This is marketed as a Young Adult book but it is also a wonderful adult fantasy that had me lying awake hours past my usual sleep time to hear the ending. It is read by Gaiman himself, really well,and it means that you know that the interpretation of the characters is correct (something you cannot always be sure of). A terrific listen.
"Laugh out loud"
Anyone who has ever written a book or even just wanted to, should listen to this. It manages to make you laugh out loud while inwardly cringing at the way it strips off the veneer of publishing and writing. Prepare to lose all your illusions about the 'gentlemanly' career of publishing, while all who have to engage writers as speakers, either at short meetings or longer writers conferences, should read it to find out what writers really feel about the treatment they get at some places.
I do hope that many more of Trisha Ashley's boooks will be published by Audible. They are ideal light listening.
"A very English book"
A wonderful book - gentle, humourous, kind and old fashioned in the very best sense. It shows a picture of village life before the war, the alliances and petty rivalries and what happens when one of the villagers writes a book exposing their hidden secrets (good and bad). It's the sort of book to relax into, to listen to on a sunny summer afternoon with a glass of Pimms. It is as quintessentially English as cricket and home made scones. A lovely listen beautifully read.
It seems wrong to say that listening to a book is better than reading it but in this case it is a fact. When your ead this book, the story carries you along so fast you miss some of the peotry in the language. Listening to it being read so well (and in what a wonderful voice!) the poetry of the writing really comes out. THis had always been a favourite book of mine but I had never fully appreciated the wonder of Bradbury's writing until I heard it read. Fantastic!
"A whole civilisation in one book"
Wonderful. Amazing. Zelazny's imagination and knowledge are aweinspiring but the story still sings along. It is a book which lives in the memory.
This true story covers everything - links of the murder to popular fiction of the time, social conditions, history of the detective in the Metropolitan Police - and still manages to be utterly enthralling. It is the original (and true) country house murder. Beautifully read. A great listen.
"Tremendous fun and so authentic sounding"
If Amelia Peabody could speak she would sound just like Barbara Rosenblatt! She really brings this book (and all the other Peabody books) to life. A wonderful listen which brings out the humour in the original.
"Keeps you awake"
Warning. Don't listen to this book in bed before going to sleep. It makes you laugh so much that you will still be awake hours later. It is so funny it is not just for women - my husband wanted to know what I found so funny and he loved it as well.
"Fantastic story, great reading"
Pratchett always has great stories but this is read so well. So many characters, each with an individual voice and, what is more, the exactly right one! Brilliant reading. brilliant writing. A match made in Heaven!
"As enthralling as ever"
Tarzan must tap into the need for a myth because this is as fascinating on tape as I found the book as a young teenager. Some is politically incorrect but that was the climate of the time it was written and shows how far we have come since. Besides, the story rips along at such a pace that you are totally caught up in the events. A great listen which all ages would enjoy.
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