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An Old Master Brought to Life

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-11

This is the story of a young man who takes on the role of ferry boat captain on an African river when Africa was both unexplored and a mystery to the civilised world. As a book it is both compelling and shocking. It has really been brought to life by Kenneth Branagh whose wonderful narration keeps the pace going and brings the personalities of people to life. It satisfies on multiple levels, firstly as a good story, then in the sense that it made me realise how the world had changed since this was written and actually I was listening to a social commentary on the time when Great Britain had an Empire and knowledge of the world was limited. Finally it is a book which variously amused me, made me angry and has left a mark on me unlike many books that are so easily forgettable.
I will listen again and indeed seek out others from this genre. Well done Audible, good call.

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The worst Grisham yet

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-10

As an avid reader of Grisham books since 'A Time to Kill' and 'The Firm' I usually snap up the latest offering without caring what each book is about but knowing that each book, whilst not as inspired as the two first books would be a good read. This was my first Grisham audible book. Not only were the stories shallow and uninspired, the characters poorly developed and the plots banal but sadly somebody allowed John Grisham to read the book himself. Big Mistake. He may be able to write but he cannot read. His timing is poor, he does not pause as the grammar dictates or read in a way that allows the story to flow. Rather his voice is thin and irritating, it lacks the gravitas of other professionals and when I struggled passed the issues of his reading style I could only conclude, 'Don't give up the day job Mr Grisham.'

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