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Ay Caramba

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-05-19

This is a good story, and a good series for me, but there is one quite large irritation to get through to the enjoyable parts of this book. I found the over use of the dialect during the Krasian sections becomes really annoying. personally do not understand why there was any great advantage in having a large number of certain words in the story constantly in "Krasian" - why not just say "wife" or "first wife" or "captain" rather than "Jiwah" or "Jiwah Ka" or "Kai Sharum" etc. Just got a bit annoying and confusing.. That aside, it is a really good listen but I think I may take a breather from the series after this book, it is kind of a "hard work" listen due to the above during the Krasian sections but worth the effort I think. The story is good as is the Narration and I will be following up the rest of the series.

flat narration

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-11-18

I hoped this would be a great follow up to the mini series and it kind of is in terms of information but unfortunately the narrator just does not do a very good job at making the story. it seems like nothing more than a list of words to be read out in the same flat tone no matter what is being said. It's a shame because it is a story and could be told as one, but this has all the excitement of listening to an autoread pdf document, no change in tone etc. kind of just a list of information, not at all what I'd hoped for.

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Too many narrators

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-10-18

The story is good, and each chapter is more or less from the viewpoint of one of the characters which i thought was a great way to tell it. I can see why that would lead to the idea of each chapter having it's own narrator. The problem is when one of the characters from the other chapters has some dialogue, with a now new narrator, then maybe back to the original narrator next chapter then another narrator the next time, all for the same character there are 3 narrators. It just didn't work for me and it made it hard to keep track of the characters till quite some way into the story. I'm a one narrator kind of audiobook listener I guess, it's not unbearable but it is quite irritating and I'd not repeat this type of listen.

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He's back, he's bad, he's brilliant

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Steven Stelfox and a few of the old gang - now older, wiser, meaner and richer than ever. The best bunch of anti hero's all rolled into one book. He is a horrible man, truly horrible man, but I do just love to hear all of his horrible thoughts and deeds. Laughed at so many parts in the book. I was sitting in my flat, listening to this book and it was like Stelfox was looking right at me when he came out with my favourite lines in the book - even though he actually called me a "Catch Up Next Tuesday" (You'll get it when you listen.) That said, he thinks all of us tolers are, so I didn't take it to personally. Oh, so if you're easily offended, possibly even not so easily offended...... You may find the main character a bit offensive, it is why he is so good to listen to. He even managed a derogatory line about my home town in Scotland - He's superb! My first review I have written in over a year having decided to quit writing reviews.... This one really made made me want to say how much I enjoyed the book and the others by the Author. There are 2 books prior to this in the Stelfox Series and really recommend those too, along with the others by the Author on Audible all of which I have in library.

Enjoyed this story so much, Perfect listen.

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

This is the book I have been looking for, for a long while, got utterly hooked into this story and just love that feeling of finding a really comfortable listen to look forward to. Difficult to describe without spoilers, but the concept is just brilliant and works so well. Covers so many ideas which could have been difficult to get your mind around and makes it all just seem so clear and easy to understand. All put together into a really vivid story line, with characters I really cared about, everything here I want in story. I would love to have imagination and ability to put the ideas explored in this book into words, what a talent to have. Absolutely perfect book for me and recommend it completely as a great listen. One small note which was not a problem at all, I played the story at 0.85 speed as I personally found the narration was just slightly fast for me, I would recommend that speed if you find the same. I am so glad the app has this option. That said, Luke Smitherd narrated this book fantastically well and has a very easy to listen to voice.

1 person found this helpful

Good old fashioned Ghost Story...

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

Reviewed: 23-02-17

Like a mug of hot chocolate in front of a log fire on a sheep skin rug..... Good story telling all round and well read. Perfect, just seems like a classic old tale. I have had a bit of a break from audio books in the past year and this one was just the ideal book to come back to and hit all the buttons I needed to have me madly searching audible for the next thing that was going to engross me and make me happy to just have the time to sit back and listen to a great story being told to me very well. Thank you for this one :) Very memorable this one will stick with me and I will listen again I am sure.

4 people found this helpful

One for the newbies?

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-02-17

I love post apocalyptic fiction and I know its hard to not tread well trodden paths...... If I had listened to this at a future point when the full series is complete, I expect I would possibly have downloaded and listened to about the 3rd or 4th in the series of ten - just out of interest and then probably lost interest.... Actually this could be set in several series of post apocalyptic stories I have already done this with. It is not that this is a bad book at all, in fact if this was my first listen to the genre I would have loved it and been really keen for more, if you have not listened to a lot of post apocalyptic fiction and are interested - you will love it. If like me you have listened to many variations of the apocalypse, this one is a gap filler but nothing new here, I may possible download the next 1 or 2 but having been here before really I probably wont...

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Post apocalypse UK ...and running

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

Enjoyable listen and finally i get to travel the length of Scotland and England in a post apocalypse story, having always wondered when I listen to any what would be happening here. the main character I related to very much, from his childhood daydreams to his thoughts on exercise. The narrator was superb but one minor issue was with any parts where characters shouted, the narrator actually shouted too, which occasionally was a bit too loud but did add to the atmosphere i guess, just made me jump a couple of times! Some of the characters met along on the way were extremely memorable and very well portrayed by the narrator, very hopeful for a sequel to this one. Some laugh out loud moments and some sad moments too. Was just exactly the book I was hoping it to be from the description

2 people found this helpful

Listened in 2 days.....

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

Reviewed: 22-09-16

Best book I have listened to this year. I am not sure why the description did not really draw me to this book before but so glad I eventually gave in to curiosity. I am a big fan of online gaming, star trek, sci fi fantasy etc etc... so I am probably a bit nerdy I guess and I think it most definitely helps with this book. I enjoyed so much in this one, the 80's nostalgia mixed with the dystopian future just worked so well. Having Will Wheaton narrate this book was fantastic and made me smile a lot in certain places that it was him narrating, I am pretty sure he smiled himself at certain parts too whilst narrating. Aside from the fun part of him being narrator for obvious reasons he is actually a superb narrator and did such a good job with this, I would not hesitate to listen to him narrate anything. Love this story and everything about it.

24 people found this helpful

Very Enjoyable, great story easy to listen to.

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

Reviewed: 14-08-16

Great story, very well narrated and full of clever ideas. Kept me entertained and guessing. The characters were very like able and believable, the story and plot were well very thought out and where things were going was never obvious. Easily a sequel and prequel here and I hope maybe there is in future.

3 people found this helpful