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E. Parke

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  • A Boy Called Christmas

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611

You are about to listen to the true story of Father Christmas. It is a story that proves that nothing is impossible. If you are one of those people who believe that some things are impossible, you should put this book down right away. It is most certainly not for you. Because this audiobook is full of impossible things. Are you still reading? Good. Then let us begin....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lovely Christmas story

  • By DF on 16-12-16

Rather dull

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-18

I'm not a great fan of Stephen Fry's narrations and this does nothing to change my mind. The story is ok, but quite contrived. There's no great adventure and I have been left even less likely to pick up the Matt Haig book I was given for my birthday a few years ago.

A Christmas story should be magical and leave a warm happy feeling but it was all just a bit too Radio 4.

  • Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

  • By: Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • Narrated by: Peter Capaldi
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

The Blythes are a big, warm, rambunctious family who live on a small farm and sometimes foster children. Now Prez has come to live with them. But, though he seems cheerful and helpful, he never says a word. Then one day Prez answers the door to someone claiming to be his relative. This small, loud stranger carries a backpack, walks with a swagger and goes by the name of Sputnik. As Prez dithers on the doorstep, Sputnik strolls right past him and introduces himself to everyone in the household.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best stories I have ever heard

  • By Amazon Customer on 27-03-18

Great

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-10-17

We've come to love all Frank Cottrell Boyce's books and Sputnik is no exception. The imagination that goes into them and the bending of reality is superb. We read it first at bedtime and I really couldn't do justice to the accents required so I was really glad to see a real Scot narrating it. It's possible that Robbie Coltrane could have done a better job but both are way ahead of me.

The book could be described as one boy's experience of his primary carer falling victim to the onset of dementia and the very real consequences that has for him but if you then go on to say that the arrival of an alien on a mission to save our planet is thrown in it can only make your mind boggle.

It's fabulous. We thoroughly recommend it.

  • Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book

  • The Mowgli Stories
  • By: Rudyard Kipling
  • Narrated by: Bill Bailey, Richard E. Grant, Colin Salmon, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,671
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,674

The magical story-telling and unforgettable characters in Bev Doyle and Richard Kurti's audio adaptation of this children's classic have been brought to life by many well known voices from film, TV, radio and comedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible!

  • By The Evil Robot on 02-10-15

Very enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-05-17

I wasn't sure my 7 year old son would cope with the language in Kipling but this dramatised version helped bridge the gap.

The recording has been put together really well and the cast (including more than a few heavyweights) perform very well. It's a bit theatrical but I think this helped my son's understanding of what was going on.

I would definitely recommend this recording.

  • The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones

  • By: Will Mabbitt
  • Narrated by: Toby Jones
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones by Will Mabbit, read by Toby Jones. When Mabel Jones unknowingly commits 'The Deed' she finds herself swiftly bundled into a sack and carried off to the pirate ship the Feroshus Maggot. Crewed by the strangest bunch of pirates you would ever want to meet...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It was brilliant!

  • By E. Parke on 09-02-17

It was brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

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

Yes. They might like all the exciting parts.

What other book might you compare The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones to, and why?

A bit like The Secret of Platform 13. Both have a portal that only opens very briefly, not very often.

Which character – as performed by Toby Jones – was your favourite?

Captain Idris Ebenezer Split and Mabel Jones.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some of the parts were funny.

Any additional comments?

All the above are the opinions of my six year old son.

We thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story in the car on our new journey to and from school each day. There were plenty of cliff hangers and lots of suspense and I really liked that Mabel Jones met all the adversity head on. Go Mabel!

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  • Jodi Taylor — May 2016

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview
  • By: Robin Morgan
  • Narrated by: Jodi Taylor
  • Length: 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Audible exclusive. We welcome Jodi Taylor to Audible to discuss her hit series The Chronicles of St Mary's - the adventures of a group of investigative time travelling historians. Jodi Taylor is, and always has been, a complete history nut. It takes vast amounts of chocolate to get her out of bed for anything after 1485. And if it's raining, there's no chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bringing Jodi Taylor to listeners / readers !!!

  • By LORD BANE on 09-04-18

Poor Jodi is interviewed by the tea boy

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

Reviewed: 17-01-17

I have to praise Jodi Taylor in this interview. I thought this would be a very interesting interview and I was keen to hear what she had to say. However, the poor woman is interviewed by the tea boy. You can tell he's the tea boy because he's asking the sort of questions you come up with when your English teacher asks you to come up with some questions you'd like to ask George Orwell or Sir Winston Churchill. The difference is that Jodi Taylor is very much alive and kicking and it's a real interview not a bit of homework imagining.

Jodi Taylor handles the questions with grace and dignity and deserves a medal for not getting up and walking out.

Next time, Audible, please make sure you match your interviewer to your interviewee.

  • Absolute Power

  • The Complete BBC Radio 4 Radio Comedy Series
  • By: Mark Tavener
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry, John Bird
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433

Stephen Fry and John Bird star in all four series of the BBC Radio 4 satirical comedy, plus the 2006 special episode. Set in the Machiavellian world of modern PR, Absolute Power introduces us to London-based 'government-media relations consultancy' Prentiss McCabe, whose partners Charles Prentiss and Martin McCabe are frequently embroiled in the machinations of the British political system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining!

  • By Justine McGrady on 17-06-16

Typical Radio 4 Comedy

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-17

Just a few episodes in and I already feel the need to put myself out of my misery. Sometimes Radio 4 comedies hit the spot, let's not forget that it is the stable from which The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy came. However, more often than not one is treated to a bunch of BBC heavyweights given free reign but who have either ventured off piste or not ventured anywhere at all. This falls into the latter category. The two main characters are cliché executives who are so far removed from the bottom of the pile that they have no clue what a real day's work is all about and who bring the socialist in me screaming out from the depths. They are just plain abominable to their office assistant who's character is another caricature from the imagination of someone who's never had to do a day's work at the bottom of the pile. Some might say this is where the humour lies but I'm afraid I find it tedious and frustrating.

What a waste of a credit. My third star probably isn't justified.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Chronal Engine

  • A Prehistoric Time-Travel Adventure
  • By: Greg Leitich Smith
  • Narrated by: Andrew Keltz
  • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

When Max, Kyle, and Emma are sent to live with their reclusive grandfather, they think he's crazy, especially when he tells them about his time machine. But after Emma is kidnapped at the exact time that her grandfather predicted, Max and Kyle are forced to believe his eccentric stories - even the one about the Chronal Engine in the basement. Now, to save Emma, Max, Kyle, and their new friend Petra must pile into a VW Bug, and use the Chronal Engine to take the road trip of a lifetime - right back to the Cretaceous period.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable enough but the narration is a bit flat

  • By E. Parke on 17-01-17

Enjoyable enough but the narration is a bit flat

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

Reviewed: 17-01-17

This was a good time travelling story, with dinosaurs, fossils and a bit of a mystery and a few cliff hangers thrown in.

Some of the reviews for the story were a bit lukewarm and hinted that the plot might be full of holes. We thought it was a lot better than that, but I did feel that the narration left a little bit to be desired, especially when compared to the quality of other narrators we've listened to. Maybe that's just the difference between American narrations and UK narrations.

Don't be put off by the other reviews. Our 6 nearly 7 year old son was able to keep up with the plot and whenever we had to get out of the car for a break we were keen enough to find out what was going to happen next.

  • Framed

  • By: Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • Narrated by: Jason Hughes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

A little boy turns the perfect crime into a work of art.

Dylan is the only boy living in the tiny Welsh town of Manod. His parents run the Snowdonia Oasis Auto Marvel garage - and when he's not trying to persuade his sisters to play football, Dylan is in charge of the petrol log.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best story ever!!!!!!!!!😀😀😀

  • By CurlyWurly17 on 24-02-18

We are loving this book

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

Reviewed: 08-12-16

What made the experience of listening to Framed the most enjoyable?

The narration is spot on. If I had to pick hairs then I would say that a Valleys accent is wrong for Snowdonia, but it's still done by a real Welshman so all the words like "Legend!" just work.

The details and characters have been so well written that everyone jumps out from the page.

What did you like best about this story?

We haven't finished it yet, but we love all the observation that's gone into it.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I loved the way Terrible Evans reacted in the cave (don't want to put any spoilers in here), and I love the description of Manod Wednesdays.

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

You can't help but get involved with all the characters in the book. You feel all the highs and lows and excitement with the characters and in this respect it is particularly well written.

Any additional comments?

I'm listening to this with my 6 year old son. He's really enjoying it but will probably understand more of it in a year or so. One to grow into.

We've come to it via Frank Cottrell Boyce's sequel to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang which is a very exciting listen.

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  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

  • By: Frank Cottrell-Boyce
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

When the Tooting family find a vast abandoned engine and fit it to their camper van, they have no idea of the adventure that lies ahead. The engine used to belong to an extraordinary flying car - and it wants to be back on the road again...fast! The Tootings can haul on the steering wheel and pull the hand brake as hard as they like, but their camper van now has a mind of her own. It's not long before they're hurtling along on a turbocharged chase as Chitty tracks down her long-lost bodywork.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Super!

  • By E. Parke on 18-11-16

Super!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-11-16

I was a bit worried when I saw that there were sequels to the original Ian Fleming book but I needn't have worried. Frank Cottrell-Boyce draws a line somewhere between the original and the film and brings us bang up to date with a bit of James Bond homage thrown in.

My six year old son thoroughly enjoyed it. There are plenty of cliff hangers and David Tennant's narration is great (again).

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Red Dwarf

  • Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers
  • By: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor
  • Narrated by: Chris Barrie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,572
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,973

When Lister got drunk, he really got drunk! After celebrating his birthday with a Monopoly-board pub crawl around London, he came to in a burger bar on one of Saturns moons, wearing a lady's pink crimplene hat and a pair of yellow fishing waders, with no money and a passport in the name of "Emily Berkenstein". Joining the Space Corps seemed a good idea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for Dwarfers!

  • By Jonathan on 04-09-08

Fab. A trip down Memory Lane

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

This is the talking book version of what was probably the entire first series of Red Dwarf. All the narration is done by Chris Barrie (Rimmer) but with astounding dexterity, he replicates the voices of the original Holly, Lister, The Cat and Kryton so you almost can't tell the difference. Even better, the humour hasn't dated so it's still very funny.

A rare treat and well worth a credit. Highly recommended.