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Horace Spatula

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Don't give up on this story too soon. It gets better

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

Reviewed: 15-02-17

An unusual take on background inspiring HGWells stories, such as War of the Worlds, first men on the moon, and The island of Doctor Moreau.
At first I though this would be an uninteresting autobiographical account of H.G., as much was factual. However, it became very exciting and interesting, incorporating many of his stories, such as The Time Machine and The Invisible Man.
Well worth persevering with.

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More fantasy than science fiction

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

Reviewed: 08-12-16

It took a while getting going. I would like an abridged version, as the story line is fine and imaginative, but rather repetitive in parts.
Somewhat marred by weird music, which intruded on the narrator.
Worth a try if you have patience.

Annoying voice.

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

Reviewed: 27-08-14

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I don't think anyone would persevere with this reading

Would you ever listen to anything by Arthur Conan Doyle again?

Yes, definitely, but with a different reader

Would you be willing to try another one of Cathy Dobson’s performances?

No

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Short Stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?

Cut nothing out

Any additional comments?

Very disappointed. I love Conan Doyle's work, and could not continue long listening because of the repetitive modulation pattern of the reader.

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A great SF series of stories

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Lots of different robot stories all in some way connected in sequence, with mysteries to solve, usually explained (without giving the plots away) by the laws of robotics. Great to dip into. Enjoyable entertainment. A good introduction to some aspects of science fiction.

You may not fully recognise this story.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

If you have seen the film or heard abridged versions, you may not recognise the story in full. A great deal is changed from the popular version (actually of course, Alexandre Dumas wrote the original and it's the film makers who did the changes).

Loads of background facts, filled in by fiction but mirroring life in France at the time.

References to the 4 musketeers, now grown older, and amazing intrigues, political and financial. Plenty to get your teeth into.

An impossible task, but worth the effort.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Anyone who has read the complete Foundation Trilogy will realise that cutting it down to 7 hours, whatever is an impossible task. I hope this fine greatly abridged dramatisation will not disappoint too much. They did their best. It's an epic tale spanning centuries of change across the galaxy. The basis of the plot is the idea of psychohistory where it is possible to predict what very large numbers of people will do. We get some good insights into present day politics/religion/commerce too. It's not all blasters and space ships. Fascinating, as Spock would say. Worth a try.

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Epic tale of revolutionary France

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Not for the fainthearted! Around 57 hours. Worth persevering with. The underlying story is brilliant, with the characters being well portrayed. Background details are amazing , quite apart from the story itself. If you don't like detail, such as names, places, dates etc., which tie in with historical fact usually, then possibly a good abridgement might be better for you. Personally, next time I listen to this, I will fast forward some of the chapters.

There is plenty of action, but it does drag in parts. You have battles, revolution, a great hero, some tender romantic moments, bloodthirsty bits, scary bits...it's all there. Well worth persevering with.

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