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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

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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!

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

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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!

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!

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More masterful storytelling by Mr Faulks

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

Reviewed: 10-11-14

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

2 people found this helpful

A convoluted but gripping story

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

Reviewed: 06-10-14

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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 people found this helpful

Heily amusing & thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 06-10-14

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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 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

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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.

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.

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!

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.

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