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Classic radio from the good old days

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

Reviewed: 16-03-19

I really enjoyed these radio plays. I know some of the reviewers have complained about the bad sound quality, but considering their age, it is clear that a lot of work has been done to restore them. I can only assume that in Send for Paul Temple, the reason there was no announcement at the beginning of the episodes was because a continuity announcer gave the episode titles separately. The extra features are fascinating, and the reason why episode six of Send for Paul Temple was repeated was because that is the only surviving episode of the original 1938 UK broadcast, likewise with episode eight of the Front Page Men. I found Kim Peacock's Paul Temple rather good, not as good as Peter Coke, but still very convincing. Overall, a really enjoyable listen, harking back to the days when radio was king.

Great Dramatization of Classic Story

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

Reviewed: 08-09-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Water Babies (BBC Children's Classics) to be better than the print version?

I tried reading the print version of the book, but found it hard going at times. Berlie Doherty did a great job making the story much more easy to understand, and many long winded parts in the original book are cut out.

What did you like best about this story?

The plot moved along at a good pace, and the essential elements of the original story were all there. The lectures in the original book were removed, and the dramatization really brings out the story as a children's classic.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The acting was superb, and having the main narration performed as though by the author adds an extra dimension, rather than having a straight narrator. I also really liked the addition of Julia McKenzie, as having her doing the songs really added to the story, since there are some dramatizations where songs are cut out.

Any additional comments?

I remember hearing this broadcast in 1998, and the family made an off air recording of it. I've really enjoyed this version ever since, and was delighted to find it on audible. I remember hearing this broadcast in 1998, and the family made an off air recording of it. I've really enjoyed this version ever since, and was delighted to find it on audible. If you find this book hard to read, try the radio version, you won't regret it.

Very Emotional

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-07-10

This book explores the emotions that are felt when teenage girls become pregnant, from the perspective of both the girls and their parents. It also shows how teenage pregnancy can damage the reputation of the parents, especially if one of them is in a position of authority. When I read this book, I felt no sympathy towards the girls. Sure, they may think that they can be good mothers, however when it comes down to it, they didn?t think about the implications that would come with becoming pregnant. This book is a prime example of how teenage pregnancy can affect the girls involved, and the effect on their families. Today, you will often find a story somewhere about teenaged girls becoming pregnant, either accidentally or by design. This book shows how immoral some teenagers can be and really explores what can happen when the truth unfolds. The reader of this book is very good. I generally prefer it if readers use different voices for the characters, however not doing this works well in this case. One thing to be aware of is that this book contains a slight amount of bad language. However, this is only very occasionally. Over all, a very good listen.

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Classic Sci-Fi at it's Best

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-10

I first heard about EarthSearch when I was reading about something completely different. I looked at the information about it and it sounded interesting. Then I heard it broadcast on BBC Radio 7 in 2009. I liked what I heard and decided to buy it and I'm glad I did. I also like the special intro and outro from James Follett. The format of the story is very similar to that of Charles Chilton's Journey into Space. If you like that, you'll like this. The only thing I was unsure of was the accents of the actors. Nearly all of the actors have BBC accents. However, I still liked the story. Thank you Audible for making it available.

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Great Classic Comedy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-06-10

Even though Take it from Here was broadcast over 30 years before I was born, I really enjoyed listening to it. I first started listening to it when it was broadcast on BBC Radio 7 and it grew on me. This inspired me to buy this audio book. I don't regret it. It definitely has it's place with other comedy shows of that type, such as the Goon Show, Hancock's Half Hour and Round the Horne. Overall, I feel it was a really enjoyable listen and I hope Audible adds more episodes of this show and others to it's catalogue.Even though Take it from Here was broadcast over 30 years before I was born, I really enjoyed listening to it. I first started listening to it when it was broadcast on BBC Radio 7 and it grew on me. This inspired me to buy this audio book. I don't regret it. It definitely has it's place with other comedy shows of that type, such as the Goon Show, Hancock's Half Hour and Round the Horne. Overall, I feel it was a really enjoyable listen and I hope Audible adds more episodes of this show and other similar shows to it's catalogue.

Very Good Listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-10

This was a very enjoyable listen. There were some very funny parts in it and there were some interesting revelations at the end. The reader is very good as well. However, I don't think this book is suitable for anyone under the age of 18, as it contains strong adult content and language.

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Excellent Listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-03-10

I really enjoyed Northern Lights and the other two his Dark Materials books. It is rare for an audio book to be read by different voice actors. Phillip Pullman isn?t bad at all as the main reader and the other voice actors are good. I have heard the radio series of all three books and think that the unabridged versions are miles better. I felt that Terrance Stamp, who played Lord Asriel in the radio series, had more of the ferocity that you would expect from him. However, I felt Sean Barrett sounded more bear like when he played Iorek Byrnison than Steve Hodson. The consepts in the book are very interesting, such as the human sole as an animal and the idea of dust being the name for original sin. Even though it is seen as a book for children, I believe it can be enjoyed by both children and adults. Overall, a highly recommended book.

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