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Classic Wodehouse and very enjoyableI

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

Reviewed: 26-07-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Big Money to be better than the print version?

In some circumstances (weeding or washing up!).

Would you be willing to try another book from P. G. Wodehouse? Why or why not?

Oh yes, definitely

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

His voices are very good - he has just the right sort of 'English' accent to do the silly young men.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No - over three or four days

Any additional comments?

Very good escapism and cheering. I heard Stephen Fry say that Wodehouse's books were the most borrowed in prison libraries - surprising but true.

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Not a great success

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

Reviewed: 03-07-14

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I have read the unabridged book and I do not think that it abridges successfully. The plot became very woolly and the Irishman appeared and disappeared in a confusing way.

Has Faro's Daughter put you off other books in this genre?

I always enjoy Georgette Heyer but this is possibly not one of her best.

What didn’t you like about Laura Paton’s performance?

The performance was poor. The women were reasonable but most of the men, including the main hero, were a failure. The partial attempt to make Kennet Irish was cringingly bad - on Dick Van Dyke levels - and she did not even seem to know how to pronounce Papa.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Faro's Daughter?

Too much cut already.

Any additional comments?

Perhaps someone more experienced will read an unabridged version one day.

The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-01-11

Another enjoyable Georgette Heyer and this time by a new reader. I thought she did very well to maintain Horatia's attractive stammer all the way through. These books are sheer escapism and just what is needed!

7 people found this helpful

Jane Austen: Persuasion

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-10-10

I did not enjoy Juliet Stevenson's reading as much as I expected. Her characterizations were good but the narrative sections were so muted and monotonous as to be almost boring and Jane Austen's witty shafts were often lost. Perhaps I should have tried the reading by Amanda Root who starred in the BBC film a while ago (and who incidentally looks so like Jane Austen herself!).

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The Leopard by Tomasi Lampedusa

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-10

Once again a wonderful reading by David Horovitz. His mellifluous voice is so well suited to the inner thoughts turned over in the mind of the Prince. His 'character' voices, for example of old peasants, are never charicatures but believable people - in fact one believes in all his characters, whether they be men or women, young of old.

The novel is, as billed, bitter-sweet and nostalgic, summoning up the mid-19th century in Sicily with all its richness, poverty, pride and confusion. The constant effect of the weather on the inhabitants, especially the relentless heat,is well shown.

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