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Different

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

Reviewed: 19-10-19

I don’t usually listen to this sort of book and was pleased the I did enjoy it . For me it was something very different. It had a good story line and was executed well.

Just my view

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

Reviewed: 31-07-19

I can remember the TV series and wanted to listen to a full unabridged version of one of the books...it was a struggle to listen to some of it just dragging on. I wanted to shout ‘get on with it’. When the end came I had to listen to it several times. Was that it??! Well.
Yes in a way...(like pulling a rotten tooth, ) I did enjoy the overall story. Perhaps, like the story, it was appropriate to the era?

Pre WW2 mystery

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

I was hooked by the storyline but having listened to the narrator perform American books, it was truly grinding on my nerves that he was performing this German story.
If you can overlook that the overall experience, it was one I’d go through again and will look for other books, by this author. It really was difficult to separate an American voice; which turned it into some sort of Marlow detective. Or whether it was the material. Either way I did listen to it all the way through.

Not the star ratings I would choose

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

Reviewed: 30-12-18

The automatic star rating system wouldn’t let me give it 1star. I couldn’t get into it and therefore returned it.

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Different to any mundane mystery

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

Reviewed: 26-10-18

This was rather a difficult book to listen to, (at times), and I chose to re-listen to ensure I understood it. The main part of the book was easy to listen to and I thoroughly enjoyed the description of all the characters mentioned. It’s difficult not to give away anything but there was an under tone of unexplainable mystery which would encourage me to read any subsequent books to see where this leads.
Good narration, although I think it was partly because of this that I couldn’t always follow the plot.

Good value , but mixed feelings about it.

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

After reading several reviews, I really wanted to love this book. I wonder if a younger person or someone without ‘brain fog’, would find the writing style easier to listen to than I did), there is an awful lot of staff messages, jargon and acronyms. I was invested in some of the characters, but I thought that the narration would have been better if males had read male characters and female-female. Some narrators were better than others, but there was something just quite not right. Several times I thought about giving up on the book.
It is certainly worth a credit to listen to.
I found it a very lengthy narrative, long and protracted. If that is going to be the first (or is....I don’t know) in a long series, then it lays the foundation very well. If not then I am disappointed.

Something missing

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

Reviewed: 13-03-17

Would you try another book written by Ben Aaronovitch or narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith?

Yes

Would you be willing to try another book from Ben Aaronovitch? Why or why not?

Hope next book is better

Did The Hanging Tree inspire you to do anything?

No

Any additional comments?

I had been eagerly awaiting the release of this next book in the series but was very disappointed by it compared to the previous ones. Perhaps I missed something but I found it very humdrum.

China

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

Reviewed: 13-03-17

What made the experience of listening to The Fourth Sacrifice the most enjoyable?

Love the main characters and the way they are developing. Have watched various documentaries on China and this plot brings it all to life. Did guess the villains early on but not the actual killer until nearer the end, ( certainly didn't ruin the story, just made it more intriguing). The ending just made me want to listen to the next book in the series as soon as I can.

What did you like best about this story?

All of it.

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

I'm enjoying this Chinese detective series better than his other books that I have.

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

? Archeology? Digger? Don't know, quite a lot of potential ones

China

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

Reviewed: 13-03-17

Would you listen to The Firemaker again? Why?

Yes. Loved the cultural information, plot and characters

What other book might you compare The Firemaker to, and why?

The cultural differences make this a fairly unique book. Yes it's a crime thriller, but I didn't find it mundane in any way.

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

Yes. I preferred this one

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

Several and I'd rather not spoil it for others who may not react in the same way.

3 Pines

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

What did you like most about A Great Reckoning?

I'm an avid fan of Armonde Gaumache and eagerly awaited this book. This is a very intriguing story and I'm sorry I listened to it so quickly. The characters are full of depth, warmth; even if one doesn't always show it. It's a real community , that sticks together . I could never have guessed this storyline. Intriguing til the very end.

What did you like best about this story?

As above

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Without spoiling it; the church.

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

In the church

Any additional comments?

Over the years of listening to these books you really rely on the narrator for the extra touch. I am so used to the previous narrator that it took me a long time to stop picking faults with the narrator of this book, his accents and pronunciation . The previous narrator set the story and the characters for me. I still listen to them just for the naration as much as anything. As I don't have the books to know if Clara is spelt Claira? But I would repurchase a copy if done by previous narrator ....and I rarely relisten to any other authors. I do hope Gaumache continues for a while longer and has a narrator who does him justice.

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