LISTENER

Bob

  • 134
  • reviews
  • 79
  • helpful votes
  • 143
  • ratings

I laughed and laughed

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

Reviewed: 14-07-20

Caimh McDonnel has a way of setting up scenes full of visual humour. Final Game has it in spades. I won't spoil the book by describing them, but if you like Still Game then this is for you.
His dialogue is excellent and all the funnier for the surprising twists.
Morgan C Jones gives a top flight performance. Well worth listening to just for his breadth of talent.

A step up in writing and performance

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

Reviewed: 08-06-20

Morgan C Jones has to be one of the best audio performers out there. Good pace, clear diction and a variety of distinctive voices across a range of age, gender and nationality.

Mind you, he has great material to work with. A tight story with accessible chatacters. Jokes, tension and a real sense of danger. I absolutely loved this.

Well performed. Mildly interesting

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

Reviewed: 23-05-20

RC Bray is up to the usual standard in performing this book. Which is probably why I stuck with it.

The story is OK. An interplanetary agent for a large corporation faces a personal and professional crisis whilst being forced to team up with a cyborg-like partner. Shades of Adam 10,Automan and any other cop budy movie. No real surprises.

Hard to follow at timed

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

Reviewed: 09-05-20

I wish I had bought the printed version. This is very hard to follow. Sometimes scenes and characters change and I haven't realised it. I must have listened to chapter 3 five or six times.

As other reviewers have commented this is not a patch on the originals. I gave up after an hour and won't be vack.

Well read but slow and plodding

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

Reviewed: 01-05-20

Alexander Doddy did a good job reading this Clement book. However the story was a slow start with a dim protagonist. Not as good as Who Sent Clement? Which got straight to the meat of the story.

Gave up after a short while. Just bored.

Reader too fast.

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

Reviewed: 20-04-20

I returned this for a refund after a short time. The female reader was too fast for me to follow.

Another well performed humourous yarn

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

Reviewed: 19-04-20

Morgan C. Jones does an excellent performance with a slightly wider and more more demanding range of characters. Several times sorts of American voices join McGarry's Cork drawl.

The story is another funny and fast moving plot. An element of thriller and comedy that, as I listened, brought to mind Some Like it Hot. I don't know why.

Characters are McDonnell's strong point. Even background extras are given depth. I am sure if the McGuffin was examined it might evaporate. But there is enough solidity to justify the shenanigans that occur.

And what shenanigans. Worthy of an Ealing Comedy. All in all I enjoyed this work.

Silly but mildly entertaining

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

Reviewed: 30-03-20

James Cronin does a good performance with clear diction and discernable characters. His voice is well paced and modulated.

The story is a decently paced legal thriller with only a few action scenes. Which is fine because the plot maintains the tension. Also on the plus side is that the characters are not competing for the entire world like so many books.

The cons are that the story is a bit convoluted to the point of silliness. Someone has a hold over someone else but decides to change sides whilst someone else is standing up for principles, or are they? Meanwhile the second party is conniving with a third person to doublecross the first person. Or are they?

However it passes the time.

Amazingly boring, some technical isdued

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

Reviewed: 20-03-20

Elizabeth Evans does a decent read. A few times I had difficulty separating voices. On occasion there seemed to be some muffled narration. Maybe it was technical.

The story is a kind of fantasy chicklit. Girlfriends discussing boyfriends and going clubbing. Sex in the City with werewolf and fairy. This is the start and set up for the book. Unfortunately it went on too long. So that when the supposedly adventurous part starts I didn't care.

The fights and damage scenes are graphic but unengaging. The emotions feel like distanced. The result was a book that's despite great detail and some gory action was boring.

3 people found this helpful

Bit hard to understand

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

Reviewed: 14-03-20

If, like me, you are unfamiliar with the Warhammer universe then it is likely that the use of terms will be difficult to decipher or understand. For example, I had to Google the subject to find Adeptus Mechanicus. Otherwise it was just a mumble. Ditto many other terms.

The writing is such that it does not make a smooth flow for a story and does not lend itself to audio book format. In fact even the paragraphs are jerky. I can see that fans of military sf might enjoy reading the book. But really it was pretty awful.