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Another entertaining read from Terry Pratchett

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

What made the experience of listening to Raising Steam the most enjoyable?

Catching up with the antics of Mr Von Lipwig and friends and seeing Vimes in action again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Raising Steam?

Vetinari's manipulation of characters into accepting his view of the steam engine. He is definitely one of my favourite characters.

Which character – as performed by Stephen Briggs – was your favourite?

For me Stephen Briggs will always be the voice of Commander Vimes. No other narrator can do Vimes justice.

Any additional comments?

Being an avid Pratchett fan the release of Raising Steam could not come soon enough. I gave it a virtually uninterrupted listen as soon as it was released, and have listened to it subsequently at a more leisurely pace. It is a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining story but for me, unfortunately it doesn't quite hit that five star mark. Although there is still a lot of witty word play I felt that the dialogue between characters just lacked some of it's humour and subtle word play. Also, for the first time ever I felt that Mr. Briggs's reading of some of the characters lacked its usual polish and consistency. I have always thought of Stephen Briggs as the best narrator of Terry Pratchett's books, and have admired his consistency with character voices, however, this does slip a little in Raising Steam, with, for example Adora Bell having rather an accent change. Having said the above. Raising steam as read by Stephen Briggs is still a great book and I would recommend it to anyone.

5 people found this helpful

Definitely a laugh out loud book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-12-12

I love these books and think the narration is wonderful. Beckwith's character portrayal is excellent and her descriptions are so evocative that I actually feel like I am there with her. The humour in this book is marvellous and I just wish there were more available on Audible as they really do brighten the day.

2 people found this helpful

Fascinating but grim

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-12-12

You really need to read these books in order to understand Cornwell's meticulous character and plot development. A very fascinating if grim read with truly excelent narration as ever.

4 people found this helpful

Not one of her best

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-12

I have read much better books by this author. If you want a really light weight read without much substance then this is ok, and if this is the first book you read by this author, don't be put off, she does write much better stories than this.

Don't judge a book by its cover

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-12

A truly excellent read which took me by surprise. I imagined a book by Bear Grylls to be very action packed with little thought or time for intraspection. Wow how rong I was. Bear Grylls comes across as an extremely thoughtful man who has a great attitude to life and really sound values. This book is an excellent read which I would recommend to anyone. I'll certainly be on the look out for other books by Bear Grylls. The naration was excellent too with just the right pacing for the book.

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Not just a book for the children

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-12

This book is excellent for family listening as it is well-written with a good smattering of humour. David Tennant reads brilliantly as usual really bringing the book to life with his characterisations of the people involved. My kids and I would definitely be in the market for any sequels especially if they are read by David Tennant.

A good read with excellent naration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-12

When I started reading this book I thought it wasn't going to be up to Robert J Sawyer's usual standards as it seemed a bit slow to get going. In retrospect, however, the start of the book was absolutely on target as the characters needed to be established and understood before the story plot was developed. This book deals with genetics amongst other issues and as is usual with Robert Sawyer, it had me thinking a lot about genetics and the role they play in society. It is a well-written book and the naration was absolutely outstanding.

1 person found this helpful

The Most Thought Provoking Book I've Read in Ages

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-12

Wow, what a truly brilliant read. This book really had me thinking, what with quantum mechanics, parallel universes, mind reading, artificial intelligence and first contact with aliens it covered so much and was a total page turner. Robert J Sawyer is a truly fantastic writer, but in this book he really is outstanding. Probably ranks as one of my favourite reads of all times.