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Please send Vincent to South Africa!

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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: 28-03-19

I have just returned from India and this brought me right back - from the sound of the traffic to the ‘ta dah!’ at the railway station. Fantastic.

Please get Vincent to take us around his native South Africa and share his memories of growing up, the culture and the people. He has the knack of totally involving you in his journey - such a pleasure to spend time in his company.

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Not new content

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

Reviewed: 13-09-17

Despite this being released this year the content on the book is a good deal older. The chapter layout is as follows.

Chapter 1 - Intro from Charlaine Harris
Chapter 2 - 5 - Novella - Small Town Wedding - excellent short story
Chapter 6 - 18 - Description of what happened and the timeline of each novel from Dead until Dark to Dead Reckoning (one book per chapter)
Chapter 19 - Description of the short stories and where they happen in the story arc of the main books
Chapter 20 - Sookie discusses the types of creatures she has met
Chapter 21 - Alan Ball maker of True Blood answers questions from his fans (voiced by an actor)
Chapter 22 - The works of Charlaine Harris - short descriptions of her body of work up to including the Sookie novels (as far as Dead and Gone). The Founder of Charlaine's fan club talks about how Charlaine's work has influenced her and what she enjoys about the fan club
Chapter 23 - Charlaine Harris answers questions from her fans (voiced by an actor)

I would have enjoyed the Q&As if these had been more recent and Charlaine and Alan were looking back on the whole Sookie storyline. As it is the content is badly dated and all the questions have since been resolved.

If you think the price or the credit is worth it for a nice little novella that lasts just over three hours - then buying this is definitely worth it for you. If you were hoping for some new content or some additional perspectives on the Sookie-verse then this unlikely to suit.

I considered returning it since two thirds of the book is of no interest to me - but decided to keep it because I enjoyed the novella and will likely read it again. The ratings reflect 5 stars for the novella but 1 star for the rest - thus bringing the score down. The performance of the novella was excellent but the interviews were very wooden - likely because the actors were reading out written not spoken answers but it was stilted nonetheless knocking a star off.

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Very Enjoyable

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-07-15

This is a nice easy listening book with plenty of twists and turns. Many of the characters are larger than life and the although the book is good fun to listen to it makes some important points about the preservation of swamps in Florida.

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Enjoyable story

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-11-14

The language is straightforward and so it is not too complicated and easy to follow when multi-tasking. I enjoyed the characters which are well drawn and the main protagonists are very relateable. I think this would be enjoyed by anyone who likes the classic crime genre - rather than the more violent and graphic style.

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Looking forward to the next installment

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-07-14

I was impressed with the this book which I presume is a series of YA books about time travel. I found the main protagonist easy to relate to and a good role model for young women in terms of not only being able to take care of herself but also thoughtful and considerate of the consequences of her actions. There is of course the inevitable 'torn between two hot guys' scenario and a element of danger - but the time travel aspect and the idea of how different timelines are be real to different people is enough to make it special. The narrator is excellent even the Irish accent which, although not very Irish, is at least soft and consistent - often Irish accents by Americans are like nails down a chalk board to those who know what it is supposed to sound like.

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A mish-mash of mythology

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

Reviewed: 08-03-14

Very disappointed with this title. The narrator was good - but she sounded about 8 years old - which would be great for text suitable for that age group but not for talking about adult relationships or sexual feelings (creepy!). The text was a terrible mash-up of pseudo-Christian mythology and Pagan beliefs which were given a very negative spin. For example the God of the hunt relished rape and torture rather than the natural cycle of life and death. I daresay had a mainstream relgion been misreported in this way there would have been an outcry.

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Another delightful instalment

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

I always enjoy the adventures of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency - it's a shame that Audible do not have unabridged versions of all the novels. Adjoa Andoh does a superb job - I can't imagine the characters having any other voice but hers - not only the older female characters but the young men who have a way of jive talking that always makes me smile. The story this time was slightly ludicrous - it feels like there is a struggle for new ideas - but there is further development of the regular characters which is enjoyable and faithful to the characters have progressed so far.

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Rollicking Tale

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-13

The Lost World is quite a departure from the ordered world of Sherlock Holmes. When you think of every dinosaur movie you have ever seen - you can see its origins in this tale of adventure. The language is not overly dated and is easy to understand but anyone not white and male is described as being more or less sub-human - so you will need to be able to get past that. The story was originally serialised and it certainly feels like it - with the story twisting and turning and cliff hangers abounding. This gives the story real pace and excitement. Worth a listen.

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What a revelation!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 06-10-13

Now I know why this has survived so many centuries. The version I was taught at school was entirely devoid of spirit, interest and life - they should be teaching this version instead! The intro was excellent giving a background to the language, Chaucer and life at the time. The sample provided by Audible was the intro - I took a chance that when it got to the tales it would not be incomprehensible and indeed it wasn't - instead the material came to life as never before. You just need to get throught the Knight's tale which was just a boring as could be - but it's worth it to get to the Wife of Bath (which was laugh out loud funny - she's my new hero!) and many of the others.

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A very interesting imagining

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

Reviewed: 08-07-13

Would you listen to The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack again? Why?

Yes, it was an interesting foray into a past quite different from the one recorded in the history books. There were so many different characters it will probably take another listen to fully appreciate them.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack?

I loved all the scenes with Algernon Swinburne. Although he claimed to be utterly depraved he was a likeable character with a strong sense of loyalty.

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

The voices selected brough a warmth and likeableness to many of the main characters and he made those who had bodily modifications sound so very different it really made them come alive.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It had some elements that made me smile but it was most interesting for the world described in such great detail in the novel and for the unfolding of the twists and turns of the plot.

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