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review 2017-02-27 02:40
NPR Laughter Therapy
NPR Laughter Therapy A Comedy Collection for the Chronically Serious - (U.S.) National Public Radio Inc.

A collection of NPR's funnier interviews, April Fool's day gags, news stories, etc.  Like in any collection, there were some I found funnier than others and 1 just fell sort of flat.

 

It's a short, easy listen and it was fun to hear a few voices that aren't with us any more (Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller).  I miss NPR, so seeing this in my local library was a nice boost to the spirit.  

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review 2016-06-24 00:46
Yes minster
The Complete Yes Prime Minister - Jonathan Lynn,Antony Jay

If you haven't seen the series, you really shouldn't read this book. If you have seen the series (or listened to the audio) then go ahead. Fun.

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review 2016-05-22 01:06
The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

I enjoyed this quite a bit, though I'm not sure I found it quite as revolutionary as it has been painted. Much of this is probably that it is a modern classic--I'm sure ideas from this have trickled down as time went on, and we are looking at a 30-year-old book. Despite that, it has aged well and is absolutely worth the read.

 

Part of the reason this works so well, given the plotline is really quite basic, is the way the information is presented. We get bits and pieces of things as we go along, all filtered through our narrator Offred, who does not always know herself what is true and what false, who to trust and who is lying.

 

I admit I have a huge soft spot for books where I have to piece things together. I require them to be done well (If I get the idea the author doesn't know where things are going, I'm out), but provided they are, I'm absolutely hooked.

 

I've always felt that with dystopian novels, you have to make allowances to accept the society, and this is no different. If you go into this with the mindset that how this society managed to form and evolve is going to be clearly explained and seem to rationally follow the state of the world...well, either you're going to be upset here, or you are a very glass-half-empty kind of person. I fully admit I don't buy the premise as something that really could ever happen (too fundamentalist-religious in some places, nowhere near fundamentalist-religious in others, though I also admit to being a glass-half-full person), it's a fascinating thought exercise, and once I had accepted the society, everything flowed smoothly enough from there.

 

This is a dark world, and Atwood does a fantastic job of making you feel Offred's fear and paranoia (is it paranoia when everyone really is out to get you?) throughout. It reminds me a bit of 1984 in that way, honestly; you're quite sure someone is going to crack down eventually and it is not going to be pretty, so you wait with bated breath for it to happen.

 

I'm glad I finally got around to reading this and I'll probably pick it back up again at some point, but this is something that needs to sit for a bit before I'm ready to dive back into it.

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review 2016-01-09 20:35
Gloomsbury: Series 1 - Sue Limb, full cast,Miriam Margolyes,Alison Steadman,BBC Worldwide Ltd

If you are familiar with Bloomsbury group, you might enjoy this wonderful parody.

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review 2015-12-16 22:11
Tommies: Part One, 1914 by Nick Warburton (2014-11-13) - Nick Warburton; Michael Chaplin; Jonathan Ruffle;
This is a collection of 45 minute plays following the same group of characters as they took part in World War I in 1914.

More importantly, Indira Varma, an talented actress, does not play a character that dies. I am shocked. Usually she dies in the first episode or first season, which is sad because she is usually the reason I am watching.

The voice acting is fine, in particular Varma's role as commentor who guides the listen though the history. The play actually includes the Indian regiment that fought.

Powerful.
 
 

 

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