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A Far Cry from Kensington cover art

Juliet Stevenson could read a telephone directory

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

Reviewed: 30-07-19

Juliet Stevenson never fails to deliver a fantastic read. She does the voices and accents incredibly well which makes even this little meander through life in Kensington fascinating. Even though there is not much in the way of plot the characters are well drawn by Spark.

As I say - Stevenson could read a telephone directory and make it enthralling!

The Fourth Friend cover art

Contains spoiler

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

Reviewed: 05-03-19

This is the third Jackman and Evans book I have listened to and it failed to live up to the standard.
Mr Armitage read in a flat uninterested tone and failed to make clear what were thoughts or what was spoken. Worst of all was Ms Ellis's method of tying up loose ends. Drowning is not an easy way to die, and doubly cruel for a dog. I doubt that any man aware of that and who loved his dog as much as Silas did would have allowed that to happen to his dog.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

The Darcys of Pemberley cover art

Dreadful, dreadful, dreadful.

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

Reviewed: 28-04-18

What would have made The Darcys of Pemberley better?

Not having been written at all. But if it had to be then please leave out the coy sex and inject some wit.

What will your next listen be?

Not the sequel.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Marian Hussey?

Anything read by Juliet Stevenson is a joy to listen to.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Darcys of Pemberley?

All of them - but in fairness I only tolerated one hour before throwing in the towel.

Any additional comments?

More of a question - how do I get my money back?

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Michael Beck does excellent voices to a good story

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

If you could sum up A Time to Kill in three words, what would they be?

A good listen

What did you like best about this story?

The characterisations

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

Off to listen to him reading "The Summons" and looking forward to it!

The End of the Affair cover art

Firth can't do voices - very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Given that there are two narrators you would think they could have had a female reading her parts - it would have saved a lot of confusion because Colin Firth can't do voices. Sorry.

What could Graham Greene have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It's too late for that!

Would you be willing to try another one of Colin Firth’s performances?

No

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

Boredom

Any additional comments?

If you want a good reader go for Jeremy Irons or Juliet Stephenson - both excellent and I could listen to Irons reading the telephone directory and enjoy it!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Boy That Never Was cover art

Loved this story

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

Reviewed: 15-12-17

Where does The Boy That Never Was rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best.

What did you like best about this story?

Read by three or four excellent performers, each brings their perspective to the story.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

Robin.

Any additional comments?

Only a slight niggle - the volume level of Robin's chapters is a bit louder than the others so I had to adjust the sound - but don't let that put you off a really good story.

Eat, Pray, Love cover art

Why stop there?

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

Reviewed: 21-04-17

Where does Eat, Pray, Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Brilliant book - but I seem to remember reading a lot more of her story when I read the book some years ago. Why does it stop short?

What was one of the most memorable moments of Eat, Pray, Love?

The purchase of the land for the house.

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

No, I was very relaxed about listening to it - picking it up when sewing or cooking and enjoying Gilbert's quiet voice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful story, beautifully read

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

Where does The Paying Guests rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I loved this book - the first of Sarah Waters' that I have read or listened to, and the combination of a good story and incredible voices by Juliet Stevenson make it a joy to listen to.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh, and cry.

Any additional comments?

Juliet Stevenson is up there with Jeremy Irons as the best readers. Great talents such as theirs bring books to life. More please.

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Two words: Jeremy Irons

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

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

A powerful love story, read brilliantly by Jeremy Irons.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Damage?

To reveal the most memorable moment in the book would reveal the most shocking thing in it, so I won't.

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

I could listen to Jeremy Irons read a telephone directory and it would give me pleasure. He doesn't just read a book, he brings it to life and he voices the characters extraordinarily well.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Already a film.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

In a Dark, Dark Wood cover art

Well narrated, good plot - an enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 01-08-16

Would you listen to In a Dark, Dark Wood again? Why?

No, I wouldn't listen to it again because I now know who dunnit!

Any additional comments?

I picked this book because I had been listening to Imogen Church narrate Alex Harwood's books and she really bought those books alive. This is a much better 'read' than "The Woman in Cabin 10" which is rubbish, but I can't review because I returned it when only half way through. "In a Dark, Dark Wood" could be a little overwritten, for example, I think I heard something about running through 'passing puddles' when puddles don't pass anything and Ware's overuse of adjectives and in-depth descriptions of irrelevant events can be really irritating. So, I enjoyed this one, but my advice to anyone considering "The Woman in Cabin 10" is to move swiftly on to something else!