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Riveting story absolutely RUINED by the narrator.

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

Reviewed: 13-09-18

Downloaded 'Fear' but VERY disappointed as the person reading it sounds like someone on helium. Shame, as this book needed the gravitas of James Earl Jones and got Elmer Fudd. Asking for a refund.

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Lost in translation

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

Reviewed: 09-09-13

The original books by Druon were published in the 1950s, which gives them a certain style which omits most of the standard bodice-rippery that became an epidemic of saucy and dodgy sex. This is a great thing, as it allowed Druon to concentrate on the stories and characters, without trying to sandwich in as much sex as possible to sell it to the masses.

Instead, the series which starts with The Iron King (available happily as an Audible Book), covers history and the people who made it happen at the highest levels with an eye to detail and attention to the nuances that could move a country to war or a person to murder.

There's greed, revenge (always fun), power and its abuse. Love, of course, as well as the depths of hate. Sometimes these are combined in one person, which makes for entertaining reading.

The translations are not always as smooth as I'd like, probably because there is such a gap in idiom between the 50s and now, as well as cultural differences between the original French and modern English. None of it is damaging to the story, which is performed with a steady and smooth performance by Peter Joyce.

All in all, it's well worth a listen, it's faithful to the original and is a pleasant change from unrelenting gore and sex.

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Spatulas and corkscrews

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-13

Every time I open a kitchen drawer, I am reminded of this book. As in every story by Pterry, there are places where you can hang your past memories or pick up a few more, hooks for things you forgot you knew and occasionally a push pin trapping a small, dead thing that is more than a memory but not always a good one. There's wit, there's warmth and as typical with his work, there are questions and answers. Not always the right ones and not always matching what you expect. Of course, if you want to be entertained and not stretched, you can do that too. Only read every other word, if that's the case. It's much simpler.

Read this, if you're hard enough!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-13

As usual, Pratchett's work is laced with wit and a occasional moments of emotional thuggery, catching you unaware and then casually rifling through your heart for memories that you thought were only for you. If you understand the Beautiful Game, and it's not the one where people kick a ball around, then this story will give you some joy as well as sadness, tinged with an uneasy moment or two when you have to ask yourself if you're a bigot.



That's good. Because, if you can say no, you can read the rest of the story.

A lot of people know it now

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Knowing very little of Caine's background, I purchased this out of curiousity. It was more than a biography, it was a story spoken personally to every listener, The warmth and humour come through with Caine's natural and generous narration of the story of his life. There are moments that make you laugh out loud and some that reach your heart. His simple narration brings out the wit and sparkle that is purely Michael Caine. Don't deny yourself the pleasure of his company.

Wicked Ear Candy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

I listen to audio books while working and require only two things. A good story and a good narrator. Celia Imrie is the perfect match for this story, she brings life and depth to the very wyrd sisters of the book, allowing each one a voice that is not simply a creaking, crackling aberration but a person whose personality shines through. Pratchett's ladies are in safe hands here, you will not find a better interpretation of the wit and humour he presents in this story.

Who could doubt the presence of witches?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Not if you get a stern look from one of the witches created by Pratchett. There's something about these ladies that draws you into a world where tomcats are pinups and grannies are never what they seem. Every joke's a good one, every moment of drama or danger or simple fun is one that can't be ignored or avoided. You know you want to jump in, it makes sense. Go on, try it. You won't be disappointed.

The joy never fades

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

I first read the LOTR when I was 13, and on occasion I wish I had never read it. Not because it's a bad story, but because it's a world of wonder that I wish I could enter anew again. The depth of the tale, the breadth of the world created by Tolkien exists as a beautiful overlay for our own, creating a window into what the past might have been like as well as understanding how the present could be changed by the action of those with courage they were unaware they possessed. On top of that, it's a great story for anyone at any time. I read it regularly, with no expectations of seeing anything new but it's always there, waiting to be discovered. Take the time to listen to a tale of courage, betrayal, evil and triumph. And love.

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Perfectamundo!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-09-11

It's impossible to not be drawn into the world of Mapp and Lucia, as well as the superb Georgie. The struggles for power, the subtle ploys and the overt manipulation. Politicians could take lessons from the ladies of Riseholme and Tilling. The stories are read with verve and a full appreciation of Benson's style. My only complaint is that this is an abridged version, there's just not enough!

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Claudius the God

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-06-11

Although the story is excellent, Mr Davidson's narrative made it extremely difficult for me to listen to it as his breathing overshadowed his voice and every time he drew a gasping breath I simply could not concentrate on the story itself.

I would be put off from buying any more stories he narrates.

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