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Disappointed & out of pocket!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

A very disappointing addition to Stephen Kings collection. The plot is just too thin (no pun intended). It's a lot of money for what it is.

& the book wins 1st prize!!!

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

Reviewed: 18-11-18

Much better than the films but I still saw Marlon Brando in the iconic role!

Great story concept but sadly it's construction is just a little too flimsy to contain a soul of its own.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-18

Not an awful story not an excellent one either. I discovered Jack Nightingale through the short story compilation, which I thoroughly enjoyed, so I eagerly bought this one as a result. Sadly I was rather disappointed. This just felt like, what could easily have been another great short story, that had been heavily fleshed out by a lot of rather inane, and extremely repetitive, dialogue. One thing I really can't understand, is why there is so much emphasis put on cigarettes?! I know it's pretty standard for a character such as Nightingale to be a smoker - it's actually rather clichéd and stereotypical to be honest- but does it really need to be referred to quite so frequently?? The narrator does his job well enough, and does manage to breath life into a few of the weaker characters. I do wonder if his interpretation of Jack was influenced by John Constantine, & in turn, if Mat Ryan's portrayal of Constantine, in the eponymous tv series, was influenced by this narration? Anyway, if you want a simple but entertaining story, that you don't have to think particularly hard about, give it a try. If you want something challenging and thought provoking I'd try something else.

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Wouldn't be bad if the narration was good!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-12-17

I'm only about halfway through this book, and I normally don't review at all, but there's something that's really irritating me. This is a book, written by an English author, and set in England, so why have they chosen an American narrator who can't even take the time to check how the British English words are pronounced?! Come on! Surely that's a rather big thing to overlook, especially in cases where mispronouncing the word actually changes it's meaning entirely!! I also don't understand why some English words have been substituted with their American English counterparts, i.e trousers for pants etc. To be honest this narrator really doesn't work for this book and the editor just doesn't work!!

A story full of spirit. (the pun very much intentional)!!!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-17

Pretty impressive. I didn't realise this was a book written for the young adult category until I was half way through, the first couple of chapters really were surprisingly frightening. The ending was slightly predictable to me but I have the unfair advantage of being a writer myself. Over all a enjoyable book for anyone, young or old. Thank you Mr Stroud.

Not the best but not the worst either

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-17

This was only the second Dean Koontz book is listened/read.The first book was great this one was unfortunately not great! It seemed to be one long laborious therapy session playing at a small spead. The narrator was great he was just let down by the material! All in all - a well read, predictable story that would have been much better as a novella!

Wonderful book by the greatest wicked imagination

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

Roald Dahl was a favourite as a child, I read & reread "Georges Marvellous Medicine" over & over again. Although these stories wouldn't be suitable or understandable for children, Mr Dahl still managed to add his brand of playful wickedness; & I laughed out loud more than once. Suitable for newbies to his work, & us old hands at it, alike. Wonderful book. Thank you Mr Dahl wherever you are.

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The better version of the two.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-07-17

Not my favourite James Herbert story to be honest. I think it goes a bit too far in to the realms of fairy tales for me. Faries, pixies, elves etc, but it's still wonderfully written in true James Herbert style (& more than a little steamy!!). If you're reading this review while browsing, you may see another Audible narration of this story. That version is only 2hrs 55mins long and costs £7.95. Considering this is 17hrs 28mins and costs less when combined with the Kindle Whispersync.

Maybe ok for some but certainly not for me.

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

Reviewed: 15-07-17

I must apologise to the authors for being critical, but this audiobook really is terrible. Sadly barely passable stories are massacred by absolutely atrocious narrators. Some stories I had to pass over after less than a minute because a narrators false accent, or ridiculous character "voices" set my teeth on edge. Such as chapters 6 & 8. The stories themselves are rather trite. Dialogue lacks any realism & the characters are pitifully two-dimensional. If you are looking for any horror element you with be disappointed, these are more like fairytales, but still more Disney than Brothers Grimm. I'm afraid I'm just going to have to put the book to one side, to maybe pick up again at a later date.

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Pretty standard

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-06-17

Not a bad collection of short stories but nothing particularly outstanding. The narrator was pretty irritating with a "I'm going to try to change my tone so it sounds scarier" kind of voice. Only 3 stars though I'm afraid (partly because I wasn't!)

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