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A couple of mouth-os

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

Reviewed: 04-03-20

Twice in chapter 9, the narrator mis-spoke the name of a character. Did anyone else notice?

Slow start

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

Reviewed: 08-05-19

A very slow start.
Eventually the story hits its stride.
Another enjoyable addition to the series.
Jodi Taylor’s imagining of historical details is one of the series’s quiet strengths. This time, the time travel scenes seemed a little bit rushed & slightly less compelling.
The book’s ending sets up several threads ensuring that “there will be more books to come” which will no doubt please her audience and her publishers.
I, for one, look forward to the next book.

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 24-02-19

So pedestrian that I gave up half way through.
A pervasive feeling of melancholy. Too many long conversations that didn’t seem to go anywhere.
I love SP but just couldn’t “get into” this book.
Kevin Hely goes a decent narration but I still prefer the early narrators.
My least favourite book of the series.

A Good Homage

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

Reviewed: 15-01-19

This is a good homage.
Familiar characters, references to Jeeves and Wooster stories and the use of language believably make this feel like Wodehouse.
The author must have done a lot of research to get the minutiae correct.
The narrator does a good Hugh Laurie voice for Bertie Wooster and his Stephen Fry voice for Jeeves improved as the story progressed. He struggled a bit differentiating the male/female Scottish voices but this is a small thing given the number of characters.
Like Oliver, I wanted more which is always a good sign.
All in all, a worthy addition.

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OK but not his best

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

Reviewed: 13-10-18

An OK story which just “stops”.
Elements of this Psmith story do not gel with the story “Leave It To Psmith”.
Of course, Wodehouse’s brilliant prose and Cecil’s definitive reading will always elevate it above the ordinary.

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Pratchett + Gaiman ...

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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: 14-09-18

It’s Pratchett & Gaiman.
Let me repeat that.
It’s Pratchett AND Gaiman together.
To paraphrase Forrest Gump:
“Genius is, as genius does”.
And this is the genius of Pratchett and Gaiman at their best: funny, wise, playful, insightful, and taking on the really big issues. It doesn’t get much bigger than Armageddon.
Even DEATH makes a guest appearance.
What more do you need to know?
Highly recommended.

Disappointed Fan ,.,

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

Reviewed: 14-08-18

If you’ve been wondering how this “dramatisation” can run for only 4 hours 32 minutes, while the full audiobook runs for 13 hours 55 minutes then it’s because they have left bits out. But it’s not merely an abridged version. Mostly Pratchett’s wonderful prose has been replaced with sound effects and actors grunting (you know, to indicate some sort of exertion is happening). And, they have CHANGED parts of the story. So I ask: Who authorised the changes? It’s unlikely to have been Terry Pratchett because he’s been dead for three years.
I really like David Jason but at times his narration sounds like Peter Jones reading Douglas Adams. I really like Peter Jones’ narration of The Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy. But this is Pratchett not Adams.
Vetinari doesn’t sound like Vetinari. If anything, Drumknott sounds more patrician-like. Trev’s voice doesn’t engage as a hero.
Don’t let this version detain you.
A disappointed fan.

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Like a Shakespearean Comedy

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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: 21-05-17

Wodehouse at his storytelling best: a rollicking farce, set to Wodehouse's delicious language. Cecil gives a tour de force performance. His characters are beautifully realised. No one does Wodehouse like Cecil.

One of Pratchett's Best ...

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

One of Pratchett's best books.
"A detective story with subplots in".
Several characters from earlier books make an appearance. All the threads come together nicely and make a satisfying whole.
If you are reading this book out of sequence (or re-reading it after a long lay off) then you will see the groundwork for at least one or two of Pratchett's subsequent novels.
Well worth your time - highly recommended.

Cecil shines

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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: 02-05-17

Jonathan Cecil shines. He makes Wodehouse's words dance and sing. There is no better performance artist of Wodehouse than Jonathan Cecil. He is simply the best - period!

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