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  • The Checquy Files, Book 2
  • By: Daniel O'Malley
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 26 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

The Checquy: a centuries-old covert organisation that protects the nation from supernatural threat. The Grafters: a centuries-old supernatural threat. After centuries of rivalry and bloodshed The Checquy and The Grafters are on the verge of joining forces and only one person has the supernatural skills to get the job done - Myfanwy Thomas. But as a wave of gruesome atrocities sweep London, old hatreds ignite and negotiations grind to a halt....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shame about the narration

  • By Alice Holden on 06-01-17

Abysmal narration

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

Reviewed: 14-05-17

As the other reviews state, Maggie Mash and the producers of this audiobook clearly didn't bother reading the first book... or even the first 5% of it, when it is explained how Myfanwy (Miffany, to rhyme with Tiffany) is pronounced and that she isn't Welsh. That really irritated me - although I did finish it - and I am now going to return this audiobook under Audible's guarantee and buy the US edition instead.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alien Arcana

  • Starship's Mage Series, Book 4
  • By: Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

When a scientist is murdered after finding signs of alien magic in an archeological dig, Mage Damien Montgomery, Hand of the Mage-King of Mars, is sent to investigate both the murder and the alien runes. His investigation is interrupted when a mysterious ship attacks the ruins with weapons only available to the Martian Navy. Despite saving the dig site, Montgomery is left with more questions than answers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • another good story.

  • By Ho-Man Yau on 16-03-17

Please change the narrator!

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

Reviewed: 07-11-16

Once again a book is ruined by Jeffrey Kafer. Differentiating between characters is impossible based on voice - he uses the same one for everyone, even the women - and his downward infection on the final word of each sentence drives me mad. He is, without a doubt, the worst narrator around and having already made me give up listening to anything by C.T. Phipps, I'm close to doing the same with Glynn Stewart's books too.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Andrew Scott
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Penguin presents Roald Dahl's The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More, read by Andrew Scott. Roald Dahl turns his pen to anything, twisting everyday life into powerful and sometimes terrifying fantasies. Seven superb stories, full of Roald Dahl's usual magic, mystery and suspense: meet the boy who can talk to animals and the man who can see with his eyes closed, and find out about the treasure buried deep underground on Thistley Green.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable but not top class Dahl

  • By Patrick on 20-12-15

One of my favourite books of all time, but...

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

Reviewed: 29-06-16

... the narrator really wasn't suitable. Partly it's because Andrew Scott's voice is so distinctive that I felt like Moriarty was reading me a story (for those who don't get the reference, he played Moriarty in the BBC TV series, Sherlock). But mainly it's for two reasons. Firstly, he's Irish, and Roald Dahl was very much English despite his Norwegian heritage. As the stories are all written as reality, even the fictional ones, and are meant to be narrated by Dahl himself, this sounded weird. Secondly, despite the energetic voices he can clearly do when voicing characters, his narration is just as I imagine an Irish Eeyore reading a eulogy at a funeral would sound like.

I've still given it five stars, as it's the only audio recording of the book and the stories are incredible, but the performance gets a - possibly generous - two stars.

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  • Psion Beta

  • Psion Series #1
  • By: Jacob Gowans
  • Narrated by: Jeff Simpson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Sammy, a 14-year-old fugitive, accidentally discovers he has the powers of a Psion. Plucked off the streets, he is thrust into the rigorously disciplined environment of Psion Beta headquarters. As a new Beta, Sammy must hone his newfound abilities using holographic fighting simulations, stealth training missions, and complex war games. His fellow trainees are other kids competing to prove their worth so they can graduate and contribute to the war effort.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Need more.

  • By BLT on 15-07-17

I love the book, but the audio...

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

Reviewed: 16-06-16

... just drove me nuts after 16 minutes, leading to a return. I am part South African and have spent much time there. I know what a South African accent sounds like. Jeff Simpson does not. Unfortunately, the main character (Sammy) is South African and I couldn't handle listening to the accent being annihilated for another ten hours. I'm relieved I didn't get as far as having to hear what he did to Jeffie's voice!

Esoterrorism
    From the Secret Files of the Red Room, Book 1
    
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    Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
    3 ratings
    Overall 2.7
  • Esoterrorism

  • From the Secret Files of the Red Room, Book 1
  • By: C. T. Phipps
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Derek Hawthorne was born to be an agent of the Red Room. Literally. Raised in a conspiracy which has protected the world from the supernatural for centuries, he's never been anything other than a servant of their agenda. Times are changing, though, and it may not be long before their existence is exposed.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ruined by the narrator

  • By David Lurie on 16-06-16

Ruined by the narrator

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

Reviewed: 16-06-16

The story was good but Jeffrey Kafer (who was ok, albeit not good, on the Supervillainy saga) shouldn't be narrating books! He has an excellent action hero voice, which worked well for the main character. But all the other male characters sounded the same. And the other main hero (an Irish woman) should not have sounded like a slightly robotic version of the main character; Kafer made no noticeable attempt to modulate his vocal tone to sound at all feminine and - unless he thinks all Irish people are androids - there was no attempt at an accent.

Seriously man, women aren't robots and female characters deserve just as much effort as male ones... and possibly even more when you're narrating across genders!)

Jeffrey Kafer has somehow managed to take the crown of "worst narrator" from the guy who butchered The Night Circus. The narration would have been better done by the male and female voices of Siri.

  • Sounds Like Me

  • My Life (So Far) in Song
  • By: Sara Bareilles
  • Narrated by: Sara Bareilles, Ben Folds, Jack Antonoff
  • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29

With refreshing candor, Sounds Like Me reveals Sara Bareilles—the artist and the woman—and her take on songwriting, soul-searching, and what's discovered along the way. She shares the joys and the struggles that come with creating great work, all while staying true to herself. Imbued with humor and marked by Sara's confessional writing style, this collection tells the inside story behind some of her most popular songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recipe to her truth: Sugar, butter, flour.

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-03-19

Took me a while to start...

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

Reviewed: 28-05-16

... but I was so glad I did. The musical parts of the book are just an acoustic version of one of her songs at the start of each chapter, so

  • High Fidelity

  • By: Nick Hornby
  • Narrated by: Russell Tovey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, read by Russell Tovey. Nick Hornby's first novel, an international best seller and instantly recognized by critics and readers alike as a classic, helps to explain men to women and men to men. Rob is good on music: he owns a small record shop and has strong views on what's decent and what isn't. But he's much less good on relationships.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • High Fidelity Twenty (One) Years On

  • By Susan Random on 26-07-15

Russell Tovey fails to ruin an outstanding book...

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

Reviewed: 26-05-16

Any additional comments?

... but he does come close.

His Rob is good (it took a little while to get used to, as I adore both the book and the film and they're all jumbled up in my mind having read and seen them 5+ times each) if perhaps sounding a little too much like Russell Tovey himself rather than the character. His team at Championship Vinyl are also good, although Barry is overdone meaning that his first line of "Twist and Shout" in the last chapter is horribly incongruous with the following "and Barry can SING".

Yet like the unfortunate minority of narrators - but the majority of the ones I didn't like - he can't do the voices of the opposite gender well. Laura doesn't sound that different from Rob, and Marie sounds exactly like my mental image of an overenthusiastic drag queen, which almost made me give up on the audiobook.

Of course, High Fidelity has the singular honour of simultaneously being positioned in both my top 5 books and my top 5 films ever since I first read it at about 13/14 and saw it when I was 15/16, so I was never going to go easy on a narrator. That also means that there was never a chance of me giving the story anything less than a full five-star rating, and I think I might even have enjoyed the story - my first time re-encountering it in my 30s - even more than I did in my teens or twenties.

But Russell Tovey was wrong, oh so horribly wrong, as a choice for narrator, and while I've flickered between 2 stars and 3 for the narration, I didn't give up on it and enjoyed the story - with occasion cringes, especially as the vocalisation of Barry and Marie - to the end. It's a 2.5 star narration, rounded to 3 for audible, and sadly brings the 5 star story down to a 4-star rating overall.

  • Indexing: Reflections

  • Indexing Series, Book 2
  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

The struggle against not-so-charming storybook narratives isn't the only complicating factor in Henrietta "Henry" Marchen's life. As part of the ATI Management Bureau team protecting the world from fairy tales gone awry, she's juggling her unwanted new status as a Snow White, dealing with a potentially dangerous Pied Piper, and wrangling a most troublesome wicked stepsister - along with a budding relationship with Jeff, her teammate.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • most annoying narrator I've ever heard

  • By Susan on 25-05-18

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 29-02-16

As seems to be really common with Seanan's duologies (well, at least this one and Velveteen vs.) the first book is very good but the second is outstanding.

The only criticism (and hence the 4 star performance rating despite 5 star story and overall ratings) is that Sloane's voice - "Whiney California Gurl" - didn't seem quite right in the first book.

While it's good that consistency was maintained by the narrator, not quite right turned into "absolutely wrong" for fitting with her character as she developed in this book!

Ms. Kowal does the voice wonderfully, but it was a poor choice for the character.

  • Time's Divide

  • The Chronos Files, Book 3
  • By: Rysa Walker
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

The Cyrists are swiftly moving into position to begin the Culling, and Kate's options are dwindling. With each jump to the past or the future, Kate may trigger a new timeline shift. Worse, the loyalties of those around her - including the allegiances of Kiernan and the Fifth Column, the shadowy group working with Kate - are increasingly unclear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Big fan

  • By Luke Elliott on 22-04-16

The downsides of time travel fiction

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

Would you try another book written by Rysa Walker or narrated by Kate Rudd?

Written: Yes, probably, although not in the same series as having "read" all five books (including the novellas) I'm a bit fed up of the Chronos mythos

Narrated: possibly, although I feel she narrated he earlier books better. Perhaps it was just that after a while her character voices blurred into each other. The main reason for saying no would be that I am not a big fan of any of the other series that she narrates

Was Time's Divide worth the listening time?

I have to say no, which frustrates me. I got the other four audiobooks in the series for "free" as I had borrowed the whispersync with narration enabled kindle books through kindle unlimited. This was the only book I therefore paid a credit for, making it doubly disappointing that it was the worst book in the series

Any additional comments?

Time travel really does make books confusing. I think Rysa Walker pushed very hard for every change to make logical sense, but inevitably that make it really easy to get confused. In written form one can go back and check things, but in audio form, once you're lost, you're lost.