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A. S. Bradshaw

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  • Pigs in Clover

  • Or How I Accidentally Fell in Love with the Good Life
  • By: Simon Dawson
  • Narrated by: Ben Allen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

This is the true story of a Londoner who gives up his job as an estate agent in the city, moves to the wilds of Exmoor, starts a smallholding and becomes self-sufficient, with a few bumps along the way. Simon's journey from urbanite to self-sufficient smallholder is brimming with incidents - some funny and some tragic - leading him to question Mother Nature, himself, the food he eats and his role in it all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Good Life?

  • By Mr William Dewar on 15-01-16

A Wonderful Performance of a Great Book

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

Reviewed: 15-04-17

Where does Pigs in Clover rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's definitely up near the top; a warm story, a great narrator

What was one of the most memorable moments of Pigs in Clover?

I think the sad ones stick with me as there's much hilarity that carries the whole way through but the lows are brought home and contrast against the constant happiness brought on by the author's relationship with the pigs.

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

I think that the narrator has a great talent for bringing the warmth and humour to life and really made the book for me.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The first time the pigs are taken off for slaughter; I definitely understood why but felt the tension in the decision

  • Servant of the Underworld

  • Obsidian and Blood, Book 1
  • By: Aliette de Bodard
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Year One-Knife, Tenochtitlan – the capital of the Aztecs. The end of the world is kept at bay only by the magic of human sacrifice. A priestess disappears from an empty room drenched in blood. Acatl, high priest, must find her, or break the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead. But how do you find someone, living or dead, in a world where blood sacrifices are an everyday occurrence and the very gods stalk the streets?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book with a wonderful setting

  • By A. S. Bradshaw on 12-01-16

Great Book with a wonderful setting

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

Reviewed: 12-01-16

Where does Servant of the Underworld rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks towards the top of my audiobook experiences.

The story is deep and compelling with lots of magic to go around. Definitely stuck with my after I finished.

What other book might you compare Servant of the Underworld to, and why?

Off the top of my head perhaps a murder mystery urban fantasy but I can't think of any that come too close

Have you listened to any of John Telfer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have listened to one other performance but haven't finished that book yet. However, I would say that John Telfer's performance here is absolutely stellar. The locations in the story have some very unusual names and John Telfer pronounces them with ease.

Any additional comments?

There is a slight learning curve with this book as you get used to all of the different names and places, but Telfer guides you through them with an expert hand.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Lives of Tao

  • By: Wesley Chu
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

When out-of-shape IT technician Roen wakes up and starts hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumes he’s losing it. He isn’t. As of last night, he has a passenger in his brain - an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. Over the millennia his people have trained human heroes to be great leaders, to advance our species at a rate far beyond what it would have achieved on its own. Split into two opposing factions - the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix - the aliens have been in a state of civil war for centuries.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good idea poorly executed

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-11-18

Great Action Sci-Fi

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

Where does The Lives of Tao rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the top, the audio narration is great and the story fast paced

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think you'd have to say Tao, just a brilliant, deep character you come to know and love

Which scene did you most enjoy?

One of the scenes where Tao first starts training Roan

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

There was a lot of laughter and the series in general has a lot of twists taking it places you wouldn't expect