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Well performed considering how bad the material is

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

Reviewed: 10-03-19

This is just not funny. Everything is so forced that you know exactly what is being set up before it gets anywhere close to a punchline. I gave it a good go, it was halfway through the 4th episode that I just felt enough was enough.

There are plenty of reviews that love the material but for me it's a big miss. At least it was free.

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Wraps it all up nicely

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

Reviewed: 14-09-18

If you’re looking at reviews for year 4 then you must have already gone through years 1 - 3, so you already know what you are going to get. Year 4 is jam packed and doesn’t drop the pace, lots of well described action and a good way to wrap up the life of the students at Lander.

Just one thing though, if you’ve not listened to Corpies before year 4 then there will be characters that you will not know, so get that first

Keeps the story alive

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

Reviewed: 15-04-15

Although this is supposed to be a book for older children I have found the story to be well written and beautifully read. The characters come to life with the narrator and you want to keep listening.

Decent Story, frustrating Narator

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

Reviewed: 11-12-14

Where does Seven Kinds of Hell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As an story, this is not a bad tale. It's a little bit like a book aimed at teenagers but throw in some swearing and say it's for adults. The storyline is good and sets the scene for subsequent books and I'll probably have a listen to them as there is enough of a hook to make me want to find out what happens next.

What other book might you compare Seven Kinds of Hell to, and why?

I can't think of a specific book to compare this to, but it's an interesting take on the Werewolf / Vampire (and now Oracle) genre. Think Underworld without quite as much violence and throw in a bit of shooting around Europe.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Kate Rudd?

Now this is the sticking point with this Audiobook. It's like listening to a Text-To-Speech program. Kate's voice has a very distinctive choppy style where she seems to think that every syllable of every word MUST be pronounced, which makes it very unnatural. And as another reviewer has commented the word is "SHARD" with an "A" not "SHIRD", along with other plainly wrong pronunciations. You can excuse the French train stations, but not simple English words.

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

The story does keep you wanting to listen, (despite the pronunciation), so I guess as a reaction the story made me feel excited to find out what happens next.

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Good Story, Poor Narration

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

Reviewed: 11-08-14

What made the experience of listening to The Birthday Girl the most enjoyable?

Good story line, pace kept moving along, believable characters.

What did you like best about this story?

The building up to Mersia ( the main character in the story) telling about her past.

How could the performance have been better?

The Narrator tried to put on voices for the characters and failed miserably. He clearly has no idea what a 15 year old girls sounds like and the italian and russian accents he attempts are just awful and seem to fade out within the same sentence.

Any additional comments?

If you can put up with the Narrator, this is a good story.

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Even the Author gave up on this one

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-06

Having read Stephen King books in the past I was expecting a gripping story all the way through, however with this book you get the feeling he gave up on the ending. If there is a sequel planned then it will only be to finish the story and answer all of the basic questions like who, why and how. This one leaves you frustrated and not like a cliffhanger more of a you couldn't care if you found out the answers but had spent hours getting to this point.

The basic plot line is a good one and so much more could have been done with it, and for this reason you stick with it to the end, even if it's only to get the answers. But alas ultimately the author disapoints.

The characters are good and strong and could have made a much stronger story line but I feel they are not used to their potential. The key villain for example makes sporadic appearances which don't amount to much. I don't want to spoil the story for others so let's just say he is too easy a push over in the end.

I aggree with the other rewiew about the sound quality, I thought it was my player, but no it's pretty poor in places with levels changing, bad over dubbing of voices and the occasional j-j-jerking of speech.

If you are a King fan then you'll get this book anyway, I know I've bought bad books by my favourite authors, but if you stumbled on this book, then move on to other titles in Kings catalogue and leave this alone.

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