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Been waiting for this for ages!

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

Reviewed: 11-08-19

I loved the first book and have been very impatiently waiting for the to be released. The narration by Matthew Lloyd Davies is wonderful as he brings to life both the ordinary and the extra-ordinary. Whilst I know it's easy to compare this to Douglas Adams I think that Goody and Grant have found a voice of their own. The story is compact and yet encompasses the universe and is easy to get into. I don't think it's laugh out loud as much as quietly amusing with fantastic observational humour and a clever internal voice for all of the characters. Excellent!

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Enjoyed it despite itself

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

Reviewed: 18-02-19

I've enjoyed this one as much as the previous two though like them there is little to connect it to the others. Moon zombies and action are the order of the day with little time for subtlety but nothing's wrong with that!

As excellent now as when it was first published

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

Reviewed: 09-02-19

The narration by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith marries perfectly with the story. Whilst elements of a story that is fifty years old can sound a little dated the story transcends it's age and is as interesting now as when I first read it.

Dull

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-19

I really wanted to like this but there's a reason actors act and writers write.

Strangely dull

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-19

Despite a very interesting premise the actual story is dull and the narratiob truely terrible. It's like listening to Jack Back singing it as per Ternatious D.

A very middling book in the series

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-01-19

Whilst the first book was an interesting start this was a little dull in comparison. The odd pirate language combined with the science fiction setting which in the first book was unusual just becomes irritating over a the length of two books and there really seemed little overall redundant. Definitely okay rather than good.

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Excellent, funny and clever

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

Other reviews compare this to the stories of Douglas Adams but in reality any similarity is incidental. This is a well written and clever story that is funny simply because of the characters and the situations. I really enjoyed the narration and the characters. The story (set over a few days) is well paced the necessity of explaining the back story well handled so that it isn't obviously a narrative avalanche.

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Excellent as ever

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

Reviewed: 24-11-18

The combination of Ben Aaronovitch's writing and the narration by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith has always been excellent but I think this one shows how far they are both now essential. The story brings to a close some of the threads of the previous books but in reality (and like reality) even the closed threads are really just tied off rather than finished.


Whilst all of the books are essentially about Peter and Lesley this one does squander some of the potential around Thomas (and Molly). We see the potential for just how powerful he is but then we fade away from it. I can only hope that we see some more glimpses in future books.

Moments of interest

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-04-17

The performance of Nigel Gothard brings something out of the material but not enough to make this a worthwhile purchase. The very thing that Hazlett says in the introduction (that the short form allows a writer some freedoms that longer works deny) makes these of limited interest. They feel (and basically are) sketches of works and whilst there are moments that hold your interest there aren't enough to keep you involved.

The performance makes up for the story

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-04-17

Overall this was entertaining and certainly David Thorpe did very well to bring it to life but the story is not great and frankly every decision John Milton seems to make turns out very badly for anyone he meets.