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Sue ONeil

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Sadly disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 05-02-20

Awful performance, affected croaky voice, dreadful Irish accent, inconsistent 'peasant' accent, delivered in a slightly gabbled manner, which detracts a great deal from a potentially interesting story. Writing a bit purple prose-ish. Descriptions and personifications somewhat sketchy and cliche'd. Sad really, as the concept is interesting and could have been improved with good presentation. Much of the language, phraseology and knowledge credited to the charachters is much closer to the 20th, century than the 16th.
The story is underpinned by the offering of much informative explanations of the family connexions and political wranglings of the time. Not a bad listen, but three stars at best.

Bryson at his best.

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

Reviewed: 03-01-20

As irreverant, informative and hilarious as he usually is, this is a great introduction for anyone thinking of visiting Oz. I would certainly love the opportunity to do so after experiencing this narrative. Keep on truckin' Bill, great job.

Scary possibilities made all too realistic.

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

Reviewed: 30-12-19

Superb storyline, all too believable and scarily possible. Great reading, characters clearly defined and identifiable. The plot unfolds with pace and rhythm in a very satisfactory manner, with enough detail to support the basic premise without getting in the way of the story. Well worth the price and the time, a great 'read'.

Wecome back, Arkady

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

Reviewed: 30-12-19

The further and continuing story of Arkady Renko, the best investigator in fiction. Terrific story, excellent characterisation, spoiled only by the less than stellar reading. Never disappointing as a story teller, Martin Cruz Smith has not failed to hit the mark yet again.

Takes you into their world

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

Reviewed: 30-12-19

Superb performances, transports you into the world of the palace life of Japan in the past. The rigid rules of behaviour and relationships define every aspect of the characters lives and the separation of the life of the palace and the rest of the world is truly stunning. Great story lines, well acted and satisfactorily realised made these a very enjoyable listen.

Wonderful imagination

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

Reviewed: 30-12-19

First read "Pavane" more years ago than I care to think about, and never forgot the alternative reality the author created. Excellent reading, great characterisation, thoroughly enjoyed this performance of a superbly realised possibility of a vastly different reality. Thank goodness the Armada was defeated!

Sadly disappointing

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

Reviewed: 30-12-19

Always liked the Scarpetta series, but this one is somewhat of a turkey. Plodding plot, not helped by the pedestrian performance. The reader comes across like a second rate lecturer, stresses in the wrong place, little or no change of pace or tone. Bit like listening to paint dry.
Possibly the last Scarpetta I will read/listento if this is as good as it is going to be.

Irritating narrator

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

Reviewed: 15-11-19

As always, excellent story line, interesting and informative, especially for a Brit! The narrators voice was one of the most irritating I have ever come across. The different voices made for the different characters was consistant and clear. It was just the overall quality of the voice itself that I found so irritating it came close to being distracting. It did not sound like a confident, competent person, more like a very, very old person sifting through her recollections.