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Difficult at first, beautiful as it went on

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-2018

I think it is the medium of audio that affected my enjoyment of this book. I've read it, I've watched several adaptations, but listening made me really incensed on the part of the Dashwoods at the treatment they received from their (half) sister-in-law. I found it physically difficult to keep listening.

Of course, as things proceeded, the immediacy of the emotions I felt became less irritating - avarice is such an irritating vice!, and the reading, the pleasure of Austen's writing - well, sheer delight in much loved characters.

I've found that the Naxos editions are generally the best readings. The Jane Eyre read by Amanda Root is the best audiobook I have ever listened to, and this is in the top 10.

Very funny, a little bit yuck

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

Reviewed: 08-09-2018

My 6 year old son finds all three of The World's Worst Children very funny. He cackles with happiness at the absurd naughtiness of the children in the books.

However, as an adult, I have a very strong stomach. I can talk about corpses and autopsies over pudding but these books have actually made me dry retch - I can't be more specific, as each three have become just one long horror show of terrible parenting and terrible children, some with very physical habits, such as eating large balls of earwax. I would put some of the stories on a par with the film Dead Alive/Braindead by Peter Jackson for the pure and immediate revulsion factor.

On the plus side, there has been no discernible 'naughtifying' effect on my son either. He's still pretty darn good and doesn't eat his own earwax.

Interesting and educational

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-06-2017

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

Interesting accessible education

What did you like best about this story?

The care with which the book is structured.

Have you listened to any of Rob Shapiro’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No.

Any additional comments?

I have to listen pretty carefully to this one but once I took the trouble to do that, I found that the work is pleasant to think about, easy to interact with, and stimulating. I've begun thinking about the world around me in terms of evolution, testing what I know about the world against this book, and trying to decide what I agree with or not. We're still evolving, I wonder how much of our sexual behaviours have to do with social developments around disease control rather than being the end product of evolutionary behaviours from the past. Fun to listen to for just that reason - lots to consider.

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A delight

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

Reviewed: 28-06-2017

If you could sum up Winnie the Pooh (Dramatised) in three words, what would they be?

Funny, lovely, joyful.

What other book might you compare Winnie the Pooh (Dramatised) to, and why?

The other dramatised Pooh books

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Comic intonation and acting skill

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really but it is well able to sustain multiple listens.

Any additional comments?

A great cast of voice actors - not a voice out of place. The Australian accent is kind of ridiculous but that just makes it lovely. Kanga and Roo are polite Australian accents as imagined by people who've never heard an Australian talk, or if they have, decided to heavily redact the nasal braying we are so found of demonstrating for the world. 'Come on, Roo' should really be 'C'aarn, Roo' (for example).

Thought provoking and well read

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

Reviewed: 28-06-2017

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

Interesting. Humbling. Hopeful.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Chocky. Because she's Chocky.

Which character – as performed by Daniel Weyman – was your favourite?

The little sister. Very funny segues about her pony.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. And I did, but I have listened a number of times.

Any additional comments?

John Wyndham novels tend to be thought-provoking. With Daniel Weyman, it's just like having a really smart friend around all the time who wants to read you a story. THE BEST of everything right there - a good story and a good narrator, and you get to have a good think too.

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PERFECT

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

Reviewed: 28-06-2017

What did you like most about Winnie the Pooh: The House at Pooh Corner (Dramatised)?

The joyful piano accompaniments.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

Eeyore

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and no - we've listened to it many times over. We have it as a car book for our son, but we all enjoy it.

Any additional comments?

You will not regret listening to this. It is lovingly read and accompanied. The songs and poems are adorable, and the word play is a delight.

Good for everything EXCEPT the gym

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-06-2017

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

Depends who the friend is.

What does Laurence Kennedy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Some very good voice additions - quirky accents.

Any additional comments?

I've been listening to this book, on and off, when walking, when editing/proofing text, when cooking and cleaning. I find it a companionable background discourse full of interesting events, descriptions, and familiar characters, alongside the new historical figures.
If you like history, if you like broadening your knowledge and thoughts about the world, this book is a good addition.

Always interesting

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

Reviewed: 28-06-2017

What did you like most about Death of an Expert Witness?

As always, PD James has insight and depth with her characters, their thoughts are fascinating. A wonderfully intrusive author - just as nosey as a human can be, with the vocabulary of an aristocrat to match.

What other book might you compare Death of an Expert Witness to, and why?

All PD James have flair and interest.

Any additional comments?

Daniel Weyman is a delight to listen to.