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Alan T Butcher

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  • Heroes and Legends

  • The Most Influential Characters of Literature
  • By: Thomas A. Shippey, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Thomas A. Shippey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Odysseus. Robinson Crusoe. Harry Potter. What do these memorable characters have in common? Why do we turn to certain stories again and again? And what impact have they made on world history? These 24 eye-opening lectures give fresh insight into some of the greatest heroes in world literature, from warriors such as Beowulf and Odysseus to unexpected heroes such as Uncle Tom and Sancho Panza. Professor Shippey gives you an inside glimpse into the writer's process.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Society Shapes Heroes

  • By Storfod on 08-07-14

Great Lecturer and great survey of heroes.

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

Reviewed: 05-06-14

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

Yes, it's great to get a reliable and extensive overview of such huge subject.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Heroes and Legends?

Don Quixote and Sancho Panza turning out to be so significant.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

1. Tom Shippey talks Tolkien, a combination made in Valinor.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Having seen him give two talks in person a film would be justified, tagline: "Best Lecturer you've ever seen!"

  • A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine

  • By: Tony Benn
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

In this final volume of diaries, Tony Benn reflects on the compensations and the disadvantages of old age. With the support of a small circle of friends and his extended family, he continues his activities on behalf of social justice, peace and accountability in public life, to a background of political change and the international economic crisis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sincere and from the heart.

  • By Vicuña on 18-03-14

Great listen, Tony Benn keeps busy.

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

Reviewed: 27-10-13

What did you like most about A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine?

Having been worried that Tony not narrating his own words for the first time would be a problem I was very pleased to find that Michael Jayston was a perfect casting to put over his authentic voice.
It was good to hear how busy he was keeping during this period and as with other volumes of his diaries it is interesting to hear his perspective of times I remember well. In some ways this help create a greater understanding of his perspective in the diaries of times before my knowledge.

What did you like best about this story?

Hearing his excitement at still being able to occasionally find a role in significant events was great. Also hearing his joy at the comings and goings of his family was pleasing.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The account of his Elders' trip to Africa was very interesting.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine

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