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C. Hart

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Hard going, not worth it as book 2 is 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: 25-04-19

There seems to come a time in many writers careers when they abandon what makes them readable and they chase the approval of their peers. This can be the only explanation for Wilde’s decent into flowery, but unfortunately boring and repetitive prose, at the expense of a decently paced plot. I get that he is trying to invoke a time of myths and legends but long and repeated diatribes about whispers of the dead etc etc soon become wearing. Book two is almost literally this piffle repeated over and over again. The narrator makes the main character sound like he is a grouchy pensioner, rather than a 30 year old warrior. Very disappointing as Wilde has always been very readable in the past.

Good story, ordinary narration.

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

Reviewed: 25-04-19

This is the first in the series and I know there are now more than ten that have been written. This shows what a good story it must be because the narration is dire. The narrator couldn’t possibly have done an audition as they would have easily spotted his complete lack of ability when doing accents. Who gave him the gig in the first place and then saw fit to reengage him for the second? His ethnic minority voices are pure Jim Davidson, which makes it a very uncomfortable listen. His Irish accent is hilarious. Still, if you persevere to the next book you will be rewarded to the sound of “Hereford born and bred” characters with Monty Python Yorkshire accents.

Excellent story. Excellent narration.

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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: 07-03-19

When Audible takes the time to ensure the narrator has actually read the book in advance and checks that they can do credible accents, it can make an interesting premise into a memorable audio book experience. Lunnon Wood’s admirable premise coupled with his relentless research paired with Jameson’s fine narration is just such an experience. Well done to all involved.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Great series ruined by awful choice of narrator.

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

I was glued to the first 6 books of this series. The main character in these was a gruff middle aged man and the narration of RC Bray complimented Dan perfectly, culminating in some of the best audio books I have listened too. This book is about a teenage girl from a single parent family. She is tough, resourceful and streetwise and is a natural extension to the series . Who then at Audible thought it a good idea to revert to Audible type and bring in a middle aged woman, speaking with a boarding school accent, topped of by a frankly bizarre and massively irritating sing song, unnatural inflection to her voice? This has killed the series for me as I am distracted from the story by this truly awful narration.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

Awesome set of books.

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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: 07-02-19

These books are some of the best I have listened to. Fast paced and with exceptionally well developed characters you really buy into the groups struggle. Descriptions of situations and brilliantly sketched, by a highly skilled author who never makes the mistake of using language that satisfies the writers ego but does not fit the story. I was gripped from book 1 to the last words of the final book. The narration is the best I have come across and fits the story perfectly. Altogether, the best set of audio books I have listened to.

All men should read this.

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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: 11-12-18

This is a hugely important work that I am sure will save lives. That is how important this book is. Jason Fox has shown immense courage in writing this book and it is so important for men to realise that even super human Special Forces soldiers can be brought down by mental illness. But it is also a message of hope that with the right treatment, that is all too difficult to find in modern day Britain, recovery is possible. I thought to start with that the monotone narration of Jason Fox would grate, but as the book goes on you realise how vital it is that we hear the story from the man himself. In the end, it added hugely to the profound importance and impact of this audio book. This book will change people’s lives and offer hope. I can’t remember having heard/read a more powerful book.

Inconsistent

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

It’s not often you get a very good story, with plenty of good action and twists and turns, but characters that are so one dimensional and stereotyped that you suspect the original manuscript could have been written in crayon. However, this is one of them. To be fair to the author, it might well be down to the narrators execrable attempt at regional dialects and his insistence on giving anyone in authority or who is rich a plummy accent, and everyone else something that an ‘allo ‘allo actor would wince at.

Bizarre Narration

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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: 14-11-18

Really good story with plenty of action and twists and turns. However, the narration is frankly bizarre. This guy’s version of working class accents seems to be what he imagines characters from Viz comic speak like. His London “street” accent is particularly irritating.

Spirited, but too many cliches.

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

Reviewed: 28-09-18

A romping story with good pace and a good performance from the narrator. However, there are too many “really?” Moments that are shoe horned in and detract from the creditability of the story.

An establishment history.

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

Reviewed: 23-09-18

Interesting from a timeline view but the modern monarchy was very much skipped over. The end summary of the future of the monarchy failed to raise any of the difficult questions regarding Prince Charles and his friendships with some very worrying people and verged into the sycophantic. Starkey comes across as a very much an establishment, C of E centric monarchist, which devalues the historical credentials and balance of this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful