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Phillip Lawrence

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Not as expected

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

Reviewed: 12-01-20

I bought this book on audible, thinking it would be an excellent and uplifting story of the innovation, struggles and, ultimately the victory of building a global brand.
Sadly, the story was, for me, written quite negatively and couldn’t really enjoy Knight’s tale as he just comes across always as a victim. Not once is there any joy in the giant leaps and successes they went through, only how much debt they were in and he never seemed to enjoy *any* of his own triumphs.
This was not helped either by the terribly dour narrator that just seemed to emphasise the negativity of the story he was telling.

Having said this, it was very interesting , but would’ve been more enjoyable if there were more insightful and intriguing sales with the arch-nemesis that was/is Adidas.

I guess I just expected it to be full of aggressive billionaire talk - wincing at the thought - but it was just a kid from down the street, with very few things he could translate into positive success and victories in his life, though there were many he should’ve been proud of.

A fine retrospective account

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

Reviewed: 17-02-19

Any fan of the LOTR films will already have some understanding of the trials and tribulations of what it took to get these films made. However, nearly two decades after the releases gives further insight with not so rose-tinted glasses. There is obviously still a tremendously fond hold on the original trilogy by everyone involved, yet it was interesting to hear their own views on the less well-loved Hobbit films. This follows an extremely similar pattern the Star Wars original vs Prequel trilogies, in my view - that the first set seemed more mature (aimed at my age at the time of release), whereas the second trilogies were far too childlike, aimed at a much younger audience - even than I was the first time around.

Unfortunately, I found the narration (although good) quite off putting when diving randomly into mis-placed accents. Awkward and off-key - just stick to the written word, without the terrible ‘acting’

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Interesting, but nothing new

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

Overall, this was an interesting listen
However, I felt the listen was off-putting due to the narration.
The narrator insisted on saying foreign words in an accent (mainly German), which only served to sound like a demented sat-Nav voice blurting out a word incorrectly. Also, when using a voice, it only served to come over more camp than C-3PO.
Truly, there was no need for these inflections and would have been a more enjoyable experience if they had been spoken without both of these ‘performance’ issues

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Ironic Degenerate

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

The story was ok, but the language was off-putting by NEVER using any contractions, such as wouldn't, couldn't, shouldn't etc. It WOULDN'T have been so obvious had he not spoken the rest of the story in colourful 'criminal' language too

The term degenerate seems to be a favourite of the American underworld, without EVER acknowledging this term for themselves

Last bit, I'm not sure if it was the copy I had, but the readers' over-dramatising - where there was really no need - seemed to grate and the voices seemed far too slow, so my recommendation is to listen on x1.25 speed - it helped get through it quicker too

Interesting story, poorly performed

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

Reviewed: 01-02-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator was quite annoying for me. As per several other reviews, there were many repeated sentences, which were off-putting. The narrator should NOT try the actual accents, as they were poor at best and only distracts from the story, as well as his own pronunciation of Him-AH-lia instead of how its written....Himalaya

Any additional comments?

As previously written by another reviewer , I agree that the story IS Krakauer's own view, but in general paints the whole climbing fraternity a greed-is-good, egotistical group of unpleasant people. I would like to think this brushstroke wouldn't tar the whole ilk, but they certainly don't come across as good people. I was also completely amazed at the seemingly astonishing levels of unpreparedness in either of the climbing groups and total lack of human compassion to pull together when things start to "go south"

Very thorough account

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

Detailed background of how the Third Reich built and led Europe to war

Very disappointing narration, mainly put off by the accent and pronunciation of repetitive words and phrases

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