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The mystery of Edwin Drood

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-20

The final (uncompleted) book in the Dickens Canon & the end of my journey with the author.
3 stars purely because the book was unfinished. The net rapidly closing in on Jasper who looks sure to be the murderer of the chief protagonist at the close.
Worth reading\a listen, if only for the simple fact it's England's greatest authors last work. Narrator Hagan's voice characterisation are superb.

Tough !

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

Reviewed: 28-01-20

My first Joyce novel, read on kindle & listened to on audible, simultaneously. I hate to score this so lowly, & I believe it deserves another listen, to fully digest it.
I think Ulysses is one of those books that could demand at least several perusals and maybe study in order to fully appreciate it.
The narrators were outstanding.
Highlight for me is Barney Kiernan’s Bar in episode 12, cyclops.
(it must be said there are no clear chapter breaks, & the episodes segue into each other which can make things confusing)
I found it tangential, at times a little Staccato, and all round a little tough. That won’t stop me giving it another ‘coat of looking at’ however.

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Alice’s adventures in wonderland

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

Reviewed: 30-12-19

A fantastic memory from my childhood, narrated brilliantly by Jim Dale (can I also recommend his telling of Dickens’ the cricket on the hearth.)
This book is very special, and conjures images of myself sitting attentively at school as a child listening to a teacher read us it one Christmas time, or of sitting by the arger/Rayburn at home listening to sir Michael Hordern bring it to life.
Lewis Carroll produced only one other in the wonderland series (through the looking glass) & I heartily recommend you read both.
Fantastic rendition 10/10 !

Mythos

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

Reviewed: 14-08-19

A fantastic narration of the Greek myths by Stephen Fry.
Fry has the good fortune to not only have a marvellous command of oratory and a fantastic storytellers voice, but also a renowned humour that he brings to these tales.
Superb, & highly recommended.

1916

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

Reviewed: 14-08-19

Love the modern trend of combining fact with fiction, and it gives an author incredible freedom and license to create a great story.
1916 recreates the events surrounding the Easter rising through the eyes of the fictional Ned O’ Halloran, & the chief protagonists of the rising are featured fairly heavily.
There’s also a brief moment we spend with a famous cruise liner at the beginning,which adds an another beautiful touch to the historic fact based part of an overall good story.
Only criticism I can find is the rather wooden narrator.

Our Mutual friend

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

Reviewed: 05-07-19

And so it came to pass.
This is the first of Dickens novels, I’ll admit I struggled a bit with, which is rather ironic, as it’s his penultimate offering.
I’m not a romantic, so for this reason, my review of the book could seem a little skewed, but it came across as too saccharine and over flowery with characters seeming too good to be true or over bearing like Wrayburns ‘death bed’ reluctance to have arrested his would-be murderer,or the constant tears the female characters seem to be enveloped in.
Even the villains seem substandard, compared to a Quilp Sykes or Squeers.
That said Timsons representations of the characters are possibly the most remarkable I’ve heard in any audiobook.
Listen, and see what you think.

Great Expectations

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

Compeyson....... the most understated villain in Dickens’ cannon ?
Possibly Dickens finest novel, certainly amply enough adapted through the years, some of his greatest creations are here !
Magwitch, Miss Havisham, Jaggers, Estella, Pip, the fantastically named Pumblechook & the obligatory villains, Compeyson & Orlick.
A Bildungsroman at least comparable to, if not actually greater than David Copperfield.
A thorough joy from start to finish, narrated by the always brilliant Martin Jarvis.

Sherlock Holmes The Definitive Collection

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

Reviewed: 07-01-19

Fantastic narration of the complete collection of Holmes stories.
Many of these stories had been covered a few years back by the wonderful ITV series starring the marvellous Jeremy Brett, but there were a number of ‘new’ stories I’d previously not heard/read or watched, including the valley of fear novel with its superb twist in the tail !
I’m really glad I got the chance to listen to these stories and would highly recommend them to everyone, there are no weak points as far as I’m concerned, and Fry represents the perfect narrator (I wish he’d narrate a Dickens novel!)
10 out 10 !.......enjoy !

A Christmas Carol

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

Reviewed: 23-12-18

Marvellous adaptation.
For several Christmas’s now I’ve listened to this fantastic rendition, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Some fabulous narration by Tom Baker too !
Highly recommended

The Cricket on the Hearth

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

Reviewed: 22-12-18

Allegedly Lenin once walked out during a rendition of this play due to its rather saccharine sentimentality.
However those of us who are devout fans of his works, are used to this side of the great man.
This is possibly his most sentimental of the 5 ‘Christmas’ books.
Jim Dale does a fine job as narrator.
Recommended

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