Audiobook Reviews

GREAT FRENCH POEMS

 

"Beautiful voice, perfect sense, a gravity and a sensibility that releases the inner life of each poem - Bill Homewood is a bit of bi-lingue miracle, and his renditions will be of immense use to all lovers and students of great French poetry."

 

Dame Janet Suzman

 

 

 

THE THREE MUSKETEERS

 

"Get hold of Dumas’s classic, joyously narrated by Bill Homewood. (His) ebullient and exciting narration, delivered with crisp Gallic exactness that never slows the pace, is a joy."

 

The Times - March 2014

 

"Great Fun!"

 

The Guardian

 

"...read by Bill Homewood with his customary skill."

 

Times Educational Supplement

 

 

SHE

 

"Expertly read by Bill Homewood... Homewood exquisitely captures the wonders and horrors encountered by these Victorian gentlemen on their adventures. His calm, well-paced reading adds a dimension of reality to a tale of natives, murder and rage. Modulations of tone and inflection add to a performance that keeps listeners entranced."

 

Audiofile USA - 2012 (Citation for 2012 Earphones Award for Excellence)

 

 

 

THE FOUR JUST MEN

 

"Why purchase an audiobook adaptation of this thriller when free electronic versions are readily available on the net? The answer is reader Bill Homewood... Homewood not only gives the main protagonists individual presences, but the detectives, government officials, and other supporting characters come alive... This audiobook is likely to gain both Edgar Wallace and Bill Homewood new fans."

 

BookPleasures.com - 2011

 

"Bill Homewood, a longtime television actor, seems to be having as much fun reading as we are listening."

 

Sound Commentary - 2011

 

"A distinguished reading by Bill Homewood. Homewood's rich, eloquent narration fits perfectly with Wallace's tale of post-Victorian intrigue. His dignified delivery of the book's descriptive passages perfectly captures the era's drawing rooms and gentlemen's clubs where stories are shared over brandy and cigars. Homewood does such an entertaining job that the listener can just sit back, relax, and enjoy the fun."

 

Audio Review - 2011

 

"Superbly narrated by Bill Homewood... enthusiastically recommended."

 

Wisconsin Bookwatch - 2011

 

"In this definitive audio edition, narrator Bill Homewood does an outstanding job of gently drawing listeners into the story until only the story exists."

 

Des Moines Library Journal

 

"...an enthralling rendition of a timeless work of literature."

 

Midwest Book Review - 2011

 

 

KING SOLOMON'S MINES

 

"Those longing for African heat should check out Naxos's recording of King Solomon's Mines. Bill Homewood's ability to summon up the entire cast, from Sir Henry Curtis, Dr Goode and beautiful Foulata to the evil King Twala and the witch Gagool, is magnificent. He gets the clicks, the accents, the rhythm of the prose and the feel of Africa spot on. If you have children of 10+, this is my choice for audiobook of the year."

 

Amanda Craig, The Independent

 

"IT IS ONE OF MY FAVES OF THE YEAR!!! You did a totally wonderful job...so absolutely exciting...I have been recommending it to all my friends."

 

Nicolas Soames, Producer - Naxos AudioBooks (unsolicited letter to Bill)

 

"This recording of an 1886 novel is surprisingly fresh. The credit is entirely due to Bill Homewood, whose comfort with the work is evident. The most memorable of his many voices is that of the hideous witch Gagaoola, a Gollum-like character who mutters curses and cackles diabolically."

 

AudioFile USA

 

 

THE RED AND THE BLACK

 

"Homewood's delicate, thoughtful delivery..."

 

Sunday Times

 

"British actor Bill Homewood has a deep, sonorous voice and narrates with almost musical refinement. He is chameleon-like in his versatility with vocal characterisations, easily switching from Julien's timid, earnest voice to the condescending tone of Monsieur de Renal. Homewood is masterful in his narration, capturing all the nuances in the tone and language of Stendhal's writing."

 

AudioFile USA - 2011

 

 

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

 

"A voice-a-minute performance that really is a tour de force. Those familiar with the vast scope of Hugo's picaresque canvas will wonder how Bill Homewood can possibly come up with distinctive voices for all the characters. He does, and triumphantly."

 

The Irish Times

 

"Homewood's voice brings out the essential sensuality and creates an atmosphere where darkness, terror and fear of witchcraft reign."

 

The Times

 

"Bill Homewood's vibrant performance captures the passion of Hugo's characters in his spell-binding narration. Whether he's thundering Frollo's lust or bellowing Quasimodo's despair, Homewood's strong voice reveals the emotions of the characters with skill and confidence."

 

Audiofile USA

 

 

 

THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO

 

"Mr. Homewood is an excellent companion. For me a big part of the enjoyment was listening to the performance – he went all out on it, conveying real emotion and suspense and humor and dread in a magnificent one-man show. He deserves an award. Most actors’ performances are one character in some fraction of a film or play or tv episode between one and three hours; this was 100% of nearly 53 hours, and fantastic."

 

Stewartry Book Reviews

 

"Homewood's cultured British voice is suitable for the classic work; he reads with great drama, and his French pronunciation is perfect."

 

Billboard Magazine (USA)

 

"Bill Homewood reads splendidly"

 

Talking Business

 

 

 

THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK

 

"Homewood again reads superbly."

 

Times Educational Supplement

 

 

 

 

References:

 

"Bill's skills include an ability to produce a wide range of voices and characterisations, including a multiplicity of accents. Bill always works extremely quickly and effectively, is capable of making short notice changes in delivery and is always inventive and imaginative in offering alternatives. Bill is therefore a very stimulating person to work with, capable of turning in a first-class performance and meeting deadlines. He has some deliciously quirky voices and is unfailingly flexible and professional."

 

Jane Tarleton (Series Producer, Children's Programmes, BBC Television)

 

"It has been a privilege working with Bill on recent projects. The sessions, though highly professional, were nevertheless always pleasant, and imbued with humour, which got our work done."

 

Alan Smyth (Producer/engineer, Bucks Audio Cassettes)

 

"Bill is, quite simply, a pleasure to work with; one of the very best in the business."

 

Simon Weir (Producer/engineer, The Classical Recording Company)

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