Started Listening: Jan 28, 2020
Finished Listening: Jan 28, 2020
Peter Pan

The story begins at home in London during The Blitz and Mary Darling is planning to evacuate her children to the countryside. However, her plans take an unexpected turn when a familiar face from her childhood returns…the one and only Peter Pan, the mysterious boy from Kensington Gardens. Intrigued by their motherโ€™s friend, Wendy, Michael and John seek Peter Pan out, resulting in them being whisked off to Neverland and setting up home with Peter, Tinker Bell and The Lost Boys.

As Peter and his gang come up against the wickedly evil Captain Hook their friendships and relationships are put to the test – can Wendy be honest with Peter about how she really feels, and will Michael and John return home without their sister?

Rupert Everett (The Happy Probe, My Best Friendโ€™s Wedding) stars as Captain Hook alongside Adeel Atkhar (Four Lions, Killing Eve) as Smee, Gerran Howell (Catch-22, Emerald City) as Peter Pan and Eleanor Worthington Cox (Maleficant, Britannia) as Wendy alongside a full cast.

To mark the release of this drama, Audible has donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital (https://www.gosh.org), to whom J. M. Barrie unexpectedly and generously gifted his copyright of Peter Pan.

Performed by: Adeel Akhtar, Mariska Ariya, Catherine Bailey, Rupert Everett, Neil Frost, William Harper, Gerran Howell, Simon Kane, Mack Keith Roach, Rocco Padden, Richard Reed, Maya Shepelev, Louis Suc, Harry Tuffin and Eleanor Worthington-Cox.

Listening Length: 2 hours and 42 minutes
Started Listening : January 23, 2020

Just like every other kids in the 90’s, Jurassic Park was my first introduction to the world of dinosaurs. I bought A Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs by Ben Garrod as part of the Audible Originals monthly selection for July.

Divided into six chapters, each chapter included interviews with paleontologists with insightful commentary.

  1. What is a Dinosaur?
  2. Size Matters

    I learned about the Dreadnoughtus and the Patagotitan finds.

  3. Feathered Freaks

    The velociraptor shown in Jurassic Park was not a velociraptor, but rather a Deinonychus.

  4. Who Needs Bones?

    How fossils help us understand dinosaurs, including their poop?

  5. What is Not a Dinosaur?

    There were no dinosaurs in the oceans. They were called Plesiosaurs.

  6. The Fall of Dinosaurs

    We all know how that happened.

Overall, it was an interesting and captivating read that I definitely recommend.

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Camouflage

A million years before the emergence of humans, an alien spaceship splashes into the Pacific Ocean. After it comes to rest miles underwater, a creature emerges from the vessel and, after assessing its aqueous environment, drastically alters its appearance in order to survive.

After many millennia of existence in the form of various deep-sea creatures — sharks, whales, porpoises, schools of fish — the changeling eventually leaves the safety of the water and enters the world of man. Adopting various human personas — graduate student, soldier, surfer, circus dwarf, prostitute — the ever-inquisitive changeling slowly masters the intricacies of human society.

When a strange artifact is discovered seven miles below the surface of the Pacific in the early 21st century, the changeling is inexplicably drawn to it. But so is something else: another, much older, shape-shifting alien. This chameleon’s motives for wanting to unlock the secrets of the artifact, however, are far different from the changeling’s.

Started Listening: 06 January 2020
Finished Listening: 07 January 2020
Alien III

Alongside a full cast, Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen reprise their iconic roles as Corporal Hicks and Bishop from the 1986 film Aliens.

Father of cyberpunk William Gibsonโ€™s original script for Alien III, written in 1987 as a sequel to Aliens, never made it to our screens, although it went on to achieve cult status among fans as the third instalment that might have been after being leaked online.

This terrifying, cinematic multicast dramatisation – directed by the multi-award-winning Dirk Maggs – is the chance to experience William Gibsonโ€™s untold story and its terrifying, claustrophobic and dark encounters between humans and aliens, as a completely immersive audio experience.

The story begins with the Sulaco on its return journey from LV-426. On board the military ship are the cryogenically frozen skeleton crew of that filmโ€™s survivors: Ripley, Hicks, Newt and Bishop.

We travel aboard and hear an alarm blare. Our heroes are no longer alone….

December 18, 2019 โ€“ Started Listening
December 31, 2019 โ€“ Finished Listening
Carnival Row: Tangle in the Dark by an author

Tourmaline Larou lives an idyllic life of learning by day and partying by night. An aspiring poet, her future promises nothing less than brilliance. Then, Vignette Stonemoss walks through the door, and Tourmalineโ€™s world is upended. As she struggles to understand the effect this stranger has on her, Tourmaline and her fellow fae face a looming threat from the human world. War is on the horizon, and their very existence is at stake. And Tourmaline will discover whether love will save herโ€”or destroy her.

Carnival Row: Tangle in the Dark is set in the world of the Amazon Original series Carnival Row, created by Travis Beacham and Renรฉ Echevarria. Carnival Row is available only on Amazon Prime Video.

Audible Originals brings you a brand new audiobook adaptation of J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s classic gothic novella, Carmilla – starring Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey), David Tennant (Doctor Who and Broadchurch) and Phoebe Fox (Life in Squares and The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death).

One of the very first vampire thrillers, this audio adaptation follows 18-year-old Laura as she recounts the story of her mysterious, intriguing and beautiful house guest Carmilla, who is stranded in the forest after a carriage accident and taken in by Laura’s widowed father. The girls develop a friendship which turns into a passionate meeting of souls. A relationship of vampire and prey, the story is told through Laura’s eyes as she is drawn further into Carmilla’s terrifying world of pleasure and pain.

A masterpiece of erotic Gothic horror, Carmilla encompasses mystery, suspense, forbidden lust, violence…and lots of blood…

Carmilla has been dramatized by Robin Brooks, an actor, dramatist and author who has been working as a playwright for over 25 years. Carmilla was directed by Fiona McAlpine of Allegra Productions for Audible Originals.

 

Carmilla by an author
Have a Nice Day features a live multi-cast script reading captured over two evenings at Minetta Lane Theatre in Manhattanโ€™s Greenwich Village.

Tony and Emmy Award winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughterโ€”and possibly his life.

President David Murray starts the day in crisis. Heโ€™s lost control of Congress, has to decide whether to run for a second term, and his wife and teenage daughter are barely talking to him. Whatโ€™s more, the Angel of Death has sent a rather inept โ€œrepo manโ€ who is at the foot of his bed, giving him only one more day to live.

Cast members include Justin Bartha, Irene Bedard, Annette Bening, Chris Cafero, Dick Cavett, Auli’i Cravalho, Billy Crystal, Rachel Dratch, Darrell Hammond, Christopher Jackson, Robert King, Kevin Kline, and Robin Thede.

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Have a Nice Day by an author

December 15, 2019 โ€“ Started Reading
December 16, 2019 โ€“ Finished Reading

Started listening – December 12, 2019
Completed listening – December 13, 2019
Girls & Boys by an author

When they met at an airport, it was love at first sight. But in time, everything collapsed. As an unnamed but unforgettable woman muses on her lifeโ€”from meet cute to marriage and parenthoodโ€”her recollections inexorably build to a devastating truth. In this shattering performance, Carey Mulligan, star of the critically lauded drama An Education, captivates audiences with playwright Dennis Kellyโ€™s harrowing ruminations on family, ambition, gender, and violence. An acclaimed Off-Broadway play, the gut-wrenching world of Girls & Boys now thrives as an Audible Theater production.

After the play, this program includes an interview with Tony-winning playwright Dennis Kelly, who shares the inspiration behind his work.