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Making history

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

Reviewed: 24-07-15

If you could sum up The History Boys (Dramatised) in three words, what would they be?

Coming of age

What did you like best about this story?

The interactions between the boys and the teachers and the way in which education is depicted.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

Dakin - a very cocky, arrogant young man!

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

It definitely made me want to cry in places.

Tempestuous Performance

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

Reviewed: 24-07-15

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

Yes. Ian McKellen gives an excellent performance as Prospero and the recording really brings the play to life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tempest?

Ariel's music and also the way in which characters were brought to life through their own mannerisms and personalities.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Prospero is the central character and gives an unforgettable performance.

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

Yes - I easily could have.

5 people found this helpful

Another one for the children (and for me)

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

One of the joys about audiobooks is the way that you can share your favourite childhood stories with your own children. My eldest has dyslexia, and so really struggles reading. However, he loves to listen to stories, and it is so wonderful to be able to share with him some of my old favourites such as this one. Rob Inglis does a great job reading and bringing to life the adventures of Bilbo, Gandalf and his dwarvish companions, and I am looking forward to purchasing Part 2 next month so we can finish off the tale! The original is so much better than the recent Hollywoodised film version!

A must for all literature lovers

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Whatever your feelings about poetry, it is an undeniable truth that it has so much more impact when it is heard than when it is read. What a joy therefore to come across this excellent audio-edition of these two complex and meaty poems by T. S. Eliot. The beauty of the audio-recordings lie in the way that you can listen to the poems as a whole again and again and discover more and more about the central truths they offer about life and what it is to be human with each listening. Not a choice for the fainthearted, but if you like literature and poetry, you will not regret buying this! An audiobook that stands an infinite number of re-readings.

6 people found this helpful

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Rather fine comedy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

What would happen to the objective and unattached nature of the monarchy were the Queen to become interested in books? How would the mechanics of state respond if the Queen studied literature and sought to apply what she learnt from classics to her life and position? This is the hypothesis of this excellent story told in Bennett's customary wry humour which parodies so much about what it is to be British and the class system. I found myself getting very strange looks on the bus as I guffawed out loud at yet another downbeat but hilarious sentence from the master of prose. Unmissable.

A treat for the senses

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Ever since I first read this novella as part of my studies for A Level English Literature, Conrad's prose transported me to a radically different world where colonial Africa became an arena where mankind itself battled to remain uncorrupted and unaffected by the darker side of humanity. Branagh, as we would expect from a master actor of his calibre, captures this conflict for man's soul excellently as he assumes the character of Marlow and takes us through his journey to Africa, up the snake-like river and into the very heart of darkness.

13 people found this helpful

A refreshing look at society

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Sally Phillips is an exceptionally funny actress at the best of times, but she certainly seems to attain a new level of comedy in this series. As Clare, she assumes the persona of a well-intentioned social worker who is yet blind to the various realities of both her own station in life and the realities facing those she tries to help. She has the habit of presenting a PC, official view which is then shown to be superficial and lacking, which is hilarious if you have ever worked with trying to help others. A must if you have ever been involved in social work, teaching, nursing or any caring profession. Hilarious.

Reliving childhood memories

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

As a child I loved reading the short stories of Oscar Wilde and have vivid memories of the golden statue of the happy prince and his little swallow who stays with him and the selfish giant's garden. What a joy therefore to discover these six tales on Audible to relive those memories and play them to my children. Stephen Fry is an excellent reader, and somehow manages to capture both the simplicity and complexity of these tales, that have just as much to offer to me now as an adult as they did as a child. It is great to be able to share these tales now with my children and to see that Wilde's stories impact them just as much as they did me when I was there age. Too good not to share.