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Looked so promising

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-05-20

Great looking voice cast and was expecting this to be great. I was very disappointed, poor casting, particularly the usually excellent Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. The sounds effects were very amateur and the Dr Who like sound effect bridge as the story switches back for forth in time becomes very annoying and intrusive to the flow.

The storyline is good and flows well.

Excellent start to finish.

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

Reviewed: 23-08-19

Top quality BBC production and I could listen to the voice of Kenneth Cranham all day. Alex Lanipekun is also excellent, there are a host of top quality support performers, but just those two are enough to make the Performance 5 star.

Also the episodes or stories are good and well thought out, essentially the plot is the same for them all, we know the cops will get their man, but that does not take away from the suspense and interest.

Let down by narration in parts

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

Reviewed: 23-08-19

This could have been an excellent listen, it seems to have been very well researched and well written up to a point.

The narrator has an excellent voice, tone and speed, but spoils the lot with brutal incorrect pronunciations of non English names and place names and use of a comical (if it was not for the content of the book) accents for the IRA members. Why he deemed it necessary to do their voices in any accent at all is beyond me, no other characters that figured in the book including Dr Ian Paisley, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher or George Mitchell came in for any of his amateur voice acting.

The authors tone in relation to the miscarriage of justice suffered by the Guildford Four and the Birmingham Six seems to cause regret or unease for the wrong reasons, my interpretation of the authors coverage of both cases is that he would have preferred they remained jailed regardless of the evidence of their innocence, so not an academic study of this dark episode in history, a well researched but slightly biased view.

Finally it could have been an hour shorter, the lightweight review of siege tactics by police in sieges generally, not specific to the title is just filler at the end and better covered in other publications if that was what the reader was interested in.

Not as expected from the title

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

Reviewed: 20-06-19

A good listen, but much more about the evolution of AIDS and it's spread than expected from the title/sub title. At least a third of the content is more like an every-man's medical /social history of AIDS and another third covers Freddies lifestyle and how it led to him contracting HIV/AIDS. That did not leave much of the content to cover the Life and Legacy part.

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Best audiobook I've heard to-date without a doubt.

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

Reviewed: 17-03-19

Excellent story and performance. It's a long one, but all the better for that, there is no wishing it would end to get on to the next book as is often the case. All the main characters are well developed and and you quickly love them or loathe them as appropriate to the story. Looking forward to part two now and delighted to see that's even longer...

Awful - free or not, I want this deleted...

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-19

The acting was really poor and the script terrible, pity as the idea gave loads of scope for a good comedy series. Never gave anything one star before and this does not even deserve that!

I don't like seeing this in my library, I would like to be able to delete it.

Hilariously scary and a great listen

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

Reviewed: 26-08-18

Excellently preformed and thoroughly enjoyable, pity it was not longer, although there are some good extras including an interview with the author. Scary if you are ever likely to need the care of the NHS!

Short and lightweight

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-07-18

Had reasonable expectations for this but found it very disappointing, light on case details and self congratulatory all the way through. It also felt like a three hour book over stretched.

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Audio equivalent of a page turner

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

Had to listen in one go, excellent story and production. More like this please. As each chapter ended I would start the next to see what happened with the idea of leaving the rest for later, but I never did, just had to keep listening.

Thoroughly Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 21-05-18

Thoroughly enjoyable account of a secondhand bookseller in Scotland, no ordinary bookseller or shop. The author is quite a character as are many of his customers and he introduces them to us and their quirky ways and wants in a diary format detailing the day to day activity of the shop. It probably helps if you are the type of person that loves browsing through thousands of books in the ever disappearing secondhand book dealers shops, but that's not an necessity as the staff and customers are even more interesting than the books the are mentioned. Would make me want to visit the shop in person even though that will require a plane journey!!