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  • I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

With the family finances in a parlous state, Flavia's father has rented Buckshaw to a film company for a location shooting. When a heavy snowfall cuts the village off, the actors are talked into staging a benefit performance in the parish hall. But old jealousies surface, and the leading lady is murdered. Flavia, who has been enlisted to help out behind the scenes, finds herself up to her knees in snow - and murder!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent

  • By MR MARK T LISTER on 22-10-17

Murder in a creaking ,snow bound stately home

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

Reviewed: 18-10-16

If you could sum up I Am Half-Sick of Shadows in three words, what would they be?

Flavia unique sleuth

What did you like best about this story?

Flavia is a unique sleuth. She has a mind like a steel trap and the instincts of a bloodhound, she's 11. She has certain misconceptions, the pitfalls of being a child being lied to by adults in the way people lie to protect children ( and a couple of older sisters who lie just for the hell of it ).This leads to humour but Flavia's precocious intelligence,analytical mind and steely determination lead her on the trail of a murderer. Surrounded by a cast of characters varying from her unique, disjunctive aristocratic family and faithful retainers to a motley selection of villagers,actors,film crew and policemen Flavia tracks down the guilty. Funny and original.

What does Sophie Aldred bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A brilliant portrayal of a unique character. She IS Flavia

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Please keep them coming Mr Bradley. Please keep Sophie Aldred doing the narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pawn of Prophecy

  • Belgariad, Book 1
  • By: David Eddings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490

Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil god Torak sought dominion and drove men and Gods to war. But Belgrath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe. That was only a story, and Garion did not believe in magic dooms, even though the man without a shadow had haunted him for years.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • couldn't agree more

  • By Hevpais on 23-11-07

Ruined by the narration

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

Would you try another book written by David Eddings or narrated by Cameron Beierle?

I have read and loved the all the books of the Begariad but I could not listen to this narration. It is awful, overdone - Belgarion is a boy , his story deserves a young voice. The overly dramatic narration just jarred. Please find a softer voice for this series of books.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Belgarion. Very easy to identify with.

How could the performance have been better?

Just the wrong voice, overdone, wrong tone. Too in your face ( or should I say ear).

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Love the book , love Belgarion but ghastly narration really grates on the ear.

Any additional comments?

Any chance of a new narration?

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Speaking From Among the Bones

  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

The villagers of Bishop’s Lacey are holding their collective breath as St Tancred’s tomb in the local church is about to be opened after five hundred years. Inveterate eleven-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce is first at the scene, but the body she finds lying there is not that of a desiccated saint; it is Mr Collicutt, St Tancred's celebrated organist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Flavia is unique

  • By Bard Groupie on 03-09-16

Flavia is unique

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Speaking From Among the Bones to be better than the print version?

I love this whole series of books. The main character (and narrator) is a wonderfully enjoyable creation.This audio edition does Flavia justice! Flavia is 10 years old and both vulnerable and tough as old boots. Hugely intelligent and mentally tough,sometimes frighteningly ruthless in her methods, yet touchingly innocent in some ways. Funny,intrepid,insightful but sometimes outrageous especially when investigating murder.She is unstoppable.

What did you like best about this story?

Love the setting , the crumbling stately home, the villagers, the period (early 1950s), the family and the laugh out loud inner thoughts of Flavia.. All these books are very funny because of the relationships between the characters and their various idiosyncrasies. The relationship of Flavia and her sisters is both difficult and close.

Which character – as performed by Sophie Aldred – was your favourite?

Flavia - wonderful character,perfectly portrayed by Sophie Aldred. Love all the characters , the De Luce family , Dogger and The Mullets, the long-suffering Inspector Hewitt and his men. The relationship of the three sisters. Flavia's reliance on and love for ( though she would never call it that) the troubled Dogger.

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

There are passages in these books when Flavia's razor sharp brain and ruthless quest for a murderer are suspended and you see the vulnerable child beneath the intelligence.

Any additional comments?

Please can we have the about to be published 'Thrice The Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd' in audiobook form ASAP - preferably read by Sophie Aldred?

  • The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

The absence of Flavia DeLuce’s mother, Harriet, has always cast a shadow, since her presumed death in a mountaineering accident in Tibet. Now, astonishingly, a specially commissioned train is bringing Harriet back to Buckshaw. But rather than putting the past finally to rest, Harriet's return is set to trigger a further series of bizarre and deadly events, as a most curious group of individuals converge on Buckshaw to pay their respects…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful idiosyncratic, funny,unique heroine

  • By Bard Groupie on 24-08-16

Wonderful idiosyncratic, funny,unique heroine

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

Reviewed: 24-08-16

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

I love these books. Flavia is a unique amateur detective. She is frighteningly intelligent, unstoppable, funny and yet vulnerable. Why can't I find all the books in the series on audible? Even some I have don't seem available now. There is a new one due out in September 2016. Why can't I find it to pre order on audible? Is it because there is a film coming out?

What did you like best about this story?

The main character , the setting, the humour and unusual plot. Enjoyed all the books in the series so far.

What about Sophie Aldred’s performance did you like?

She captured the character beautifully.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

More Flavia de Luce please! Bravo Alan Bradley. These books are both funny and dark with a wonderful heroine. I love Flavia.

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,984
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,788
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,783

When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind – until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out. Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Over hyped and dreadfully narrated

  • By AdaT on 29-06-12

Negative stars for narrator

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-05-12

OK we all know this is not great literature. It's a bit of naughty fun. The problem here is the choice of narrator.The book is written in the first person and seen from the point of view of the likeable, reticent,bookish, oddly naive (for someone with a literatue degree living in the 21st century where knowledge of certain subjects does not require hands on experience) Anastasia . So how much more important it is to choose the correct voice for the narration. The voice here is wrong - too knowing and often too gushing for the character. I'm sure this narrator is very capable when reading the right material but not for this particular character. If you produce another version with a narration more suited to the character I might buy it again (as I'm not sure I'll listen to this version again) and I can't recommend it to others.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful