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Mediocre

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

Reviewed: 09-10-14

An OK story but nowhere near as gripping as some of his others. Lots of nice twists and turns which keep you guessing but overall it's a bit hard to believe. The thing that really bugged me though is, whilst the majority of his voices are OK, the narrator's voice for Rhyme which is ridiculously over-dramatic. It makes every action sound impossibly suspensful. I'm sure I'll listen to more but it's not his best work.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Hard to enjoy

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

Reviewed: 09-10-14

I found this a bit of a hard-listen, unnessecarily brutal and delibrately shocking. Furthermore, as the main character is hot-headed, impulsive, violent and unlikeable, I couldn't have cared less what happened to his little cow of a daughter. A I certainly didn't believe that a guy like that could be kept on as a serving police officer. Perhaps the author intended for me to feel conflicted? A middle-of-the-road book for me and it hasn't made me curious to read any more of his work.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 09-10-14

I'm a fan of Robotham's previous work, I must say this is completely different to any of the others I've read but it's absolutely great.

A story of love, conspiracy, injustice and determination it kept me gripped right through. Telling the story of the main character's early life throughout didn't feel like it was crow-barred in at all, it flows really well and apart from a few nasty metaphors I thought it was really well written.

My only criticism is the narrator who I thought read-well but did a terrible job of the voices, losing track of who was who and clearly with a very smnall repetoir.

Extremely Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 09-10-14

I thought if anyone can get away with 3 autobiographies it's Stephen Fry. I was wrong. I have read the first two and found them really enjoyable, and I was very excited to finally get the third volume. Honestly I wish I hadn't bothered.

1/3 of the book is a catch up on what happened in The Fry Chronicles (with a few extra stories chucked in), 1/3 is about cocaine and the other 1/3 is him reading 3 months-worth of diary entries. Because this final third is Stephen Fry from 25 years ago, we are not hearing the Fry we know and love now, we have a more arrogent, self-important and less whitty version, lacking the lyrical dexterity, humour and articulation of nowadays.

I got very bored and ended up feeling like this was just Fry fulfilling a 3-book contract with as little effort as possible.

As you'd expect.

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

Reviewed: 29-09-13

Without any spoilers it's hard to say too much! Barrett is as amazing as always and there is edge-of-seat tension as always.

I'm getting a bit bored of the 'Oh my God it's him/her....oh no it's not it's him/her.....oh no it's....' style that Nesbo uses. It's a good technique but he's starting to over-play it, it feels too contrived and as a listener I feel that some bits are deliberately kept back in order to build suspense, which of course they are, but Nesbo's skill is not letting you reslise that!

Still, it's another great story with loads of twists and sets up the next one.......

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2 cover art

A great conclusion

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

After a slow start and a lot of unnessecary 'should I shouldn't I?' from Catniss this book finally gets going and it's a very exciting ending. There are a few underlying political messages here as well as an echo of 1984 in places which I think add an extra dimension to the book. It takes some imagination to get fully involved as the main showdown at the end takes place in the Capitol where there are a lot of strange creatures and underground tunnels. It requires some concentration to stay with it at points but all in all it was another 'un-putdownable' story. This trilogy is one of the best I've ever read.

Mockingjay: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3 cover art

Very much a middle book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

After the excitement and shock of the first book, this book is a little disappointing. This was pretty much inevitable though, as with most 'part 2 of 3' books. Some stuff does happen but for me, I found it lacked the shock aspect that the first one had, I guess once you've been exposed to it once you can't be as horrified the second time. As a man, I found there was too much talk of feelings and emotions, I was desperate for Catniss to toughen up a bit! I would've thought that having been through so much that she would be immune to all that girly stuff! That said, it was still enjoyable and a good set-up for the final installation.

The Hunger Games: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1 cover art

Fantastic!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

I couldn't stop listening to this book! It is shocking, brutal, emotional and best of all believable. I was gripped within the first half and hour and it's non-stop for there on in. Both my wife and I think this is one of our favourite ever books!

Superb - best one yet!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-12-12

Both my wife and I loved this one. I found the relationship between Joe and Ruiz much more believable this time, Joe doesn't go on too much about 'Mr Parkinson' and his being asked to help the police seems almost plausible. This book has it all; suspense, suspicion, romance, red herrings, crushing disappointment, sadness..... Until now I didn't think any of these would beat Shatter but this one is brilliant. Oh, and it's read by the master Shaun Barrett who is as flaweless as ever. On to the next one!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

Should've got someone else to narrate it

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-11-12

I am not a huge Streets fan but I like them enough to be interested and I was not disappointed. I felt Skinner told an insightful story about the 5 albums from The Streets. He comes across as humble and honest without any silly showbiz gossip, no self-indulgent stories of crazy parties and no bad mouthing any contemporaries (apart from one). He talks about song writing and structure in a way that I never appreciated and I intend to go back and re-visit the albums with this insight.



HOWEVER! I wish he hadn't read it himself as he is truly a terrible narrator! For a guy who raps on songs and is a good laugh in interviews I've heard with him, he is articulate and amusing but all of this is lost in the dreadful monotone with doesn't abate for the entire 7 hours! If you can stick with it it's worth it but if I were you, I'd buy the book and read it yourself. At least listen to the sample first.