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Depressingly gruesome

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

Reviewed: 29-05-17

Would you try another book written by Jo Nesbo or narrated by Sean Barrett?

Not so much a thriller as a torrid trawl through unimaginably bleak characters and horrifically dark deeds. No more Jo Nesbo for me.

What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

The only good thing about this book is the reading. Even Sean Barrett cannot save what is in my view a repellent story.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. Revulsion.

Any additional comments?

It is turgid going. I gave up after a few chapters; unpleasant horror and not an intriguing crime story. Unrelenting gloom and misogyny, this is not a thriller but a catalogue of vile behaviours; not a good listen in any way. It is so gruesome I am surprised it is not accompanied by some sort of warning as to the content. I would give it no stars for story or overall rating if I could, even though the reading is good.

3 people found this helpful

Insightful research of China's One Child Policy

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

Reviewed: 22-02-16

Where does One Child rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Unexpected. Interesting research based writing, investigating the sources and impact of what was an inhumane policy - more in terms of its execution (literally) than its ideals. Very different listen so not possible to rank it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of One Child?

Some of the descriptions of people's experiences (men as well as women) are harrowing but overall one has a good sense of a carefully investigated history into the power of the Chinese state over the fertility of its people (women), and its continuing impact today. Not comfortable and very hard to imagine what it must have been like to be a woman subjected to the strictures of this regime. Raises interesting questions about whether this policy to reduce population has actually had the desired outcome, and how a reduced population looks after an ageing one. The spectre of 'designer' babies becomes a reality to the burgeoning wealthy classes of China, while the poor remain disadvantaged.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, it was factual and not really a story in the usual sense. Fairly detached reading but not a problem as the facts and accounts were startling and needed no embellishment.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It is not a long book so it was easy to do so and was surprisingly compelling.

Any additional comments?

I don't think this was what I expected but I found it very interesting and am glad I listened to it. It most certainly gives much to think about.

Dreary with poor characterisation

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

Reviewed: 22-02-16

What would have made Talking to Addison better?

A stronger storyline. The writing attempts to be amusing but fails; flat footed. weak story and unconvincing characters. Well read, but that alone could not save it.

What was most disappointing about Jenny Colgan’s story?

Gratuitous swearing, unbelievable characters, weak plot. In fact, no plot, but no strand to the book to keep one on board. I just did not warm to these dreary individuals, or care what happened to them.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

A good attempt at enlivening this book, but it was not enough to make it worth listening to.
Repeating the epilogue was a strange mistake.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

Disappointing.

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Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 27-01-16

What disappointed you about White Nights: A Thriller?

muddled, hard to get in to and too easy to loose interest in protagonists. A weak plot.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Not a lot - this was a very dreary story which just seemed too convoluted and quite quickly I was just wondering why I was bothering to listen.

Any additional comments?

Muddled, unbelievable plot. very disappointing.

well written, well read and gripping story

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

Reviewed: 27-01-16

What made the experience of listening to Elephant Moon the most enjoyable?

excellent characterisation, well read, but a very good narrative to work from.

What did you like best about this story?

involving, imaginative. great sense of place and time

Have you listened to any of Helen Johns’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no

Any additional comments?

recommended by a friend, this was a terrific listen. very good story with scope for vivid sound 'pictures' so very easy to be present in one's imagination with all the characters and places. good pace and mostly well read.

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promises more than it delivers

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

Reviewed: 08-05-15

What did you like best about Storms of War? What did you like least?

writing and narration weak, somewhere in there is a good story

What didn’t you like about Katie Scarfe’s performance?

phrasing and emphasis very odd which completely got in the way of the story.

Was Storms of War worth the listening time?

No

Any additional comments?

Some very 'modern' grammar /writing which did not fit the tone. disappointing.

2 people found this helpful

romantic holiday story

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

Reviewed: 24-04-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

might do, its easy listening

What about Anna Bentinck’s performance did you like?

Very good, clear and gives characters colour.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

Not very serious but enjoyable listen

A romp

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

Reviewed: 24-04-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

light relief

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Not really very interesting more a diversion and amusing

What does Jilly Bond bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

well read and definitely creates characters

Could you see Love on the Rocks being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

yes

Any additional comments?

a soap really but good fun

Quite a journey

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

Reviewed: 24-04-15

What did you like best about The Girl on the Train? What did you like least?

Well read, clever idea but not always easy to follow

Did the narrators do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

yes

Was The Girl on the Train worth the listening time?

just about

Any additional comments?

slightly unbelievable. Mainly because sensible outside help was never consulted (police/lawyer etc) and the manipulation seemed far fetched. clever premise though.

relaxing easy listen

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

Reviewed: 24-04-15

What did you like most about The Olive Branch?

eventually quite like the characters and the gentle story

Would you be willing to try another book from Jo Thomas? Why or why not?

yes.

Did Rachel Atkins do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

yes

Any additional comments?

Enjoyable and quite easy to draw pictures of the landscape in ones mind.

1 person found this helpful