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35 hours too long

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

Reviewed: 16-02-20

This story could have been shortened considerably and Still make a reasonable listen. Too many erroneous characters being introduced that play very little part. The characters are left in limbo at the end, an obvious opening for furthest books, but I’m not intrigued enough to plough through any further volume and can’t help feeling that it will end up being another Game of throne series that just seemed to be written for the sake of it and THE HARD WINTER much quoted hadn’t arrived by the time I lost interest

No idea what this book sounds like

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

Reviewed: 06-08-19

Would love to review this book as I’ve listen to all the previous titles. Unfortunately it won’t load on my Audible ap on my iPad Pro so I’ve no idea what it sounds like. Anyone else had this problem?

Diabolical narration

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

It’s a good enough story if a bit predictable,not one of Ms Abbott’s best effort,but the reader is appalling. I stopped listening after 5 torturous chapter skipped to the last two just to see if the ending may have had a good enough twist to warrant me ploughing on, but it didn’t

Neighbours meets the famous five

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

Reviewed: 29-11-17

Having read tThe Wood Cutter I thought this would make a good second listen from this author, how wrong could I be! Apart from the odd reference to wood chopping and axes, it bore little resemblance to the way the Wood Cutter had been produced.
The narrative was so 1950 s I was reminded of the ‘ Lashes and lashes of ginger beer’ Enid Blyton quote every time Crispy Cob Loaves And Creamy Butter were mentioned, which was all the good folk of that blighted village seemed to live on.

The ‘ Good Day Cobber’ intonation of SAM was so Steriotypical of Neighbours, the ghastly Australian import, it made me cringe.

Add a bit of Stella Gibbons Stark Adder Farm, something nasty in the wood shed, and this just about sums up this woeful tale.

clever enough plot but spoilt in the telling. I asked for a refund

Poor narration

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

The narrator gives the impression of never seeing this book until the recording. The disjointed phrases drove me to the point of almost shouting out loud ,Why not at least give the book a quick glance before trying to record it!!!

The story line was a complete cop out and the constantly repeated description about the after effect of using the heart was another reason I finally gave up and returned the book after 5 chapters

Geographical errors

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Probably worth the 1.99 it cost but would probably been unhappy paying any more

Would you be willing to try another book from Tom Bale? Why or why not?

This is my second book from this author but I doubt I will buying anymore

Which character – as performed by John Telfer – was your favourite?

None

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

Badly researched as far as road lay out is concerned, driving from Canterbury to Norfolk would not entail driving DOWN Bluebell hill unless they had done a Uturn and they would not even be any where near it as the logical rout is via the M1, a natural continuation from the Canterbury road.

2nd fault, the big shopping complexes mention, Thurrock and Lakeside are the same thing, Bluewater would have been the obvious alternative

3rd the A11 is now duel carriage from start to finish and no way could the description given be in any way accurate, although it is often at a stand still in peak times but not for the reason given in the book.

Sloppy research spoils the whole book for me, why mention places in such detail if the writer has no idea about the area.


The reason I know this is I have lived in Kent for 20 years and now live in Suffolk, having a sister still living in Canterbury we do this trip several times

1 person found this helpful

Brilliant book, Canterbury tales meets Grims Fairy tales,

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

Reviewed: 16-01-17

Although I had worked out the 'twists' in the tale about half way, it was still a good enough story to keep me listening to see how they revealed them selves. A good open ended finish to allow for sequels

Amazing ,thoughtful, truly stunning story

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

Reviewed: 23-12-16

I was a bit dubious about this book , I was put off by the title for some reason, having listened to the preview I downloaded it thinking I could always get a refund lol. It's a thought provoking voyage of a distopic society trying to survive in the only way it know how. One or two niggles i.e. How did they open the tins? no mentions of tin openers and they clearly had no knives in one situation, perhaps they were all ring pulls😎 and he refers to the special cans in the plural after one had clearly been destroyed maybe at that point they had become a metaphysical pair but that's me being picky. Did I return it? No the best book I have listened to this year

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Read previous title first!

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

Reviewed: 12-02-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Same narrator , same annoying emphasis on the word SAID, but the author has toned down on the number of times he uses the word

Any additional comments?

I would advise reading the previous volumes in this series other wise a lot of the plot will have you baffled. This series is worth the effort of listening to despite the somewhat pedestrian nature of delivery from the narrator

Good story line

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

Reviewed: 09-02-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I personally would prefer a different narrator, he has the annoying habit of stressing the word SAID and as it is the only word the writer uses to indicate narration it becomes very grating very quickly. In a conversation between two characters I hardly think it's nessacerry to add Said after every utterance . However the story line is good enough to keep me listening

How did the narrator detract from the book?

As mentioned above ,the annoying habit of stressing the word SAID becomes very grating