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Enjoyably ludicrious

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-09-15

I have been contemplating this book for some time. I was dubious about it but finally decided to take a punt and I was very pleased I did. Reminiscant of the Myth Adventures series by Robert Asprin and with hints of the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde I found this fun and enjoyable. As they say in the book it 'avoids the obvious joke' and the humour grew on me. Although the story in very fantastical, it is still well thought through. The characters are likeable and believable (for a fantasy novel) and I am looking forward to the next books in the series.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

So pleased she's back

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-09-15

I have been looking forward to this book a great deal. To start with the style of writing has continued from the previous novels and the author has avoided the temptation to write for an audience, but has maintained the somewhat deadpan and unemotional tone of the narration. The plot however does lack the drama of the previous trilogy and felt quite pedestrain at times. This, however is understandable as I think the author would be criticised either way and this book has set the reader up for further outings to come

The difficult second book

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-09-15

I really enjoyed Mr Mercedes and was expected a similar story. Although this was quite an interesting premise, I found Finders Keepers was nowhere near as enthralling as it's predecessor. The characters that make the first outing so good do not appear as much and the plot is quite flimsy. Still an enjoyable listen though and an excellent narrator

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing and in places unlistenable

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-15

Not impressed I'm afraid to say despite all the great names on show. The story was very weak but most disappointing was the sound levels. We tried to listen as a couple both in the car and at home but had to stop. At one minute we had to turn up the volume to hear the dialogue which was the drowned out by the music and sound effects. Also, not just in this instance but in audio drama per-say guns do not have to be continually cocked!!

Too many plot holes

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-15

I must first admit to having seen the film before reading this book which did take some of the suspense away. However there are so many anomalies and holes in the plot which makes this story somewhat unbelievable. The film is better as it is a little more ambiguous.

Parlabane back on form...Brookmyre follows suit!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-15

Following the disappointment of Bedlam (not up to the authors usual high standard in my opinion) I was very much looking forward to this book and how satisfying it was too. Another well plotted story with believeable characters. Parlabane may have got older and grown up a little, but still very entertaining. Great to see SPOILER ALERT Spammy showing up and also the cross fertilisation of characters from another series from Brookmyre. Can't wait for more from Parlabane and maybe,at some stage, more from Zal and Angelique.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

Good Fun

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-14

How to describe this story?? Homage? Parody? Satire? Whatever it's described as, if you enjoy the Holmes stories but are not a purest or scholar, you should enjoy this book. The main character has many of the traits of the great man but also, in some case, the opposite. I will not give anything away but I found this book witty and quite enthralling. There are many 'in jokes' which raised a smile. Looking forward to more.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

Somewhat Irritating!!!!

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-12-14

As an avid consumer of 'all things Fry' since the 1980s ( having read all his books and I even have the scripts from Fry and Laurie), I was very much looking forward to this latest installment of Fry's life. I had enjoyed the other two and although this started well, More Fool Me turned into a litany of famous names, posh restaurants, swanky dos etc. The continual foot notes explain this director of that film, or condutor of this other orchestra etc. etc. etc. endless and annoying. The usual words of wisdom were few and far between and by the end I found this book to be quite tedious and I found the, God Forbid, Lord Stephen of Fry, quite irritating!
On the upside, Mr Fry's smooth and controlled narration, made this book more than bearable and there were some chuckles.

I hope the next installments return to the structure of the first two and, although my opinion of Stephen remains, like most of the UK, astronomically high, he returns to winning ways.

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A new epic

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-14

Following on from part one this is shaping up to be a very intriguing and entertaining trilogy. The narrator is frankly one of the best and I would honestly listen to him read the phone book. There was a concern that around two thirds of the way throgh I thought this was going to change from a character based narrative to an action based one where the main protaganist stumbles from one disaster to another, and I know that that is a popular construct but I felt, following part one and most of this part it would be a shame. Thankfully the author reverted to the former. just downloaded the next part

The Da Vinci Code for Conan Doyle enthusiasts

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-09-14

If, like me, you are interested in the 'legend' of Sherlock Holmes then you should find this story very entertaining. How accurate the 'facts' and 'history' contained within are is debatable but like the eponymous book mentioned in the headline, that is largely irrelevant. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It's no classic but fun and pacy. I do have a couple of small gripes with regards the narration. Firstly, I was unaware of how camp Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker were; at least they were according to their voices in this. But most irritating is the American pronunciation of the name Conan. Throughout the book the two narrators pronounce his name differently and if American narrators are going to affect an English accent they could at least use English pronunciation. Only a small gripe but it does get annoying....surely the producers could get the narrators to agree on the pronunciation they would both use.
Good story though.