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Low quality all round

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

Reviewed: 25-01-17

It seems to assume the listener loves guns and it sounds ike a right wing NRA commercial. The story is entertaining, if a bit silly. The male narrator painfully speaks each sentence as though it's the only sentence to be read. There's enough loose ends for a sequel. Please, no.

Surprisingly Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 08-05-15

I don't usually like fantasy, but this had some themes that I thought might be interesting. For the first few chapters it seemed like it would be hard work., but then it got interesting., and then addictive, and by the end I was stopping up half the night to find out what happened next. The narrator deserves an award, doing all the weird and varied voices so convincingly. It's not perfect, but I'm surprised to say it's the best book I've listened to in quite a while.

Second rate reading of a second rate story

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

Reviewed: 13-02-15

It plods along like a b-movie. Things happen to suit the plot. Characters seem all alike. Narrator sounds bored. I almost gave up several times but there's just enough interest to get to the end.

1 person found this helpful

Good story, weird production

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

Reviewed: 26-01-15

A long short-stpry. Usual Howey style - action, adventure, easy to read. No real sub-plots.
The audio is strange, with lots of what sound like patches - a few words or a sentence out of place, different intonation, different volume. Almost sounds sometimes like a different narrator. Not so bad as to spoil the experience, but strange.

1 person found this helpful

Sad, but true-like

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-15

Puts you in the life of two unusual characters. As long as you like the setting then it's an excellent book and well read.

8 people found this helpful

good little children's' story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-14

dramatised version, with separate voices and music. narrated by the author. generally the dramatisation works well. you need to have read one of his dark materials or seen the film golden compass to understand the world in which it's set properly.

6 people found this helpful

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spoilt by the inane muzak

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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-12-14

what idiot thought they could "improve" a classic book by mixing in long bits of cheap music to "set the scene" every few minutes. they must think their readers are stupid. what next? a "teaser" before each chapter? how about a commentator? celebrity endorsement? adverts? did Greene sell his book with a free record attached? it's a book. b. o. o. k. book.

20 people found this helpful

very good, bit complicated

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

Reviewed: 28-12-14

another excellent story from greene, and well read. the complex use of language and multiple characters make it worth a second listen. as a book to relax to it needs a bit too much concentration.

1 person found this helpful

A good yarn for children

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

Reviewed: 04-12-14

Would you listen to Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue again? Why?

No. There's not much story and it's for children.

What could Hugh Howey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Rewrite it now he knows how to write novels.

What does Jennette Selig bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Jennette Selig makes it sound interesting.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's nowhere near interesting enough for that.

Any additional comments?

It's like watching a low-budget sci-fi film on DVD. Useful to while away some time.

A classic well read, apart from the annoying music

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

Reviewed: 04-12-14

Where does Nineteen Eighty-Four rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

1984 stands apart from most books. It's just a classic must-read (listen). Not that it's so amazing, but because it's as meaningful about life today as it was published in 1948.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Nineteen Eighty-Four?

"There are three groups in society; the top, who have all the privileges of the elite and who's job is to stay at the top, the middle, who are trying to replace those at the top, and the bottom, who mostly don't think at all." Ok, I may have changed it a bit...

What does Philip Glenister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Philip Glenister does an excellent job, but given the really annoying music the producers seem to think we need to hear every time something happens, I would think reading the book is probably better.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's a bit depressing for that.

Any additional comments?

Please, do not add music to books.