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Awful reader...again!

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

Reviewed: 15-01-20

Please use English readers for English voices. Bianca Amato’s grasp of the language as spoken by native English women is poor and very distracting.

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A Little More Research!

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

Reviewed: 28-02-19

Although the story was fairly enjoyable, it was jarring in its Americanisms and in the inaccuracies that an American would make. A little more research would have helped. I know that these are small things, but there were so may instances that it became annoying and ruined my enjoyment of the book. And I don’t even mean The Queen Mother being a witch! - That’s not a massive give away.

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

I am so used to beginning an Angela Carter book with great anticipation and high expectation only for the expectation to be wonderfully exceeded. I love that I can never guess the way the story will go, I love that they are so beautifully written, captivating, entrancing! So, imagine my disappointment when I started "Heroes and Villains" and had to check whether it was indeed written by Angela Carter. I just can't finish it! I can't even bare the thought of having it as background noise!

Yes, I am surprised at this too.

Very Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 28-09-16

What disappointed you about A Brief History of Brief Lives of the English Monarchs?

The constant recaps are somewhat reminiscent of a Channel 5 documentary. The all to often use of an incorrect word is jarring to the ear, as is the over use of other words, for example, magnates.

What could Carolly Erickson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Maybe to review the work. Being more aware of repeated words. Not to assume that the reader needs a reminder of the monarch from the previous chapter. I feel as though the text has been "dumbed-down" to its and my detriment.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Roger Davis?

Although Roger Davis gives a fluent and level reading, he appears to have trouble pronouncing a huge number of words.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Brief History of Brief Lives of the English Monarchs?

The beginning of the chapters that are repeated from the previous chapter.

Any additional comments?

I don't think that I will be listening to anything else by Carolly Erikson. I bought this audio book to share with my nine year old son and even he grew tired of the repeats and mispronunciations. Often, the book appeared to be a bad translation from a language other than English.

A Demonic Chuckle!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

With its off the wall premise and the sometimes dry sometime silly humour, this is a delight of an audiobook and guaranteed to brighten your day.

What other book might you compare Old Harry's Game to, and why?

Old Harry's Game is incomparable!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I most enjoy the interactions between Gary & Thomas.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

What the hell......?

Any additional comments?

Old Harry's Game is a delightful bit of silliness. From time to time I would catch it on Radio 4 but could never get enough. I was as pleased as punch to find all the series on Audible and bought them all. This is my go to audiobook when I need cheering up or just fancy a laugh! The only trouble is, once I start, I have to listen to all of the episodes. Familiarity has not dulled the pleasure of listening again and again.

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not recommend

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

Reviewed: 10-11-15

For the life of me I can't understand why the author n ended to write this in such archaic language. We don't speak like that and neither did the ancient Greeks. My son, who is 8, and I found it most distracting.
Why are Penelope's suitors called wooers? And so many other jarring idiosyncrasies made listening to this audiobook more of a penance than a pleasure.
Sean Pratt's reading borders on the monotone. His inconsistent pronunciation of names made us look at each other in frustration.
I would definitely not recommend.

Turgid and uninteresting

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

Reviewed: 29-07-15

Read in monotone and raises no new information. There already exist so many better books and all with more information. I would suggest Kenneth Anger's Hollywood Babylon.

It's all good stuff but...

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

Reviewed: 22-07-13

What made the experience of listening to Fragile Things the most enjoyable?

The stories are up to the usual standard and the performance is good. The only thing is that with all of these collections of Neil Gaiman's stories, they are so often repeated in each collection. Rather disappointing.

Any additional comments?

How about an anthology of Neil Gaiman's short stories to date? Then there would be no repeats!

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Beware of Repeats!

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

Reviewed: 16-07-13

Any additional comments?

I did enjoy this book and, for any other Gaiman follower I would say, have a look at the other collections before you buy. Many of the stories appear in other collections.

Long & Slow!

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

Reviewed: 16-07-13

What did you like best about The Secret History? What did you like least?

The narration seemed monotone and the story slow. Maybe that's what was required, but I found it reduced the "action" to mundanity. Instead of evoking an emotional reation to the story, I was left cold by it, even though I knew I should be feeling something. I was not so much numbed as completely uneffected.