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  • Arena One: Slaverunners

  • The Survival Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Morgan Rice
  • Narrated by: Emily Gittelman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

New York. 2120. American has been decimated, wiped out from the second Civil War. In this post-apocalyptic world, survivors are far and few between. And most of those who do survive are members of the violent gangs, predators who live in the big cities. They patrol the countryside looking for slaves, for fresh victims to bring back into the city for their favorite death sport: Arena One. The death stadium where opponents are made to fight to the death, in the most barbaric of ways.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sadly not thrilling, but laughable

  • By Katy on 13-11-13

The worst written book ever?

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

Reviewed: 14-10-13

Would you try another book written by Morgan Rice or narrated by Emily Gittelman?

In a word? No. The writing is amateur - I have read much better Fan fiction and this is supposed to be from a professional writer?

What was most disappointing about Morgan Rice’s story?

Mary Sue main character, dreadful dramatisation of events, very poor sense of reality (140 mph crash on a motorbike and she walks away with a single cracked rib?)... I could go on, but can't bear to.

What didn’t you like about Emily Gittelman’s performance?

Wooden. Kept forgetting she was in character and returned to her 'narrator' voice in the middle of a sentence. And do Americans really pronounce 'chasm' with the same opening sound as in 'Charles'?

What character would you cut from Arena One: Slaverunners?

Brooke. Bree seemed far more real (well, until the car crash when I gave up listening)

Any additional comments?

Avoid :(

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Complete Barchester Chronicles (Dramatisation)

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey, Alex Jennings
  • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490

Here is a new audio edition of the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of Anthony Trollope's gently satirical tales of provincial life, available together in one download. Nearly 20 hours of ironic, witty, and wonderfully written drama is contained in this audiobook. The cast includes Anna Massey, Alex Jennings, David Haig, Rosemary Leach, Kenneth Cranham, Emma Fielding, and Brenda Blethyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Barchester comes alive!

  • By Ian Henderson on 05-06-08

Wonderfully satisfying

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

What can I say - Trollope, the BBC at its dramatic best, a fantastic cast...



It is an adaptation of course, and you may find that your favourite bit is missing, but I think it preserves the integrity of the works.



The quote from Ruth at the end of The Small House at Allington is poignant enough for tears.

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  • The Railway Children

  • By: E. Nesbitt
  • Narrated by: Jenny Agutter
  • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

When Father is taken away unexpectedly, Roberta, Peter, Phyllis and their mother have to leave their comfortable life in London to go and live in a small cottage in the country. The children seek solace in the nearby railway station and make friends with Perks the Porter and the Station Master himself. Each day, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis run down the field to the railway track and wave at the passing London train, sending their love to Father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jenny Agutter at her best

  • By John on 09-03-12

Jenny Agutter at her best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-12

Lovely to fall back into the gentle safety of childhood, lulled by Jenny revisiting one of her most famous environs. Most recommended. If your children don't love it, send for a doctor!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Coming Home

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Lynn Redgrave
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Five years in the writing, Coming Home is the tale Rosamunde Pilcher believes to be the capstone of a lifetime of writing. Her most ambitious and compelling work yet, Coming Home is a vast canvas, and a vividly drawn portrait of an era close to us in time, yet now disappeared. Like The Shell Seekers, Coming Home is an intensely personal story. Like September, it teems with marvelous, memorable characters. Coming Home is a story to be savored, an old-fashioned tale hardly anyone knows how to tell anymore. In telling the story of Judith Dunbar and her loved ones, Rosamunde Pilcher describes each family member with warmth, wisdom and clear-eyed insight. Coming Home is a totally involving story of a young woman's coming of age, coming to terms with both love and sadness, and, in every sense of the word, Coming Home.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A lovely book - butchered

  • By John on 09-03-12

A lovely book - butchered

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-12

Coming Home is a truly wonderful story of a girl's journey to womanhood during which we experience both her joy and pain. Judith is believable, loveable and has an essential integrity that is deeply attractive.

Rosamunde Pilcher tells a beguiling tale that carries the reader effortlessly along, with no temptation to skip bits.

Lynn Redgrave is a talented narrator, and seems to have done her homework, knows the story and what comes next, and maintains the storyline well. She lives the various parts and makes you want to believe in them (although her Cornish accent is a weak point).

Unfortunately, the abridgement does neither Judith, Rosamunde or Lynn any justice. Too many deeply important subplots are slashed. Characters have new words forced into their mouths and temporarily lose their integrity in order to cover up the gaping holes left by the abridger's red pen. And as if to rub salt into the wound, we are subjected to bursts of fairly mindless 'music' that drown out Lynn's best attempts to add drama and suspense. Finally, the sound quality is such that an AM radio or old 78 record might possibly sound better. The production dates back to the '90s, and one almost wonders if it wasn't re-recorded from a very worn cassette tape.

In summary, a truly great story, but unfortunately avoid this 'variation' like the plague.The 2 stars are for what is left of Rosamunde's masterpiece. What a shame.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful