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As wonderful as you'd expect!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

If you could sum up Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2 in three words, what would they be?

Magical, Rip-Roaring, Funny

Any additional comments?

Brilliantly performed by Stephen Fry. I would chose these audiobooks over the films any day.

Brilliant Adventure book

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

Reviewed: 28-08-17

I read this as a child and always meant to come back and re read it because I had enjoyed it so much. I wasn't disappointed! it was wonderful! perhaps a slightly more tame than I remembered but still a really brilliant adventure.
I always remember how thrilled I felt when I first read it, when Charlotte slices her hair off.... it was just as thrilling this time round too.
Definitely worth a read/listen, and definitely one to get for your kids, especially if you have girls (very empowering for little girls!) .

Strange and Nothing-y

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

Reviewed: 01-10-16

Any additional comments?

This is a strange one to review. It is well written and evoked the feeling of summer, and the era really well. The narrator, I felt, was good. But the story seems to build up and build up, tension rises, and you're waiting ... and then it fizzles to nothing. No real climax as the story's narrator isn't actually present for it. I realise that that is done to keep her in our good books, but it makes for a poor ending.
Worth a read/listen, but don't expect too much.

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Good narration of a disappointing book.

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

Reviewed: 28-03-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I wouldn't, no. I would recommend the first few Young Bond books, I found those positively thrilling and exceptionally clever. This one however was quite the disappointment. There isn't such a clever story and it seems to resort to graphic and gratuitous violence to prop itself up.

Would you ever listen to anything by Charlie Higson again?

Yes I would give more Charlie Higson novels a go. Like I said before, his other Young Bond books were good. I have tried his zombie series but that isn't really my thing. I intend to give his next Young Bond book, By Royal Command, a go (I have it from the library) but if it's as violent as this one was then I can't see that I'll finish it. Double or Die has definitely been the high point of these YB books.

What about Nathaniel Parker’s performance did you like?

Nathaniel Parker is AMAZING. He does so many voices and he flips between them quickly and effortlessly. Absolutely top notch.

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Gentle Family Saga

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

Reviewed: 28-03-16

Any additional comments?

I found it strange at first, and it took me a little while to get used to, the way the book has been adapted in this way. To hear the dramatisation AND a narration was a bit like watching TV with the audio description on!

The story is a family saga, and it is mostly quite gentle, nothing to hard hitting.

It is performed well and I did not find it hard to follow at all. It has left me keen to hear the next installments, although I'm not fully sure if they are the best value for money as they are quite short really. I think this is one to buy when it's on sale, rather than 'wasting' a credit on it.

1 person found this helpful

Underwhelming but alright.

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

Reviewed: 26-03-16

Any additional comments?

I didn't NOT enjoy this book, but I didn't quite enjoy it either. It certainly made me feel that it is somewhat overrated.

I found it strange (though perhaps you could call it clever ) how it seems to filt between being so flippant and shallow, to suddenly throwing you an observation so profound that it makes you stop and think.

It's worth a listen, but don't believe all the over the top hype.

Jolly good!

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

Reviewed: 26-03-16

Any additional comments?

Firstly, the actual story is a good one. This is one of the few Christie novels to have never recieved any adaptation and (don't worry, no spoilers) I can see why, the ending is a little strange. It has a slightly different scope to the other Christie novels I've read, seeming in my opinion, much more self contained. But it kept me gripped and listening intently!

Hugh Fraser reads it brilliantly and has a lovely tone of voice. At times he reminded me of Stephen Fry.

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Kept me gripped

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

Reviewed: 26-03-16

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The reading was mostly fine, but I found India Fisher distracting. Her drawl is no different to when she is voicing Masterchef and comes across as very detached and lazy.

Any additional comments?

This is a good story, I can see why it has been called 'the next Gone Girl'. It is cleverly written and aside from one or two very small niggles and stretches of the imagination, I really enjoyed it.

Chick Lit Obviously.

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

Reviewed: 07-01-16

Well, it's chick lit and that's that. Nothing profound but nevertheless a good story that drew me in. It's a bit predictable but who cares! Definitely worth a listen, especially if you're a knitter or crafter!

Narrator not Great.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-16

This is a great book no question. But the narrator isn't so great. He mispronounces many words and at times I got the impression he was just reading a collection of words that he didn't even understand.