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Good but longwinded

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

Reviewed: 13-02-20

Interesting first hand information on the trial & after.Points of law and courtroom tactics were fascinating and much appreciated. Could have done with a ruthless editor. Far too much repetition & endlessly hammering home the same points. Trust the readers - they're really not so dumb.

Unbelievable

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

Reviewed: 26-01-20

Verging on the ridiculous sometimes. Too obvious for there to be any suspense . I would not recommend.

excellent read

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

Reviewed: 06-06-19

That's the 2nd Tony Parson book that Ive read. I can't wait to start book3.
Colin Mace is Woolf. He reads with intelligence and feeling for the character and material, He never overdoes the 'drama'. I probably wouldn't read another Tony Parson without Colin Mace reading.
Tony Parsons & Colin Mace - the perfect combination.

excellent - a wicked insight into British Estab.

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

Gripping from start to finish. Best narrator on your books. Can't wait for book 2

3 people found this helpful

Sayers needed a ruthless editor

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

Reviewed: 19-03-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The jerky, spitting style of the reader spoils the book

What did you like best about this story?

The Wimsey Vane romance resolution, The detective work is fun and original

Would you be willing to try another one of Jane McDowell’s performances?

No. Couldn't stand the jerky style. Totally overdoes the attempt to 'spit out' upper crust speak.

Was Gaudy Night worth the listening time?

Yes. But i wish it had been a different reader or in a dramatised form.

1 person found this helpful

Excellent - a masterclass in writing.

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

Reviewed: 05-12-17

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

It is so much better than any of the distorted films made of the book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Thirty-Nine Steps?

I would look for more by author and certainly look out for the narrator.

Have you listened to any of Robert Powell’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Excellent narrator.Does not intrude actor type over emphasis or irritating over dramatic performance. Id listen to him again anytime, reading the phone book if you like.

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

Stay true to the book.

Any additional comments?

As thrilling as I remember when I read it at school. Timeless. Accept the few non PC comments as a sign of the time it was written and be thankful that we've moved on.

2 people found this helpful

Excellent read

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

Reviewed: 28-04-17

What made the experience of listening to Black Diamonds the most enjoyable?

The huge slice of history covered in the writing of one family's rise and fall.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything

Have you listened to any of Gareth Armstrong’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, He always gives a very good performance without intruding his own personality. Very good intelligent reader.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The mindless adherence to dogma and utter heartlessness and hypocrasy of the Kennedy family towards their own daughter & sister.

Any additional comments?

I would read another Catherine Bailey book.

1 person found this helpful

Get rid of Geurney's whingeing wife

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

Reviewed: 28-04-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Think of a Number to be better than the print version?

Yes because it was very well read with understanding and respect for characters.

What did you like best about this story?

The plot was intriguing

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

Irritation at the boring wife character.

Any additional comments?

I've read two of Verdon's book and whilst I like the plot lines I am bored and irritated by the whingeing wife character. I probably won't read another unless he gets rid of the wife and Guerney man's up and tells her to shut it. It's a detective novel not Come into the Garden Maud and stake the roses or prune the apple trees. Yuk.

Fascinating Read

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

Would you listen to A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal again? Why?

Yes and I would strongly recommend it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal?

Too many really, but will single out the ease with which the Establishment threw George Blake to the wolves because he was not "One of Us".

What about Michael Tudor Barnes’s performance did you like?

Very well read. Pleasant voice to listen to and a good intelligent delivery.

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

Disgust at how the Establishment is prepared to protect its own. The Secret Service is just one long booze up with the 'right people' at the 'right clubs'.

Any additional comments?

An insight into how class ridden UK power base really is. For heaven sake do come from the "right school & class".

3 people found this helpful

Real insight into Establishment working ofUK

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Black Door: Spies, Secret Intelligence and British Prime Ministers to be better than the print version?

The rather disjointed reading style almost spoiled it but the content was so interesting that I persisted and learned a lot.

What didn’t you like about Tom Clegg’s performance?

Send him to America to learn from George Guidall or ask Samuel West to give him some lessons on narration.

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

Enlightened me about the part of Old Boy Networks in British Politics.

Any additional comments?

Well researched and informative.