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Peter Davies

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  • Homunculus

  • The Adventures of Langdon St Ives, Book 1
  • By: James P Blaylock
  • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 38

In 1870s London, a city of contradictions and improbabilities, a dead man pilots an airship and living men are willing to risk all to steal a carp. Here, a night of bangers and ale at the local pub can result in an eternity at the Blood Pudding with the rest of the reanimated dead.... A comic science-fiction novel first published in 1986. It took the Philip K Dick award that year, and was the second book in Blaylock's loose steampunk trilogy, following The Digging Leviathan (1984) and preceding Lord Kelvin's Machine (1992).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An epic to lose yourself in, brilliant narration

  • By Sara on 01-02-13

Couldn’t finish it

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

I got so confused with the lack of time and inflection in the performance, I had to buy the paperback and finish it “manually”!

  • Meadowland

  • By: John Lewis-Stempel
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Meadowland gives a unique and intimate account of an English meadow’s life from January to December, together with its biography. In exquisite prose, John Lewis-Stempel records the passage of the seasons from cowslips in spring to the hay-cutting of summer and grazing in autumn, and includes the biographies of the animals that inhabit the grass and the soil beneath: the badger clan, the fox family, the rabbit warren, the skylark brood and the curlew pair, among others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • England oh Albion

  • By DLC on 09-04-17

The wonders of nature spoilt by the narrator

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

Reviewed: 26-10-16

Note to narrator: This is a story about the wonders of the English countryside, not an episode of Top Gear.

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