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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-10-16

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

I loved this book, and couldn't put it down, or rather, switch it off!! Beautifully narrated by the author, it was a delight from start to finish.
I was disappointed as I approached the end, and made my way out of the graveyard gates for the last time.
I shall miss Bod and Silas, and all the other wonderful characters.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-16

Donovan reads Hesse

Donovan made for a refreshing narrator, with his soft, dulcid tones, interspersed with guitar chords as emphasis. My only criticism, if any, would be his tendency to trail off his sentences in places, making them difficult to hear clearly, but it could be more down to the actual recording volume, but he can be forgiven regardless. I enjoyed it immensely, and I hope Donovan does more Hesse, or even Kahlil Gilbran, whose stories would suit his style.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-10-15

Martin Shaw Narrates The Hobbit

I first read the Hobbit 40 years ago, and loved it. There is no doubt that it is a classic, but what gave the story new life for me was the narration by Martin Shaw. He gives each character a personality and brings them alive. His Gollom? Simply fabulous! If only all Audible books had such quality narration! If there were Oscars for narration, then Martin Shaw would sweep the board.
Martin Shaw. Who knew?

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-14

The Tao of Pooh

A simple, but beautiful book, and beautifully narrated by Simon Vance. I enjoyed it as an adult, but this would also be suitable for children. This must become a timeless classic. It was a joy to listen to.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-14

A Way With Words Part III

What didn’t you like about the narrator’s performance?

The author narrates, which is unfortunate, as, for my British ears, both his American accent, and humour, I found jarring.

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

I had to listen to the author in small sittings.

Any additional comments?

The content is excellent, so if you are happy with the narration, then you will enjoy the book.

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3 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-14

The Adventure of English

Would you listen to The Adventure of English again? Why?

Yes! This is a difficult, lengthy topic, yet Melvin Bragg manages to make it fascinating and seems to cover every aspect in depth. The social history aspect of the times was made more interesting than most dedicated books on early English history. Well done, Melvin!

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

Robert Powell's narration does the book justice. I cannot think of anyone who could have done a better job. A perfect match. I was very impressed with his narration of both the French and Early English vocabulary. Beautifully, and expertly, done.

Any additional comments?

If, like me, you enjoy social history AND the English Language, you will love this book.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-14

Life After Death: The Burden of Proof

Would you consider the audio edition of Life After Death to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version, but this audio version is brought to life by Shishir Kurup, who should narrate all of Deepak Chopra's books!

Any additional comments?

This is a thought provoking book, as has already been mentioned, and, like other reviewers, I am no stranger to some of the philosophy discussed. However, this is a book of many facets; the philosophy is interspersed with both psychological reasearch and Indian traditional tales. Shishir Kurup narrates beautifully, unusually for Audible. I was disappointed to reach the end.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-12

John's Gospel - from The New Testament in Scots

Wonderful!!

As a sassanach, I was brought up in a house ringing with this beautiful accent, so for me, it is nostalgia with a capital N!

I may have forgotten a lot of the dialect, but who cares, the intonation and narration as a whole is faultless, moving, and, for me, comforting.

Thank you so much, Tom Fleming, more please! I could listen to you all night . . .

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-12

Breath Sweeps Mind

As the other reviewer has already stated, this is a beautiful book, narrated beautifully by Jakusho Kwong-roshi, but . . . .spoiled totally by the publishers, who have decided to use the two minutes 'silence' at the end of each section, as indicated by the traditional ringing of three bells, to tell you what you are listening to, and who the publishers are, not once, but twice, by a loud american female, interspersed with the playing of loud, pseudo oriental sounding panpipes, leaving no time for thought unless you actually pause or stop the CD.

This harsh treatment at the end of every section of what is a peaceful, thoughtful and tranquil book was so disappointing, and somewhat jarring on the nerves. I'm sure if Jakusho Kwong-roshi were to listen to what the publishers have done throughout this recording of his talks, he would be mortified.

The ringing of three bells at the start of each section, and two bells at the end, is explained by Jakusho at the beginning of the audiobook, so it is expected and anticipated. This two minutes 'silence' is supposed to be used for quiet reflection on the beautiful words that have been spoken, and would have complimented the book perfectly, given that is based on Zen thoughts and ideals.

I would have given it one star purely because the publishers spoiled my enjoyment, but that would be at the expense of such a beautiful, thought provoking book, by a wonderful teacher.

If you can cope with fast forwarding at the end of the sections, whilst getting lost in thought, then don't let my review put you off. This audiobook really is a must.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful