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Postby Pete » 15 Dec 2006, 11:08

I've qot a copy of The Silver Chair read by Ian Richardson. It's quite good, for the most part. My only issue with it is the fact that it is abridged.

Also, I purchased the Focus on the Family audio dramas earlier in the year. I must admit, it does fall short in some areas, of my expectations though, I would have listed the voice of Aslan in there, but to be honest, that has grown on me each time I've listened to them, however, I do struggle with the voice of Puzzle (as Warrior 4 Jesus mentioned) and Strawberry/Fledge, also, the voices of the Calormenes are too Western (I'm not saying they should be Middle Eastern or Asian or anything else...but perhaps something other than Western? I understand why they wouldn't want to get them as Middle Eastern or Asian, because it could be seen as discriminating, but they sound just as Narnian as the Narnians themselves...all bar Prince Rabadash who's just a ranting nut of a voice! :lol:)... but perhaps my chief disappointment with it though is the fact that the Grand Vizier is not in the scene in that secret room in the Tisroc's house, which is a real shame in my opinion - as he had some of the best lines in the Chronicles, in my honest opinion.
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Postby Larry W. » 15 Dec 2006, 13:16

Aslan's voice on the Focus on the Family dramas seems a little overdone, but it isn't too bad once you get used to it. I liked his voice on the old BBC series better even though they couldn't the mouth movements exactly right. Ian Richardson was good at reading Aslan's part (especially the voice) in the abridged audio recordings of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and The Silver Chair. I liked the voice of Aslan in Andrew Adamson's movie version too, but I thought he should have been given a bigger role.

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Postby Shadowland Dweller » 18 Dec 2006, 03:17

well I am excited that it is almost christmas so I can give my hubbie his/our present!

I think I am going to make sure that we have a way to listen to them on the way home............
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Postby Messenger_of_Eden » 18 Dec 2006, 04:58

I just ordered the Focus on the Family set from Amazon.com!!!
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Postby ArdenZ » 18 Dec 2006, 20:57

I love those. My parents gave those to my little twin brothers for Christmas last year (and not me! :shocked: ). Ah, I need to dust those off again.
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Postby Larry W. » 18 Dec 2006, 23:45

I loved The Voyage of the Dawn Treader the best of the Focus on the Family dramas. It's very close to the book with very little of the story left out (it's about three hours long) and includes background music from Holst's Planets. There is more of the original story in it than in the BBC television version, which I also enjoyed. The actors in the Focus on the Family dramas might have made good actors, though I only heard their voices. Andrew Adamson will probably do Voyage of the Dawn Treader in a few years. I hope he will make the movie of Dawn Treader as good as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

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Postby Messenger_of_Eden » 20 Dec 2006, 04:16

I received the set today--I think I only ordered it Friday!!

Unfortunately Amazon.com charged it to my secondary bank account, which was $4 short of the amount needed...I didn't notice until yesterday when I checked my bank account not even thinking about that and found my secondary account negative... :shocked:

Anyway I transfered the money into the account. Hopefully no fee will appear. I emailed them and pleaded with them for mercy... :toothy-grin:

so I was surprised to receive it today!! Though Amazon packaged it in one of their weird boxes and the whole set got smashed. The CDs look okay though--I guess I won't know until I listen to them. The artwork is stunning throughout the whole set. I can't wait to load them on my ipod!!!
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Postby john » 20 Dec 2006, 08:55

Messenger_of_Eden wrote:I just ordered the Focus on the Family set from Amazon.com!!!


I think you will be most pleased with it, MoE. As it has been stated countless times, though, Aslan's voice will take some getting used to.
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Postby Messenger_of_Eden » 20 Dec 2006, 13:31

Yes, I'm steeling myself for it. But then Tumnus sounds a little goofy too.

The bank did charge me a $33 overdraft fee after their lame response to my query, by the way. So this one cost me $70 instead of $40. :angry: Stupid bank. Stupid Amazon. Stupid me.
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Postby john » 20 Dec 2006, 15:05

I would call your bank and ask them to refund the fee. I've yet to be refused when such a thing has accidentally happened to me.
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Postby Messenger_of_Eden » 21 Dec 2006, 04:23

Yeah, maybe...
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Postby Messenger_of_Eden » 22 Dec 2006, 20:02

YAAAY I got up the nerve to call and ask them and they "authorized a one-time courtesy waiver of the fee" :toothy-grin: :toothy-grin: :toothy-grin:

I am still mad at stupid me for the mistake, but I am very pleased (and a little surprised) that they waived the fee for me. YAAAY (Phew) :grin:
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Postby john » 23 Dec 2006, 00:55

My mommy always taught me that it never hurts to ask! Glad they were able to help you.
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Postby Messenger_of_Eden » 24 Dec 2006, 05:43

*Hangs head in shame*

I just realized this morning that I COULD/SHOULD have bought it from your bookstore. :blush: It even cost less! It never occurred to me.

I'm so sorry...Maybe I'll buy one from you for Diamond. :grin:
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Postby john » 24 Dec 2006, 08:41

Messenger_of_Eden wrote:*Hangs head in shame*

I just realized this morning that I COULD/SHOULD have bought it from your bookstore. :blush: It even cost less! It never occurred to me.


Didn't you get yours through Amazon? Should have been the same price...although yeah, a small percentage goes to the Wardrobe. No worries. :)
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