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Terry Tyler

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  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

An extraordinary reimagining of the life of one of the greatest screen comedians the world has ever known: a man who knew both adoration and humiliation; who loved and was loved in turn; who betrayed and was betrayed; who never sought to cause pain to others yet left a trail of affairs and broken marriages in his wake...and whose life was ultimately defined by one relationship of such tenderness and devotion that only death could sever it: his partnership with the man he knew as Babe. he is Stan Laurel. But he did not really exist. Stan Laurel was a fiction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Crazy over use of First name Surname

  • By A. Morris on 08-08-18

Stunning

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

Reviewed: 26-09-18

Beautiful, delicate prose flows like epic poetry, telling the extremely moving story of two great men who meant so much to so many. It'll make you laugh and cry. Highly recommended.

  • Money, Power and Violence: 6 Books in 1

  • By: Andrew Williams
  • Narrated by: A. Zens
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Book list: The story of Arnold Rothstein, the story of Bonnie and Clyde, the story of Frank Costello, the story of Charlie "Lucky" Luciano, the story of Enoch "Nucky" Johnson, and the story of Pablo Escobar.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not very good

  • By Terry Tyler on 28-12-16

Not very good

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

Reviewed: 28-12-16

The six so-called "books" are hardly even the length of chapters in normal books. The articles sound like a tabloid hack filling some space with sensational headlines and very little information, (this might be a deliberate stylistic decision by the writer) and the reader, although enthusiastic, occasionally mispronounces words and emphasises the wrong part of the sentence, which I found rather off-putting. Maybe it gets better after part two but I must admit I didn't wait to find out. I was looking for a biography of Arnold Rothstein but unfortunately found this disappointing volume. If you fancy a mildly entertaining brief rundown of lurid events, this might be for you. If you want biographical detail and insight, look elsewhere.

  • I Let You Go

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe, Julia Barrie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,073
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,056

A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn't have prevented it. Could she? In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief, and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever. Slowly Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous debut!

  • By Ann D on 09-05-15

Awful reading from the male reader

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

Reviewed: 30-06-16

Had to give up after fifteen minutes. The reader sounds like a teacher enthusiastically raising his eyebrows and looking up at the class after each paragraph to see if the children are as pleased as he is with his ebullient delivery of a jolly little anecdote about a child's death. Unfortunately I don't know whether the book is any good but the opening, after the introduction, reminded me of the Channel 4 series "A Touch Of Cloth", starring John Hannah.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Pickwick Papers

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Peter Batchelor
  • Length: 29 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

The Pickwick Club sends Mr. Pickwick and a group of friends to travel across England and to report back on the interesting things they find. In the course of their travels, they repeatedly encounter the friendly but disreputable Mr. Jingle, who becomes a continual source of trouble for all who know him. Pickwick himself is the victim of a number of misunderstandings that bring him both embarrassment and problems with the law.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unlistenable

  • By Terry Tyler on 25-01-15

Unlistenable

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

Reviewed: 25-01-15

What disappointed you about The Pickwick Papers?

The sound quality is abysmal. It's so dull, it's as if all the "s" sounds have been removed so I ended up straining to work out what was being said. I cannot imagine the original recording being this bad so I can only assume it's due to over zealous use of compression software.
"Never mind the quality, feel the width."

What other book might you compare The Pickwick Papers to, and why?

Anything else by Dickens I suppose.

Any additional comments?

I'm not at liberty to judge the book or the narrator, having only heard about fifteen minutes of it but I assume it is first class, like most of Dickens' other work. The whole thing was rendered useless to me due to the terrible audio quality.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful