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Markrlll

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This is only one third of the actual book

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

Reviewed: 10-10-19

The book is 1000 pages or so long. The narration on this version stops at about page 338. I have told Audible but received a very daft response that “all 16 hours are included”. Mmm. It is a shame because otherwise it is a superb book. I suggest you wait until Audible have sorted this issue out.

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Shockingly good!

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

Reviewed: 26-12-17

Beautifully written, wonderfully paced - a modern western set in the north of the UK - fabulous! How it did not win the Booker I do not know

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Great book but...

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

Reviewed: 03-05-16

If you could sum up Cricket: A Modern Anthology in three words, what would they be?

This is hugely enjoyable but the ineptitude of the narrator's pronunciation is remarkable - how can you mispronounce fracas, desultory, inter-necine, to list but a few? One might forgive the occasional lapse but this is like publishing a book with spelling errors on every page - I would love to watch Jonathan Agnew listen to this and wince every other minute at the crassness of some of the narration ("why did I not take 20 minutes to vet the narrator?").

What did you like best about this story?

Playing cricket with mispronunciations - 4 for a name mispronounced ("Green-idge"! "Cardus"). 6 for an utterly normal word oddly stressed or Manuel-ised. Nick Taylor is surely not from Barcelona - and don't call him Shirley.

How could the performance have been better?

The policeman from Allo, Allo? The Two Ronnies?

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The English Patient or Murder Most Foul

Any additional comments?

Buy the book - if only because Jonathan Agnew is a fine man and the book is otherwise really rather marvellous

Best audio narration I have heard

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-12

I have listened to nearly 100 books and Simon Slater is by far the best narrator I have heard.

The novel is fab too.

Stop what you are doing and buy it.

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Wonderfully read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-11

I do not usually review but I should say that this was brilliantly presented by Michael Moloney - a real treat.

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