Music to my ears… partially…

So, there’s lots of audiowork from Richard right now…

First off, he narrated a very iffy romance called Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely. When Richard speaks about this project, it does sound interesting in theory…

… but in practice I remain sceptical. Also, it’s an audiobook, which I’m generally not into anyhow. Perry was kind enough to listen to it so that I don’t have to and share her thoughts. Thank you for that! And yeah, I’m convinced more than ever that this is not for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for a good romance but this doesn’t sound good to me at all… Sounds like more sex than plot & character, and while I don’t mind a graphic scene or two, I hate when there’s too much of it. It’s basically why I skipped through 80% of Fifty Shades of Grey and never bothered with the two sequels. I’m not sure I want to listen to some guy or girl masturbating on tape and, really, I mostly only like to hear dirty talk from my husband anyhow… So, yeah, I’m skipping this one, this project is not music to my ears.

The other project, the Wolverine one, IS music to my ears, as I already posted about here! It’s the first audio project of Richard’s that I am actually looking forward to! He’ll be on a panel at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas on March 11th, talking about Wolverine. Here’s also a press release about that. I’m looking forward to hearing more about what he says there, hope some fans can go and report back!

A third audio project that Richard narrated was released yesterday and is The Martian Invasion of Earth which I understand is a retelling of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. This could possibly be music to my ears, even though it is an audiobook! I don’t think I ever read the actual book and the movie with Tom Cruise was alright but not great. The adaptation I have always really loved of this book, however, is the rock musical Jeff Wayne made in 1978, narrated by none other than the late and great Richard Burton (that man had a great voice)!

Richard Burton

It’s the only audiobook of sorts that I’ve ever really enjoyed. What I love is the combination of Burton’s voice, the manner of narration and the great music that gives this an extra dramatic character.

So, I’m curious about the adaptation Richard A. has done and whether it can live up to the Jeff Wayne / Richard B. version. Richard A. is following into some big footsteps!

Martian Invasion Richard Armitage

The bits I have heard do sound promising, so I am going to try this despite it being an audiobook. Here’s hoping this will become music to my ears.

Yesterday news also came that Richard is filming again, this time a horror picture. “Noooo!”, was my first thought. Guess he changed his mind about not wanting to do horror. This is definitely no music to my ears. If there’s one genre I really can’t do, it’s horror. He’s filming something called The Lodge now.

Yeah, I can’t follow him there, I don’t think. I was only just about able to bear Hannibal, and admittedly, I think he did a great job there! However, it’s not something I can revisit and watching more horror is not something I can do… probably…

This horror movie and the sex book job sound like odd choices to me and it has me wondering whether he actually wanted to do these, or whether he was just obligated to do them, or whether he still feels like he can’t refuse stuff during down times even if they are iffy, or whether he finds them to be new challenges that somehow give him something, or whether he’s just a workaholic. I hope the answer is about new challenges and I hope he enjoys them…

Anyway, quickly shaking off this ice cold horror vibe that just ran down my spine from the horror movie choice, let me move on to another piece of audio. This time no Richard, but Hugh Jackman (yes, I know, him again). I was driving to work yesterday morning, listening to The Greatest Showman soundtrack yet again and having such a blast with it, I decided to film the experience on my way home from work. This is what came of it… It’s my current fave song from that soundtrack, called ‘From Now On’.

And while I have Richard and Hugh in one post yet again, here are two more pictures of these two dashing gentlemen. I saw this picture of Hugh…


…. which somehow made me think of this picture of Richard, one of my faves ever of him…


These are not music to my ears but a feast for my eyes to end this post on instead. 🙂

11 thoughts on “Music to my ears… partially…

  1. Thanks for the link! The Martian Invasion is not an audiobook – it’s an audio play – like a radio drama. The main character speaks in the first person at the beginning and the end, but the body is all dialogue among different actors and with lots of sound effects. I’m on the fence about it after having just finished it. I, too, am looking forward to Wolverine, even though I don’t know much about Wolverine’s history. That’s like a radio play, as well. I read up a bit, and I plan to watch all of Logan. It should be very popular with the Marvel/Wolverine crowd – but even with just using his voice against Hugh Jackman’s acting in several films, these are big shoes to fill. I’m not worried, though.

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    1. You’re right, Martian Invasion and Wolverine are radio plays instead of audiobooks.
      For establishment of the Wolverine character, the first X-Men movie (from 2000) is good. It also shows that Logan/Wolverine has no memory of how he became what he is. I think that audioplay is set not long before the first X-Men fim, so very different from when we see him in the last Wolverine movie (Logan) when he is fully aware of his whole history and struggling with it. Logan is different from any other superhero film I have seen, by the way. The best one yet!
      And yes, Richard really sounded perfect as Wolverine in the few soundbites we had.

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  2. Das video kann ich leider nicht sehen, ist bei uns gesperrt 😦
    Aber die Rolle in Hannibal würde ich jetzt auch unter die Kategorie Horror packen…..
    Leider nix für´s Herz für uns Damen…….


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