Barbara Pritchard

Cambridge, England
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  • The Outsorcerer's Apprentice

  • By: Tom Holt
  • Narrated by: Ray Sawyer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

A happy workforce is a productive workforce. At the moment, the Wizard's employees are neither. The goblins are upset with their working conditions, the dragonslayer has thrown a hissy fit over his medical insurance (or lack thereof) and everyone is upset about the terrible canteen coffee. Yet the Wizard hasn't got time to worry about revolution in the workplace - he's about to see his brilliant business plan (based on entrepreneurial flair and involving one or two parallel worlds) disrupted by a clueless young man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't listen at bedtime! It's too funny !

  • By Barbara Pritchard on 30-11-14

Don't listen at bedtime! It's too funny !

5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-11-14

What did you like most about The Outsorcerer's Apprentice?

I have been a big fan of Tom Holt's quirky novels for many years, but this is the first one I have tried as an audiobook.

What did you like best about this story?

His way of turning the most mundane of scenarios totally on it's head yet making them so believable is nothing short of amazing.

What about Ray Sawyer’s performance did you like?

I don't know why, but Ray Sawyer's voice is the one that's always been in my head whenever I've read one of Tom Holt's books, so it's perfect for the audiobooks.

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

Therer were lots of moments that moved me to laugh out loud, embarrasing when in a hospital waiting room !

Any additional comments?

After listening to The Outsourcerer's Apprentice I'm now going to order several of Tom Holts other novels on audio too. Perfect for cheering up the approaching long winter.

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  • Whispers Under Ground

  • Rivers of London, Book 3
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,366
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,710

Peter Grant is learning magic fast. And it’s just as well - he's already had run-ins with the deadly supernatural children of the Thames and a terrifying killer in Soho. Progression in the police force is less easy, especially when you work in a department of two. A department that doesn't even officially exist. A department that if you did describe it to most people would get you laughed at.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, wonderful narration

  • By Jane on 04-07-12

London, but not exactly as you know it!

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-13

This is the third in Ben Aaronovich's 'Rivers of London' series and the 1st that I've downloaded as an audiobook.

I really enjoyed reading the 1st books (on my Kindle) and was a little worried that the audio format would jar against the 'pictures' of the characters in my head. I needn't have worried, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith does a great job of narrating and really brings the characters to life, both male, female and other species!, something narrators of other books sometimes fail to do. As always Aaronovich's storyline is both gripping and witty, it's a struggle to switch off for the day, I always wanted to listen to just one more chapter. I'll definitely be getting the next book in audio format too.