The story was brought to life very well. I got strange looks when bursting out with laughter in odd situations. Highly recommended.
Knowing the books well I was very let down by the narrator who sounds like Brian Sewell with a sour taste in his mouth.
Be warned, listen to the sample before buying to check you can live with the style of reading.
A seemingly very dull story read in a flat manner. After the first four hours I almost lost the will to live. Purchase with caution
Extremely disappointed in this book. The story has no rhythm and meanders all over the place. Characters are not well drawn and the narrator makes many appear to be either supremely arrogant or simple. If you can't really do accents then don't try. Constantly felt I was being done a favour having the book read to me. I got to the end just in case I had missed something. Won't buy another book by either the author or the narrator.
Books by CJ Sansom are much better about the period and are better written. As with much of the comment in the press this book was hyped beyond its delivery.
This is an outstanding book. A good plot, vivid characters operating in a well described landscape, excellently narrated by Humphrey Bower make this one of the most enjoyable audiobooks I have listened to this year
Lynda La Plante's stories are very good. This one is marred by the narrator who is not easy to listen to and has a very strange choice of accents. All characters other than the main character seen to suffer from working class accents where she does not. These accents are not well done either. The narrator is unable to sustain an accent even in the same part of the tale. One character goes between Geordie, Irish and Scouse in one passage.
I would not buy another book by this narrator though I would buy one of the authors.
This is a terrific audiobook. Beautifully read and narrated and a wonderful story told with great humor. Characters abound and situations that you could not make up enhance the tale. Highly recommended
Wonderful as it is to have an unabridged Wilber Smith this is not the best one to have started with.
The story is predictable in many ways though there are some cleaver touches.
The real disappointment is the narrator. He never makes the story come alive and how for a WS book you can use a narrator who has such an appalling South African accent beggars belief. (Listen to Humphrey Bower on the Power of One to have a better example of how to do it.)
Please do more unabridged WS books particularly his early ones
THe story about the Korean War was fascinating and very informative. This is not an area that many know about and the book is worth listening to for this.
Humphrey Bower narrates the story very well and brings it to life. Very pleased I bought this.
This has always been one of my favorite books and Humphrey Bower really brings it to life. THe story is gripping and the characters are very vivid and believable. A must listen to
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