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Iron Duke

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Does nobody proof these books?

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-12-19

The content is great but two things break the concentration for me;

1. If you have a lot of Welsh names and have no idea how to pronounce them, please ask someone from Wales. Does anyone not know that Abertillery rhymes with fairy and not artillery?
2. You’ll have so much de ja vue because there are so many retakes that haven’t been edited out.

Real shame, the content is actually really good.

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The narrator kills this

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

Reviewed: 17-12-19

John Lee narrates all of Hamilton’s books so I’m used to the delivery of.ev.ery.word.syll.able.by.syll.able but this book has some heavy dialog which John Lee mutilates in his awful attempt at accents. Often I can’t tell who is the speaker or even the supposed gender of the speaker. Can’t really review the book because I spent so much time reuniting trying to work out what was going on.

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Awful

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-03-19

Just bad. Terrible characterisation, daft dialogue terrible narration. Very little sci. Reads like a bad YA novel.

One of the most enjoyable listening experiences

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-11-16

This book is read by multiple voices which could make it sound like a radio play but it isn't. It's one of the most enjoyable listens I've had from any audio book ever because of the quality of the narration.

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Badly paced

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-16

The Hostel-esque murder pornography is bad, unpleasant and unnecessary. Victims you can't empathise with. There's there stereotype cop who's sexist, racist and distinctly homophobic which the author gives nothing more than a mild rebuke too. There's the geeky IT guy. Lazy, boring, predicable.

This book relies on the author conveying some technical IT concepts and unfortunately, almost everything Peter James has to say on it is somewhere between a bit wrong and crazy. Poof! The spell was broken every time some daft thing was stated.

Finally, there's the clairvoyants and spiritualists. Might as well wheel in Harry Potter can get a spell cast for all the narrative value in this McGuffin.

Buy something else; something with a plot.

Listen hard to the sample before you buy

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-16

The performance is awful. Actually, it's beyond awful. The narrator reads the entire book at the same plodding pace with no intonation, inflection or emotion. When there's no personal pronoun in the text, you'll have no idea if spoken text is by a man or a woman, let alone who they are. Improper annunciation left me really struggling with the fantasy-style names of people and places, many of which are very similar. Listen to the audio sample and decide if you can live with 14 hours of it.

The production isn't great either for not only are there some edit mid-sentence which are completely obvious, there are even a couple of bad splices causing a bit of a stutter.

I found it a painful listen which totally ruined the book for me.

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Derivative: a story told better elsewhere

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-16

Firstly, the chapters are very short which isn't annoying in itself but, when highlighted by some quite pretentious quotes, quickly grate. Told through the first-person of a non-human, the short and simple sentence construction is understandable at first as the character settles into learning what it's like to be a human but it persists throughout which makes it feel like I'm reading a book for children.

The exploration of humanity from the outside has been done a million times before and almost universally done better.

Amazing and engrossing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-01-16

Not what I was expecting at all but what a book. It is beautifully realised with believable voices and an absolutely compelling story.

The narrator is one of the best I've listened to: precise and beautiful diction with all the technical terms pronounced correctly. Very easy to discern the various characters.

Thoroughly recommend.

Getting better and better 

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-16

Much less derivative than the first in the series and so a more interesting story. There's a lot of signposting of the way characters are going to develop but there are one or nice surprises. Being critical, there's a lot of a) plan for a fight, b) fight doesn't go to plan, c) miraculous event happens d) rinse and repeat which began to test my patience by the end. That said, I did marathon listen to this book and I will definitely get the third in the instalment.

The narrator has eased off on the anti-British with bad guys having slightly less pronounced English accents in contrast to the humble underdogs' Irish brogue. Sadly, there's some butchering of some new accents here: the Scandinavian is painful to listen to.

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Ender Wiggin meets Paul Atreides & Katniss

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-16

Firstly, I did enjoy this story. It is well written and the dialogue worked for me with a couple of pivot points where the narrative could turn one way or another. That said, there's an awful lot of Ender on Mars here (Ender even gets a hat-tip in a line of dialogue) with a good chunk of Paul Atreides and some obvious allusions to Katniss' story. So much so, that it really began to annoy me in the middle section of the book.

The narrator is decent and clear but having the poor underclass speaking with Oirish accents and the cruel elite in mock RP is crass and hackneyed. There's a lot of dialogue and thankfully, the narrator doesn't quite sustain the level of shrieking he delivers in the first third.

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