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Ronan

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No suspense, poor listen

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

Reviewed: 29-09-19

Lacked any real depth, just a basic story. It was more Disney story quality rather than anything with any real twists and turns.

Not as good as I expected

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

This is a very safe autobiography which didn't ruffle any feathers, I would have expected more reaction to the Spear Tackle. Saying that, it is a very interesting chronology of Leinster and Ireland matches but there just wasn't a lot of the man himself revealed. The narrator clearly isn't a rugby fan as some of his pronunciations of player names are woeful.

An average yarn

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

An average yarn with an implausible story-line needs to have all the other aspects in place to save it but this was not the case. The narration was weak, Dillon's accent was very inconsistent as were the Caribbean characters.
Probably better to read the book.

The TV series was better

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

Reviewed: 15-09-18

This felt like hard work to get to the end. It was just too long and for big portions not much happened. This must be the first time that I thought the screen version of anything was better.
The final hour on the research was really interesting so if you removed 6 to 7 hours, it would be better.

Too Fantastical

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

Reviewed: 30-06-18

There were aspects of the book that I really liked but overall it was just too fantastical in the things that happened to the main characters.

The weakest book in the series

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not

Did Seán Barrett do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

He is a good narrator, he just had bad material

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

I have listened to the rest of the series but this felt like a poor sequel tacked on at the end. Storyline was poor and it just didn't make for an interesting read.

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Ridiculous Plot

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

What was most disappointing about Stephen Leather’s story?

I have read a lot of his books but this was far from his best, even the twist at the end was too little to save a very poor effort

Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Thornley’s performances?

Yes

Too little happening

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A story

Would you ever listen to anything by John le Carré again?

Not in a hurry

What didn’t you like about Michael Jayston’s performance?

It was ok

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

Gave up after 5 hours, nothing had happened - would be better as an abridged version!

Should be on a Psychology reading list

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

Reviewed: 26-10-14

What would have made Vagabond better?

It was basically a story spun around Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Unfortunately the plot was weak and overall it wasn't very good.

What will your next listen be?

I will listen to more by Gerald Seymour and put this down to a bad day at the typewriter.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator was fine

A battle to the end

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

Reviewed: 18-08-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

There are only so many battles you can have in one book. After a while they almost merged with virtually no storyline in between. This may be one to try in the abridged version as it might be more enjoyable.

Would you ever listen to anything by Conn Iggulden again?

Yes I would, he does excellent research for his books, perhaps his editor should have been more ruthless with this one.

Would you be willing to try another one of Richard E Grant’s performances?

I wasn't very impressed with him, would try to avoid

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