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Danny O'Hara

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  • Fin Gall - A Novel of Viking Age Ireland

  • Norsemen Saga Series #1
  • By: James L. Nelson
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

For centuries, the Vikings have swept out of the Norse countries and fallen on whatever lands they could reach aboard their longships, and few could resist the power of their violent onslaught. They came at first to plunder and then to settle, an encroachment fiercely resisted wherever they went. Such was the case in the southern lands of Ireland. En route to the Viking longphort there, known as Dubh-linn, Thorgrim Night Wolf and Ornolf the Restless stumble across an Irish ship.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I couldnt finish it

  • By Uhtredson on 14-04-16

Not bad, but...

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

Overall I quite enjoyed this. but there were a few historic/cultural mistakes (Irish fyrd!) and the Irish names were mostly mispronounced. Some Irish names & titles were OK, but there really was a need for an Irish speaker to check this. Tara, Bridget & Midhe in particular were excruciating for someone who speaks the language!

  • The Stainless Steel Rat

  • By: Harry Harrison
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

DiGriz is caught during one of his crimes and recruited into the Special Corps. Boring, routine desk work during his probationary period results in his discovering that someone is building a battleship, thinly disguised as an industrial vessel. In the peaceful League no one has battleships anymore, so the builder of this one would be unstoppable. DiGriz' hunt for the guilty becomes a personal battle between himself and the beautiful but deadly Angelina, who his planning a coup on one of the feudal worlds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing narrative style for a classic book

  • By Stephen on 20-11-12

Old classic, well read

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

Reviewed: 19-01-19

I loved Slippery Jim as a character when I was a teen, and OK the style is a bit dated nowadays but still a lot of fun. Performance was great, and suited the style very well. Really enjoyed this trip back to my youth.

  • The Goblin Tower

  • The Reluctant King, Book 1
  • By: L. Sprague de Camp
  • Narrated by: Charles Bice
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

King Jorian was rather attached to his head. Hence, he felt his promise to seal the Kist of Avlen, a treasure trove of ancient manuscripts on magic, was little enough a price to pay for a chance to escape his own beheading. But when the quest pitted him against one peril after another - a murderous wizard and his giant squirrel, a castle full of executioners, a marauding troop of ape men, and a voluptuous 500-year-old princess who was also a serpent - Jorian wondered if he'd made a good bargain!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hoary old fantasy

  • By Danny O'Hara on 03-01-19

Hoary old fantasy

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

I last read this back in the 80s as a teen, and remember quite enjoying it. Coming back to it now, it is all rather dated and too much purple prose. The author tried too hard to show off his vocabulary, the dialogue was turgid, and the characters basically ciphers. While there is a heavy-handed, slapstick humour running entwined through the ambling adventure, it became almost annoying. Was contemplating going through the rest of the trilogy, but have now lost interest.

The narrator's tone was very flat/boring (I kept falling asleep while listening) and used too many whining voices.

  • Ep. 1: Current Puns (Fry's English Delight, Series 1)

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Why does our language groan with the weight of puns? What exactly is a pun? And who, or what, is the Thief of Bad Gags?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent!!

  • By Anonymous User on 30-09-18

Pun-ishment

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

Reviewed: 17-11-18

Must admit that as a native English speaker who hates puns, I was a little wary of this one. Started reasonably, but then when Tim Vine appeared it degenerated rapidly. I suddenly wanted to eat my own ears as he murdered my native tongue. Suffice to say that I stopped listening; you have been warned!