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Eleni Charalambous

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  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

  • By: L. Frank Baum
  • Narrated by: Anne Hathaway
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway ( Rachel Getting Married, Alice in Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films ( The Dark Knight Rises), lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant narration

  • By Julia Brown on 30-11-14

Delightful!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

How many voices can Anne Hathaway do? She’s such a joy as a narrator, she brings the story to life in a bright, fun way. The story is magical, strange and touching. It’s a true fairytale.

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  • Being There

  • By: Jerzy Kosinski
  • Narrated by: Dustin Hoffman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman gives an understated and exemplary performance of this satiric look at the unreality of American media culture. Chance, the enigmatic gardener, becomes Chauncey Gardiner after getting hit by a limo belonging to a Wall Street tycoon. The whirlwind that follows brings Chance to his new status of political policy advisor and possible vice presidential candidate. His garden-variety political responses, inspired by television, become heralded as visionary, and he is soon a media icon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent little book

  • By Mr. P. D. Selman on 25-04-15

Just Excellent

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

Reviewed: 25-09-17

Dustin Hoffman is a master storyteller with that voice. I got very immersed in this one, it was just so easy with the simple, but somehow powerful, way this story is told. Five starts all round, writer and performer!

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

  • By: Lewis Carroll
  • Narrated by: Scarlett Johansson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399

The young and imaginative Alice grows weary of her storybook, one "without pictures or conversations", and follows a hasty hare underground - to come face to face with a host of strange and fantastic characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So amazing

  • By Rosie on 13-05-16

It's a Treat!

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

Reviewed: 22-05-17

Such a vibrant narration from Scarlett Johansson; she really brings this to life. Thoroughly enjoyable, fun and funny.

  • Not My Father's Son

  • A Family Memoir
  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,416
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,290

Alan Cumming grew up in the grip of a man who held his family hostage, someone who meted out violence with a frightening ease, who waged a silent war with himself that sometimes spilled over onto everyone around him. That man was Alan's father, Alex Cumming. Alex was the dark, enigmatic heart of Cumming family life. But he was not the only mystery. Alan's maternal grandfather, Tommy Darling, had disappeared to the Far East after the Second World War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An extraordinary memoir

  • By Katherine on 06-11-14

Immersive, Vibrant Story and Narration

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

Reviewed: 22-05-17

This memoir is an excellent insight into Alan Cumming's family life. There's two story lines running parallel to each other until they end in the present. Young Alan vs an older Alan both dealing with the same issues/memories.

It's beautifully narrated, bounteous, full of life and energy. This is a magnificent memoir, not just for fans of Alan Cumming, but for anyone who enjoys a good story. The character development and insight are quite something.