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KathrynS

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This is brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 16-02-15

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Drawn into a parallel world existing in underground modern day London, Gaiman's clever imagining of a subterranean society charts Richard Mayhew's embroilment in 'London Below'. He encounters the Black Friars, Night's Bridge and discovers that there is an Angel in Islington... To anyone familiar with London's tube maps, this quirky interpretation is amusing and inspired. Neverwhere is one of my favourite books, and this reimagining in drama was just outstanding. Although it was originally a television series before it was a novel, I haven't seen it so my comparison is purely based on the novel adaptation. All of the characters were fantastically interpreted by some very talented actors, and it was brilliant hearing some very well known voices give life to a darkly humorous yarn. Really worth a listen!

Enthralling to the last full-stop

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

Reviewed: 16-02-15

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Having really enjoyed 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo', I naturally wanted to read the next instalment. Dark and gritty, often graphic, Larsson is completely engrossing yet again as he continues to develop the character of Lisbeth Salander in unexpected ways. She is fundamentally damaged, and yet one of the strongest female protagonists that I have ever read. Without giving anything away, I was literally holding my breath at times during the final chapters, and I kept listening until 3am even though I had work the next day at 7am. Ooops. So, read with caution!!!! The final instalment of the Millennium Trilogy is in my shopping basket as I type this.

Subtle and engrossing

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

Reviewed: 16-02-15

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Le Carre's tale a of a man with a conscience is intriguing and subtle. Toby Bell, an ambitious civil servant in the foreign office, is drawn into a cover-up that feels topical and could be realistic. Bell's character is interesting, but I was left feeling that I didn't truly understand his motivation. The character that I found most compelling was Jeb, and the description of his emergence, and meeting with 'Paul', is fantastic as le Carre gives a wonderful impression of the suspension of time in those moments. The novel is written with le Carre's usual mastery, and builds to a crescendo that engages. Le Carre reads extremely well, and I was very impressed by his range of accents!

The Two Towers, Volume 2 cover art

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

Reviewed: 31-01-15

What did you like most about The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Volume 2?

The Two Towers is darker and more exciting than The Fellowship of the Ring. Equally well written, it is part of a modern great.

What did you like best about this story?

It is all brilliant!

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Rob Inglis' performance was great, as long as he didn't sing. The songs were a little painfully cringe inducing to me.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I always love this book.

Any additional comments?

I wish that I had never read it so that I could discover it all over again.

How can I review this?

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

Reviewed: 31-01-15

What did you like most about The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Volume 1?

The Two Towers is darker and more exciting than The Fellowship of the Ring. Equally well written, it is part of a modern great.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Volume 1?

It is all brilliant!

Would you listen to another book narrated by Rob Inglis?

Yes, as long as he didn't sing. The songs were a little painfully cringe inducing to me.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I always love this book.

Any additional comments?

I wish that I had never read it so that I could discover it all over again.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 2 cover art

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

Reviewed: 31-01-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 2 to be better than the print version?

Amazing, a beginning, a saga that has been with me since I was 7 and will stay fresh for me for a long time to come.

What did you like best about this story?

It was brilliant to rediscover one of my favourite books through audio.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance of the songs is a little cringeworthy in my opinion, but there is always the skip button. He did use a number of different voices to distinguish between the characters but they weren't always consistent.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The songs made me want to use the skip button...

Any additional comments?

I love this book, Inglis is an interesting narrator, and I enjoyed the overall experience.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

How can you review this?

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

Reviewed: 31-01-15

If you could sum up The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 1 in three words, what would they be?

Amazing, a beginning, a saga that has been with me since I was 7 and will stay fresh for me for a long time to come.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 1?

It was brilliant to rediscover one of my favourite books through audio.

What does Rob Inglis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The performance of the songs is a little cringeworthy in my opinion, but there is always the skip button. He did use a number of different voices to distinguish between the characters but they weren't always consistent.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The songs made me want to use the skip button...

Any additional comments?

I love this book, Inglis is an interesting narrator, and I enjoyed the overall experience.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Charming and engaging

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

Reviewed: 31-01-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

With a lot of travelling to do over the holiday period, I thought this might help to get me into the mood and pass the time spent on airplanes. Not only was this a good choice, but it rediscovered a classic in its original format. As a story that has been rewritten and adapte so many times for media, it was a true pleasure to hear it as Dickens intended.

What other book might you compare A Christmas Carol [Blackstone Version] to, and why?

As with all Dickens' work, it is the writing of a master craftsman that weaves a festive masterpiece.

What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

Simon Prebble held my attention and narrated with sympathy for the narrative.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me fell very happy, festive, and determined to be more benevolent in future!

Any additional comments?

You may think that you know the story, because you have seen a film or play, but go back and rediscover it and you will uncover a gem.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

There is a reason this book is a classic!

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

Reviewed: 30-01-15

Would you listen to Jane Eyre [AudioGo Edition] (Unabridged) again? Why?

I get something new out of this novel every time I read it. If you read this book in school, and hated it, give it another chance! This is a beautifully written and engaging book, that challenges assumptions about the role of women in society at that time. It is a gothic romance that carries the reader through its luscious narrative.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Jane Eyre [AudioGo Edition] (Unabridged)?

The scene in the red room is fantastically narrated.

What about Juliet Stevenson’s performance did you like?

Juliet Stevenson always seems to fully engage with the narrative, clearly defines each character, and maintains this throughout the novel.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The unexpected meeting with the Rivers family, and its consequences, is my favourite part and shows Jane's strength and determination in the face of adversity, and in defiance of a strong personality.

Any additional comments?

Read it! It is a beautifully read classic, and you won't regret it!

I couldn't take my headphones off!

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

Reviewed: 30-01-15

Would you listen to The Count of Monte Cristo again? Why?

Having read this several times, I decided to give listening a try. This book is a timeless yarn that completely engages the listener and pulls you into it's web of narrative. It is beautifully written and captures me every time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The development of the principle character, Edmund Dantes, is intriguing and compelling.

Have you listened to any of Bill Homewood’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is my first experience of listening to a performance by Bill Homewood, and he clearly defined each character and gave emphasis and appropriate emotion to the narrative.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Without giving anything away, the pulling together of the threads of story at the end of the novel is gripping.

Any additional comments?

This book is my favourite 'go to' when I want a classic, well written, proper yarn that engages. It is also a good length for travelling long distances!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful