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I really enjoyed it - had not much expected to

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Reviewed: 10-02-20

I heard about this book from BBC’s “A Good Read” and of course had already heard of the Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

It’s not the kind of book I usually read but I think it was on sale in Audible so I decided to give it a go.

It was cery well read/performed though without the Scottish accent I was expecting, I suppose because the story is set in London.

The story was very entertaining and engrossing. I listened to all but the final hour in one “sitting” and even laughed out loud a few times. The writing was so well done and so easy to listen to that it made time pass so quickly.

Highly recommended for a light, entertaining few hours.

Excellent

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Reviewed: 09-02-20

It grabbed my attention and held it all the way to the end. Very well written and performed. I would recommend this to anyone, though I don’t think it would be the kind of thing to listen to on your daily commute... you might end up getting some funny looks as you involuntarily react to some of the script/performance.

Excellent classic

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Reviewed: 10-01-20

It sounded like Basil Rathbone reading it, in black and white. Marvellous story the style and tone of which reminded me of Jules Cerne’s ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ or ‘Around the World in 80 days’.

There were a couple of times when some unfortunately outdated views on race cropped up.

The whole premise is of course preposterous but it’s a ripping good yarn.

I think one day this Conan Doyle fellow might write something even more popular than this story. He has it in him!

Very interesting story, well written, well narrated

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Reviewed: 01-12-19

I am only reviewing Part One ofthe Audiobook download, but as I start Part Two I cannot imagine the story could lose its hold on me, that the quality of the writing would suddenly deteriorate or that the narrator would suddenly become dull or irritating.

As I said in the headline, all three of these vital elements are excellent.

The author, who went through this ordeal, tells us some of Somalia’s recent history but in small informative chunks that never feel like a history lesson. His portrayal of the different captors and fellow captives is alsodone well.

I am really enjoying this book, hoping of course that nothing remotely similar ever happens to me.

Onlyone thing: I hope by the end wewill hear a bit more about how his mother handled things and how the negotiations that finally led to her son’s freedom unfolded.... anyway, let’s see!

Kept me engrossed more than I expected

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-11-19

I love the Who’s music and have done since about 12 yesrs old, but have not bought all their records as I have with the Ramones and Edwyn Collins. I hoped for a lot of insight into how the hits were recorded, how the songs came together, in-fighting in the band etc. and I realised early on, after their first few records were released in this book’s timeline that I wasn’t going to get much of that. But I was already hooked on the real story of Pete Townshend’s life and what he thinks about. His narration is really endearing, and his many chuckles over some of the incidents and opinions could not have been replicated by a different reader and they provoked many a smile or chuckle in me too.

I have not heard any of his more recent output and he has been quite cunning in that this book has made me want to buy some of his newer CDs.... very clever!

I only gave four stars just to be mean, because I would’ve liked to have had a little more about how the songs came together, how much of the bass riffs, drum fills and vocal quirks were written by Pete in the demos and what was contributed by Keith, John and Roger, but maybe that book has already been written and from my remote location I am unaware of it.

I found this book rivetting and listened to the whole book in less than a week.

Kept me entertained

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Reviewed: 10-11-19

It was a bit spooky in places, above average performances and kept me entertained. Possibly my damning it with faint praise is unfair.... it was pretty good and I would listen to another by this author and this cast.

All stories excellent and all different

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Reviewed: 10-11-19

A free read/listenfrom audible and an excellent one too. I was totally engrossed in each of the stories, though each of them are completely different. Very entertaining, and I’ll be following up on other works by each of these authors. I would also not like to praise one story over another. I really wasn’t expecting these stories to be as good as they are, and all the narrators were different but really brought the stories alive. Excellent production all round!

Very interesting

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Reviewed: 03-11-19

A good presenter, interesting themes, good editing, good analysis. A very worthwhile read/listen. I would gladly listen to a second series.

Someone reads out a pop history magazine - this is not an audiobook

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2 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 02-11-19

The narrators are good, the material is interesting but there is no “story” here, just a collection of facts - simplifies for a general audience.

It seems to me that someone is just reading out a BBC History magazine, one that has lots of insets and sidebars that pose simple questions and then answers them.

I found this an irritating listen, but might have been a good magazine for me to read as an eight or ten year old.

My advice? Don’t waste your time. I didn’t listen to all of them, only to three or four until I’d confirmed the poor format.

Very good, well told, well narrated

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Reviewed: 02-11-19

I enjoyed this narrator’s series about Holmes and Watson (The Game’s Afoot, I think it was called)... this one is similar... nice easy narrating style, a bit of humour and occasional innuendo (as befits the topic) and a lot of extra info on movies and actors/actresses you know the names of and a bit about, but don’t have on the tip of your tongue.

I hope series like this bring younger people to these movies and keep them alive. It is astonishing to thing these movies are a hundred years old and still interesting and enjoyable from more thn just a historical viewpoint.

This excellent four part series reminded me of that.