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Thoroughly Enjoyable

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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: 28-03-20

Horowitz gets it pretty close to Fleming’s style and the result is a very entertaining James Bond story that doesn’t feel in any way at odds with the original books. If you are a fan of those books, I’m sure you’ll like this.

Chilling and fascinating in equal measure

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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: 21-03-20

This is a well put together book with plenty of detail that I certainly wasn’t aware of before. It’s a good idea to keep the pdf handy just to keep a handle on who all the different characters are. I listened to a lot of twice or more because I wanted to be sure I hadn’t missed anything. It has actually increased my curiosity about the whole subject and I wouldn’t be surprised if I come back to it sometime in the future once I know a bit more about the background.

Well written but not an easy read.

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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: 22-02-20

I ended up getting the audiobook because I was finding the paperback quite hard work just because it was so depressing. It’s well written and the performance was great from Colin Firth, but it’s unrelentingly grim. And religion plays a central role. As a lapsed Catholic myself, I find the obsession with Catholicism a little bit odd, but that comes up in a lot of Greene’s work and is not usually a problem. So although there is a lot that’s good and it was quite compelling, there are plenty of other Graham Greene books that I would recommend before this one.

Not the best by Greene

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

Reviewed: 07-01-20

I generally love Graham Greene and this wasn’t awful, but it seemed more dated than anything else I’ve read by him. Overall I’d say it was the Graham Greene book I have enjoyed the least.

Thoroughly Entertaining

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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: 04-01-20

This was a very easy listen. I didn’t necessarily agree with all of his opinions, but the stories were interesting and he put them across well. It’s a reminder of a time when I think people took music more seriously than they do now and what you liked really mattered. The best bits are once he actually starts to meet these rock stars. Anyway if you are an old git into music like me, it’s well worth a listen.


Debbie by Debbie

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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: 31-12-19

If you are a fan of Debbie Harry, as pretty much everybody of my age was, this was a thoroughly interesting listen.

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Very Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 31-12-19

This was my first George Eliot and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I linked it with the kindle, which I think is a nice way to do it. I don’t think I could give high enough praise for Juliet Stevenson, who really makes it come alive in ways that at least one other reader that I tried a bit of didn’t.

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A classic half ruined by the poor recording

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

Reviewed: 27-07-19

Of course Our Man in Havana is an absolute classic and Jeremy Northam reads it well, but the experience was half ruined for me by the loud and intrusive music between different sections and chapters and by the variation in volume between those different parts. I often listen in situations where I am not easily able to get up and adjust the volume, so sudden increases and drops in volume were particularly unwelcome. I for instance often listen with the sleep timer when I’m in bed, but the loud music was like having an alarm just as you’re dropping off to sleep.
The book itself is a real treasure and deserves somebody sitting down and taking the time to present it properly.

Pretty Good

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

Reviewed: 16-04-19

I saw some criticism of this book before I listened to it, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. There was certainly a lot of stuff that I didn’t know before. Some people were particularly harsh about the narrator, and although he wasn’t the best I’ve ever heard, I thought he was fine.

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

I have seen Kevin Hart in a couple of films and he seemed funny enough, but I regretted this one almost immediately. It did nothing for me at all. I do not think I have ever given up so quickly on anything.