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Steph B

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  • "I'm no longer scared of Shakespeare!"

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    I was pleasantly surprised by Othello and thought that Lenny Henry put in a fine performance, although I admit I am a Shakespeare novice so I do not know whether purists would agree.
    Following the storyline and language was much easier than I expected and I was so caught up in the drama by the end that I walked an extra ten minutes round the block on my way home from work to finish it.
    I so enjoyed the play that am now going to check out some of the other Shakespeare title on Audible - thanks Lenny!

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    Lenny Henry in Othello

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    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
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    This BBC Radio production stars much-loved actor and comedian Lenny Henry, who won the Evening Standard's Best Newcomer Award for his stunning performance as the tortured Moor. First performed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, it subsequently toured the country before arriving in London's West End where Henry received rave reviews.

    Steph B says: "I'm no longer scared of Shakespeare!"
  • "Character-led novel of escaping a h..."

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    Not at all what I was expecting, but I'm glad I chose this audiobook nonetheless. It's a fairly gentle tale of one man's experience of letting life pass him by, how he finally attempts to change his circumstances, and the aftermath of this attempt. Wells is a classic author for good reason and his characterisations are very real throughout. I found this book particularly relevant for my life right now, albeit not quite so drastically, and this added to my enjoyment of the novel.

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    The History of Mr Polly

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Paul Shelley
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    Mr Polly is an ordinary middle-aged man who is tired of his wife's nagging and his dreary job as a gentleman's outfitter in a small town. Faced with the threat of bankruptcy, he concludes that the only way to escape his frustrating existence is by burning his shop to the ground and killing himself. Unexpected events, however, conspire at the last moment to lead the bewildered Mr Polly to a bright new future - after he saves a life, fakes his death, and escapes to a world of heroism, hope and ultimate happiness.

    Steph B says: "Character-led novel of escaping a hopeless life"
  • "Classic evocation of a particular era"

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    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a great evocation of a particular era in American history. The attitudes displayed, especially towards race and slavery, are shocking to modern ears and I had to keep reminding myself that the book was not only set, but also written in a very different time and place. I loved the variety of characters, all very real yet memorably larger than life, and I’m sure Elijah Wood’s expert narration was a major part of my enjoyment. His portrayal of all the dialects and accents was fabulous. I think even Dickens would have been proud of the King and the Duke! Having not read any Mark Twain as a child, I expect some of the excitement of the adventures was lost on me – I did get a little bored by the intricacies of the plot at Aunt Sally’s – but the major part of the book detailing Huck’s escape from his abusive father and his and Jim’s journey down the river had me completely hooked and even a little envious at times.

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    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

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    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
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    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain's original intent.

    Peter says: "A great adventure story"
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