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Funny, funny, funny

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

Reviewed: 15-07-15

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

I Take You is both entertaining and thought-provoking. Thoroughly entertaining.

What did you like best about this story?

The lead character, Lily, is selfish, unlikeable, thoughtless, unprofessional and amoral - yet one roots for her throughout.

What about Katherine Mangold’s performance did you like?

Mangold has a rich, lilting voice and performs all parts with aplomb.

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

I laughed like a drain and groaned occasionally at Lily's antics and their (sometimes unexpected, sometimes inevitable) outcomes.

Any additional comments?

I have never listened to a romantic audiobook before, but for some reason this one caught my eye. I'm usually a fan of serious crime fiction. I enjoyed this far more than I expected.

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Groovy: the 2010 edition

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

Reviewed: 05-07-15

The inimitable Bruce Campbell, one of the most distinctive voices (and chins) in show business, recounts his life story with charm and humour. From growing up with legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi to working with the Coen brothers and cross-dressing on the NZ set of Hercules, Campbell's story has warmth and remains down to earth throughout. A heartily recommended listen from the star of the Evil Dead movies and a must for fans. Even for those who have read the book, the lengthy addendum recounting events on his book tour to promote the original version of this story makes it a worthwhile addition to every Deadite's collection.

4 people found this helpful

Not Robinson's best work

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

Reviewed: 01-12-14

Despite the odd interesting experiment ("The Duke's Wife" in Volume Three, for example, a short story of murder featuring the characters from Shakespeare's Measure for Measure) and brief interludes filling in the gaps between the Inspector Banks novels, this collection is a slightly disappointing one. The stories are frequently predictable, unlike the full-length Inspector Banks novels, and certainly not up to Robinson's usual standard.

Bit cheeky stretching the book over three audiobooks, too!

Not Robinson's best work

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

Reviewed: 01-12-14

Despite the odd interesting experiment ("The Duke's Wife" in Volume Three, for example, a short story of murder featuring the characters from Shakespeare's Measure for Measure) and brief interludes filling in the gaps between the Inspector Banks novels, this collection is a slightly disappointing one. The stories are frequently predictable, unlike the full-length Inspector Banks novels, and certainly not up to Robinson's usual standard.

Bit cheeky stretching the book over three audiobooks, too!

Not Robinson's best work

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

Reviewed: 01-12-14

Despite the odd interesting experiment ("The Duke's Wife" in Volume Three, for example, a short story of murder featuring the characters from Shakespeare's Measure for Measure) and brief interludes filling in the gaps between the Inspector Banks novels, this collection is a slightly disappointing one. The stories are frequently predictable, unlike the full-length Inspector Banks novels, and certainly not up to Robinson's usual standard.

Splendid and insightful

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

Reviewed: 01-12-14

Apple Tree Yard is a gripping novel, and Yvonne's incisive dissection of gender roles and perceptions provides excellent food for thought. Juliet Stevenson's narration is nothing short of a virtuoso performance and adds a great deal to this terrific narrative.

An extraordinary memoir

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

Reviewed: 06-11-14

Where does Not My Father's Son rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best ever.

What did you like best about this story?

This is no showbiz memoir, although the revelation that Patti Smith has a tendency to spit had me in stitches. It's a heart-wrenching story of Alan's painful childhood, his fraught relationship with his father, intertwined with the slow unfolding mystery of his grandfather's abandonment of his family after the Second World War and subsequent death in Malaysia. Above all, it's a powerful, honest story and a wholly intriguing yarn, more fascinating than fiction.

Which character – as performed by Alan Cumming – was your favourite?

Alan has a particular talent for bringing to life the women in his family: his mother, the formidable and clearly-adored Mary Darling, and his charming, wickedly funny granny. He has the most beautiful voice, too.

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

It's a deeply emotional story, and I laughed out loud and wept unashamedly in turns.

Any additional comments?

Quite the most astonishing audiobook (or indeed publication of any kind) I've heard in ages. More than anything, one comes out of the experience with deep respect for Alan Cumming as a human being, someone who refused to back down until he had found the truth he needed to begin healing.

27 people found this helpful

Absolutely hilarious

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

Reviewed: 16-09-14

If you could sum up I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again in three words, what would they be?

Classic British comedy

What other book might you compare I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again to, and why?

Not really relevant, as this is sketch comedy, not a book.

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

This is the best of the ISIRTA collections by far.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, over and over again.

Any additional comments?

Essential listening for fans of John Cleese and the Goodies.

2 people found this helpful