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Reay, Caithness, UK
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  • Smoke and Mirrors

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

This definitive collection of Neil Gaiman's short fiction will haunt your imagination and move you to the very depths of your soul. An elderly widow finds the Holy Grail beneath an old fur coat. A stray cat fights and refights a terrible nightly battle to protect his unwary adoptive family from unimaginable evil. A young couple receives a wedding gift that reveals a chilling alternative history of their marriage. These tales and much more await in this extraordinary book, revealing one of our most gifted storytellers at the height of his powers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't stop listening and felt empty when it was over.

  • By tara on 27-03-17

A Gallery on An Other World

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

Reviewed: 30-04-15

This collection of short stories offers a great opportunity to hear a writer's voice developing. The downside is that the stories can become same-y, and, inevitably, some stories resonate more with a listener. His Murder Mysteries story seems to me to be an absolute marvel--both the story and his reading. I had the same feeling of amazement as a child with a bedtime story, especially with this one but with many of the others as well. His performance of the stories is compelling.

There is much more to Gaiman's stories than things that go bump in the night although he does such stories deftly. Neil Gaiman offers us a perspective on the world that is honest and ironic, slightly cynical but deeply affectionate. Through his stories you meet a gallery of characters some familar--others perhaps that person you saw on the bus last week or that lady on the train. Through his story telling we are transported to someplace almost like here and we come back from the visit just a little bit wiser or kinder or grateful.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Music & Silence

  • By: Rose Tremain
  • Narrated by: Michael Praed, Clare Wille, Alison Dowling
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

The award-winning Music & Silence is one of Tremain's most popular works. Set in the court of ChristianÿIV of Denmark during the 17th century, it is a beautiful and enduring tale of love, intrigue and betrayal. Part history, part imagination, Music & Silence lyrically evokes the rich tapestry of court life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Music, Silence, and the Space in the Middle

  • By Landgirl on 24-12-12

Music, Silence, and the Space in the Middle

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-12

Some of the description in this title was like music itself in its lyric quality, and I enjoyed very much learning about a part of the world both in time and space that was hitherto unknown to me. Some of the characters, however, seemed one dimensional, as if they were injected into the lyric simply to move things along. This one-dimensionality led the story to be unnecessarily dark and seemed to prolong the eventual conclusion.

  • Dance Hall of the Dead

  • By: Tony Hillerman
  • Narrated by: Michael Ansara
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

A Zuni Indian boy dies in a bizarre ritual slaying - and his best friend, a Navajo youth, is missing. Navajo police lieutenant Joe Leaphorn tracks the friend from Zuni village to Navajo hogan, from anthropological dig to hippie commune, across the desert of New Mexico and Arizona.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed this very much

  • By Josie on 19-12-08

Crime and order in a different world view

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-12

Tony Hillerman writes the kind of story I enjoy--sympathetic, thoughtful stories with characters that you can enjoy getting to know. I have read all his fiction and would love to see more of them on audiobooks. In addition to a good read or listen for the story itself, Tony Hillerman opens up a world few people get to see--a genuine insight into contemporary Native American cultures in the southwest of the United States.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Knight's Tale

  • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Narrated by: Richard Bebb
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

The Knight's Tale of medieval wars and chivalry is the first tale told to the pilgrims as they set out to Canterbury. It concerns Theseus, returning from fighting at Thebes, and two brother knights Palamon and Arcite, imprisoned but yearning for their loves. But the real hero of this recording is Richard Bebb who, with the help of Professor Derek Brewer, the leading expert on Chaucerian pronunciation, make the original Middle English not only comprehensible to the modern ear, but exciting.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Looking for entertainment not scholarship

  • By Landgirl on 24-12-12

Looking for entertainment not scholarship

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-12

I should have listened to a sample rather than have believed the description "accurate but easy to understand Middle English." No sooner had I downloaded the book than I realised that I did not want to listen as hard as would be required to appreciate this classic tale. If, unlike me, you are prepared to invest a bit more thoughtfulness, then this would be a good listen. I'll keep it in my library in the hopeful expectation that I will someday be more scholarly or patient.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful