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 Post subject: Audiobooks RMD
PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 12:16 
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Over the past few months I have been ravenously devouring the Dresden Files audiobooks during my drive to work and back home. I've just started the last one and need new recommendations (despite my current temporary bus wanker status).

Any suggestions? I warn thee, I have been spoilt by James Marsters' awesome Dresden portrayal and the pretty good reader of the latest Fitz the Assassin book. I need quality stuffs.


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 Post subject: Re: Audiobooks RMD
PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 12:40 
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I think I've only listened to one adult audiobook, and that was I Alan Partridge. Which was truly excellent, and fairly exceptional given it's read in character.

Other than that, we're listening to a lot of the Roald Dahl stories. Brilliant, but not what you're after unless you have kids in the car.

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 Post subject: Re: Audiobooks RMD
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 Post subject: Re: Audiobooks RMD
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I'll second the Partridge audio book. Superb.

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Ah, I see. And I was joking ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Audiobooks RMD
PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 14:36 
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It's not strictly an audio book, more of an play but the audio book of "World War Z" is excellent, including the vocal talents of Alan Alda, Nathan Fillion, Mark Hammill and Henry Rollins

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 Post subject: Re: Audiobooks RMD
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Morte wrote:
It's not strictly an audio book, more of an play but the audio book of "World War Z" is excellent, including the vocal talents of Alan Alda, Nathan Fillion, Mark Hammill and Henry Rollins

I'll check it out, ta.


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 Post subject: Re: Audiobooks RMD
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I don't know if you would like them but I love
PG Wodehouse audiobooks read by Jonathan Cecil (particularly Jeeves and Wooster books and uncle fred books)
Dr Who audiobooks read by David Tennant (not (just) because he's my fav doctor, but because he does all different voices for the characters)
Hitchhikers guide read by Douglas Adams (short but lovely)


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 Post subject: Re: Audiobooks RMD
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miki wrote:
Hitchhikers guide read by Douglas Adams (short but lovely)


I do much prefer the radio series but anything by Adams is great (and his voice really works for all the different characters).
There are also radio series of the later books (Dirk Maggs put those out and they have the Adams audio from his readings as Agrajag) , while we're on the subject of Radio plays the Neil Gaiman BBC stuff like Good Omens / Neverwhere are also worth a listen.

My other go to for this would be anything Discworld , the early ones are mainly read by Nigel Planer (who does a very good Rincewind) but the later ones are all by Stephen Briggs (who adapted a number of the books for the stage).

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 Post subject: Re: Audiobooks RMD
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thanks zaphod, I will also look for those :)


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 Post subject: Re: Audiobooks RMD
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Discworld!

Of course!


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Discworld. I was listening to The Light Fantastic this morning and the Shopkeeper has a stereotypical 'jewish' accent. Awkward.


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Discworld. I was listening to The Light Fantastic this morning and the Shopkeeper has a stereotypical 'jewish' accent. Awkward.

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 Post subject: Re: Audiobooks RMD
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The Audio version of it will have been recorded not that long after the book (I remember having it from our local library on something like 12 cassettes and then taking them on long journeys) - so it will easily be 25+ years old.

Hmmm - the only thing I can find about date is the info here :

http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/reviews/read/3811/

Which has it as 1997 but i'm assuming thats the CD version and the cassette stuff pre-dates that.

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Understandable, but still quite jarring.

The recording I have still has the "End of Side 4, please move to Side 5" announcements in it, so you're probably spot on.


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The Audio version of it will have been recorded not that long after the book (I remember having it from our local library on something like 12 cassettes and then taking them on long journeys) - so it will easily be 25+ years old.

Hmmm - the only thing I can find about date is the info here :

http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/reviews/read/3811/

Which has it as 1997 but i'm assuming thats the CD version and the cassette stuff pre-dates that.

There's a 1986 copyright there. Would that be the book copyright?


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I have no idea if this is any good but as it's free (until November) it's probably worth a punt. Like the World War Z adaptation it's a full cast recording.

#publisher-summary">http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/FREE- ... er-summary

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 Post subject: Re: Audiobooks RMD
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There's a 1986 copyright there. Would that be the book copyright?


Yeah thats the book

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Light_Fantastic

I do remember getting audio books from the library when I was a kid - although the first Pratchett ones I remember listening to would have been the late 90's early 2000's (which ties in with the ISIS date)

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The radio play versions are awesome. Guards! Guards! in particular was a superb adaptation.

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Cras wrote:
The radio play versions are awesome. Guards! Guards! in particular was a superb adaptation.

I believe Nigel Planer only did the first few. He's very good though. Quite suited to the material.


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DavPaz wrote:
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The radio play versions are awesome. Guards! Guards! in particular was a superb adaptation.

I believe Nigel Planer only did the first few. He's very good though. Quite suited to the material.


You have :

Early unabridged versions , these are by ISIS https://www.isis-publishing.co.uk/ in the UK and have either Nigel Planer or Celia Imrie (for the Witches books)
The later ones are all read by Stephen Briggs (who also adapted a number of the books for the stage) - I think the break is somewhere around The Fifth Elephant

There are also abridged versions of the books which are read by Tony Robinson , when I got those they were on tape so instead of the 8 , 10 , 12 cassettes in the unabridged books these were normally 2 cassettes (so around 3 hours or so in length) - looking on Audible he's continued to do those right up till the last one (http://www.audible.com.au/pd/Young-Adul ... 085&sr=1-1)

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So they started in audiobooks before terror and murder?


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I really liked tge audiobooks of Jonathan a strange & Mr Norrell and Arthur & George.

Both have been recent TV dramas, but don't judge an audiobook by its to adaptation.

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DavPaz wrote:
So they started in audiobooks before terror and murder?


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Isis

Around 8 miles away from where I'm sitting right now.

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DavPaz wrote:
So they started in audiobooks before terror and murder?


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Isis

Around 8 miles away from where I'm sitting right now.


Abingdon?

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DavPaz wrote:
Cras wrote:
The radio play versions are awesome. Guards! Guards! in particular was a superb adaptation.

I believe Nigel Planer only did the first few. He's very good though. Quite suited to the material.


I didn't mean the audiobooks. I mean't the adapted for a radio play, full cast version:

http://www.lspace.org/fandom/events/rad ... uards.html

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 Post subject: Re: Audiobooks RMD
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Cras wrote:
I didn't mean the audiobooks. I mean't the adapted for a radio play, full cast version:

http://www.lspace.org/fandom/events/rad ... uards.html


I also liked the Amazing Maurice radio play

http://www.lspace.org/fandom/events/rad ... dents.html

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