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J. Mchugh

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Classic Epic!

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

Reviewed: 16-11-19

I love the book, but I feel it’s ever so slightly let down by the narrators lack of distinction between different characters.

Nonetheless he is a decent narrator, and this epic is a somewhat long tale.

Short Story Material

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

While listenable, I can’t help feel that the intelligence and complexity imbued might’ve stretched to a fine short story, but was too predictable otherwise.

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Listened at x0.75 speed

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

I found this much more enjoyable when listened at x0.75 speed. Being the curiously imaginative fiction that it is, I found it otherwise a great story, and good performance.

My Problem: The Narration

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

The characterisation was really good, as were regional accents, but I struggled with the pace of the narration.

The narrator simply never paused for thought, effect, nor breath, so I found I'd drift off often and miss whole chunks.

Fun story otherwise.

Terrible Scottish Accents!

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

Reviewed: 24-06-17

A decent story with interesting characters, but being Scottish myself, I found the narrator's Scottish accents to be excruciating.

Nonetheless, a good read!

Really good at being a mediocre thriller

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

Without much originality or depth to the characters, I found what started as an interesting plot began to drag about half way through as the main character (and chief victim) narrated the more normal parts of her life: listening to your mum telling you about her week, presented as a thriller?

Not a "good read", but let's see what's next

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

Reviewed: 14-04-17

It's quite hard to follow a book where the main narrative of a gunslinger tracking the dark man in a western setting actually reveals little about itself, instead presenting a patchwork of breakaway threads into metaphysical realms of thought and alternate realities. If this is akin to King's version of Tolkien's Leaf by Niggle, I understand it's a meta manifestation of the author's creative process, but this one's confusing as hell! Or possibly it is his own warm up exercise before starting an epic magnum opus in earnest, and thus not meant so much for the audience, but rather the author himself?

That all said, I had read enough reviews of the Dark Tower series before starting it to anticipate this one being a struggle. I am still going to move on to book two next.

Very Entertaining, R.C. Bray is Excellent

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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: 21-02-17

So this is a well-paced, entertaining sci-fi/military/action combo right up until about half way in...then it goes from "This is good" to "Ha! That's awesome!"

RC Bray's delivery is top notch.

A Glimpse into a Period of Political Turmoil

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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: 12-02-17

I've never been very politically savvy, so wholeheartedly appreciated the clear division between the first part of Homage To Catalonia as an experiential retelling of Blair's time in late 1930's Spain vs the latter appendices, which provided a commentary on the political situation of the time.

That is not to say I didn't appreciate the appendices, I just may need to revisit them.

I'm yet to digest it fully, but there is conviction here, which I found inspiring, and sadness in the same old strife and suffering from inequality that forever afflicts humanity, despite each generation of dreamers and fighters living and dying for the belief of human decency.

There is also kindness and critique towards the Spanish & Spain here. As someone who grew up in Andalucia 60 years after publication, I found this quite humorous to still be generally accurate.

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Interesting History, Annoying Delivery

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

Reviewed: 15-01-17

The content of this book should speak wonderfully for itself... but it doesn't get a chance, because Greg Jenner wants you to think he's funny; at least, that is how this audiobook comes across.

Jenner constantly uses colloquialisms and vulgarity to try and achieve humour (thus reach?). Unfortunately, this results in a very forced and condescending delivery, which was irritating, and immensely distracting from the often interesting factual content.

A hard, hard book to get through.

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