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Alec

northampton, United Kingdom
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  • Confessions of a GP

  • By: Benjamin Daniels
  • Narrated by: Eamonn Riley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 164

Benjamin Daniels is angry. He is frustrated, confused, baffled and, quite frequently, very funny. He is also a GP. These are his confessions.A woman troubled by pornographic dreams about Tom Jones. An 80-year-old man who can't remember why he's come to see the doctor.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • don't waste either your credit or your money

  • By Sally on 29-01-12

Unedited for smugness

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-02-12

I listened to this to while away my commuter car journey, expecting the anecdotes to be linked and this to be an autobiography in the James Herriot mould. What it actually seems to be is a badly edited (if it has ever been edited at all) collection of tales from a very smug young doctor who constantly assures us that "while he is not the world's greatest doctor, he is at least, a good doctor." That some of these brief stories are funny is indeed true, but the overbearing theme that pervades them all is his dreadful personality. I tried to persevere...he may have improved by the end - I confess I had to give up after about three hours as the whole soundbite style was becoming very depressing and annoying.
Mr Ben Daniels would do a lot better to stick to writing prescriptions for a few more years so that his overall experience of life can enable him to take a longer view. Perhaps then if he wrote a book which was based upon the experience he clearly lacked when he wrote this very third-rate drivel with greater clarity and using his own life to link the tales in the same way that other biographers do then possibly it might have greater appeal and meaning. At the moment this is a collection of soundbites which are designed in the main to show how clever he is. There are a few which are self-deprecating, but these are in the minority and the smug factor is collossal. This should have been written on "Twitter"...perhaps it was.

A little more humility and life experience would go a long way.

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • The Three Sisters

  • By: Anton Chekhov
  • Narrated by: Flo Gibson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Olga, Masha, and Irina lead a drab life in a provincial garrison town. Their love lives and marriages leave a lot to be desired, and they dream of eventually escaping to Moscow. Some critics called this the best drama of the 20th century.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hard work

  • By Alec on 19-11-10

Hard work

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-11-10

I found this exceptionally difficult to get into. It IS the complete script of the play, complete with stage directions(!) but this does not make for an easy listening experience.
If the script is to be read then it would be far preferable to have it completely cast so that the voices and characterisations become clear. Flo Gibson's attempts at clarification between the different cast members is frankly embarassing.

Unless you are using this for the purposes of learning lines (and remember that you will need to be learning THIS translation) then I think this is almost worthless.

A very disappointing purchase.

  • Martin Chuzzlewit

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 35 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Wealthy and old, Martin Chuzzlewit, Sr. is surrounded by greedy relatives hoping to obtain a portion of his estate upon his death. Of his two descendants, born and bred in the same heritage of selfishness, one, Martin Jr., has the good fortune to transform, while the other, Jonas, does not and receives a fatal penalty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wit as never before Chuzzled

  • By Alec on 23-12-08

Wit as never before Chuzzled

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-08

Yes, Fred Davidson's voice is a little surprising at first. He settles down by the second part, however, and so far as OLD Martin Chuzzlewit's voice is concerned, Dickens described it as similar to the creaking of the pub-sign, and therefore here it is bravely dramatized. There is a clarity to the reading which is very refreshing and as I listened to this whilst driving I found myself frequently driving slower to prolong the enjoyment. So, RoSPA, how about that for an idea: story-telling in cars reduces speeds and therefore accidents?!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful