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Completely absorbing

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

Reviewed: 13-08-18

This book did not disappoint. I finished it in three days and found myself thinking about it constantly...The Pope has died, from this point on Harris takes us on this journey of electing a new Pope. Set entirely within the walls of the Vatican full of twists and unexpected turns, the characters are very intriguing and considering they are mainly all older catholic men, Harris brings such variety, colour and personality to them, particularly their views, whether conservative or liberal. It certainly forces one to think what kind of discussions must go on behind closed doors during a real conclave,
Narration is superb, a gripping, erudite book, highly recommended.

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Average

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

Reviewed: 03-03-16

Although I've enjoyed other titles from Phil Rickman, I found it difficult to remain engaged with this one. I frequently had no idea what had just happened, apparently something quite significant and then it's all over.
The narration is superb and some characters familiar from other novels and the concept is great.
In short, it droned on in places, naturally one switches off and miss a crucial part of the book.
I may attempt to listen to it again some time.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Absorbing

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

Reviewed: 22-08-15

In truth I was not expecting greatness from this novel but I was pleasantly surprised. I discovered that very quickly the storey entwined itself delicately; I had finished listening in two days.
The narration is excellent, the storey is told from each character's perspective and it's very easy to discern which character we are listening to, we are gently drawn in to the goings on around the making of the tapestry.
It is a 'light' listen set in France, I thoroughly recomend.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Timeless!!!

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

Reviewed: 27-01-15

This is the first Graham Masterton book I have read/listened to and I am not disappointed. I came across Mirror entirely by accident and needless to say I will be exploring other titles by the author.
The storey is set in the 1980's in Hollywood; a screenwriter purchases a mirror that bore witness of the gruesome murder of Boofuls, an enchanting and talanted child actor in the 20's. Once the mirror is in his apartment, against the protestations of his spirited italian landlord, strange events begin to unfold.....
A great atmospheric book read excellently by Robert Slade, I was hooked from the start. Masterton introduces us to many colourful characters and as a previous reviewer stated some interesting references to CS Lewis and the mythology behind mirrors...
Most certainly worth a listen and if you're reading this review I urge you to purchase this book!!

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I concede defeat

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

Reviewed: 15-01-15

I have managed to get half way through the book and cannot listen any more. I found myself
drifting from the story. I could honestly not tell you what the book is about, it's just words...
My apologies for the appalling review but there is nothing more to say, the story is not engaging, I still don't who is who and I'm still waiting for something to happen!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Such high expectations!

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

Reviewed: 10-09-14

I purchased this book based on reviews and the narrator - David Thorpe, he also narrated A Company of Liars by Karen Maitland one of my favourite books on Audible.
The four friends become lost in this great forest the storey is captivating and gripping. The tensions between the men brew as they are stalked by something unseen. As we are led into the second half it is all down hill from there on. David Thorpe's Scandinavian accent is truly horrific, and easily the most frightening thing about this book. It was an ordeal to finish the book but I persevered and feel drained as a result. I do not wish to spoil the plot but he drones on endlessly and the new characters that are introduced seem one dimensional and flat. I was left disappointed with an anti-climatic ending as I hoped at least this would be the saving grace.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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For when you're at a loss

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

Reviewed: 11-08-14

I was at a loss when I purchased this book. In brief it's quite good. As the narrator delves farther into the book the more interesting and at times hooking it becomes. The native american characters were definitely my favourites and the storey is quite endearing with the friendships being formed in times of turmoil. I listen/read horror quite often and this certainly has the spook factor if listened to at night. The storey progresses well and as it's set in Tennessee the iconic scenery is painted very well.

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DULL

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-11-12

I am a fan huge of Tolkien and have read The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and Similarion on many occasions. I purchased this to gain a new experience of the work. I was however, left feeling disappointed. The narration was dreadful. Rob Inglis does attempt to 'play' the different characters and he even does some of them well but aaah the monotony! I did finish the book, it did not improve and I shan't bother with the rest of the series as it's the same narrator. Also, most importantly WHY IS THIS BOOK SOLD IN TWO VOLUMES??!!. I have books in my library over 40 hrs long that are sold as one volume. I noticed this also applies to The Lord of the Rings. I do love audible but I'm quite disappointed with this two volume nonsense, 8 credits for 4 books, rip off anyone....

35 of 42 people found this review helpful

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A fast favourite

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-09-12

I cannot praise this book enough, I must have listened to it three times already. David Thorpe is an outstanding narrator and brings this book to life. Karen Maitland has written this so well one pictures with accuracy the utter misery of the weather and the sheer joy of a warming fire and pottage!!!! I love the range of characters and their secrets that are gradually revealed to us. It's so easy and enticing to listen to because each chapter is almost a story in its self. This book for me really has it all and this is the book the introduced me to medieval mystery novels such as C J Sansom's Mathew Shardlake novels among others. I could prattle on for a long time but I don't want to give anything away....download this book and transport yourself to the days of superstition, ignorance, magic and petulance..............

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Quantity vs quality

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-09-12

I have never read the book but I'm glad I've listened to it. The narrator is excellent and really brings the characters to life of which there are so many, some favourites include Tom Cullen, Nick and the Walking Dude himself among others. King is an excellent story teller and often detours into minute descriptions at times but with this Novel I felt too much was wasted on precisely that. Some major story lines are left hanging, some major characters are 'removed' too suddenly and without much of an explanation.

The ending was also disappointing verging on ridiculous, however, if you want an entertaining novel with a range of characters then this is it. Despite everything I did really enjoy this and consequently purchased Under the Dome!!

11 of 14 people found this review helpful