CA Weir

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If you loved Life of Pi...

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-11

Adored this book. Perhaps even more as I'd not read any reviews, nor had heard of any of the hype surrounding this (which I found out about after).

My advice. Don't either. I loved the fact that I had no idea what this was about, or even where in the world this was. As the story unfolded it painted a very vivid picture of this boy's world that slowly I began to truly understand.

What brings this to life is the narration. Its superb, I could imagine, if you were to read just the printed book, you'd really not enjoy as much or be as immersed as I became.

Reminded me of Life of Pi, another favourite of mine, for reasons that I won't say here, but I think you'd understand having finished it.

Ultimately incredibly moving and a very rewarding listen.

8 people found this helpful

This book could have been made for me...

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-11

Great action, takes place in the Lake District (one of my favourite places), features rock climbing (my passion) and the guy's a successful entrepreneur (not quite, but this time next year Rodney...) Loved it, well narrated and a really gripping plot. Fantastic characterisation as well as you delve into the minds and motives of the key players, with your opinion constantly being challenged and changed as the book develops.

Really glad I didn't know that this was the guy who wrote Daziel and Pascoe before I listened to this, as I'd probably not have bothered if I'd known that (not read the books, but the TV series seems so dull). But now that I have finished it, probably going to check out his other books like that.

Brilliant Londoners book

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-11

I initially thought twice about downloading this, after all I don't really like fantasy type books. But some strong reviews on here made me think to give it a try. Plus my best mate works for the Met Police and having heard many of his stories I was keen to see how this fictionalised account compares.

Really enjoyed it and devoured it in a very short time...really glad the next book is now out which will be my next listen. The narrator is superb, to me he sounds like a young Idris Elba which is no bad thing. Yes its got spirits and vampires and trolls in it, but its not really a fantasy book to me, or at least what I would stereotype as being the fodder of your typical world of warcraft wielding weirdo...

This is a gritty, urban, London crime story, with large dollops of humour chucked in. Loved that, being focussed around the Thames, I could relate to the places and streets and have even drunk in the pubs mentioned.

Download it now, sit comfortably and write off the next ten hours...

21 people found this helpful

A randomly discovered delight

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-11

I downloaded this based on the strength of reviews. The sample on here didn't sound great but thought I'd give it a go anyway as I'd seen a review that the narration was better than the sample indicated.

I really enjoyed this. Its an easy listen, not particularly cerebral, but it had me hooked from fairly early on and I finished this very quickly.

The narration was very good, and able to convincingly, and seamlessly, deliver all the characters from young to old, male to female.

I've now downloaded No Time For Goodbye from the same author and going to see how that one goes.

2 people found this helpful

F--king loved it

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-06-11

Laugh out loud funny, even though I've not got kids....

Listen with headphones though, certainly not work safe...

And Samuel L Jackson is pure genius. It's like Jules from Pulp Fiction having a hard time with the kids...

8 people found this helpful

Do you know Tina Fey?

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-11

I certainly didn't before listening to this, aside from the classic Palin sketches. But having recently finished, I'm certainly going to go listen/watch her work. A brilliantly narrated story that had me laughing out loud on many occasions whilst cycling to work and in Sainsburys.
I love the fact she's not just reading from her printed book but has taken the time and thought to make this a unique performance, with brilliant comic timing and acting out of stories, interspersed with clips from her work and references to pictures of her outfits.

Really hope we get more from Tina Fey on Audible soon!

13 people found this helpful

If you liked Lego you'll LOVE this

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-11

I'm about an hour yet to go on the Lego Love Story so not technically finished. But wanted to write my review now, seeing as this book's the current listen of the week and what better way to get folks to see it and hopefully download as I've been telling all of my friends about it!. Plus, I'm not expecting some major plot twist before the end when the space monkeys come down and kill them all. It's only a Lego love story....

With the narration, for me Lego is very much a UK/European product and to me doesn't quite fit with the US narrator. I did think if it had been a Danish or UK voice, then would have given it a nice Louis Theroux type docu-commentary tone...especially when talking about the somewhat obsessed world of adult lego fans. But that said, there's nothing wrong with the actual narrator, he does bring it to life well. Plus its the story of one man rediscovering his love of Lego, and he is American after all.

I guess you need to have been a Lego fan to enjoy this fully. For me, a child of the 80's, I had those Lego sets, some of which are rather fascinatingly changing hands for thousands now.

Loving learning about the world of the AFOL (adult fan of Lego) and to be honest, its making me want to explore in my parents' attic and see what Lego treasures are up there.

Which to meet summarises the appeal of this download, a warm, familiar trip back to happy childhood memories...sitting on the living room carpet, bricks scattered everywhere, and an idea for a spaceship/castle/car slowly coming forming into reality.

And even if you'd never been a Lego fan when a child, download this and maybe you could be one now...

3 people found this helpful

Fantastically entertaining

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-11

Whilst not being a devoted McIntyre fan, I've always found him entertaining, if a little mainstream. And whilst he's not had the most tumultuous of lives, the story of how hard he worked to make it as a comic is both entertaining and inspiring.

As an audio product this really works, definately superior to the print version in that it's his story brilliantly narrated by himself, and where he's added extra chapter introductions specifically to this audio product. Little touches like that make this product very special.

Hugely entertaining, I think I finished this on a return trip to Cornwall. Highly recommended.

20 people found this helpful

Taking notes for future fatherhood....

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-10

I really enjoyed this book, had me laughing out loud on the ride into work. Brilliantly narrated and left me with little soundbites I'm dying to fit into conversation...

'My Dad's opinion on my swimming technique...
'You look like a slow kid trying to smack ants''

Quite un-PC, quite a gruff character, but one who's words and actions are underpinned with unquestioning love for his son.

A Walter Mitty tale?

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-03-10

I did enjoy this title, well narrated and it moved along at an enjoyable pace. Also told me new things about the breakup of former Yugoslavia. And it was amusing, with some laugh, and cringe, out loud moments.

But I felt it a little thin in story. Like an essay that poses a lot of questions but doesn't seek to address them. Ultimately, I felt a little let down by the author not addressing whether these stories were true, and what happened to the characters afterwards...and I guess I was not captivated enough by the story to try and work it out or invent it for myself.

But, it was an enjoyable listen and perhaps a more inventive mind could piece together the story better than I did?