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#21  JSWolf 05-21-2020, 10:52 AM
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Can't possibly be as bad as the 2020 BBC TV re-imagining

That's 3 hours of my life wasted
I like the BBC version better then the book. Inthe BBC version, I liked Van Helsing.
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#22  stumped 05-21-2020, 10:58 AM
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I like the BBC version better then the book. Inthe BBC version, I liked Van Helsing.
Well ,it's subjective. I can give them credit for attempting an original twist, but I skipped through most of the 3rd hour, the bit that was set in present times.

And I see the multicast book is 15+ hours. That's a big ask if you already know how it ends.

Personally, and heretically, I think several classics could benefit from an abridged dramatisation. Keep the plot and the dialogue, lose a few hundred pages of descriptions..

Ps I did like the bbc 2019 thre hour take on the war of the worlds. Much more than the 8 part 2020 fox/canal plus joint venture
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#23  stumped 05-21-2020, 11:06 AM
Ps. More Dracula trivia. When I was about 13, I somehow got into the cinema to see a version of Dracula with a friend. That would be a 50s or 60s movie. So we were walking home afterwards down a dark street where there also happened to be an abbatoir. Saying " not scary at all really" and then a doomed cow let loose with a loud m o o o... And we ran for our lives

A couple of years later, one Halloween ,we were playing at I am not scared of graveyards, fooling about in a big dark overgrown graveyard behind a church . Then a big guy in a black cloak suddenly appeared..

.it was actually the vicar, came to throw us out, but we were a tad spooked
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#24  Paperbackstash 06-12-2020, 05:36 PM
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Ps. More Dracula trivia. When I was about 13, I somehow got into the cinema to see a version of Dracula with a friend. That would be a 50s or 60s movie. So we were walking home afterwards down a dark street where there also happened to be an abbatoir. Saying " not scary at all really" and then a doomed cow let loose with a loud m o o o... And we ran for our lives

A couple of years later, one Halloween ,we were playing at I am not scared of graveyards, fooling about in a big dark overgrown graveyard behind a church . Then a big guy in a black cloak suddenly appeared..

.it was actually the vicar, came to throw us out, but we were a tad spooked
Sounds like one of those memories that become priceless! Ah, youth...
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#25  Paperbackstash 06-12-2020, 05:38 PM
I doubt this holds much interest, but when I was a member of Audible and got their freebie of the month, I picked up the middle grade production of Camp Red Moon by R.L. Stine - it turned out to be an anthology of four stories, with Stine's being the first. He did a fun introduction and exit to the book. The music was fun. The actors for the multi-cast of all four stories did an excellent job and made the experience a delight for all ages. If you have kids, you may want to check it out for some fun, spooky stories especially. Probably my favorite of the Audible Originals so far. The link on Amazon for more details - https://www.amazon.com/Camp-Red-Moon-R-L-Stine-audiobook/dp/B07WHZT19M
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#26  Paperbackstash 06-12-2020, 05:40 PM
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Compare that to my local library ,funded from my taxes, that will lend me an MP3 copy which works everywhere. But they will not be able to buy sandman to lend to me as Amazon have it monopolised
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I agree with this rant. I get from a business perspective it's nice to have exclusive content, but I hope people don't continue to do Audible-exclusive books only. I have this issue with Robert McCammon's Matthew Corbitt series - have the first two books with Audible credits but they're only available on Audible. I'm no longer an Audible member. They're signing up some big authors to do exclusives.
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#27  JSWolf 06-13-2020, 06:23 AM
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I agree with this rant. I get from a business perspective it's nice to have exclusive content, but I hope people don't continue to do Audible-exclusive books only. I have this issue with Robert McCammon's Matthew Corbitt series - have the first two books with Audible credits but they're only available on Audible. I'm no longer an Audible member. They're signing up some big authors to do exclusives.
Having exclusive content is a good way to get customers. You may not like it, but it's a part of business these days.

Would you go to Amazon Prime Video and expect all the Netflix exclusive content to be there on Prime? Would you go to Netflix and expect to find all of the Amazon Prime Video exclusive content on Netflix?

There there are other streaming services that have their own exclusive content. Should all of the exclusive content be shared with all other streaming services?
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#28  Paperbackstash 06-14-2020, 04:18 PM
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Personally, and heretically, I think several classics could benefit from an abridged dramatisation. Keep the plot and the dialogue, lose a few hundred pages of descriptions..
I'm not usually one for abridging, but you're right on the classics of this type. I remember reading Dracula and loving the beginning with some genuinely chilling moments, but then the story suddenly started to drag with a ridiculous amount of Victorian, melodramatic, wordy, flowery, repetitive dialogue for chapter after chapter in the middle
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#29  Paperbackstash 06-14-2020, 04:21 PM
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Having exclusive content is a good way to get customers. You may not like it, but it's a part of business these days.

Would you go to Amazon Prime Video and expect all the Netflix exclusive content to be there on Prime? Would you go to Netflix and expect to find all of the Amazon Prime Video exclusive content on Netflix?

There there are other streaming services that have their own exclusive content. Should all of the exclusive content be shared with all other streaming services?
No, you're right from a business perspective, but it bites from the customer side if I'm not a member. With video streaming, I can join for a few months at a time and binge watch exclusive shows, so that's not a big deal to me --- but with places like Audible, it's one credit per month, so if the list of exclusive I-want audio is long, I can't become a short time member and get them. Smart business reasoning, but frustrates me since I hate being denied
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#30  pwalker8 06-15-2020, 07:50 AM
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No, you're right from a business perspective, but it bites from the customer side if I'm not a member. With video streaming, I can join for a few months at a time and binge watch exclusive shows, so that's not a big deal to me --- but with places like Audible, it's one credit per month, so if the list of exclusive I-want audio is long, I can't become a short time member and get them. Smart business reasoning, but frustrates me since I hate being denied
This might be a shocking idea for some, but you might actually like, you know, buy them. That's pretty much what I do. I have an old grandfathered in Audible account that I've had for the last 15 years, $10 a year with no credits. I get the membership price for books and that's about it. No stressing over how many credits do I have and anything like that. Of course, they don't have this particular membership any more, but you still get the membership discount when you buy an audiobook. I've been buying audiobooks for years and I haven't been struck by lightning yet.
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