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  • Skulduggery Pleasant

  • Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 1
  • By: Derek Landy
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583

Stephanie's uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that, while he may have written horror, it certainly wasn't fiction. Pursued by evil forces intent on recovering a mysterious key, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source, the wisecracking skeleton of a dead wizard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From an impluse buy to a firm favourite

  • By Jonathan on 23-11-10

From an impluse buy to a firm favourite

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-10

Picked this up on a whim and have been so impressed by it that I've now bought all the others in the series. There are elements of Potter, Dresden and Artimis Fowl but only in the very losest terms....there is a young hero, magic is involved and it's based in Ireland. The rest is all Landy's own and feels it.

The world is realised beautifully with the old device of a magic world hiding behind or 'real' one given a more believable feel than the fantasical Potter. The characters are each distinct from each other and you'll grow to love the banter between Stephanie and Skulduggery with some proper laugh out loud moments - none of the dialogue feels forced or there for pure plot line purposes. A very natural feel is evident throughout.

Special mention must be made for the narration by Rupert Degas which is probably the best I've ever heard in an audio book. He manages to convey the warmth and humour wonderfully and his pacing and style allows the listener to conjure up the images perfectly.

Suffice to say that if you'd bought the phyiscal book it would now have it's own honoured place on your favourite shelf.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Dissolution

  • A Matthew Shardlake Novel
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church, and the country is waking up to savage new laws. Under the order of Thomas Cromwell, a team of commissioners is sent to investigate the monasteries. At the monastery of Scarnsea, events have spiralled out of control. Cromwell's commissioner, Robin Singleton, has been found dead. And Matthew Shardlake, lawyer and long-time supporter of reform, has been sent by Cromwell into an atmosphere of treachery and death to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An entertaining historical mystery with depth

  • By Angela on 12-04-08

Fantastic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-12-09

Seriously brilliant book and read incredibly well. I downloaded the rest of the series straight after finishing this one and have remained impressed throughout.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 927
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930

A kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth from best-selling storytelling legend Neil Gaiman. A BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Anansi Boys, featuring an all-star cast lead by Lenny Henry, will premiere on Christmas Day 2017. Fat Charlie Nancy is not actually fat. He was fat once but he is definitely not fat now. No, right now Fat Charlie Nancy is angry, confused and more than a little scared - right now his life is spinning out of control, and it is all his dad's fault.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Anansi brought up to date

  • By Joyceline on 28-02-07

Unfounded fears

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-12-09

I love Neil Gaiman's work and because of this one of my biggest fears on downloading this was Lenny Henry's narration. I really needn't have worried. His characterisations are superb and really enthuse the story making each character believable and audibly different.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Symbol

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,454
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,450

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Did it end?

  • By PatriciaWN on 25-08-10

Same old, same old.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-09

Let's face it you'll know if you're going to like this book just by your views on The Da Vinci Code et al. I'll leave the formulaic plot, 2 dimensional characters (exactly the same people as in his other books just with different names it seems) and unimaginative writing well alone because, at the end of the day, Dan Brown can write a cracking yarn.

Yes, this book has major faults but it still keeps you coming back for more. Any excuse for a smug sounding Langdon to wax lyrical about hidden societies and the masses ignorance to "what's real".

The narration is nothing special, but then it doesn't really need to be. He's not got a lot to work with to be fair.

4 star because, for all it's faults, I still really enjoyed it.

  • Night Watch

  • Discworld, Book 29
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Tony Robinson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 54

Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch had it all. But now he's back in his own rough, tough past without even the clothes he was standing up in when the lightning struck. Living in the past is hard. Dying in the past is incredibly easy. But he must survive, because he has a job to do. He must track down a murderer, teach his younger self how to be a good copper, and change the outcome of a bloody rebellion. But there's a problem: if he wins, he's got no wife, no child, no future.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Fatal error

  • By Jernau Gurgeh on 01-09-09

Cut short....and ruined

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-09

I've listened to both versions of this book and (as usual) it has to be said the Unabridged versions read by Stephen Briggs are hugely superior to the abridged versions. Hopefully Audible will release it soon.

That said the actual book is my favourite of all the Discworld novels and I've been a fan for years...but if you've not read/listened to a Pratchett novel before I certainly couldn't recommend starting here. There's far to much written for the fan's ears and as a new reader you'd miss most of the books worth. Start with Guards! Guards! or any of the other earlier works.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fetish

  • By: Tara Moss
  • Narrated by: Tara Moss
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

In her quest to uncover the truth behind her friend's death, Mak falls headlong into a deadly game of cat and mouse, unaware she has become the obsession of a sadistic psychopath. She is driven into a corner, an evil place where she must suspect everyone and everything.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A definite disappointment

  • By Jonathan on 15-09-09

A definite disappointment

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-09-09

The first thing to say is that I could only manage to get a couple of hours through this audio book so there's a slim chance it gets better later on. Doubtful though.

The incredibly clich?d main character, a model who happens to be studying forensic pathology with a retired detective father, doesn't seem to have any redeeming features and certainly nothing to make you empathise or connect with her. More character clich?s are evident when we meet the detective in charge of the murder investigation who just happens to be un-conventionally attractive, going through "woman trouble" and won't take our heroine seriously.

But the worst element is not the characterisation, nor even the mundane, uninspiring plot ... it's the narration. There's a reason why most writers stick to writing and this is exactly what this author should have done. Flat, monotonous and seeming to find it impossible to inject any kind of life into her own novel she wades though it like she's reading a shopping list.

Seriously, unless you are after a cure for insomnia, avoid at all costs.

  • Red Dwarf

  • Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers
  • By: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor
  • Narrated by: Chris Barrie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,600
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,001

When Lister got drunk, he really got drunk! After celebrating his birthday with a Monopoly-board pub crawl around London, he came to in a burger bar on one of Saturns moons, wearing a lady's pink crimplene hat and a pair of yellow fishing waders, with no money and a passport in the name of "Emily Berkenstein". Joining the Space Corps seemed a good idea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for Dwarfers!

  • By Jonathan on 04-09-08

A must for Dwarfers!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-08

Chris Barrie makes this book his own. His knowledge of the characters and his vocal prowess shines through and really animates the narrative. Obviously his Rimmer is first class but his depictions of Lister, Holly, Cat and Kryten are all spot on.

As the previous reviewer noted this book takes some of the plot lines from the TV series and jumbles them up a bit and adds new elements and back story. Whilst this might warp the listeners expectations slightly it in no way lessens the quality of the story. In fact I think it adds to it and delivers a more in-depth exploration of the characters.

An absolute must for any Red Dwarf/Sci-fi/Comedy fan.

32 of 32 people found this review helpful