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No singing here

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-01-19

An very good dramatised production of the H.G. Wells novel that actually blends the novel and the stage show versions of the story. It wraps the result in the familiar instrumental refrains of Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version now some 40 years old but still powerfully evocative. Micheal Sheen channels but does not impersonate Burton and for lovers of the original it is actually fascinating to hear the similarities and difference in the story acutely highlighted by placing the relevant music next to them.

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Good not great

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

Reviewed: 14-08-18

As ever with Culture audiobooks the reading of this is very good. However the story is a little ponderous and feels like an exploration of Culture development as much as a story. The closing act lacked the tension that the story implied.

Mixed Bag

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

Really worth reading/ listening for the Culture stories and altered perspectives of some of the shorts. The last 12 minutes is hard going and may sound better as a “12 inch dance remix” to quote a line.

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Intricate Back History

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-12-17

An intricate backstory written as a historical research summary. Enjoyable but not gripping as such. Impressively thought through.

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Good smug entertainment wellbread

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

Reviewed: 18-07-17

Stephen Fry is the perfect choice to read this smug tale of the superior and prepared Mr Carrodos, Holmes inspired character who is perhaps less flawed but just as assured. Thanks Audible for the gift.

In his own words

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-04-17

A good change of perspective that could be interesting with other characters too. It took me a while to settle into the performance because it is a little different to Zara Ramm's version of Markham. Some of the writing is a little uncomfortable but it was entertaining to see historians through the eyes of others.

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Curiously engaging and intriguing

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

Reviewed: 30-01-17

This will never be my favourite story but it was fascinating and engaging like passing an evening with an interesting stranger or picking up a Rubik's Cube for the first time.

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Interesting and good to finish the series

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

Reviewed: 25-01-17

Men at War. I wish I had read that at the start of the sequence. Most interesting. And the few chapters of book 21 make a satisfying full stop to the series. I much preferred Ric Jerrom or Robert Hardy as a read though there is nothing bad about this.

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A Good Supplement

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-17

A good set of novellas although it feels as though there is more story to come. The stories feel like the first episodes of a TV series - Ivanhoe style rather than Epic GoT. Lots of GRRM trademarks like the repeated phrases (Dunk the lunk, thick as a castle wall).

A good instalment

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-08-16

This was a good instalment. I would have marked it four stars but the is a distinctly episodic feel. Perhaps it is being written as a TV series. I certainly can see the BBC doing a good job. And the question in the back of my mind is what is going on in America and why is it only people from the future trying to take the time pods?

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