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G. Preston

Bolton, UK
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  • The Three-Body Problem

  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Bruno Roubicek
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 708
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 657
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 657

Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilisation on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them or to fight against the invasion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dont be put off by the science!!

  • By Thomas on 07-03-18

Fresh look at first contact

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

Reviewed: 20-10-18

Interesting to read sf from another culture. Like most of the best sf it is a story of big ideas - involving physics and society. After a great opening, it does slow down for a while but the second half builds up nicely. A very original take on what an alien invasion might be like if real physics were involved.

  • The Panther in My Kitchen

  • My Wild Life with Animals
  • By: Brian Blessed
  • Narrated by: Brian Blessed, Hildegard Neil
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 266

Brian Blessed has a lifelong love of animals and over the years has rescued cats and dogs, horses and ponies, and even a very ungrateful fighting cock. All were characters in their own right, such as Jessie, a dog left languishing for a year at the local RSPCA, who ruled the entire household with a rod of iron, when she wasn't out harassing the local vicar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blessed by the Blessed again!

  • By Dave on 08-11-17

Marvellous storytelling

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

Plenty of people joke that a Brian Blessed reading will be HUGE and NOISY. But he's a much better actor than that and his voice is warm and nuanced. A great collection of tales inroughly chronological order. Oddly my favourite is not an animal one but concerns his perculiar meeting with Stanley Kubrick on the set of Barry Lyndon.

  • The Vatican Cameos

  • A Sherlock Holmes Adventure
  • By: Richard T Ryan
  • Narrated by: Nigel Peever
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

When the papal apartments are burgled in 1901, Sherlock Holmes is summoned to Rome by Pope Leo XII. After learning from the pontiff that several priceless cameos that could prove compromising to the church, and perhaps determine the future of the newly unified Italy, have been stolen, Holmes is asked to recover them. In a parallel story, Michelangelo, the toast of Rome in 1501 after the unveiling of his Pieta, is commissioned by Pope Alexander VI, the last of the Borgia pontiffs, with creating the cameos that will bedevil Holmes and the papacy four centuries later.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely recreation

  • By G. Preston on 17-03-18

Lovely recreation

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

Reviewed: 17-03-18

Would you listen to The Vatican Cameos again? Why?

If you know Sherlock Holmes best from the Cumberbatch TV series, you might be surprised to learn that the Holmes in Conan Doyle's books was a much better mannered gentlemen and his friendship with Watson is much more companionable and less tortured. Robert T Ryan captures Conan Doyle's voice and style very well, making this an enjoyable adventure, which like most SH novels, is essentially a short story with a long flashback to pad it out. Cleverly he runs the SH mystery and the flashback in parallel, cutting between them, which improves the pace enormously.

If you’ve listened to books by Richard T Ryan before, how does this one compare?

This is my first encounter with this author.

Which character – as performed by Nigel Peever – was your favourite?

Nigel Peever does an excellent job with all the characters but his standout is the infamous Pope Alexander Borgia, given a rich deep voice.

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

A mystery which will destroy the Vatican. Holmes will need to perform a miracle.

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  • The Sensible Necktie and Other Stories of Sherlock Holmes

  • By: Peter K. Andersson
  • Narrated by: Nigel Peever
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

From the author of The Cotswolds Werewolf comes a new collection of Sherlock Holmes pastiches in the vein of Conan Doyle, revealing for the first time the secrets behind the theft of the hobnailed boots, the mysterious madness of the Right Honourable Wilfred Crabb, the case of the haunted public house, the curious and seemingly supernatural events surrounding a remote hotel on the east coast, and the truth behind the strange disappearance of Cyrus Thicknesse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendid new cases

  • By G. Preston on 19-02-18

Splendid new cases

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

Reviewed: 19-02-18

I enjoyed this book even more than the author's earlier Cotswold Werewolf. A very convincing recreation of Conan Doyle's style. These are generally "locked room" style crimes which are solved logically but with some good little twists.
Nigel Peever reads with a remarkable range of voices and gets the slightly
melodramatic Edwardian feel just right.

  • The Cotswolds Werewolf and Other Stories of Sherlock Holmes

  • By: Peter K. Andersson
  • Narrated by: Nigel Peever
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Someone is killing sheep in the Cotswolds. Or something. As Holmes and Watson arrive in the tranquility of a little village of shepherds and farmers to enjoy a few restful days in the idyllic countryside, strange things start to occur. While Holmes locks himself in his hotel room, consumed by depression, Watson is left to explore the surroundings on his own, acquainting himself with both the local shepherding community, the eccentric vicar, and the local folklore concerning a mysterious werewolf.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent homage

  • By G. Preston on 14-12-17

An excellent homage

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

Reviewed: 14-12-17

Anderson gets Conan Doyle's authorial voice extremely well. Ironically the title story is probably also the weakest, pushing credulity a bit too far. But the other stories in the collection are excellent little puzzles.
Nigel Peever's reading is wonderful. He has a lovely storytelling timbre to his voice and brings to life a wide variety of supporting characters. Holmes himself has more than a little of actor Tom Baker about him, a good choice since Baker has played Holmes twice.
I've enjoyed this book a good deal.

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