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J. C. James

Headcorn, Kent, U.K
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Wonderful performance of a wonderful book

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

Reviewed: 29-05-16

If you could sum up Men at Arms in three words, what would they be?

Class, loyalty, misunderstandings.

Have you listened to any of Christian Rodska’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but I remember him from radio & T.V. He sounded completely authentic with all the many & varied accents without losing any of the drama or meaning. Really impressive!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I wanted to perpetuate it.

Any additional comments?

No.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

A spirited rendition

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

Reviewed: 29-05-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Not particularly. 'Of it's time,' the story seemed a little dated (how could it not be!) but Michael Maloney gave a spirited performance, sounding reasonably convincing on the many & varied accents, though sounding less assured on the Azanian ones...somewhere in East Africa.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Thinking of character development, I would have liked a bit more of a hint as to the main protagonist's next step.

Which character – as performed by Michael Maloney – was your favourite?

Dame Mildred!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

Any additional comments?

No.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

The Importance of Being Kennedy cover art

Kennedy family saga

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

Reviewed: 12-06-15

If you could sum up The Importance of Being Kennedy in three words, what would they be?

Kennedy family saga

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nora, the outside insider who narrates the story, whose own story is just as compelling. She aeems to maintain a balance between being compassionate & holding back from being judgemental (except in Mrs Kennedy's case, who appears to earn it with her cold-hearted parenting) & taking appropriate moral positions in response to various events.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

No one particular scene emerges above any other.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Amusing at times, poignant at others, but always engaging.

Any additional comments?

Excellent performance by Marie McCarthy, the reader. I am always so impressed by the way that Laurie Graham, whether, she is writing about the English, Irish, Americans or any other nationality, always seems able to catch the rhythm, argot & idioms of their language. Such an entertaining writer.