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Matthew Layton
Aug 27, 2021
In Discuss Audiobooks
*** "THE SANDMAN" PODCAST NOW LIVE - https://audiobookclub.libsyn.com/the-sandman *** Steve Phillips and Matthew Layton present #AudioBookClub - the world’s only interactive audiobook review and recommendation podcast. In this video Steve and Matthew invite you to take part in the next round of #AudioBookClub in which they - and hopefully you - will be discussing possibly the most expensive, lavishly produced audiobook of all time: “The Sandman” by Neil Gaiman. Get involved in the conversation. Make your views known! -- “The Sandman” - written by Neil Gaiman Full cast recording featuring: Neil Gaiman, James McAvoy, Taron Egerton, Michael Sheen, Andy Serkis, Riz Ahmed, Kat Dennings, Samantha Morton, Bebe Neuwirth, Dramatised and produced by Dirk Maggs Publisher: Audible Originals AUS: https://amzn.to/3ylBH3M CAN: https://amzn.to/3gEwFJM UK: https://amzn.to/3DpIMUu US: https://amzn.to/3znBezq
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Matthew Layton
Aug 05, 2021
In Discuss Audiobooks
Like ordinary tree based books, audiobooks can serve a higher purpose than just entertaining the listener. It's about time I quit the evil weed, so I have started listening to Allen Carr's "The Easy Way To Stop Smoking". The concept behind the original book was that the reader should continue to smoke while reading the incredibly repetitive messages in the book about why they are a total turd for being a smoker. As a malcoordinated muppet with a vision impairment, there was only one way reading a book while smoking was going to end for me. The smell of burning hair. So, the audiobook allows lazy people like me to listen to a man who sounds remarkably like Martin Jarvis and passively take on board endless repeated messages about what a turd I am for smoking, while smoking, without catching fire. But does it actually work? Find out in the next enthralling episode of AudioBookClub! Did it work for you? Please get involved in the conversation. The Easy Way to Stop Smoking Written by Allen Carr Read by Duncan Wells AUS: https://amzn.to/3fwkyxL CAN: https://amzn.to/3Ch0nxn UK: https://amzn.to/3ioIgOr US: https://amzn.to/2VohHjA
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Matthew Layton
Aug 05, 2021
In Discuss Audiobooks
Up for doscission on the next episode of #AudioBookClub is the first volume of Barack Obama's presidential memoirs "A Promised Land". AUS: https://amzn.to/3AaUTCv CAN: https://amzn.to/3lyw0ge UK: https://amzn.to/3xsQhWC US: https://amzn.to/3lt1x33 After four years of Donald Trump I wasn't really in the mood for any more American politics, but as soon as The Charismatic Mr President Barack Obama started talkiing DIRECTLY TO ME with humility and humour I have to confess, I haven't got to the end of this one. There's 32 hours of the bugger. But as with normal tree-based books, you can dip in and out of it. I'm currently in August 2009, eight months into Obama's first term and it's a very interesting experience to keep track of it in parallel with Joe Biden's first term in office. The whole "Is it a good idea for the author to read the book?" question is blown out of the water here. To feel that The Charismatic Mr President Barack Obama is whispering in your shell-like makes you feel rather special. I'm a married man but... Please let us know what you think i the discussion below. Further... Steve and I would definitely recommend watching the promotional video from Mr Obama's publisher below. It includes a quote on the subject of the spoken word that has been key to our thinking as we've tried (and failed a couple of times) and get this #AudioBookClub show on the road: "The written word is ultimately a derivative of our voices, and the human voice can transmit some things that the written page can't" Baarack Obama
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Matthew Layton
Aug 01, 2021
In Discuss Audiobooks
Ben Aaronovitch's magic-infused police procedural series (or should that be police procedural-infused magical series) “Rivers of London” is a real audiobook club favourite. Great characters and great stories performed masterfully by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. We're fans!
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Matthew Layton
Aug 01, 2021
In Discuss Audiobooks
Next up for discussion here at #AudioBookClub: "The Sentinel" - The 25th instalment in Lee Child's Jack Reacher series. Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series has sold over 100,000,000 copies to date. Somewhere in the world a Jack Reacher book is sold once every nine seconds. The books follow the adventure of former military policeman Jack Reacher. (Child chose “military policeman” because military policemen have to be the toughest of the tough. The idea being that if a Special Forces soldier makes trouble, somebody’s got to be tough enough to arrest them). Reacher is six foot five, scruffy and physically frightening to behold. He lives an itinerant life, spending his retirement travelling the United States with only his passport, his bank card and his toothbrush. No toothpaste strangely, just a toothbrush. Just about every Reacher novel - and this one is no exception - starts with the protagonist arriving in a new town or city - normally on a far from salubrious Greyhound bus. On his way from the bus station to buy himself a cup of coffee, he will inevitably come across a citizen in distress, punch someone bad in the face and spend the next four hundred pages unravelling a mysterious plot that has something to do with people trafficking or foiling a plot to blow something up, punching lots of people in the head on the way. They’re all the same. This is not a complaint. These books may not be for you, but for some on us, they're like a comfy pair of slippers Jeff Harding’s lugubrious - even grumpy - monotonous reading really brings these books alive Whether Reacher is pouring a cup of coffee or driving a car off a cliff, Harding’s world weary intonation remains the same. When Reacher is sizing up three armed opponents in a dark alley, it sounds like Harding could be reading a shopping list. It feels really strange to be saying that the monotonous narration really brings the character alive, but I find it joyous. Let us know what you think. -- “The Sentinel” Jack Reacher Book 25 Written by Lee Child and Andrew Child. Narrated by Jeff Harding AUS: https://amzn.to/3rJPxeH CAN: https://amzn.to/3j6UD0F UK: https://amzn.to/3fk1a6V US: https://amzn.to/3fgoK4u
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Matthew Layton
Jul 30, 2021
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I'm a huge fan of indie pop/rock piano-thumping legend Ben Folds and his autobiographical audiobook only increased. This audiobook is a prime example of how the audiobook version can leave an old-fashioned organic book far behind. Folds knows how to work a studio, and the musical and audio production flourishes in this production are something you just can't get from the written word. Or at least they are once you get beyond Chapter 17 - for reasons revealed exclusively to #AudioBookClub by Mr Folds. Our interview with the man himself features in the video or in the podcast (available from Google, Spotify or Apple Podcasts. Let us know what you think!
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