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I love these poems of Dublin - vignettes of life

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-15

Would you listen to Bar Talk again? Why?

Yes - poetry is a wonderful match for audiobooks and these poems read very well. The music in the titles works.

What about Nessa O'Mahony’s performance did you like?

It is always an added bonus to have an author - in this case a poet - who can read their own work. Nessa has a clear and friendly voice and it adds to the enjoyment of the work.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Pub poetry!

Any additional comments?

The music adds to the audiobook and helps you follow the flow of the poems knowing when they have ended since the titles are always in music. Nice touch.

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Love this read by Nigel Slater

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Toast to be better than the print version?

I think its an added bonus to have Nigel Slater read his own memoir. He brings it alive and we fully enter into his childhood and connect with his memories triggered by food - foods which date us - like tinned steak and kidney pies! It's a moving and beautifully read book which made me want to follow Slater's culinery work but before listening I knew little about him and was solely attracted by the concept of the memoir.

What did you like best about this story?

It uses food to trigger memory - good and bad memories - and allows us to re-imagine our own childhood through those triggers. His memory of his Mother's 'bad' cooking - her burnt toast - and his description of his loneliness as a child works extremely well.

What about Nigel Slater’s performance did you like?

He reads his own words with life and colour. You believe him when he relives his childhood and his horror of eggs and his father's battle to get him to 'man' up and eat them. Slater writes and reads well and memoirs are particularly well served by the author reading them.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Toast works well for me! It's used with impact in the book.

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Let down by very poor reading

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-15

What would have made The Blind Watchmaker better?

A professional and quality narration would do justice to the book. Dawkins is not a good reader of his own work …and the book itself does not let itself easily to a reading.

Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward ’s performances?

No

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Really poor performance by narrator …

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-15

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I think the audiobook is let down by the reading…not a good book for anyone as its hard to listen to - read in a monotone.

Would you be willing to try another one of Patrick Cullen’s performances?

NO

Checkout Girl wins at Christmas

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Checkout Girl to be better than the print version?

Christmas Eve 1989 the story starts and Aimee Alexander, the author, does a fab job reading her Christmas tale. Enjoyed the music with it and the tone of this charming piece. It's a modern ghost story but the old lady's voice is very believable. "I've never been one for detours' she says …and it gives us that magical sense of good things can happen when we notice the world around us and the small, often unnoticed kindnesses. Thanks Aimee.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love the little girl and Aimee's voice for Debbie's child is brilliant.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scene where they are doing the lottery numbers - hilarious and beautifully done.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

it's very short and ideal for that drive home on Christmas eve - would have a lovely radio reading.

Any additional comments?

The music is beautiful. Really adds to it.

Beautiful and moving

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-12-14

Michael gallen does a sweet job of reading the story and I love his voices and the sound illustration and music in the piece ,

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Actor voices were so well suited to the story

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-14

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

I'd recommend the book …its a long listen …but extremely well done and the performance by both actors is super.

What did you like best about this story?

I think it probably works best as a read - but the actors brought it to life.

Great listen and amazing story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-14

Would you listen to Things the Grandchildren Should Know again? Why?

Loved this audiobook and I thought the performance was perfect for it - you felt it was E himself reading.

What did you like best about this story?

It's well written, reads well and the performance voice is terrific.

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Love the voice on this reading

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-10-14

Where does The Black Eyed Blonde rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's a great bedtime listen but the story, while well told, will appeal only to those who are raymond carver fans since banville (the pen behind benjamin black) is really entering into the mindset of the time…so dont expect a Benjamin Black novel!

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

It's the voice which I love and the fun one liners which capture the genre

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A gripping journey!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-14

Where does The Summit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Excellent story-telling.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Summit?

It's interesting how much we learnt about the sherpas and the eye-witness account of Pemba is what makes this book - and audiobook - extra special.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's a long listen so ideal for a journey or a chapter a night.

6 people found this helpful