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Steve Seaman

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Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection cover art

the definitive version

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

Reviewed: 20-05-19

Truly excellent, if not the definitive version. To hear the original, makes a refreshing change after so many new and or adapted ones and Stephen Fry not only brings his acting talents to the narration, but his genuine enthusiasm for the work shines through. A really great listening experience that held my interest from start to finish.

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Good seasonal listen, but predictable

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

Reviewed: 07-01-19

Well written seasonal story, but unfortunately with an ending obvious from an early stage. A good overall listen however thanks to really excellent narration by Jennifer Saunders.

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Ruined by the narration

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

Reviewed: 07-01-19

I bought this book in spite of a number of reviews slating the narration, I could not believe Audio could really employ so poor a narrator and I love ghost stories. . Unfortunately I was wrong, it was so poor that I gave up at chapter three. The narrators voice was so monotone it, if you will excuse the pun, sucked all life out of the ghost stories.

A Christmas Carol  cover art

Faithful to the original

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-12-18

Faithful to Dickens original and really well performed by a truly excellent cast that brought the story alive.

Ep. 2: II (Six Degrees of Assassination) cover art

Great listen, with plenty of twists and turns

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

Reviewed: 26-04-18

Well written, mainly plausible storyline full of plot twists to keep you guessing. Until the very end. Good actlng and characterisation as well.
The only reason I have not given five stars is because of the frustrating way it has been set up in audio. At the end of each episode, instead of playing the next, you need to go back to the library, reopen the book and select the next manually. If as I do, you listen whilst doing something else, in my case exercising, this is a pain.

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Not able finish

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

Reviewed: 16-03-18

Although a fan of both non fiction and Niall Ferguson I simply could finish this work. With a book so fact and statistic heavy, the presenter has their work cut out to keep the listener engaged, but in this case they, at least for me, failed as it was simply too monotone and boring.
I also could not go along with a premise that all conflict is racially motivated when so many of the examples used seemed, at least to me, to be more about culture and religion rather than race.
A pity, it is the first book by the author that I simply have not been impressed by and incidentally the first audio book I have given up on.

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The Veteran: Five Heart-Stopping Stories cover art

Not as good as No Combacks

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

Reviewed: 16-03-18

Not bad, but a disappointment after his earlier No Comebacks collection of short stories. These I found more predictable, particularly The Veteran which amounted to no more than a lengthier rehash of a story in the earlier collection, meaning the ending offered no surprise at all.
Worth a listen nonetheless, but if you want short stories by Forsyth I would recommend the earlier collection.

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A truly remarkable life on air

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

Reviewed: 20-07-17

I have always greatly enjoyed and admired the work of David Attenborough and his autobiography does not disappoint. Full of anecdotes and vignettes of a spectacularly full life, this is a fascinating listen and a must for anyone who is a fan of his work.

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Truth is stranger and more impressive than fiction

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

Reviewed: 20-07-17

A fascinating and absorbing narrative of the remarkable story of the founding of the SAS and the remarkable characters involved. The matter of fact manner of the account's of truly remarkable feats of arms makes the exploits even more impressive.
A genuine page turner if one can say that of an audio book.