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S. Churchill

Brighton, East Sussex United Kingdom
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  • The Buried Giant

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: David Horovitch
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 734

The Romans have long since departed, and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But at last the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased.The Buried Giant begins as a couple, Axl and Beatrice, set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen for years. They expect to face many hazards - some strange and otherworldly - but they cannot yet foresee how their journey will reveal to them dark and forgotten corners of their love for one another.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hmmmm

  • By Jenny on 12-03-15

I tried hard to like it.

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

I must admit to being profoundly disappointed with this book. It is slow to start and never really goes anywhere.

As someone who has an interest in Sub-Roman Britain and reasonable knowledge of Arthurian mythology, it all appeared a bit thin. As pure fantasy it doesn't work and I struggle to find an allegorical reading of it as compelling. I don't think it helped that none of the characters were particularly endearing. Ultimately I did not really care what happened to Beatrice and Axl.

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman, Dennis Boutskiaris, Daniel Oreskes, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,613
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,603

Shadow Moon has served his time. But hours before his release from prison, his beloved wife is killed in a freak accident. Dazed, he boards a plane home where he meets the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who professes both to know Shadow and to be king of America. Together they embark on a profoundly strange road trip across the USA, encountering a kaleidoscopic cast of characters along the way. Yet all around them a storm threatens to break.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just fantastic!

  • By Miles on 12-06-13

Thouroughly gripping.

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

Any additional comments?

This is my first Gaiman book other than his collaborative work Good Omens with Terry Pratchett. To be honest I wasn't expecting much from what I had perceived as hype. I was wrong. Even though I have no fascination for Americana I was gripped from the start. I laughed, cried and even winced as the story unfolded. The book was responsible for several late nights as I set the sleep time for another 30 minutes several times a night, even after listening during most of the day at work.I think I enjoyed the book more because I have a wide knowledge of world mythology and a deeper interest in Northern European mythology. I enjoyed trying to guess who deities were from their mortal incarnations before it was declared. I even got it right a couple of times. If you don't have any knowledge of mythology then I can understand why some people would struggle with this book, but it was a pleasure all the way for me.

  • Life on the Edge

  • The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology
  • By: Jim Al-Khalili, Johnjoe McFadden
  • Narrated by: Pete Cross
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how does it work? Even in this age of cloning and synthetic biology, the remarkable truth remains: nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material. Life remains the only way to make life. Are we missing a vital ingredient in its creation? Like Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene, which provided a new perspective on how evolution works, Life on the Edge alters our understanding of life's dynamics.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I wish Jim had narrated this book.

  • By S. Churchill on 14-07-17

I wish Jim had narrated this book.

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

Reviewed: 14-07-17

A very interesting book but sometimes a little hard to follow, but that is the nature of the subject.

I really wish it had been narrated by Jim and surprised it was not considering his Radio 4 and BBC TV work. I would preferred to hear his calm, traditional English voice than to the colonial one, which often mangled British names and places.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Warlords of Ancient Mexico

  • How the Mayans and Aztecs Ruled for More Than a Thousand Years
  • By: Peter G. Tsouras
  • Narrated by: Paul Christy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Learn the unbelievable true history of the great warrior tribes of Mexico. More than 13 centuries of incredible spellbinding history are detailed in this intriguing study of the rulers and warriors of Mexico. Dozens of these charismatic leaders of nations and armies are brought to life by the deep research and entertaining storytelling of Peter Tsouras. Tsouras introduces the reader to the colossal personalities of the period.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic introduction to Mesoamerican history.

  • By Richard Bowden on 03-06-15

Enthralling

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

Very detailed history of the Tepanec and Mexica (Aztecs). Utterly enthralling and somehow left me feel sympathetic towards a culture that sacrificed hundreds of thousands people to their gods.