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  • Those Below

  • The Empty Throne, Book 2
  • By: Daniel Polansky
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

For centuries beyond counting, humanity has served the Others, godlike Eternals who rule from their cloud-capped mountain city, building a civilization of unimagined beauty and unchecked viciousness. But all that is about to change. Bas Alyates, grizzled general of a thousand battles, has assembled a vast army with which to contend with the might of Those Above.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and melancholic, but always engaging.

  • By G. P. Brown on 10-04-16

A Bleak View of Intrinsic Conflicts

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

Reviewed: 18-03-16

The story is a long playing out of an intrinsic conflict between two species, one composed of excellent individualists (the others), the other a social group dominated by the first (man). Through several life stories, of very interesting characters, the epic conflict and rather bitter, tragic conclusion is revealed.

A thoroughly engaging, and recognizable world is evoked in both books. The characters all have compelling narratives, woven together towards its bleak ("realist") end.

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  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

  • By: L. Frank Baum
  • Narrated by: Anne Hathaway
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway ( Rachel Getting Married, Alice in Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films ( The Dark Knight Rises), lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant narration

  • By Julia Brown on 30-11-14

Good reading of a classic

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

This is very well read by Anne Hathaway, engaging for the children who listened with wrapt attention. It is a familiar tale to most British children, although some of the scenes are quite frightening for young ones (much as the film is). The story is more elaborate than the film, and has an extended coda.

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