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Bedlam Audiobook

Bedlam

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Publisher's Summary

Would it be your ultimate fantasy to enter a video game? A realm where you can look like a hero or a goddess, fly space-ships, slay dragons, a realm where there are no consequences and no responsibilities. Or would it be your worst nightmare? Stuck in an endless state of war and chaos where not even death can offer an escape...This is where you find out. This is Bedlam.

©2013 Chistopher Brookmyre (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

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    catherine bolton, United Kingdom 10/07/2014
    catherine bolton, United Kingdom 10/07/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "I persisted for old times sake"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Genuinely not sure who this is aimed at. Sure, long-term admirers like myself will give it the benefit of the doubt because we know Brookmyre has a brilliant voice and tells a great tale. However, I wouldn't recommend this as an introduction.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He made a decent fist of it but there wasn't a great deal of scope for him to work with.


    What character would you cut from Bedlam?

    A few more decent characters would have helped.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be back for Brookmyre's next effort. He is always worth listening to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline 23/07/2015
    Caroline 23/07/2015 Member Since 2010
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    "Hold on to your hats"
    What did you like most about Bedlam?

    So different - so unexpected


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really had no idea where we were going at times which made it a really exciting read


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The beginning - i was so confused then so enlightened, it really was a blast


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Would have liked to - def stayed in the car to listen to the end of parts of the action


    Any additional comments?

    Different but wonderful

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A Anderson 25/02/2015
    A Anderson 25/02/2015
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    "a ok"

    this genre is right up my alley, and the story premise is good, but I found this book slow, at times irritating and only being interesting towards the end.
    narration was OK. I love Scottish accent and narrator's done an alright job here, but sometimes it felt like he fell into a rut.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephibobz 04/01/2015
    Stephibobz 04/01/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Poor start but gets so much better!"

    I've always loved video games and science fiction so this book very much appealed to me from the get go. On listening to the sample the narrators accent also drew me into listening to the book. However, the book, in my opinion, had a very poor beginning. I am not a prude but the amount of foul language during the first few chapters almost made me stop listening altogether. I felt it unnecessary and jarring and that it disrupted my enjoyment of the story. Thankfully, the swearing decreased significantly as the book progressed and I suddenly found myself completely hooked! Despite the narrators best attempts at different American accents (not convinced they are his strong suit) his clarity in reading and fresh voice made listening a very enjoyable experience. I loved the parts of the story when Ross enters new worlds and during his descriptions of the new landscape or atmosphere I found myself attempting to guess the game he was in (was very chuffed when I got a few right).
    The twist and ending of the story was very satisfying. I enjoyed the finished but not 'cookie-cutter perfect' ending.
    I would indeed recommend this book but if you're not a fan of bad language (or intending it for a younger listener) some parts of the story may not be to your taste.
    Enjoy having a full nostalgic and modern gaming geekfest with this story and be prepared to want to live in a video game just a little bit. ;P

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 29/11/2014
    Andrew 29/11/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Awful"
    What disappointed you about Bedlam?

    I loved Brookmyre when he started out, Quite Ugly One Morning was refreshingly brilliant. Unfortunately he has got progressively more disappointing, dipping to a new low with this completely boring drivel


    What was most disappointing about Christopher Brookmyre’s story?

    The characters are people I could not care less about. The humour is non-existent. The twist? I gave up well before it was likely to happen.


    What didn’t you like about Angus King’s performance?

    I thought the performance was ok but crying out for David Tennant to do it with some panache


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bedlam?

    Most of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Brookmyre has one last chance with me. Please return to former glories!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Banchory, United Kingdom 30/07/2013
    Mark Banchory, United Kingdom 30/07/2013 Member Since 2011

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    "Is CB going to give us more of this ?"

    Well - I was expecting the usual Brookmyre romp and got this intriguing fantasy SciFi romp instead. And what fun it was too. Brookmyre in hyperspace!
    It will be interesting to see which way he goes in his next one. Iain Banks (a lost hero) really excelled at SciFi and I am hoping CB is going to allow his imagination to run wild and become a SciFi author as well.
    I thoroughly recommend this to the open reader and nicely read as well!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Karo K 23/09/2016
    Karo K 23/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Stonking!!"

    A little complex at the beginning but bear with it. The gameverse is engagingly drawn, the story well plotted and the humour dry as a bone. Loved it

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    Rose 19/07/2016
    Rose 19/07/2016 Member Since 2016

    I write short stories and love reading. I can't stand poor grammar though. I like most types of books but I don't like erotica or romance.

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    "Where the hell are we now?"

    Planet b, Alice's adventures in wonderland, Stay tuned and the children's programme Nightmare. It's all here. Different worlds and different dimensions. Different protocols and at the centre of it all, business as we know and hate it. There are two ways to look at this book. Eitehr read it simply as a book or read it and be terrified of it. This could happen. When? who knows. Where? Well, anywhere. It's a good book. Slightly confusing and the American accent is average at best but still, Angus King does try, and predictable if you examine it closely in parts. Still I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a lightweight, not too scary horror with none of the usual gore though plenty of scifi gunge floating around. A comedy in places it is amusing and a horror if read with serious intent but lightweight interesting if you prefer to simply read it but not examine it.

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    Tim Sum 06/06/2016
    Tim Sum 06/06/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "ok but not best"

    not his best but a premise that is topical a few laughs asking the way

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    Barry Coventry, United Kingdom 26/03/2016
    Barry Coventry, United Kingdom 26/03/2016
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    "Intelligent and entertaining"

    I have got to say I enjoyed this. It nods and winks at other sci fi yarns from print and screen and pays its dues where they are owed. I guessed most of what was happening fairly early on, but then I have consumed a lot of sci fit in my time. It was fun looking for the more subtle references. I am not a gamer myself but I guess there are even more fun references for those familiar with the genre. I like a book that respects the reader's intelligence and this is one of those. If very clever observations and sly, well aimed digs are your thing, then you will enjoy this intelligent and entertaining listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    10/03/13
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    "It won't make you Skinny or Sexy!"

    I have listened to all other Brookmyre's available so i am a fan of his approach to story telling.

    Bedlam is definitely classic Brookmyre. It is a cheeky, black-humoured and surprising tale that covers off some interesting observations about 21st century life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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