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A huge disappointment.

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

Reviewed: 23-11-19

I usually like Baldacci but this felt as though he had had an idea and passed it over to his children to write. The female lead, supposedly a cop from a cop family ... talks like a spoilt brat and is reckless in speech and action. Totally unbelievable!
The reader has done his best but poor dialogue is hard to disguise. Got a third of the way through and could not take any more.
Unbelievable plot, unbelievable characters. Going to stay away from Baldacci for a while!

Fabulous!

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

Reviewed: 23-10-18

This series just gets better and better. Bernard Cornwell can't write them fast enough for me!
Matt Bates is a wonderful reader, he gets everything right! Thoroughly enjoyed this book!

didn't engage me at all

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

Reviewed: 22-09-17

What disappointed you about Lies?

The story was weak and unbelievable

Any additional comments?

I tried ... I really did try! I switched on at least six times ... and every time I gave up.
I don't want to give any spoilers but the storyline was simply unbelievable. there were more holes in it than a sieve.
I think the reader managed the different voices well ... but it was a slow story and he couldn't change that. he must have been bored to tears reading it ... I was just listening to it.

thoroughly enjoyed

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

Reviewed: 26-07-17

Any additional comments?

I like books about this era but they are usually told by the knight. This was a different angle although it captured the fighting scenes very well.
I know some people complain that the author 'distorts' the truth and whenever I come to a part where I think it may apply, I look it up ... and yes, it did happen. So I have no complaints about authenticity ... as far as history can be authentic.
The writing flows well, the reading was very good ... and lots of gardening was attended to in order to listen. A win-win situation ... oh, and now I can add the Battle of Poitier to my list of battles.

Too dark for me.

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

What disappointed you about Sirens?

I believe this sort of thing does happen ... but I really don't find it entertaining.
I couldn't connect with any of the characters. Couldn't quite believe the storyline either.

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

The book made me feel 'dirty', Perhaps I am just the wrong age profile for this author. I don't often give up on a book unless it is poorly narrated .. and this was fine ... but I couldn't have cared less about any of the characters and couldn't stir up any enthusiasm for them.

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A touch dull.

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Not sure if I enjoyed this story! There was certainly a feel of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel ... and the surrounding area, but the story felt very 'padded out'. The end was glaringly obvious too.
I read to the end to prove to myself, I knew what was going to happen.

Cracking good story

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the delivery of this story, the reader really got into the feel of it. Perhaps a little too graphic with some of the gory details, but not so much that it worried me!!

Any additional comments?

In my opinion, on a level with Bernard Cornwell. Will be looking for more in this series.

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A very good listen

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

Reviewed: 02-01-17

Would you listen to Out Of Bounds again? Why?

There are lots of plots going on at the same time, so takes some concentrating. but it is so enjoyable, it is worth the effort.

What other book might you compare Out Of Bounds to, and why?

I like all of Val McDermid's books. Some are more gruesome than others, this one wasn't and perhaps that worked more for me. But she seems to know her facts and she doesn't stretch my credulity.

Which character – as performed by Cathleen McCarron – was your favourite?

She gets the voices right all the way through, so all the characters are good.

Worth waiting for.

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

Reviewed: 02-01-17

What made the experience of listening to The Hanging Tree the most enjoyable?

I like the believability of these stories. I 'know' it is fiction but I still believe what I am hearing.

What other book might you compare The Hanging Tree to, and why?

I haven't come across anything outside of this series to compare it with. For me, it is unique.

Which character – as performed by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith – was your favourite?

Kobna is Peter. But his entire range is wonderful. He even gets the girlie voices right.

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

I laugh out loud a lot when listening to this book.

Any additional comments?

I hope Ben Aaronovitch is working on the next book already.

Another brilliant story

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

Reviewed: 02-01-17

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

I adore the Uhtred series. I could be a Shield Maiden! I do more housework/gardening when listening to this series, than at any other time. Almost do anything to plug in and escape.

What did you like best about this story?

There is a cynical humour and an earthiness but at the same time, I feel that there is a lot of well-researched knowledge in the stories. There is a flow that picks me up and sweeps me along, almost breathless.

Which character – as performed by Matt Bates – was your favourite?

Matt Bates is Uhtred! as soon as I hear his voice, he transports me to Anglo-Saxon England.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Lots of times.

Any additional comments?

Please tell me that this isn't the last in the series!!!

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