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nope

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Reviewed: 20-05-20

this really did not catch my interest. I found it facile and so I have abandoned it.

not for me

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Reviewed: 20-05-20

excellent narration, but the as stories just bored me to sleep . I may return if I can't sleep.

bored me senseless

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Reviewed: 18-05-20

I love the Dr Ruth Galloway books, so I thought I'd give this a go... same author I thought .. got to be good.
I have to say the narration was so wooden, it didn't help.. but I thought give it a go, if the story is good I will get used to it.
No it was still awful, the story was set just after the 2nd world war, so yes it was dated. I can cope with the period setting, but the writing was very old fashioned too, it was almost like a Raymond Chandler novel. I am sorry but I really didn't care who killed these poor unfortunate children.. I just kept drifting off, so I am returning it.

interesting and enjoyable listen

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Reviewed: 11-05-20

I love biographies and autobiographies as I like to know what makes people tick and what motivated them.
I never realised that Tony had done so much stuff, I was really only vaguely aware of him prior to him being Bladrick and the bloke from Time Team. I also recall the bible stories he acted out in the Holy Land leaping about manically in modern day Palestine et al, much to the bafflement of modern day passers by who looked utterly baffled. He was brilliant at masking these stories "live"
He tells his story warts and all and name drops but it is very easy listening. I never knew he was so political even at the cost of work and relationships. I find it interesting how very selfish actors are in their personal relationships, but then again I suppose you have to be in order to succeed and succeed he has.
I did enjoy both his story and his narration. His anecdotes were interesting, he is quite self deprecating it times which is refreshing and you feel that although you might not like his politics or his life style you could empathise with him.
I was sorry when it finished. Well worth a listen..

Absolutely awful

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Reviewed: 26-04-20

I am rather into biographies and autobiographies, I like to know where people came from, what motivated them and so on, even if I am not a particular fan of their work. I read all the glowing reviews by other readers and thought this was a sure fire hit.
Wrong, wrong, wrong. I found him the most irritating of narrators, the most self obsessive creature imaginable. He obviously thinks he is hilarious... which he certainly isn't.
I had a few attempts at this during the day and frankly had to give up at chapter 9.
I did find some of Monty Python quite funny... back in the day, but in hind site it was also incredibly childish... and that for me was what this was. self indulgent and facile and childish.
Your choice obviously but I am definitely returning it... as Tony Hancock would have said it would make a good step for standing on to reach the book on the very top shelf...

Oh Dear

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Reviewed: 17-04-20

I was delighted when I saw a David Baldacci book ,as I have most of his other books but this is definitely not up his usual standard. We started to listen to it whilst in the Covid 19 lockdown as a joint book. We found ourselves chatting whilst it was on and having to rewind.so many times that we had to abandon it and ask for a refund. I have made a mental note to avoid the narrators. Scott Brick sounds absoluetly ancient, and Orlagh Cassidy is so wooden it's embarrassing and all her characters sound the same.. Save your credit, it isn't worth it.

OK Listen

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Reviewed: 25-03-20

I felt obliged to listen to this as i have never read an Elizabeth Gaskell novel and felt I should. I almost abandoned it because of Prunella Scales' narration, but I persevered and finished it. She reads like a steam train and sometimes it is hard to keep up with her, and her voice is quite shrill and I had to keep turning the volume down a bit.
It was, for it's time a well written book and I hadn't realised was that it hadn't actually been completed by the authoress, although I suppose there wasn't much left off...or was there?? We will never know...
I am one of those people who likes all my i's dotted t's crossed and bows tied. I don't lack imagination, but I want the person who told me the tale to tell me the end. I appreciate the poor woman died before she could, but I am left thinking.. I wonder if she was going to end it the way it was summed up by the publisher.
I did have my money's worth.... 25hr 21 mins isn't bad for the daily deal.
Read it, I did and I enjoyed it, it but you will have to get used to the narration is all I am saying

The narrator lets it down

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Reviewed: 29-02-20

I enjoy this Ruth Galloway series, however there wasn't much by way of forensic archaeology in this one, it was more hunt the missing child. I again bought this book because originally I enjoyed the narration but although Claire Corbett has quite an acceptable voice to listen to her reading of men is abysmal. Ryan (read by another narrator is rather fanciable) sounds like a thick thug from god knows where, and Kate the child is like a banshee. I was listening in the garden merrily weeding away when the child screamed out and I nearly chopped through my foot. The shining had nothing on her. I am sorry that I have more to say about the poor narration than the story.
Not one of Ellie Griffiths best but a pleasant enough story to listen and certainly not bad enough to return. However if Claire Corbett is narrating I won't be buying.any more, which is a shame...

Typical Elly griffiths

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Reviewed: 19-02-20

I do like this series of books and for the main part it was well read.. but having heard these books read by someone else I felt a bit confused because Clare Corbett is absolutely rubbish at men's voices and her rendition,of the daughter's voice sounded really scary. Poor old Nelson didn't sound remotely attractive or intelligent, nor did for that matter, did any of the men. You just didn't warm to them, they sounded quite Neanderthal . It is a shame because I have heard Clare Corbett read other books very well.
Having slated poor old Clare Corbett aside I did enjoy the book

Absolutely the most irritating person ever.

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Reviewed: 17-02-20

I found Imriel Morgan's delivery so annoying. Her voice is like fingernails on a blackboard with the affected gravelly pitch. The speed gives you the impression she wants to be gone as fast as possible. Her pronunciation of some words is really annoying how do you get buck out of book, luck out of look, or doortahh out of daughter, and the overuse of like. She is so over bright and jolly that if she ever appears as a narrator, irrespective of who wrote the book... or should that be buck.. I will give it a definite miss. It isn't often that I listen to someone and they just put my hackles up and annoy me so intensely..
The only good thing about this set of bucklets..ooops booklets was that it was free.Or it would have been sent straight back like!!! aaargh. It is a shame as I don't know if I have missed any hidden gems