continues!

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

Reviewed: 07-19-12

And here we are again!

At the end of the Secondary Phase of the Hitchhikers' Guide series, we heard Arthur Dent take off in Zaphod's ship, along with Marvin, a Lintilla clone, Eddie, the shipboard computer, etc. Now, he wakes up on earth, 2 million years in our past?

So, that just proves the universe is stranger than we think--especially Douglas Adam's Hitchhikers' universe.

Now, you can hear, in all of BBC's brilliant radio style, the dramatization of the third book, "Life, The Universe, and everything". Will Arthur find out the ultimate question this time? Will he finally get a cup of tea? Will he return to earth and settle down--even though the vogons destroyed the earth?

Listen and find out!

The BBC, again, does a wonderful job in bringing the third book to life, and, thanks to BBC and Audible, you can go along for the ride.

The BBC has given voices to some new characters, and, been able to bring many original cast members back for the dramatization of the final 3 books in the series. Some of the original cast are no longer with us, but, the BBC has done a good job replacing them.

True, the actors are a little older, but, I still don't have any trouble believing who they are.

This was performed after Douglas Adams died, but, he does make an appearance. See if you can guess who he plays!

Don't wait! Add this to your cart right now!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Secondary Phase (Dramatised)

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734

Stranded on Prehistoric Earth since the end of the first series, Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect are once again trying to hitch their way off the planet. Zaphod finds his visit to the offices of the Guide rudely interrupted by Frogstar fighters, who further threaten to feed him to the Total Perspective Vortex. Eventually reunited, the three fetch up on the planet Brontitall and discover the indigenous species in something of a flap. Arthur meets Lintilla (several of her), Marvin gets to be a hero once again, and there is a meeting with the Man in the Shack who apparently runs the Universe.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possible Reason For Some Low Ratings

  • By 20eagle16 on 06-23-11

Another great addition from the BBC and Audible

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-08

Here it is! The continuation of the adventures of Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect and the rest of the Hitchhiker characters! The next 6 episodes take up where the first phase left off and take you in a completely new direction from the books, TV series or the movie. Some things will be familiar, but, others are completely new. Whether you're a long-time Hitchhiker fan or new to the series, you won't want to miss this unique production from Douglas Adams and the BBC. Get it now! Don't wait! Add it to your cart right now before you forget it! Then, sit back, listen, and, again, most of all, Don't Panic!

16 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised)

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,863
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,469

A dynamic remastering of the original BBC Radio 4 full-cast serial - Fit the First to Fit the Sixth - which spawned a phenomenal hitchhiking legend. The original series of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, remastered by Dirk Maggs (director of the Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential Phases) to give a full, vibrant sound, now with Philip Pope’s version of the familiar theme tune and specially re-recorded announcements by John Marsh. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult to listen to in the car!

  • By Thomas on 08-19-12

A Must for Hitchhiker fans

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

Reviewed: 12-06-08

On Wednesday, March 8th, 1978, listeners to BBC Radio 4 first learned about what is perhaps the most remarkable, certainly the most successful book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the galaxy. Now, at long last, it's available through Audible! Hear how it all started. This came before the books, before the TV series and before the movie. Get it now! Don't think twice! Don't miss any of the adventures of Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect and the other characters as they take you with them on a romp through the galaxy you'll never forget! If you think you know it all because you read the books, think again. And, most of all, Don't Panic!

24 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • The Rolling Stones

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: David Baker, the Full Cast Family
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

It doesn't seem likely for twins to have the same middle name. Even so, it's clear that Castor and Pollux Stone both have "Trouble" written in that spot on their birth certificates. Of course, anyone who's met their grandmother Hazel would know that they came by it honestly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Fun, Good Science

  • By ejh on 06-29-05

Refreshing performance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-06

I am an avid talking book user and am used to the one-narrator performances from The Library of Congress NLS (National Library Service for the Blind and physically handicapped) and other commercial performances. However, I have always wanted to hear an audio book read the way this one was and my hat goes off to the Full Cast family. They did a great job and the voice performances were quite believable. I now know what the characters in this book sound like. Thanks Audible for making this one available.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful