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  • The Graveyard Book

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,256
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,736

When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this

  • By Mr. P Shaw on 25-11-08

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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

Reviewed: 14-10-16

I loved this book, and couldn't put it down, or rather, switch it off!! Beautifully narrated by the author, it was a delight from start to finish.
I was disappointed as I approached the end, and made my way out of the graveyard gates for the last time.
I shall miss Bod and Silas, and all the other wonderful characters.

  • The Fairy Tales of Herman Hesse

  • By: Hermann Hesse, Jack Zipes - translator
  • Narrated by: Donovan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
  • Highlights
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Step into a world of visions, philosophy, and passion in which dreamers, seekers, princesses, and wandering poets dwell. The 6 wonderful, romantic tales in this collection are reminiscent of ancient Oriental and German fairy tales. The selections, "The Poet," "The Flute Dream," "The Dwarf," "Faldum," "Ziegler," and "Dream of the Gods" were hand-picked by the narrator, legendary folk and rock musician Donovan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just perfect!

  • By AFM on 07-11-18

Donovan reads Hesse

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

Reviewed: 02-10-16

Donovan made for a refreshing narrator, with his soft, dulcid tones, interspersed with guitar chords as emphasis. My only criticism, if any, would be his tendency to trail off his sentences in places, making them difficult to hear clearly, but it could be more down to the actual recording volume, but he can be forgiven regardless. I enjoyed it immensely, and I hope Donovan does more Hesse, or even Kahlil Gilbran, whose stories would suit his style.

  • The Hobbit

  • By: J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Martin Shaw
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388

Whisked from his comfortable hobbit-hole by Gandalf the wizard and a band of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Hobbit

  • By Paul S on 05-01-07

Martin Shaw Narrates The Hobbit

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

Reviewed: 17-10-15

I first read the Hobbit 40 years ago, and loved it. There is no doubt that it is a classic, but what gave the story new life for me was the narration by Martin Shaw. He gives each character a personality and brings them alive. His Gollom? Simply fabulous! If only all Audible books had such quality narration! If there were Oscars for narration, then Martin Shaw would sweep the board.
Martin Shaw. Who knew?

  • The Tao of Pooh

  • By: Benjamin Hoff
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

Author Benjamin Hoff shows that the philosophy of Winnie-the-Pooh is amazingly consistent with the principles of Taoism and demonstrates how you can use these principles in your daily life. Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favorite food is honey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Tao of Pooh

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-08-14

The Tao of Pooh

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

Reviewed: 03-08-14

A simple, but beautiful book, and beautifully narrated by Simon Vance. I enjoyed it as an adult, but this would also be suitable for children. This must become a timeless classic. It was a joy to listen to.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Way With Words Part III

  • Grammar for Adults
  • By: Professor Michael D.C. Drout
  • Narrated by: Professor Michael D.C. Drout
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Since others judge you by the way you speak, the intricacies of grammar, in fact, should not be relegated to the realm of fussy "guardians of the language," but are rather essential clues all can employ to communicate more exactly. In such a light, this course forms an invaluable guide for everyone from all fields of interest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A clear and enjoyable guide to English grammar

  • By Herbal on 23-12-12

A Way With Words Part III

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

Reviewed: 03-08-14

What didn’t you like about the narrator’s performance?

The author narrates, which is unfortunate, as, for my British ears, both his American accent, and humour, I found jarring.

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

I had to listen to the author in small sittings.

Any additional comments?

The content is excellent, so if you are happy with the narration, then you will enjoy the book.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Adventure of English

  • The Biography of a Language
  • By: Melvyn Bragg
  • Narrated by: Robert Powell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All the voices

  • By Francis on 13-09-06

The Adventure of English

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

Reviewed: 03-08-14

Would you listen to The Adventure of English again? Why?

Yes! This is a difficult, lengthy topic, yet Melvin Bragg manages to make it fascinating and seems to cover every aspect in depth. The social history aspect of the times was made more interesting than most dedicated books on early English history. Well done, Melvin!

Have you listened to any of Robert Powell’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Robert Powell's narration does the book justice. I cannot think of anyone who could have done a better job. A perfect match. I was very impressed with his narration of both the French and Early English vocabulary. Beautifully, and expertly, done.

Any additional comments?

If, like me, you enjoy social history AND the English Language, you will love this book.

  • Life After Death

  • The Burden of Proof
  • By: Deepak Chopra MD
  • Narrated by: Shishir Kurup
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Deepak Chopra has touched millions of readers and listeners by demystifying our deepest spiritual concerns while retaining their poetry and wonder. Now he turns to the most profound mystery: What happens after we die? Is this a question we were not meant to answer, a riddle whose solution the universe keeps to itself? Chopra tells us there is abundant evidence that "the world beyond" is not separated from this world by an impassable wall; in fact, a single reality embraces all worlds, all times and places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very eye opening

  • By su on 14-10-18

Life After Death: The Burden of Proof

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

Reviewed: 03-08-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Life After Death to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version, but this audio version is brought to life by Shishir Kurup, who should narrate all of Deepak Chopra's books!

Any additional comments?

This is a thought provoking book, as has already been mentioned, and, like other reviewers, I am no stranger to some of the philosophy discussed. However, this is a book of many facets; the philosophy is interspersed with both psychological reasearch and Indian traditional tales. Shishir Kurup narrates beautifully, unusually for Audible. I was disappointed to reach the end.

  • John’s Gospel - from The New Testament in Scots

  • By: William Laughton Lorimer - translator
  • Narrated by: Tom Fleming
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

John’s Gospel, from the widely acclaimed modern literary classic The New Testament in Scots is now available as an audio digital download for the first time. Tom Fleming's reading brings out the poetry, wit and humanity of William Lorimer's translation in a way which speaks to everyone. Lorimer (1885-1967) immersed himself in the Scots language from childhood, learning the rich Angus dialect of his locality. He devoted the last decade of his life to translating the New Testament into Scots.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • John's Gospel - from The New Testament in Scots

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-12-12

John's Gospel - from The New Testament in Scots

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-12

Wonderful!!

As a sassanach, I was brought up in a house ringing with this beautiful accent, so for me, it is nostalgia with a capital N!

I may have forgotten a lot of the dialect, but who cares, the intonation and narration as a whole is faultless, moving, and, for me, comforting.

Thank you so much, Tom Fleming, more please! I could listen to you all night . . .

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Breath Sweeps Mind

  • By: Jakusho Kwong-roshi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

With more than 40 years of experience practicing traditional Zen, Jakusho Kwong-roshi removes some of the mystery surrounding this enigmatic philosophy through clear instruction in its core principles and how it relates to our everyday world, including methods of zazen meditation, why delusion is inseparable from enlightenment, turning our light inward, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jakusho Kwong Will Sweep You Away

  • By Ms Lyndi Smith on 21-05-09

Breath Sweeps Mind

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-12

As the other reviewer has already stated, this is a beautiful book, narrated beautifully by Jakusho Kwong-roshi, but . . . .spoiled totally by the publishers, who have decided to use the two minutes 'silence' at the end of each section, as indicated by the traditional ringing of three bells, to tell you what you are listening to, and who the publishers are, not once, but twice, by a loud american female, interspersed with the playing of loud, pseudo oriental sounding panpipes, leaving no time for thought unless you actually pause or stop the CD.

This harsh treatment at the end of every section of what is a peaceful, thoughtful and tranquil book was so disappointing, and somewhat jarring on the nerves. I'm sure if Jakusho Kwong-roshi were to listen to what the publishers have done throughout this recording of his talks, he would be mortified.

The ringing of three bells at the start of each section, and two bells at the end, is explained by Jakusho at the beginning of the audiobook, so it is expected and anticipated. This two minutes 'silence' is supposed to be used for quiet reflection on the beautiful words that have been spoken, and would have complimented the book perfectly, given that is based on Zen thoughts and ideals.

I would have given it one star purely because the publishers spoiled my enjoyment, but that would be at the expense of such a beautiful, thought provoking book, by a wonderful teacher.

If you can cope with fast forwarding at the end of the sections, whilst getting lost in thought, then don't let my review put you off. This audiobook really is a must.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful