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Ben Cole

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Disjointed and rambling

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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-20

The style of writing is fine, the language colourful enough. However the story seems to be just a collection of minor events that are not part of the main arc. It's easy enough to listen to as the performance is quite strong but overall a very poor book.

Hilarious and moving.

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

Reviewed: 17-12-19

Pissing myself laughing I had expected, being moved to the verge of tears I had not. A great read and a great performance, a story of inspiration and hard work. If you like Russell Kane you will love this book.

Open and honest

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

Reviewed: 21-10-19

An open and honest portrayal of the fine character that Sam Warburton is, however the constant mispronunciation of some very famous rugby players and other names within the sport annoyed me.

A great character of the game gives a typically honest appraisal of his career.

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

Reviewed: 29-05-18

Performance ok but I would rather have felt it was Paul talking to me a bit more. Those audio performances always work the best I feel.

Besides that, a great insight into what kind of a man he is and what made him tick.

Toe curling, blow by blow account of "Everest".

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

Quite matter of fact on times but the subject matter is so compelling it's a riveting listen.

Very different from the film.

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

Reviewed: 13-05-17

Very different from the film, enough to make it completely independently enjoyable. The book itself mostly fictional, using Hugh Glass's life as a framework.

Great character, great story, great performance.

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

Reviewed: 22-04-17

You'd think with the life he's lived one wouldn't be able to relate to Sir Tom Jones. This isn't the case. This is the story of his life as told by him and it sounds like "one of the boys" telling it.

It has plenty of anecdotes, plenty of touching moments and is really easy to listen to. I couldn't wait for my next drive to get my next fix.

Finally I have to mention Jonathan Pryce's performance. With such a famous actor I thought I would just hear his voice. However, Pryce leaves his well spoken, slightly Welsh accent behind and brings an earthier, South Wales lilt to proceedings. This works a treat and only occasionally does the feeling of being spoken to by Sir Tom subside.

A great performance for a great book.

interesting and illuminating but not very warm.

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

Some genuinely interesting stories and a truly revealing insight into the life of Ray Mears. However, there's quite often a patronising tone and the occasional whiff of BS.

An interesting idea with virtually no story.

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

Reviewed: 26-08-16

Ok performance but after watching many films inspired by his books I thought I'd give Dick a try. Extremely disappointed. Lots of subplots but very little main story arc. A good idea wasted.

As the name suggests

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

Reviewed: 13-07-16

As you might expect, refreshingly optimistic on a world where foretelling doom sells more books.