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Fredfiend

Taunton, Somerset
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Just as good as I remembered!

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

Reviewed: 20-06-19

This was always one of my favourite Mary Stewart books and it didn’t disappoint. The only issue I had was that there were some odd pronunciations - I’m very surprised no editor picked up on the fact that the author of The a Thirty Nine Steps was not called ‘John Bushanne’ instead of John Buchan. Doesn’t half jerk you out of the story! That said, a lot of care was given to a French characters speaking with an accent when speaking English but not in their own language, which was very thoughtfully done.

What a joy to meet this old friend again!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

This is one of my favourite books - what a joy to have it read by Emilia Fox; absolutely pitch perfect, completely faithful to the period in which it was written but still managing to sound fresh and contemporary. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Wonderful narration

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

Reviewed: 21-09-17

This is a masterly narration of this superb book - a really enjoyable read. Highly recommended.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 21-03-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

More sensitive reading.

What did you like best about this story?

The book itself is excellent - a gripping and well written historical romance with strong characters.

What didn’t you like about Kate Lock’s performance?

I really don't like to be negative and don't usually do bad reviews but this performance upset me. The book clearly states that the heroine does not have a strong accent but sounds like a German character from Allo Allo, while the hero, who is described as being able to take back on his Geordie accent when he returns home from his sophisticated world, has a strong Newcastle accent throughout - he just wouldn't have had, in this period. More than that, several words were mispronounced throughout - I really think an actor reading for Audible should know that the composer is "Donizetti" not "Donzinetti" for example. I know it sounds like a little thing but it's incredibly disruptive to the listening experience, especially when it's on the final page.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was really quite sad that a favourite book hadn't been very well served by the reader.

Any additional comments?

I don't know why this upset me so much, except that it makes you feel the reader doesn't care very much if they can't be bothered to pick up on the character descriptions given by the author. It's as though we're considered too stupid to notice.

I love Audible and listen to your books all the time; please don't think I'm being horrible for the sake of it. But I won't choose another book read by this actor.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful