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Arabian Nights: Volume 2 cover art

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

The performances are great and I love the mix of humour and seriousness. But some of the fight scenes went on a bit too long for my taste!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Is it all in the performance?

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

Reviewed: 28-11-18

Gosh this is depressing stuff. But the performance is superb and really highlights the glory of the audio book. I can’t believe I would have finished the print version. Some of the writing is brilliant and feels very true and illuminating. But I didn’t really believe in the two main characters.

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Not the narrator for me

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

Prefer David Timson by far, sorry. I really wanted to like Meera Syal but I didn't understand why some of the London characters didn't have London voices and it started to grate after a while. Also I felt the pace of the narration was a bit slow. Great story and characters, as always.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Brilliant prequel/sequel to the spy who came in from the cold

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

Reviewed: 22-09-17

You do need to know 'the spy...' I think but this is a fantastic exploration of what all that scheming and plotting was about and the human and ethical consequences . I was a little disappointed by the narrator (where's Michael Jayston?) but he got better towards the end.

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Great American novel status?

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

Reviewed: 28-08-17

Annie Proulx manages to combine a history of North American colonialism, environmental destruction and great storytelling. It's not easy to maintain interest in characters over a period of 500 years or whatever, but I think she does it pretty well and makes you care about most of the central characters even if they only appear for a short while. It would have been nice to have a printed family tree available for reference, but mostly I managed to follow who was who. I thought the narrator was fantastic, keeping everyone clearly distinct. There were a few parts where it dragged a bit (unless you are really into trees) but I'm very glad I stuck with it. Wish Trump would read it and learn.

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odd

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

I'm assuming Anne Tyler really doesn't care for the original, I can't believe she doesn't know it. Either way, this is an odd re-telling. It starts off well and I liked the set-up. The characters of Kate and Pyotr were both quite vinegar-y, as is her father. The scenes at the nursery were very funny. Somehow it seemed to lose it's way though, once the wedding plans got underway. There was a long scene towards the end where Kate makes egg salad and then throws it away, which may be deep and meaningful but was a bit lost on me and just seemed a bit tedious. It almost felt like Anne Tyler didn't know what to do with the story having got to the wedding, but had a word-count target to meet!
I did enjoy it, overall, and the narrator was very good once you got used to her rather precise way of speaking. I just wish the last quarter had been as good as the first!
If this is your first Anne Tyler, it really isn't very representative - try something else of hers.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable and relevant - brilliantly narrated

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

Reviewed: 14-05-16

I really enjoyed this. It is read very well by Timothy West and jogs along at a good pace except for one or two sections when Trollope has a bit of a rant about the press or the church. It is noticeably lacking in dramatic tension at times, for example when the Warden spends a day killing time in London and...nothing much happens! But somehow it doesn't matter because you have spent time in the company of the warden and his ethical dilemmas and human scruples, his cowardice and his courage. The conclusion of what happens to the hospital is a bit conservative for me but not too improbable. Although the focus here is on the power and wealth of the church, the conflicts are not a million miles from today's debates about inequality, tax avoiders and the 1%.

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Wrong narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-03-15

Joanna David is excellent reading Jane Austen but she is just so wrong for the voice of the young Canadian woman at the heart of this wonderful, important novel. I just couldn't listen to it after a few chapters and had to buy an alternative reading by Claire Danes which is available on cd from Amazon. It's not perfect, but her voice does seem to match the central character who is also the narrator relating the story. I don't understand why that isn't available on Audible - it should be.

99 of 103 people found this review helpful

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A very Edwardian reading!

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

Reviewed: 23-06-14

Somehow, Edward Petherbridge's reading emphasises the Edwardian-ness - don't be surprised if you find yourself speaking in a rather clipped, golly gosh way after a few hours of listening! I'd like to hear it read by someone with a more modern voice, but maybe that would just sound wrong. I still think it's a wonderful story, sadly misrepresented by the film version (although the film is still worth watching). The book explores so many conflicts - class, art v industry, women v men, city v countryside - and much of the writing is profound. But some of the sentiments are 'of their time', especially about the motives and motivations of women.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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brilliantly written and read, but v strange story

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

Reviewed: 23-06-14

This starts off so brilliantly, with Chesterton's characters pursuing each other with the all the wit and intelligence that he used for Father Brown. But the last section does drag and becomes very surreal and quasi-religious. I felt very frustrated by the way it ended.

The performance is very good - almost every character is distinctive and consistent and there are no odd pauses or pronunciations.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful