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Julian E. Boyce

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  • Mr American

  • By: George MacDonald Fraser
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 29 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Mark Franklin came from the American West to Edwardian England with two long-barrelled .44s in his baggage and a fortune in silver in the bank. Where he had got it and what he was looking for no one could guess, although they wondered - at Scotland Yard, in city offices, in the glittering theatreland of the West End, in the highest circles of society (even King Edward was puzzled) and in the humble pub at Castle Lancing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Egaging, witty, humorous!

  • By Ed H-J on 13-09-15

George Macdonald Fraser, who else could do this?

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

Reviewed: 05-03-19

I have been a reader of GMF for almost fifty years: certainly since my Army days. I only came across this recently and literally fell into it. It is the most wonderful story, simply un-put-downable. I just wish he was still around to do some more.

  • Look Who's Back

  • By: Timur Vermes
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,236
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,233

Berlin, Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open ground, alive and well. Things have changed – no Eva Braun, no Nazi party, no war. Hitler barely recognises his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman. People certainly recognise him, albeit as a flawless impersonator who refuses to break character. The unthinkable, the inevitable happens, and the ranting Hitler goes viral, becomes a YouTube star, gets his own T.V. show, and people begin to listen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb satire on modern life

  • By Evolutionary Artefact on 16-09-14

Took me by surprise.

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

Reviewed: 26-07-18

I wasn’t sure quite what to think when I got hold of this. I have always viewed Nazi history with very mixed feelings; I lived in Germany for a number of years with the Armed Forces and always had and still have the greatest respect for the Germans. How the general populace allowed this man to literally tear the country apart, is beyond me.
But, to the book. I found it an absolute hoot! Julian Rhind-Tutt can do very little wrong for me and he makes this a dream of a listen. His German accent is priceless, he seems to know just how and when to accentuate, when to slightly diminish. Just wonderful. I viewed an interview of the author by Irish radio on uTube, which gave a wonderful insight into the man and his thinking. Of course, as far as he and now modern Germans are concerned, the whole thing is the most marvellous joke. I simply loved it. I did feel he could have done a little more with the ending; perhaps a gentle, mysterious disappearance? But who am I to criticise? I loved it. Perhaps Goering should appear next, or Bormann?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Slade House

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues, Thomas Judd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 694

Prepare to be chilled, electrified and entertained - a gem of a novel from 'one of the most brilliantly inventive writers of this, or any country' ( Independent). Walk down narrow, clammy Slade Alley. Open the black iron door in the right-hand wall. Enter the sunlit garden of an old house that doesn't exactly make sense. A stranger greets you by name and invites you inside. At first, you won't want to leave. Too late, you find you can't....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classy Supernatural Tale

  • By Simon on 03-11-15

WOW!

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

Reviewed: 18-04-18

What a story. I have been a fan of David Mitchell for some time but with this, Slade House, he has excelled. Bravo. More, more.

  • The Legacy

  • Children's House, Book 1
  • By: Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Victoria Cribb - translator
  • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

The only witness to a shocking murder is the victim's 10-year-old daughter, Margret. The police turn to the Children's House for their expertise in childhood trauma. The manager, Freyja, doesn't much like the police - especially the detective in charge, Huldar. But she does want to help them protect Margret. And when more people die - their murders heralded by strange messages, texts, and strings of numbers - they will have to work together to crack the riddle before they become targets themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant book

  • By JULs on 02-04-17

A Masterclass in Boredom!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

A long time since I have been quite so utterly bored with a book. Yrsa Sigurdardottir clearly has little idea of how to build and relate a story. There are pages of total irrelevance to the story in hand. When one of the characters decides to clear out his dead mother's house, we have the contents of all the cupboards and drawers carefully listed. The only thing missing is the colour of the dresses being tossed out; or did I miss that? I was shocked to realise that I was pleased to have another gruesome murder come along, at least it gave some sign of action.
I couldn't finish this. I don't have enough life left to waste it on this nonsense.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Word Is Murder

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,953
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,941

A wealthy woman strangled six hours after she's arranged her own funeral. A very private detective uncovering secrets but hiding his own. A reluctant author drawn into a story he can’t control. What do they have in common? Unexpected death, an unsolved mystery and a trail of bloody clues lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's new thriller. Spread the word. The word is murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Unemployed Detective

  • By Sarah on 30-08-17

Very good but........

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

Reviewed: 30-01-18

I found this fascinating. I enjoyed ‘House of Silk’ immensely so when I found this, it was irresistible. It lived up to expectations, I remain a strong fan of Mr Horowitz, I just wish he wrote more adult books. There is a very good intriguing story, a good humour line and it is nicely realistic. The only poor note is the narration. It is too gabbled, too quick. I can see what he is doing, he is adding to the character of Hawthorn, which in itself is commendable but, it is overdone. Shame.
More Mr Horowitz, more.

  • Trick of the Dark

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon, Gerri Halligar
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 131

The brand new thriller from the award-winning crimewriter. 'Death is a hollow drum whose beat has measured out my adult life.' So writes Jay Macallan Stewart in her latest volume of memoirs. But nobody has ever asked whether that has been by accident or design. Nobody, that is, until Jay turns her sights on newly-wed and freshly-widowed Magda Newsam. For Magda's mother Corinna is an Oxford don who knows enough of Jay's history to be very afraid indeed...For Adults Only: Explicit language.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very Disappointing

  • By Tei on 21-04-11

A training manual for budding lesbians.

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

Reviewed: 21-11-17

I began this, knowing Val McDermid's writing style so well, hoping for a good biting story. It all looked good, 'Adults Only' etc. What I didn't expect was a racy bed-hopping yarn about lesbians. What is all this about then? I know these people exist, and I know they have their problems, but I don't want to share them.
Two wasted books in a row. I must be losing my touch. Another wasted £7.99.

  • A Legacy of Spies

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, is living out his old age on the family farmstead in Brittany when a letter summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself are to be scrutinised under disturbing criteria by a generation with no memory of the Cold War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New life into a favourite series

  • By nicole on 10-09-17

A Good Book - Ruined.

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

Reviewed: 17-11-17

I must confess, I am losing heart with this. I am approaching a third of the way through and am wondering whether it is worth the struggle.
I have been a John Le Carre fan for years. I don't think I have missed one of his books, so when I saw this and being in the middle of another tome, I decided this would make a good listen, out with the dog.
The problem is the narration. I am not sure that I understand what Tom Hollander thinks he is at but, my advice to him would be to give up narration and scurry back to acting.
He whispers. He whispers so softly, that I am crouched in a field with my hands clamped over my ears desperately trying to catch what he is saying. It is, for me, an ageing listener, a nightmare. I am becoming an embarrassment to myself and my friends.
The only solution is going to be, buying the book. So I will have paid for it twice.
Thanks Tom. Nice one.

  • Death of a Gossip

  • Hamish Macbeth, Book 1
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 137

When society widow and gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joins the local fishing class she wastes no time in ruffling feathers of those around her. Among the victims of her sharp tongue is Lochdubh constable Hamish Macbeth, yet not even Hamish thinks someone would seriously want to silence Lady Jane’s shrill voice permanently – until her strangled body is fished out of the river.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Light-hearted piece of Tosh.

  • By Julian E. Boyce on 21-10-17

Light-hearted piece of Tosh.

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

Reviewed: 21-10-17

I got this because I had never 'read' M C Beaton before and I felt it might have some amusement value amid all the serious crime and thriller stuff I have been listening to of late. Having started I kind of felt I might just have made an error but, y'know, it turned into a really amusing hoot. Light, frivolous, but hugely enjoyable. Who knows, I may be back for more.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Little Face

  • By: Sophie Hannah
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Strevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 87

She's only been gone two hours. Her husband, David, was meant to be looking after their two-week-old daughter. But when Alice Fancourt walks into the nursery, her terrifying ordeal begins, for Alice insists the baby in the cot is a stranger she's never seen before. With an increasingly hostile and menacing David swearing she must either be mad or lying, how can Alice make the police believe her before it's too late?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyed

  • By Alison on 05-06-15

Two in a row, yet more rubbish!.

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

Reviewed: 26-06-17

Would you try another book written by Sophie Hannah or narrated by Charlotte Strevens?

No. I would rather watch paint dry.

What could Sophie Hannah have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not bothered writing it.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Charlotte Strevens?

I think I could more about do a better job, not that I would touch this.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Despair, and severe disappointment.

Any additional comments?

I am finding it difficult to believe that I have picked two such awful books in a row. I am usually quite good at finding stories that I enjoy. These last two have been dreadful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dandelion Wine

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Ray Bradbury's moving recollection of a vanished golden era remains one of his most enchanting novels. Dandelion Wine stands out in the Bradbury literary canon as the author's most deeply personal work, a semi-autobiographical recollection of a magical small-town summer in 1928.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utter Joy.

  • By Julian E. Boyce on 22-06-17

Utter Joy.

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

Reviewed: 22-06-17

If you could sum up Dandelion Wine in three words, what would they be?

Nostalgia, for a time that has long gone; a better time that we can now only dream of.
Joy, in watching a young boy grow up.
Fear, that everything may just go wrong for him. and the knowledge of what is waiting in store for him.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character, a young boy (Name forgotten I'm afraid), who is so busy trying to just grow up and to understand what the whole thing is about. But he is such an interesting character that, despite everything, you feel drawn to him, to wish him well.

Have you listened to any of Stephen Hoye’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but I shall look for him again.

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

Pretty much. It was beautifully done, both the writing and the narration.

Any additional comments?

I read one of Ray Bradbury's later books a long time ago. This has made me realize that I must re-visit his list.