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Great book, ruined by a poor narrator

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

Reviewed: 29-07-19

I found it very hard going finishing this book, and it was not because of the story. It was painful listening to the narrator butchering any accent that wasn't Irish. Militsa in particular was... excruciating.
I am always wary when I see a review stating that an author "has done it again", as it usually means that the book is exactly the same as the last one, and nobody has developed or changed in any way. Derek Landy could easily have fallen into that trap, but he hasn't. Valkyrie has changed enormously over the books, sometimes in ways that you may not wish for her, but always in a way that is believable. I love hearing from her parents, who are hilarious, and I was pleased to see more of Tanith. But I hated having to listen to the piss-poor way in which Tanith's and Militsa's voices were narrated. Atrocious. The worst part is that you stop paying attention to what they are saying, and that is bloody tragic, because everything Landy writes should be paid close attention to!

the narrator just isn't right

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

Reviewed: 16-07-19

I loved this book. They actually get better, with characters developing, changing, growing. It's a rare thing in long series like these. My gripe is that the narrator just isn't right. He has a pleasant enough voice, and does reasonably well distinguishing between female and male voices, but he is truly poor at portraying accents. His American one is painful to listen to, and the Scottish one is pretty damn appalling. I had to skip entire sections, so it's lucky I had the physical book to fall back on. I was gutted to see that he is going to be used for the next installment. But hey, the book is such a goddamn glorious piece of art that I'll suffer through the crappy accents. And buy the book. Maybe that was their plan all along?

Interesting series

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

Reviewed: 20-06-19

Ive listened to several of these podcast series since they came out, and I found something interesting in each of them. This one is no different. I love the references to various studies and how to quickly get a sense of their reliability. I also like the breadth of voices.

The fact that Alice Fraser tells us that she used to be a lawyer some 50 times in this podcast quickly becomes super, super, SUPER annoying.
(We know. You told us. Over and over again.)

Excellent narrator!

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

Reviewed: 16-06-19

I initially thought that the German accent would grate on my ears, but it really didn’t at all. Instead, it added to the story. Excellent choice of narrator! Also, I absolutely love the language in these books; “egregious cliche embodiment” has quickly become a favourite expression of mine!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

What possesses a successful narrator to accept a job that clearly is all wrong for her?

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

Tanya Eby is a great narrator. She does NOT do an English accent well. As for her Scottish accent, it’s a bloody crime against nature. Why the hell would she accept this job? My ears are bleeding.

Perfect in every way!

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

Reviewed: 22-12-18

Im an adult. I get that I’m not the target audience, but it was the perfect listen for someone who loves Christmas as much as I do! The story was fun and light, and while sweet, it was not the least bit cloying or soppy. The narration was great too (loved the snowman’s voice in particular!).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Not a full story

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

Reviewed: 15-04-18

I love molly harper’s writing and her books, but this story is really only a first chapter of a ’real’ book and that should have been made clear in the description. This is not a novella in it’s real sense, and the price should have reflected that.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Excellent storyline, shame about the OTT romance

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

Reviewed: 26-04-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed the original and interesting storyline, but I cringed at the really over-the-top heaving bosoms, smoldering eyes, Harlequinesque romance. It's such an engaging story, it deserved better.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the guild framework. It's different but still recognisable.

What does Emma Powell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Her narration was good and it was easy to discern the different people.

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

Not sure. Maybe.

Any additional comments?

As I said. I wanted to love it (and there were parts I really, really enjoyed), but that whole 'draw in a sharp breath' and 'his smoldering eyes' bit really let it down. I'm not averse to a bit of romance, but the romantic bits felt as if they were written by another person than the rest of the book. A person who is about 14 years old.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Saved by a decent narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. It's just so inconsistent. Recently posing as armcandy but unable to do her own makeup? I know this is meant to be a fluffy read, but that does not mean the thinking must be sloppy. It reads a bit like it's aimed at a market of fifteenyearolds. "I picked the nail polish because it looked just like freshly spilled blood"? Seriously?

Would you ever listen to anything by Jana DeLeon again?

Nope.

Any additional comments?

The narrator is really much better than the book deserves. I like fluffy reads as much as the next person, but this was just bad.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Just what the doctor ordered

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

Reviewed: 06-05-14

Where does Just One Damned Thing After Another rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Oh, really quite high on the list! I'm a compulsive book-listener and quite choosy, not just when it comes to storylines but also when it comes to narrators. This was a very entertaining read saisfying both those elements: not the deepest book, but not the fluffiest either. After I read it, I asked at work what era people would go back to, and it sparked quite a debate. The thought is as entertaining as the book!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I don't really have a favourite scene. I was really pleased that the author allowed her characters (Max principally) to question their actions from a moral perspective. It gives what is essentially an old fashioned adventure book a little more depth.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait for the sequel and I am so glad I stumbled across this author. I must admit to being a little bit irritated when Ms Taylos attempts to write slap stick comedy. It just isn't what she does best.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful