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Debbie King

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David Monteath brings the story to life!

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

Reviewed: 21-02-19

I only recently discovered the DCI Daly books but I am already a huge fan. I bought the Audible editions so I could listen to them on the half-hour walk to work each way.
Not only are they great stories with interesting and endearing characters, but the books are a riveting listen due to the excellent narrator. He doesn't just read the book, he becomes each character, putting on a different voice for each person and almost turning the book into a one-man play!
In fact, as I am walking along and nearing my destination, I sometimes actually find myself slowing down at the climactic bits so I can hear what happens next!
Brilliant stuff, have already recommended to family and friends.

Great story, poor narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-06-15

What did you like best about The Undomestic Goddess? What did you like least?

I love the story; I have read the paper version several times and it's my favourite Kinsella book. But the narrator was just plain irritating in the Audible version.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is very funny and is touching at times. I like the characters and the interaction between them.

How could the performance have been better?

Phoebe James' narrating style was strange. I didn't like the exaggerated 'posh' voice she used for Trish, and she also placed the wrong vocal emphasis on some of the phrases. I don't think I'd want to listen to any more books read by her.

Did The Undomestic Goddess inspire you to do anything?

Not really - it was just an easy story if you don't want to have to think too hard!

9 people found this helpful

My first Rebus - and definitely not my last!

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

Reviewed: 18-04-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Knots and Crosses to be better than the print version?

Yes. James MacPherson's excellent narration really brought it to life, and I became really immersed in the story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rebus of course! I felt sorry for him, the hard-bitten cop with a messy divorce and haunted by the demons of his past. I was rooting for him all the way through the story.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The part where Michael (his brother) hynotises him and he regresses to his army days - I don't want to say too much and spoil it for people who don't know the story. I listened to that chapter twice!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes - I was saddened by the scene with Gordon, I didn't want that to happen. I thought it was an awful moral issue.

Any additional comments?

Thoroughly enjoyed this and am looking forward to listening to more in the Rebus series. Also liked listening to James MacPherson's voice - I would buy other audio-books read by him.

10 people found this helpful

Excellent story, draws the listener in

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

Reviewed: 09-04-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl on the Train to be better than the print version?

Yes. I enjoyed the print version very much, but the different voices and the excellent narration really bring the story to life. I listened to it walking to and from work, and part of my route runs adjacent to the railway line, so when a train went by it made the story more realistic! :-)

What did you like best about this story?

I like the way it was plausible, and the way the author intertwined the lives of the two couples plus Rachel, the "girl on the train".

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

I liked Rachel the best. I felt sorry for her and could even relate to her in a way (I too have been known to seek refuge in a bottle of wine when things are tough!) I thought the voice actor who played Rachel was superb.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It didn't make me laugh or cry, but at times I found myself empathising with the female characters, particularly Rachel, when the male characters were being less than charming. I didn't really care much for the smug Tom either.

Any additional comments?

An excellent read/listen. I hope they make a film out of this one!