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  • The Singapore School of Villainy

  • Inspector Singh Investigates Series: Book 3
  • By: Shamini Flint
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Inspector Singh is home - and how he wishes he wasn't. His wife nags him at breakfast and his superiors are whiling away their time by giving him his usual 'you're a disgrace to the force' lecture. Fortunately for Singh, there is no rest for the wicked when he is called out to the murder of a senior partner at an international law firm, clubbed to death at his desk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By N on 06-11-12

More than just "O.K. lah"!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-04-15

Any additional comments?

Maybe it is because I found that I could identify with many of the characters in this tale of modern day Singapore than made it appeal to me.
A well written and very well narrated story made it a listening pleasure.
I look forward to hearing more of the corpulent Inspector Singh!

  • African Sky

  • By: Tony Park
  • Narrated by: Richard Aspel
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

When Felicity Langham, a high-profile WAAF from the air base, is found raped and murdered, Pip and Bryant's paths cross. Pip unearths a link between the Squadron Leader, the controversial heiress Catherine De Beers and the dead woman. What Pip thinks is a singular crime of passion soon escalates into a crisis that could change the course of the war.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Abjectly poor narration detracts from a good tale

  • By Peter on 12-04-15

Abjectly poor narration detracts from a good tale

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-15

Any additional comments?

The potentially good story-line was ruined for me by Aspel's diabolically bad attempt at a Rhodesian accent & litany of mis-pronunciations such as:-
"Yarn Smerts" for Jan Smuts; "Gwaylo" for Gwelo (as in bellow not as in halo); "Betjuanaland" for Bechuanaland (with a hard "C"); "Matabelly" for Matabele (with a long "ee" after the "b") and, most appalling of all, "Vankie" for Wankie in what was probably a pathetic attempt to avoid schoolboy sniggers at the name of the well known game reserve and mining town. If he was too embarrassed to say "Wankie" then why not just say "Hwange" the post 1980's version of the name?
I laughed at first but the ineptitude grew worse as the story developed.
NOT a good listen!

  • Old Goriot

  • By: Honoré de Balzac
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

Balzac’s universally loved novel explores the great theme of money and its effect on the human character. Old Goriot is a lodger at Madame Vauquer’s Parisian boarding house. At first, his wealth inspires respect, but as his circumstances are reduced, he is gradually shunned. He moves into smaller and less desirable rooms in the house, and soon his only remaining visitors are two beautiful young women. The mystery as to who they are and what is happening to Goriot’s fortune involves several other boarders, including Rastignac, an ambitious youth who hopes to rise in society.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible

  • By Peter on 29-01-15

Terrible

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-01-15

Would you try another book written by Honoré de Balzac or narrated by Frederick Davidson?

I believe that Fred Davidson is dead - which comes as something of a relief to know that he will not be murdering any more good literature by his appalling style of narration

What could Honoré de Balzac have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Another narrator - possibly somebody who understands French - would be a god start!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I found it quite impossible to listen to this book!

Any additional comments?

I require a refund, please!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Week in December

  • By: Sebastian Faulks
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

A Week in December takes place over the course of a single week. It brings together an intriguing cast of characters, each apparently in his or her own world but - as gradually becomes clear - intricately related. As the story builds to its climax, Faulks pulls together powerful ideas about family, money, religion and the way we live today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really gripping story

  • By Paul Taylor on 19-02-10

More masterful storytelling by Mr Faulks

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-14

Any additional comments?

A very enjoyable & entertaining listen. Sebastian Faulk's technique is flawless and I was kept totally enthralled throughout. Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alphabet House

  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 142

How long can you pretend to be mad without going mad? Two English pilots are forced to find out when they are shot down behind enemy lines in 1944. The area is swarming with German troops, so, unable to escape, they ditch their clothing and personal belongings, pose as German soldiers, and board a train carrying wounded SS men home from the eastern front.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • interesting departure

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-11-16

A convoluted but gripping story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-14

Any additional comments?

A well written ( & translated!) story with highly descriptive and graphically worded passages about the latter part of WW2 and the early 70's in Germany.
One has to try hard to grasp & retain the names & identities of the main protagonists as they seem to change at random.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Look Who's Back

  • By: Timur Vermes
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,095

Berlin, Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open ground, alive and well. Things have changed – no Eva Braun, no Nazi party, no war. Hitler barely recognises his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman. People certainly recognise him, albeit as a flawless impersonator who refuses to break character. The unthinkable, the inevitable happens, and the ranting Hitler goes viral, becomes a YouTube star, gets his own T.V. show, and people begin to listen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The man who relinquished his wonderful trousers

  • By Kaggy on 13-07-14

Heily amusing & thought provoking

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-14

Any additional comments?

A very cleverly crafted satirical tale which one has to agree to suspend belief from the first chapter in order to enjoy the many amusing witticisms.Julian Rhind-Tutt does a splendid job with the narration

  • More Fool Me

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,609
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,599

Following on from his hugely successful books, Moab is My Washpot and The Fry Chronicles, comes the third chapter in Stephen Fry's life. This unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of More Fool Me is performed by Stephen Fry himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A defense of More Fool Me

  • By Ben on 10-10-14

More fool me for buying it!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-14

Any additional comments?

I found this a very disappointing and poorly written follow-up to the Fry Chronicles.The liberal & frequent use of four-letter profanities by somebody who is so erudite is inexplicable & inexcusable and severely diminished what little enjoyment was to be gleaned from a story dominated by tales of drug usage & debauchery. What I found particularly galling was the last part of the book was nothing more than a reproduction of the contents of the author's personal diary from September to November 1993 - hardly momentous and full of nauseating name-drops.

  • Fall of Giants

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,420

A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a discovery

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-09-11

War is NOT sexy!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-03-12

A long & involved story which I found rather like a heady mixture of "Birdsong", "Downton Abbey" & "Black Diamonds"....except with a proliferation of gratuitous sex - which others may find titilating but I found on the nauseatingly unnecessary. Maybe Mr Follett's publishers encourage him to include graphic sexual scenes in his novels as it probably helps them to sell but I, for one, believe that it is better to leave such things to the readers' imagination rather than spell it out!
The story, nonetheless, is well told and narrated with great aplomb by the very talented John Lee.

  • My Dear I Wanted to Tell You

  • By: Louisa Young
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265

Set on the Western Front, in London and in Paris, My Dear I Wanted to Tell You is a moving and brilliant novel of love, class, and sex in wartime, and how war affects those left behind as well as those who fight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful,moving and engrossing

  • By helen on 20-06-11

A very moving story, brilliantly performed.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-03-12

I rate this as one of the best told & presented audio book that I have listened to.
If you can remain dry-eyed and without numerous lumps in your throat whilst listening to this WW1 story, you must be totally without emotion!

  • The Riddle of the Sands

  • By: Erskine Childers
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25

While on a sailing trip in the Baltic Sea, two young adventurers-turned-spies uncover a secret German plot to invade England. Widely recognized as the first modern spy thriller, this 1902 lone masterpiece by World War I Royal Navy officer Erskine Childers was written as a wake-up call to the British government to attend to its North Sea defenses. It accomplished that task and has been considered a classic of espionage literature ever since.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By mrs m on 01-08-14

A rather tedious riddle

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-02-12

The publisher's description of this book as a "spy thriller" is, in my opinion, somewhat inaccurate!
It took me a lot longer to listen to it than it should have done because I kept falling asleep with the tedium and rather boring storyline.
Simon Vance gave a valiant performance but even his dulcet tones could not counteract the failure of the tale to fire my imagination.
The story is riddled (pun intended) throughout by seafaring & yachting jargon which, for a landlubber, I found quite incomprehensible and largely unecessary.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful