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Miamderinf, longwinded, inconsistent, ultimately unsatisfying.

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

Reviewed: 16-04-20

Presents several unconnected ideas at very great length, fails to apply them consistently to the cases in question and ultimately peters out crushed under the weight of its own pomposity

A sentimental missed opportunity

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

Reviewed: 09-02-20

While this concept appeared here first, the failure to engage either in history or in the phenomenon which in central to the plot leave the listener unsatisfied as this concept is ultimately buried in a romance story even with this excellent performance of the material. Claire North’s first fifteen lives and Steven Kings 11.22.63 do a far better job so I would recommend those for the listener intrigued by this idea.

Even Rupert Degas can’t save this one.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-19

A book whose obtuse and over complicated plotting has to be repeatedly explained by the narrator can work if the plot makes sense and the characters act in a consistent and believable way. Unfortunately, in this case, attempts at coherence are undermined by unlikely coincidence after unlikely coincidence and clumsy “twists” which leave the listener rolling their eyes in frustration. Only a predictably brilliant performance by the reader prevent this being a complete waste of time.

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Perfect performance, perfect story

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

Reviewed: 13-05-19

Loved the reading of this - the voices were really clear and expertly done. Classic Ransome.

What is that accent supposed to be?

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

Reviewed: 31-03-19

Superb story. Oddly narrated. That’s now how you pronounce those words in English. Story makes it worthwhile to put up with the narrator.

Predictably potty

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

In this latest incarnation of the Da Vinci code plot our hero takes on the usual complement of baddies and codes. Unfortunately the big secret which is clumsily signposted from the very first page takes hours to get to and leaves the reader so frustrated that even if it did make sense, we would still be crying to be put out of our mystery.

A cracking story, well read.

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

Reviewed: 24-07-15

Would you listen to Just One Damned Thing After Another again? Why?

I wouldn't listen to it multiple times, but it's a great read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Just One Damned Thing After Another?

Can't really say without spoiling the surprises, but it's not a lazy book, it keeps you on your toes.

Which character – as performed by Zara Ramm – was your favourite?

It's told in the first person, and Zara does a great job of getting us into her character.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, but again, it would spoil!

Any additional comments?

I love it when it's the first of a series. Look forward to coming back for more!

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Interesting view of history!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-02-15

This is a fascinating account of a group of tightly bonded men fighting their way through WWII. However, in its tight focus on and admiration for Easy group, the author seems to forget that 1. There were other countries fighting as well as Americans and 2. That Britain had suffered a devastating 3 years under attack before America entered the war. The constant sniping about Britain and the British army was really irritating, reaching a startling climax when we realise that the author, along with the GIs whose story he's telling, much preferred the Germans to the British. Not your average view on WWII, but an eye opener all the same.
Would I recommend it? Some fascinating stories, esp about men bonding under extreme pressure, if you can put up with the anti-British comments.

Well I suppose it's OK, but...

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

Reviewed: 01-12-14

What would have made The Hunter better?

Fewer cliches

What could Tom Wood have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Characters were really obvious, typecast and at the same time, did completely "out of character" things without any explanation

What aspect of Daniel Philpott’s performance might you have changed?

He did really well considering, but with all those accents flying around, I rather lost track.

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

Disappointment, this was really not great, and surely the editor must have been "asleep at the switch"

Any additional comments?

Not worth the hours of listening I'm afraid. Maybe good for a teenage read, but not for grownups!

More Baxter than Pratchett?

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

Would you listen to The Long Mars again? Why?

No, it jumped around all over the place and had no narrative drive.

Has The Long Mars put you off other books in this genre?

This series yes: the characters have lost their sense of identity and drive and now see to wander aimlessly from scene to scene.

What about Michael Fenton Stevens’s performance did you like?

He's great - accents, complex dialogue, emotion, all there and brilliantly executed.

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

No, too long.

Any additional comments?

For me this is the last episode of the Long Earth series. A stunning start, but the momentum has gone and I'm not sure we care about any of the characters enough to pick up the next volume

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