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Depressing

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

Reviewed: 17-07-19

I tried, but the story is just too depressing, and the characters unlikable, and I plan to return it

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An autobiography?

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

Reviewed: 13-10-16

What did you like most about The Pigeon Tunnel?

More revelations about a fascinating but very private man.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pigeon Tunnel?

I have read all le Carre's novels, and the recent biography, and it was interesting to discover the origins of many of his stories. Yet, while appearing to reveal that his private life is the basis of many of his books, I still feel that he is a very private person for whom fiction and fact overlap.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, in that it is semi autobiographical, but I still do not think that an author is the best person to read his own books

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

An increasing curiosity about a favouriter author.

Any additional comments?

I shall continue to re- read his books, and anything new that he writes.

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O'Brian at his best

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

Reviewed: 24-02-14

Where does Clarissa Oakes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I think "Clarissa Oakes" is my favourite in the series

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack Aubrey, because his character has developed as he has grown older, whereas Steven Maturin is still as enigmatic as when we first met him.

Which character – as performed by Ric Jerrom – was your favourite?

Killick, surly, rather stupid, faithful, and devoted to Jack Aubrey

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The unspoken understanding between Aubrey and his coxswain Bonden not to maroon Oakes and the stowaway Clarissa

Any additional comments?

I look forward to the rest of the series

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Well I never...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-11-12

I bought this book for two reasons; curiosity about the author, and because it was in the Audible sale.

When I started listening, I thought that the characters were stereotyped and the writing wooden, but once into the book, realised that Mr Archer really could tell an excellent story.

I enjoyed it, and,well, I never expected to say that.

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Unabridged, and all the better for it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-06-12

I am sad that the first reviewer of this book was so disappointed, but I hope that as more books become available he will read them and become as involved and dedicated as all of O'Brian's many fans. Read out of sequence it may loose something, however I am delighted to see that "Post Captain", the second in the series is now available.

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Unabridged. At last.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-12

Unlike another reviewer, I have been waiting for the unabridged versions of the O'Brian novels to appear on Audible ever since I joined. The whole series was available on cassette but sadly I never recorded them, and I have found the abridged versions unsatisfying.
I consider them to be the best naval historical fiction - loosely based on a real naval captain - ever written, and can only hope that more will appear in due course.

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