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12 minutes of Bryson genius

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

Reviewed: 10-10-13

Would you listen to Bill Bryson for The Love Hearts Appeal again? Why?

Within moments of listening to this I was laughing so much I was crying. Bill Bryson at his very best with this wonderfull appeal. I'ts free to download and for a great cause, so don't hesitate. Brilliant!

Sublime

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-13

Had this book in my audible library for years and find myself constantly returning to it - a firm favourite. One of the best descriptions of the middle ages out there. I find it interesting that in all this time between then and now, nothing of a fundamental nature has changed very much. Calamitous times then - calamitous times now. Wonderfully woven, finely crafted, full of delicious detail - you get a real sense of the times and what it would have been like to live then. I don't normally like female narrators, but Nadia May was perfect for this book and she did a brilliant job. My favourite history book on Audible.

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Great Story!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-08

This is a great story, really well read, and kept me completely hooked until the end. The subject was gritty and pulled few punches. If you like books in this genre - then you will love this. Will watch out for more from this author.

7 people found this helpful

So Good!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-07-05

This is a fantastic book and one I have come back to and re-listened several times. The ideas presented here are just so fascinating. I never dreamed I would like this book so much. It's over six months ago since I first heard it but I still think about, and talk about, it a lot. This is not a lot of high foluting scientific stuff you can't understand, quite the opposite - it's clear, it's endlesly fascinating and relevant to everyday life - well my life anyway! After you've heard it you will be dying to play the Kevin Bacon game!

The narrator is great too. A pleasure to listen to.

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Fascinating - What a shame it's abridged.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-07-05

I would never have chosen this book but for a friend recommending it to me as being a good read many years ago. In all those intervening years I never came across it - until spotting it on audible.

The only reason I give it 4 stars rather than five is that it is an abridged version and although I have never read the unabridged book I could tell it was abridged by the way the story seemed to jump in places leaving little story threads unfinished. To be honest I simply can't understand why publishers produce abridged versions of books - but I suppose that little debate is out of place here.

Abridgment aside though - don't be put off downloading this. My friend was right - it's a gem! I cannot believe how little the life of the common man has changed since this was written and just how relevant and fresh the message contained in the book still is. For the first time I understand the underlying principles of socialism and feel so sad that despite its high ideals it seems so unattainable.

Don't get me wrong - despite its theme, this book is not all serious, in fact it's highly entertaining, and Tony Robinson (Baldric from Blackadder) was the ideal choice for narrator.

This was an audio credit well spent.

14 people found this helpful

Special agent Pendergast is cool!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-07-05

This book is sooooo gripping. I loved Cabinet of Curiosities and because Special Agent Pendergast was in this book too, I decided to download it. I wasn't disappointed - it was even better than Cabinet of Curiosities and that's saying something! I am now firmly in love with Agent Pendergast and just itching for more. He's such a weird and fascinating character!

The atmospheric music was brilliant, and the ending was especially satisfying - I never saw it coming. Rene Auberjonois (the narrator) is especially good - able to create separate voices for each character in an exceptionally talented way. Just close your eyes and he will transport you to the scary corn fields. This book has one of the best openings I have ever heard. It gripped me from the start and I couldn't stop listening.

I have downloaded lots of books from Audible and this one will go down as one of my all time favourites. A ripping yarn, scary, atmospheric, gripping and delicious.

3 people found this helpful

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Crichton at his best!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-07-05

Don't be put off by the rubbish movie made of this book. In fact if you haven't seen the movie, don't bother, get this book instead. Crichton is a master at seeing the possibilities in today's technology and weaving masterful fiction around the 'what ifs'. This is my favorite Michael Crichton book - the research he put into this is phenomenal and the narrator does a wonderful, wonderful job. A brilliant blend of science fiction and medieval history.

Well worth using an audio credit on!

20 people found this helpful

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Wonderfull! What a gem.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-07-05

I felt I was taking a big risk with this book - mainly because I don't usually like female narrators - and this book is long! However - I am so glad I decided to give it a go. This is not an action book but if you are interested at all in the early Roman Empire then this book will fascinate and enthral. I fell in love with the characters the places and the history and was amazed at just how like modern day Rome actually was. It even encouraged me to investigate this period on the internet.

I loved this book and was never bored. One of the best historical fiction books I have ever heard. I am almost at the end, and once I get there I am going to listen to it again. If you want to transport yourself to ancient Rome and live with the characters that made history - then download this one. Enjoy.

4 people found this helpful

Probably my favourite book ever

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-06-05

This audio book amazed me. It follows on from Enders Game but is a vast departure from that story in both style and content. Listening to this book is like meditation - it's so deep and moving, and yet never boring. Pure Bliss! Wonderful narration. The first ever audio book to make me cry.

So good that I wish I had never heard it, so that I could discover it for the first time again.

One of Audible's gems.

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Brilliant! - King at his best.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-06-05

I love this book. Stephen King has a wonderful knack of slowly shifting you from the real world to the surreal in a manner that you don't know it's happening until it's too late. This book does all that and more. Read by the author himself - you hear the story exactly as he wants to tell it - it's an unmissable treat.

I have been an avid audio book fan for over two years now and for an audio book to be enjoyable it is imperative that the narrator is good. Believe me - Stephen King is a great narrator. When I am reviewing books I don't like to talk much about the plot as I don't like to give the game away, so I just want to say that IMHO this book was just made for audio and comes across in this format much better than it did in print.

The book is full of snippets of music (which really add to the eerie ambience of the story), and the number of literary references within the tale is stunning.

The interview with Stephen King at the end of the book is very, very interesting. I note that audible sells this interview. Don't bother buying that - buy this instead and hear the master at work. I only wish Stephen King narrated all his own books.

Even if you are not a Stephen King fan - (which I was not), this book is well worth anyone's audio credit.

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