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The Portable Door Audiobook

The Portable Door

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Publisher's Summary

Starting a new job is always stressful (especially when you don't particularly want one), but when Paul Carpenter arrives at the office of J. W. Wells he has no idea what trouble lies in store. Because he is about to discover that the apparently respectable establishment now paying his salary is in fact a front for a deeply sinister organisation that has a mighty peculiar agenda. It seems that half the time his bosses are away with the fairies. But they're not, of course. They're away with the goblins. Mister Tom Holt, Master of the Comic Fantasy Novel, cordially invites you to join him in his world of madness by reading his next hilarious masterpiece.

©2003 Kim Holt (P)2003 Isis Publishing Ltd

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    Amazon Customer 14/02/2012 Member Since 2013
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    "Alternative!"

    I have just listened to another of Tom Holt's books, and I like his style, and his very quirky take on life! I liked this book, too and I have the next one in the series in my library. Some parts are very funny, other parts are just silly, but it grabs you and you just have to listen to find the answer! Narration is good, without any annoying lilts that sometimes iritate me. It's not "Discworld" but it's not far behind!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Doncaster, United Kingdom 24/12/2012
    Jean Doncaster, United Kingdom 24/12/2012

    Enjoy Fantasy-Sci.Fi. particularly if some humour added.

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    "Best belly laugh I've had in ages, from Tom Holt."

    I was dubious about listening to Tom Holts The portable door as I had previously read the book & enjoyed it so much that I didn't want to be disappointed which usually happens when watching a DVD of a previously read book, however the quite the reverse happened, I could not disconnect much to the angst of my family. they sat in growing irritation & grew rapidly thiner due to them not being able to feed themselves, (that will teach them to find the food closet themselves). The narrative was far better than even my reading & Tom Holts quirky humour had me belly laughing all the way through.The story line of a luckless geek battling with the unimaginable was priceless,

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Davis London 01/02/2014
    J. Davis London 01/02/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "Adrian Mole Meets Harry Potter"
    Any additional comments?

    Finally I've found another brilliant book series to read. Although The Portable Door starts slow, it's worth the wait, and the early mundanity is entirely complimentary to the story line. In fact the whole of Tom Holt's magical world is a beautiful beige in comparison to the perhaps rainbow colours of Harry Potter to which it nods it's head more than once. It's hard to ignore the similarities, but to Tom Holts credit, he uses the device of a parallel wizarding universe to invent a vastly different creation which has a lot in common with the drab but completely hilarious world of Adrian Mole. In summary then : Harry Potter meets Adrian Mole (in the best possible way). Brilliantly read by Ray Sawyer, and worth more than the one credit that I paid.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eve Co. Dublin, Ireland 02/12/2013
    Eve Co. Dublin, Ireland 02/12/2013 Member Since 2015

    I'm an avid reader and would love to be able to read with my eyes closed...this is the closest thing to it!

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    "Worth the Read"
    What other book might you compare The Portable Door to, and why?

    This book is definitely from the Terry Pratchett school of writing. It is full of weird and wonderful creatures with a 21st century sense of humour.


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    It is a little slow to start, but hang on in there, it's worth it. I'm looking forward to reading more Holt in the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    prettyace 03/03/2017
    prettyace 03/03/2017 Member Since 2015

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    "wasn't what I expected"

    didn't know what this was about i thought it looked o.k
    what a fantastic surprise I have had .
    funny witty full of fun one of my favourite all time reads looking forward to the next book
    sod it is am going to get it now

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    Jon Cant 31/01/2017
    Jon Cant 31/01/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Very slow start"

    I loved this book eventually, but you could pretty much dispense with the first half! I realise Tom Holt's style is to drag out the ordinariness of the situation before blowing it up, but seriously it only needed a bit of dull scene-setting. Once you get into the meat of the story I enjoyed it. Similarly though, I felt the plot had a whole bunch of potential that wasn't explored - possibly because it had such a long beginning.

    I really want to love Holt's books, but right now it's just Barking that really hits the mark for me. Better than the Pursuit of Sausages though!

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    Neil Radley Wales, UK 04/04/2016
    Neil Radley Wales, UK 04/04/2016 Member Since 2011
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    "Different but excellent"

    It's not your usual run of the mill story. I loved it. And it made a pleasant change to have a Brit narrating too.

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    Elayne Donaldson 12/10/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Quirky"

    Took me a while to get into the story but once Paul and Sophie were in the strong room I was hooked. Really enjoyed it and as always the narration was perfect

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    Mrs Wendy Huggins Gloucestershire 05/11/2014
    Mrs Wendy Huggins Gloucestershire 05/11/2014 Member Since 2012

    I live in the Cotswolds with my wonderful husband, I'm semi-retired and enjoy reading, walking, gardening, knitting and sewing.

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    "Hmmmmm! Boring story"

    Even thought the reviews were mixed I thought the synopsis was good enough to give the book a go.
    I was wrong. The story is totally nonsickle! Not made any better by the narrators dull narration.
    I was 3 hours in and haven't laughed once. No more Tom Holt for me.

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    "A weird one but worth it"

    It took me a little while to get into this story, but once I did, I found it fun and interesting. Really rather a delightful listen. The narrator was good too - brought the fun out in the book! If you want something fun, a little odd, and imaginative, give this a go.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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