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Mr. Paul M. Quirk

Reading, UK
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  • Paradox Bound

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584

Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good, with the usual time-travel problems.

  • By Stuart on 08-11-17

An enjoyable tale

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

Reviewed: 26-12-18

A very enjoyable story. Hard to say much about the plot without spoilers so I won’t. Kept me listening across the few days it took for me to finish it and I’d have been happy to listen on after the end.
Narrator was perfect for the story.

  • Rumpole of the Bailey

  • By: John Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334

In these witty and comic stories, Horace Rumpole takes on a variety of clients and activities. He, of course, brings each case to a successful end, all the while quoting poetry and drinking claret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a Joy

  • By suet on 13-11-18

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 23-12-18

I enjoyed this retelling of the Rumpole of the Bailey stories. Various twists and turns in the accounts and excellently narrated.

  • Raymond Chandler: The BBC Radio Drama Collection

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Toby Stephens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

The complete collection of landmark BBC Radio dramas of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe mysteries. Philip Marlowe is the archetypal noir detective: wisecracking and world weary, hard boiled yet honourable. This volume includes all eight dramatisations of Raymond Chandler's groundbreaking crime novels featuring his iconic hero.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So would chapter headings have killed them?

  • By S. Kennedy on 01-05-17

Excellent production

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

Reviewed: 22-12-18

I really enjoyed these stories of the various cases for Philip Marlowe. The voice acting was perfect, the stories enjoyable.

  • My Brother Is a Superhero

  • By: David Solomons
  • Narrated by: Joe Thomas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

Luke is a comic-mad 11-year-old who shares a tree house with his geeky older brother, Zack. Luke's only mistake is to go for a wee right at the wrong time. While he's gone, an alien gives his undeserving, never-read-a-comic-in-his-life brother superpowers and then tells him to save the universe. Luke is massively annoyed about this, but when Zack is kidnapped by his archnemesis, Luke and his friends have only five days to find him and save the world.... Hilariously narrated by Joe Thomas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun

  • By Steph H on 10-08-18

Great fun

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

Reviewed: 26-09-18

Bought this for my grandchildren to listen to but listened to it myself as well. It’s a fun story, I really enjoyed it.

  • The Elven

  • The Saga of the Elven, Book 1
  • By: Bernhard Hennen, James A. Sullivan, Edwin Miles - translator
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 28 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

A fierce and merciless demon has been unleashed on the world, spreading destruction and bloodshed in both the human and the elven realms. Northlander Jarl Mandred witnesses the ruthless attack on his men, and he seeks vengeance with the help of the elf queen, Emerelle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Friendship !

  • By Sir Greggor on 15-09-18

A grand saga

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

It took me a little while to get into this book as the first few minutes has a lot going on, but once past that this is a grand saga and enjoyable to listen to.

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  • Children of the Deterrent

  • Halfhero, Book 1
  • By: Ian W. Sainsbury
  • Narrated by: Sam Phillips, Jaimi Barbakoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742

The new novel by the author of the best-selling The World Walker series. 'My name is Daniel Harbin, and I'm a child of The Deterrent.' What if a superhuman turned out not to be so super...or even human? Britain's superhero, The Deterrent, was unveiled to the world in 1979 and disappeared two years later. The truth about his origins has never been revealed. The rumours about his children - those that survived - and their mysterious abilities have never been confirmed. Until now....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sadly predictable

  • By Miss Penelope Wright on 08-06-18

Enjoyed this unusual story

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

Just finished listening to this one. Really enjoyed it. The different narrators for male & female protagonists worked well. Story was interesting & grown up enough to consider the need for true freedom of choice, respect for others etc.

  • Slaughterhouse-Five

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,171

Traumatized by the bombing of Dresden at the time he had been imprisoned, Pilgrim drifts through all events and history, sometimes deeply implicated, sometimes a witness. He is surrounded by Vonnegut's usual large cast of continuing characters (notably here the hack science fiction writer Kilgore Trout and the alien Tralfamadorians, who oversee his life and remind him constantly that there is no causation, no order, no motive to existence).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant listen

  • By Matthew Dawkins on 22-01-17

Strange book

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

I've just finished listening to this audiobook & I'm not entirely sure what to think. It is a surreal tale mainly centred around a man with a very loose grip on reality who thinks he hops around in time between many, mainly unpleasant, episodes in his life and who had at one point been abducted by aliens. There is a heavy focus on his time in WWII of course, culminating in the bombing of Dresden.
Have I been enlightened by this book? No. Have I been gently entertained? Yes. Is the book well written? Yes.
Up to you whether you choose to listen. I cannot imagine there being many other books like it and it's only a few hours long...

  • A Little History of Religion

  • By: Richard Holloway
  • Narrated by: James Bryce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 918
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833

In an era of hardening religious attitudes and explosive religious violence, this book offers a welcome antidote. Richard Holloway retells the entire history of religion - from the dawn of religious belief to the 21st century - with deepest respect and a keen commitment to accuracy. Writing for those with faith and those without, and especially for young listeners, he encourages curiosity and tolerance, accentuates nuance and mystery and calmly restores a sense of the value of faith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating book

  • By Mr. Paul M. Quirk on 05-01-17

Fascinating book

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

I very much enjoyed listening to this book but was concerned about the way Richard Holloway chose to interpret parts of the Bible. (But then, according to Richard, I would.)

He takes us on a journey through the development of the idea of "God", why this would have been important and how the idea was maintained and changed through time. He addresses the big questions of life such as what happens after we die and why there is evil in the world.

His approach to various holy writings is that the authors of each had some sort of revelation which they believed to come from God and then wrote for there. However their understanding was probably muddled or incomplete, hence the various religions. These revelations may or may not have come from an external source. In any case they could have no knowledge of the future so all apparent prophetic writings must have been written after the event. Thus the biblical book of Daniel must have been written during the second century BCE despite evidence to the contrary.

I have the impression the book was written by someone who used to be a Christian but has now transferred his faith to humanity. A kindly soul nonetheless.

The walk through of the many faiths of the world and their origins was very helpful and, I can only hope, fairly accurate.

Overall I found this a fascinating listen even where I disagreed with the author and would recommend it to anyone seeking such an overview.

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  • The Golem and the Djinni

  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899. Ahmad is a djinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free - an unbreakable band of iron binds him to the physical world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary

  • By AnneDriscoll on 29-01-15

Brilliant, unusual and unexpected

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

Reviewed: 15-07-16

As others have said, this is something of a unique story, mixing fantastic creatures from two different mythologies, yet making a wondrous variation on the "boy meets girl" stereotype.
About three quarters of the way through I was convinced I knew what should be done by the characters but the author confounded me and provided a clever twist to the tale.
A "must listen" book for any lover of fantasy stories.

  • Don Quixote

  • By: Miguel de Cervantes, John Ormsby (translated by)
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 36 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488

The most influential work of the entire Spanish literary canon and a founding work of modern Western literature, Don Quixote is also one of the greatest works ever written. Hugely entertaining but also moving at times, this episodic novel is built on the fantasy life of one Alonso Quixano, who lives with his niece and housekeeper in La Mancha. Quixano, obsessed by tales of knight errantry, renames himself ‘Don Quixote’ and with his faithful servant Sancho Panza, goes on a series of quests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Mother and Father of all novels

  • By P on 22-02-12

We've found a madman. Let's abuse him!

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

Reviewed: 25-06-16

What disappointed you about Don Quixote?

We've all heard of Don Quixote and his tilting at windmills and I I thought it would be good for me to listen to. In practice it was quite hard work. I guess we know the idea of a sensible man becoming deranged and imagining himself a knight errant. The bits we don't know about are some of the people he comes across. While some are indeed worthy and compassionate, others think it merry to set up situations where he and Pancho will be injured or otherwise come to harm.In today's society this is abuse, plan and simple. I did listen to the end and there are some good bits, but I found much of it tedious.

What will your next listen be?

Something actually funny or uplifting.

What does Roy McMillan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narrator did an excellent job, with easily identified voices for the various characters. He is English though, and as someone else has pointed out, a narrator with a Spanish scent might have helped the Spainish flavour of the story.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration with the tedious parts, anger at the abuse and the occasional bits of amusement and sympathy.

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