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QI version of the classics

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

this is really how the classics should be told today!

this is not as good as Gaiman's re-telling of the Norse myths but its still a great listen.

it gets better the further in you go, his writing to begin with is a bit to many listing of names but as you get into the tales and deeds its much richer.

as mentioned it the title, is very much a QI version of re-telling, a few facts, a few jokes, a few pop culture references all read in Stephens harry potter style.

a good book, perhaps not as great as it could be but a sterling listen all the same.

43 people found this helpful

still just as funny

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

Reviewed: 17-04-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

of course......
for anyone who grew up in the 80's this was one of THE books to read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved grandma, she was funny and warm....and of course we see our family in them.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Christmas........

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

I have, and re-listened

3 people found this helpful

Hear-say accounts and opinions, not stories

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

Reviewed: 17-04-17

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

its like an audio version of the small paperback guides and folk tales on a local area, you pickup when you visit a place.

its not bad, just gets a bit dull after a few hours.

to be honest I have given up about halfway through it, there is only so many..... this person said, superstition says and I was told accounts.... I can stand!

What will your next listen be?

not sure.

How could the performance have been better?

it's perfectly adequate, just the subject gets a bit dull after a while.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Haunted Liverpool 1?

its not really that sort of book.

Any additional comments?

its not awful, just more of a local radio feature than an audio book

1 person found this helpful

a truly chilling ghost story

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

Reviewed: 17-04-17

Where does Dark Matter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

its one of my favourite ghost stories and one I recommend to people who like the genre

What did you like best about this story?

its just a well told story of isolation and terror.

Have you listened to any of Jeremy Northam’s other performances? How does this one compare?

not listened to any others I can think of.but does a good job on this one.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I am using the word too much but...CHILLING

Any additional comments?

it ranks with the best ghost stories from modern writer's

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a very mixed bag of festive tales

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

Reviewed: 17-04-17

What did you like best about Christmas Days? What did you like least?

the stories were often quirky and well written.very mixed bag of stories some good some not so, I could live without the "feast" sections, and I was expecting more feel good instead of quirky.by the end you were well and truly ready for the new year

Would you be willing to try another book from Jeanette Winterson? Why or why not?

not sure?

Did Jeanette Winterson and Imogen Church do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Imogen church was fine, but very much a reader rather than a performer.

Did Christmas Days inspire you to do anything?

nope

Not bad...but more inspired by than an adaption

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

Reviewed: 17-04-17

What disappointed you about The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde?

it was told from others view points, and not really an adaption of the original tale

Has The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde put you off other books in this genre?

no

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

the cast were fine.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

boredom

interesting, but ultimately hollow.

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

Reviewed: 17-04-17

Would you try another book written by Michelle Paver or narrated by Daniel Weyman?

yes, Michelle paver's other ghost story (Dark Matter) was a masterpiece
Daniel Wayman's narration was fine although as a reader I would not seek out other titles, just based on him reading

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

most interesting was the setting, and the isolation of the mountain least interesting was the brother rivalry which was not played out too well for me.

What three words best describe Daniel Weyman’s voice?

clear, old-fashioned, steady

If this book were a film would you go see it?

yeah, but would suit TV better

Any additional comments?

I learnt what the world 3rd highest mountain is.

1 person found this helpful

Brilliant second book, full of the stuff we want to hear about.

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

His 1st book was good, but this covers all the stuff for the period we really want to hear about.
Honest, revealing and all read by Alan in his own unique way. Perfect.

This book has got me through a difficult time, made me laugh when I needed one, distracted me from my worries & left me feeling better by the end.

One of the most enjoyable books this year.

Thank you Alan!

15 people found this helpful

Four tales told, but really just one dark story.

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

Reviewed: 22-08-16

Would you listen to Church Farm House again? Why?

As with most ghost stories, benefit from being told.this is no exception, a chilling tale not without it's faults.but well worth a second or third listen

Would you be willing to try another book from Benedict Ashforth? Why or why not?

yes, have already purchased all that audible has.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

the 3 narrators tell the story well, with the voices being neither too hyper or too monotone.
Each narrator tells a different part of the story

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

it's a chilling, grisly story, but never graphic or too disturbing

Any additional comments?

This is not strictly a ghost story although it has those elements, more a decent into a madness told from it's different participants.Think POE rather than M R James, but within recent history (1970's to present day)

Classic ghost story but sadly not classic S. Hill

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

Would you try another book written by Susan Hill or narrated by Steven Pacey?

Oh yes, both are great

If you’ve listened to books by Susan Hill before, how does this one compare?

Not that well, not in the same class as women in black, or the other short tales such as man in the picture or dolly

What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

He alway does a nice gentle reading tone, but not a mono tone or hyper as many readers tend to be.

Was Printer's Devil Court worth the listening time?

Yes, but a bit forgettable and a terrible title

Any additional comments?

Ok book, well read