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Mrs W.

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  • Mercury Theatre: The 39 Steps - August 1, 1938

  • By: Orson Welles
  • Narrated by: Orson Welles
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

The Mercury Theatre on the Air, a radio series created by Orson Welles, presented adaptations of classic literary works. These were performed by actors from Welles' celebrated Mercury Theatre repertory company, with music composed or arranged by Bernard Herrmann. The series ran from July to December 1938, after which the title was changed to The Campbell Playhouse.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unedited version

  • By Mrs W. on 14-10-18

Unedited version

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

Reviewed: 14-10-18

In this, the broadcast is complete with editing comments, script problems, appalling music and errors.

I do enjoy listening to Orson Welles but this was very disappointing and it made it very hard to follow.

Don’t bother.

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631

The inside story on President Trump, as only Bob Woodward can tell it. With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • balanced and the text is served well by narration.

  • By David W. on 12-09-18

Trump is a fu*lng LIAR!!

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

Reviewed: 15-09-18

Wow! I can see why Trump hates this book. The above is a direct quote from his own lawyer! (No spoiler as it’s already in the press!) Not only is he a liar, he’s thick as two short planks! Joking aside though, it’s the people pulling his strings that scare me.

Bob Woodward is probably the best investigative journalist ever. This book should be read/listened to by all those Trump supporters so they can hear what he really thinks of them.

All I say is hurry up and impeach him!!

  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347

Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected also that someone had been blackmailing her. Now, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It

  • By Sue on 22-07-07

Classic Christie

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

Reviewed: 31-07-18

This is one of my most favourite stories, it's narrated beautifully by Hugh Fraser (can't do a scouse accent though!)

This is an unusual Christie story as it is 'narrated' by the local Doctor, so you get a very different perspective.

I'd recommend this book to anyone wanting a true classic novel masterclass.

  • Chapo Guzman, Sean Penn and Kate del Castillo

  • J.D. Rockefeller's Book Club
  • By: J.D. Rockefeller
  • Narrated by: Philip Benoit
  • Length: 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

"El Chapo" Guzman was planning to get Hollywood to produce a film about his life. Kate del Castillo, a famous actress in Mexico, persuaded him that Sean Penn had connections and experience to realize his dream. Learn the whole story of El Chapo, Sean Penn, and Kate del Castillo.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Guzman

  • By Mrs W. on 29-07-18

Guzman

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

Reviewed: 29-07-18

The narrator for this is reading it like he's reading the news. I particularly didn't like his pronunciation of Guzman.
It's very repetitive but interesting story.

  • Rebecca (Dramatized)

  • Classic Movies on the Radio
  • By: Screen Guild Players
  • Narrated by: Loretta Young
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

This radio dramatization of the Hithcock classic, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, originally aired on November 18, 1948.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • NOT ONE SINGLE CASE!!!

  • By Mrs W. on 29-07-18

NOT ONE SINGLE CASE!!!

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-07-18

This wonderful vintage performance is acted well but the adverts for Camel cigarettes and their supposed "health benefits" are nauseating.

Would be great if they were edited out.

  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Angela Lansbury
  • Length: 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Angela Lansbury plays Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with matters of upbringing, marriage, moral rightness and education in her aristocratic society.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Abridged version

  • By Mrs W. on 29-07-18

Interesting Abridged version

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

Reviewed: 29-07-18

I'm not a fan of this genre of book/film, but I am a fan of literature. So this had to be read. I tried the book but found it quite boring so decided to try the audiobook instead.

It's not as 'great' a story as its billed, but now I know what happens!.

  • I Wish I Learned This in School

  • I Wanna Help Students Learn From My Mistakes
  • By: Sean Penn
  • Narrated by: Bradley Manock
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

If you're sick of being broke, or simply working too hard for little to no money, you want listen to this audiobook! I was in your shoes and I promise you, this book will show you things you never dreamed of. Money is easy to make. Follow my steps to passive income!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Gave up after 5 minutes

  • By Mrs W. on 29-07-18

Gave up after 5 minutes

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

Reviewed: 29-07-18

Waste of time, the "tips" involved are so basic, I defy any student not to know them, for example: save money is a tip, get a part time job is a tip..... I mean, come on. Give students some credit. Not all of them are stupid.
Don't waste your time or money on this book.

  • International Women's Day

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview
  • By: Holly Newson
  • Narrated by: June Sarpong, Meera Syal, Lily Cole, and others
  • Length: 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

In this International Women’s Day Audible Sessions Special, seven influential women discuss literature and gender equality and the importance of diversity in storytelling and reveal the women who inspire them. Featuring June Sarpong, Lily Cole, Meera Syal, Pearl Mackie, Prue Leith, Sam Baker and Eleanor Tomlinson. As part of this Audible Sessions Special, Audible made a donation to the Malala Fund, a charity championing the education of girls across the globe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this

  • By Mrs. J. M. Galor on 28-08-18

Interesting insight

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

Reviewed: 29-07-18

Very insightful. The focus on diversity of perspective is interesting and I totally agree.
We didn't need a female Dr Who or need a future female 007 Bond, what we need are much stronger powerful roles for women that can stand the test of time and the change of actors because the character is stronger than the person playing it.

Very interesting book recommendations too.

  • FREE: The Rant is Due

  • By: Lewis Black
  • Length: 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

The Rant is Due features Emmy and Grammy Award-winning comedian Lewis Black performing diatribes submitted by his fans. For the first time, these hilarious rants, performed in front of a live audience, are available as a weekly audio program.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Let me Rant!!!

  • By Revdave39 on 21-11-17

Very funny!

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

Reviewed: 29-07-18

I love these rants, they are delivered with perfect timing by Lewis Black.
The thing to remember is that he is reading out or relating OTHER PEOPLES rants, I played the last rant about BMI to my husband but he didn't get it as I forgot to say this male comedian was reading out a female persons rant!!

Well worth the listen!

  • FREE: Summer Farmer: A Story from White Man's Problems

  • By: Kevin Morris
  • Narrated by: Matthew McConaughey
  • Length: 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 131

A FREE story from Kevin Morris' upcoming book, White Man's Problems, narrated by Academy Award-winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, True Detective, Interstellar). Summer Farmer, the first short story in White Man's Problems, sets the stage for the honest and heartfelt themes explored in Morris' debut collection. The meeting of two disparate strangers serves as a cleverly crafted examination of the universality of longing, remorse, and purpose.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • 18 minutes wasted

  • By Tod Werewolf on 18-08-15

Hey Hey McConaughey!!

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

Reviewed: 29-07-18

I could listen to Matthew McConaughey narrate a phone book, his voice is fantastic, that lovely southern drawl and the sssss sound he makes, ensures him as one of my most favourite voices...... Relaxing and calm.

Could I say anything about this book, sorry no, the voice was too distracting, which to me shows the story didn't come out over it. I have many voices I like to listen to, but this is the first time it's overwhelmed the story.

Now if he was narrating the John Grisham novels, I'd follow the story then!