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Chick Lit at its finest

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

This book was light, airy and utterly enjoyable. A non-demanding listen with moments of genuine humour. The book was elevated from a decent listen to being great by the skills of the narrator who managed a range of accents and sexes with effortless ease.

Would definitely recommend..

A modern take on a proven formula

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

Reviewed: 29-11-18

As a big fan of the original Conan Doyle stories I approached this book with a healthy dose of sceptism.

I was however surprisingly endeared to both the characterisation and plot which is definitely more of a homage to, than a pastiche of the original. If anything I found Holmes to be less truculent and a more rounded personality. The story was more sensational than it's predecessors in terms of the nature of the crimes but no less involving as a result.

I would recommend to fans of the original books or the modern TV series.

Meh

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

'Girl on a train' has a lot to answer for. You can skip the first 6 hours of the book and not miss a thing.

One of the best books I've listened to

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

Reviewed: 21-08-18

Please persevere with this book, starts out slowly but well worth your patience. Amazing how a relatively straight forward novel can end up being so gripping by the end.

A dislikable Alan Partridge

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

Firstly I am a big fan of Luke Smitherd ever since I read "The Stone Man". This it transpired is a later reworking of his first attempt at a novel.

This story is as ever quite dark, with the main protagonist a reclusive Walter Mitty figure. I wont spoil the plot too much but the novel takes the form of a diary revealing how one of lifes losers could ever hope to be a super hero armed with a leather coat and a couple of baking trays.

For the majority of the novel I found Nigel the Vigilante to be quite irritating and sincerely hoped his efforts would ultimately lead to him receiving a well deserved kicking. However, it was only learning of his father's plight and the unfortunate circumstances that led to his tenuous grip on reality did I start to root for him.

Very funny and painful in its description of a bed-sit fantasist, this book will change your perception of the main character as well as forcing a brutal assessment of your own deficiencies when faced with conflict.

ABOS, much more than an amorphous blob of slime

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

Reviewed: 18-07-18

Not a massive fan of Sci fi but really enjoyed this story, Marvel for England.

Best of the trilogy

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Whilst I enjoyed the other books in the series this is far and away the best.

The main characters are much more rounded and backed up with an excellent story line. The author has concentrated less on the more macabre aspects of victorian England and the main protagonists struggle for equality in favour of much wittier and natural dialogue.

Topped off with an outstanding job by the narrator dealing with a range of accents impeccably. Highly recommended.

A decent concept well executed - kept me gripped!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

What made the experience of listening to Kill Someone the most enjoyable?

Like his other works - Luke Smitherd has an enjoyable style of writing that manages to make his characters entirely plausible as well as creating a real sense of drama.

What did you like best about this story?

The concept for the story, it really did make you think what would I do in his shoes and moreover, who would I do!!!

Which character – as performed by Matt Addis – was your favourite?

The man in the white suit....

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

Nope as I have children.

Any additional comments?

A good thriller with some thought provoking aspects. My only criticism is the main characters raison d'etre for creating the situation, I would have preferred it if he was just an out and out maniac.

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So compelling, you won't be able to stay awake..

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

What would have made Bone by Bone better?

Better story and credible characters,

Has Bone by Bone put you off other books in this genre?

No.

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

The narrator was very good, she tried her best with very thin material.

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

Annoyance. The Mother was irritating beyond belief and was just so one dimensional. By time the absurd story reached its conclusion I was rooting for the supposed 'baddie'.

The way the Mother and everyone around her reacted to a minor incident was so over the top it lacked any credibility. There was very little that I would describe as thrilling moments even the grand finale was a damp squib.

Any additional comments?

Avoid!

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OMG, I want to set fire to these two imbeciles.

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

Reviewed: 14-07-16

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Anyone who hasn't gotten through puberty yet.

What will your next listen be?

Anything but this moronic nonsense.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Dan Howell and Phil Lester ?

I don't think anybody could have conveyed the mindless, inane waffling of two immature sixth formers better than this pair of irritating morons. Yes I am a middle aged old fart but am mightily relieved I wont have to spend my adolescence listening to this inane drivel.

And no this isn't "top bants".

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire?

All of it - literally.

I wanted to listen to a book that made me laugh on my commute and was swayed by the amount of positive reviews this book has received. Instead I find myself wanting to throttle anyone who vaguely looked like a stew-dent for allowing this abomination to be inflicted on mankind.

Any additional comments?

Unfunny, mindless and unbelievably irritating. Avoid at all costs.

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