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Distracting narration

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

Reviewed: 27-06-20

Had to revert to printed version to fully enjoy this excellent book due to the distractingly bad reading.

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 31-05-20

Couldn’t finish it, sadly. Too predictable and I found the characters and the narration jarring. I must be getting old 🙄

Disappointing and a bit annoying

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

Reviewed: 23-12-15

What disappointed you about Just One Damned Thing After Another?

It was disappointing as I felt that the writing didn't really live up to what is a really great idea. It was a good premise and the opening was quite intriguing - I was ready for a time travelling romp. However, by the end of the first chapter I was wondering if this was actually intended for a much younger, maybe a teenage audience. I couldn't really relate to any of the characters, especially the main protagonist, who was irritatingly inconsistent and slow on the uptake. I stuck with it but it was hard work.

How could the performance have been better?

The delivery was a bit flat.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It is a great idea! Could lend itself very well to a TV or film treatment to really bring it to life.

4 people found this helpful

Fabulous story, marred by distracting narration

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

Reviewed: 17-11-15

Would you consider the audio edition of All the Light We Cannot See to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the print version but many times wished I was reading it myself to avoid the many jolting mispronunciations by the narrator. They were very distracting and such a shame as it spoilt the flow of the story for me. So, no, I'd recommend the print version for that reason!

What was one of the most memorable moments of All the Light We Cannot See?

I loved the story, the characters and the vivid settings. The account of Werner's schooling at the hands of the Third Reich was really chilling, especially the victimisation of his friend Frederick.

Would you be willing to try another one of Julie Teal’s performances?

No I don't think so. She has a lovely clear voice and I trusted her to tell the story, but there were just too many bizarre errors in pronunciation.

Any additional comments?

A wonderful book that deserved better attention to detail in the production of this audio version.

30 people found this helpful

Interesting and original

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

Reviewed: 09-01-15

What did you like most about How to Be Both?

The settings in modern day England and renaissance Italy

What other book might you compare How to Be Both to, and why?

Never read anything quite like it!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I liked the story of George more than the story of Francesco

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

George and her mother visiting the palace in Ferrara

Any additional comments?

Whilst I enjoyed this book I found the way it was written and the use of language quite distracting and stopped me from getting really emotionally involved.

8 people found this helpful

More please!

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

Reviewed: 22-12-14

What did you like most about The Wine-Dark Sea?

As part of an epic story it works really well on its own terms. Lots of adventure and character-driven plot twists.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Stephen Maturin just gets better with age - like a good cheese

What about Ric Jerrom’s performance did you like?

It is consistent, pacy, and he sounds like he has a real empathy for the characters. I love his Killick!

Any additional comments?

Why is it that numbers 19 and 20 are now available unabridged but 17 and 18 are not? It's very frustrating - at this rate I'll have to revert to my trusty paperback editions. Wonderful, but I'll miss you Ric Jerrom!

1 person found this helpful

Blissful

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

Reviewed: 01-04-12

Prodigious fine book, with dashing good narration.

I have read all the novels but enjoyed this audiobook tremendously, O'.Brian creates is a world in which one cannot help but be utterly immersed. The dialogue, especially that between Aubrey and Maturin, is sheer joy. More unabridged Patrick O'Brien please.

10 people found this helpful