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Lee Calver

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Fab story terrible English accents

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-01-20

It's a great series and Harding is a great narrator. However this book is based in England and Harding's attempts at English accents, especially Northumbrian ones, were absolutely appalling, to the point of being laughable and then painful and a distraction from the story. Surely someone could have invested in a voice coach for him? It really let the whole book down. On top of which, there was too much about new English characters and not enough about Parker, Angel and Louis. Shame.

What's gone wrong?

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

This has been a great series so far, but this book was really not up to scratch. As a crime-thriller, it lacked crime or thrills. And there can only be so much of the recycling of the non-romance between Robin and Strike before it just gets repetitious. It feels like 'Galbraith' has read one too many Jane Austen novel, but lacks Austin's finely tuned pacing and flair.

1 person found this helpful

Disappointing

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-18

Very disappointing. Lacked the edge and pace of the previous book, all felt a bit hackneyed and re-hashed. Narration fantastic but still couldn't hide the fact that this was really a below-par book not on the same level as its predecessor. I wont be getting the next one in the series.

10 people found this helpful

Bland

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-08-18

Disappointing. The Dianne strand is a rehash of a previous book. The Ben strand is a whodunnit with little or no plot, one-dimensional characters and no dramatic tension. I didn't care who did it in the end, and gave up without finishing the book. The narrator did the best he could but he was working with weak material. The whole thing felt tired, as if the author was coming up with a book demanded by his publishers rather than one he was excited to write.

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Not one of the best

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-18

What would have made Charles Paris: Dead Room Farce better?

A stronger plot

What could Simon Brett and Jeremy Front have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Some pacing, some dramatic tension, more humour, less slapstick, better characterisation...

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Bill Nighy did his best with a weak script

2 people found this helpful

Dire

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-18

What would have made Agent in Place better?

More action, less talk, and a more plausible plot.

What will your next listen be?

Not another one by Mark Greaney

Did Jay Snyder do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

His foreign accents were terrible. French, Arabic, Spanish, male or female, they were all the same and equally bad.

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

Sorry, no. I persevered, but gave up two-thirds in.

2 people found this helpful

Brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Simple Welsh in an Hour of Your Time to be better than the print version?

Think each has their strengths: go for both

What was one of the most memorable moments of Simple Welsh in an Hour of Your Time?

The author/narrator has such a dry sense of humour. He takes the sting out of some of the surprising things about Welsh for a non-Welsh speaker.

What about Colin Jones’s performance did you like?

Clear, well-paced, and very good delivery, especially dead pan humour.

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

I don't know about being moved, but I learned a lot in a very short space of time.

Any additional comments?

Anyone new to Welsh should start with this book. It is brilliant.

3 people found this helpful

So dull I couldn't finish it

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-15

What disappointed you about After You?

Lacks pace, plot, jeopardy, hook.

What was most disappointing about Jojo Moyes’s story?

I didn't care about the two-dmensional characters.

Would you be willing to try another one of Anna Acton’s performances?

No. Flat, flat, flat, voice. Wrong for audio. Wrong for this book. Middle class accent for working class character. The narrator from the original book was far more convincing.

What character would you cut from After You?

I would cut the book from After You

Any additional comments?

Some things should be left well alone. The original book was superb, this one was just not in its league.

4 people found this helpful

Tired and hackneyed

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

Reviewed: 06-05-15

Would you try another book written by David Baldacci or narrated by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

No, the author and narrators have lost their mojo.

What was most disappointing about David Baldacci’s story?

Implausible plot, poor characterisations, pages and pages of repetitious, unnecessary, plot expositions.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

Don't know, but Ron McLarty's speech was slurred and the recording was poor, with loads of patches inserted.

What character would you cut from Memory Man?

All of them!

Any additional comments?

I tried and tried with this book, but it got worse as it went on, more and more implausible, flat, with lifeless leading character and other characters clearly only there to drive the convoluted, implausible plot. I gave up, skipped to the end and ultimately even skipped that. It was dire.