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  • The October Man

  • A Rivers of London Novella
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Sam Peter Jackson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579

A brand-new stand-alone novella in the Rivers of London series! Tobias Winter has been assigned to the Abteilung KDA - the Department for Complex and Unspecific Matters. Despite the intriguing department name, as Winter explains, dealing with the strange and the supernatural is 'actually 90 percent paperwork'. But this is a story about the other 10 percent of the job: the life-threatening danger part.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deutschlands Flüsse

  • By Andreas Beck on 15-06-19

Setting the scene for Europe-wide magical happenings

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

Reviewed: 08-07-19

Bought this without reading a word of the description, so I had a small surprise when it wasn’t our usual Peter Grant and the nightingale story with its excellent narration.

Once I was used to the new voice, it was good to learn of the German equivalent of the Folly through its equivalent of Peter Grant.

The shorter stories can’t offer as much to get your teeth into, but it feels like we are now set up for some cross-cultural liaison to combat a greater magical evil... or a full novel based in Germany.

Either way, I’ll look forward to the next one.

  • 2666 [Spanish Edition]

  • By: Roberto Bolaño
  • Narrated by: Pedro Sánchez, Gerardo Prat, Humberto Amor, and others
  • Length: 45 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

La ciudad mexicana de Santa Teresa - trasunto de Ciudad Juarez - atrae como un imán a los protagonistas. Cuatro críticos literarios europeos viajan hasta Sonora tras las huellas del escritor desaparecido Benno von Archimboldi, cuya vida se refiere en la parte final de la novela. Allí conocerán a Amalfitano, el profesor universitario chileno que, junto con su hija, se establece en la ciudad, a la que también llegará el periodista estadounidense Oscar Fate para retransmitir un combate de boxeo.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A lot of unanswered questions

  • By Alex C on 17-06-19

A lot of unanswered questions

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

Reviewed: 17-06-19

Just finished this after listening over a few months.

It feels like a first part rather than a complete story. There are so many parts and although some of them do indeed overlap and come together, there are some that are left flapping in the wind (like the book in the garden).

It’s also possible that some of the answers were in the earlier parts, but 40+ hours of listening later I don’t recall detail of what came before...

Overall interesting, great for keeping my Spanish up to speed... but I feel a little disappointed with where it ended.

  • Falcó [Spanish Edition]

  • Serie Falcó [Falcó Series]
  • By: Arturo Pérez-Reverte
  • Narrated by: Raúl Llorens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

La Europa turbulenta de los años treinta y cuarenta del siglo XX es el escenario de las andanzas de Lorenzo Falcó, ex contrabandista de armas, espía sin escrúpulos, agente de los servicios de inteligencia. Durante el otoño de 1936, mientras la frontera entre amigos y enemigos se reduce a una línea imprecisa y peligrosa, Falcó recibe el encargo de infiltrarse en una difícil misión que podría cambiar el curso de la historia de España.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Uncomfortably sexist

  • By Sabbles on 17-12-18

My first exposure to the Spanish Civil War

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

I hadn’t really heard or read much about the civil war before this, and Pérez Reverte always does his research, so I trust this is based as much as possible in what was going on at the time.

A good story, quite graphic at times in case you’re squeamish... though I would say I had an inkling of where the twist was coming from, even if not precisely why.

For those of you who have read or listened to a lot of Perez Reverte, I have been a big fan of his novels but never quite got into the Alatriste series. I am though looking forward to the next Falcó.

  • Hombres buenos [Good Men]

  • By: Arturo Pérez-Reverte
  • Narrated by: Juan Carlos Gustems
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Una novela de Arturo Pérez-Reverte. La heroica aventura de quienes se atrevieron a cambiar el mundo con libros. "En tiempos de oscuridad siempre hubo hombres buenos que lucharon por traer las luces y el progreso. Y otros que procuraron impedirlo."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Buen libro para conocer la sociedad de Carlos III

  • By Natalia on 25-05-18

Worth persevering with!

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

It took me a while to get into, with all the scene setting and author’s asides related to how he researched the book...

But once the adventure was underway I was suitably gripped.

Another great novel from my favourite Spanish author.

  • Believe Me

  • A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens
  • By: Eddie Izzard
  • Narrated by: Eddie Izzard
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,621

The stand-up comedian of his generation. Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Runner. Political campaigner. Fashion icon. Human. There is no one quite like Eddie Izzard. This is the story of how a boy who wanted to become a professional footballer and win the lead in Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat found comedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully funny, tragic, hopeful and inspiring

  • By MR on 17-06-17

Love, Love, Love Eddie Izzard

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

Reviewed: 31-08-17

Dear Eddie,

Thank you for being a voice of reason in a crazy world.

Thank you for the wonderful, entertaining and revealing 14+ hours I have just spent in your company.

I admit I sometimes feel a little useless when I think about what I've done with my life compared to yours... but I'm inspired to see if I can push myself a little more.

Please do some more gigs in French in London and if possible in Spanish in London before you tour the Spanish show! My wife got me and a really good friend tickets to the French show in March and we laughed ourselves silly.

Here's to many more years bringing people together!

Lots of love,

Alex

Footnote: I loved all the extra footnotes in the audiobook, it felt like when you improv with your stand up between the set pieces, only with facts, memories and thoughts. (End of footnote)