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Excellent story, awful narration

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

Reviewed: 21-01-19

As always, Janet Macleod Trotter's attention to detail and storyline is faultless … but by chapter three I had to give up on this audiobook and buy a hardcopy to finish it. I couldn't listen to that narrator a second longer. I will make sure I don't buy any other book with this narrator, totally unbearable. I very much urge you to listen to the sample before you purchase this and if you don't make it through that, buy the hardcopy. I will be doing that in future!

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Funnier than most professional comedian books!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-04-12

There are a host of funny anecdotes throughout the book and Frank Skinner does an excellent job at narrating. Some of the advice even makes sense! The only thing that spoils it a bit is the appalling attempts at regional accents by other narrators - cringe-worthy! I’ve had a couple of Dawn French’s attempts from Audible and I have to say, this is funnier than either of them!

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Waste of a credit

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-12

For the first time ever, I've given up halfway through and I can safely say, having lost the will to live part way through the first half of the download, I cannot even name a character in this book let alone what the story is about - yes...its that mind numbingly boring.

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A Tiny Bit Disappointing

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-10-11

I am a fan of Dawn French but I have to say I was disappointed with this and think had she not been a name already, may have had problems finding a willing publisher. The story is quite mundane and the one "twist" too easy to work out. Sorry Dawn.

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Slowly starts to work!

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-10

It took a while to get used to this tape as unfortunately the narrators voice is not very relaxing and not what you'd expect from a hypnotist. However, after a while of listening to it when I retired for the night, I started to realise my attitudes have changed towards food and exercise and where I figured I was eating reasonably healthily, there was obviously room for improvement. This book has highlighted my awareness of where I was going wrong, given sort of subconscious guilt trips when I gaze lovingly at a [now] redundant tub of Nutella and after about a month of usage, twice a week, I've lost just under a stone. Worth a try but you really will need to get used to the narration!

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Gripping!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-02-10

This is by far the best audio book I have downloaded since joining Audible. Its very well narrated and within the first half hour or so, you are already introduced to a range of major characters who are memorable, interesting and hold your imagination. I'm terrible for reading the cover of a book or seeing the first 5 minutes of a film and working out exactly how its going to pan out. You can't do it with this book. There are several twists, things happen that you just don't expect, minor characters who appear that change your train of thought etc. Its characters are believable and its not really that far fetched so as a worst case scenario for the victim, it is something that could happen - fundamentally a prank gone wrong. I would highly recommend this book. I've put the rest of the series in my wishlist. This review is in respect of the unabridged version.

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Better than the book, not as good as the film!

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-09

This must have been quite a difficult book to condense into an hour for the play. When I read the book, I found it a bit long and drawn out in places but the movie was excellent. This play obviously cuts to the chase. However I think if you had not already either seen the movie or read the book, the fact that the entire murder sequence is cut out of this play could sort of make you think, ?What just happened?? It jumps from Bruno telling Guy about his theory to commit the perfect murder, each man to do the other?s murder ?criss-cross? so there appears to be no motive to Bruno presenting Guy with his estranged wife?s glasses to prove he has killed her. So basically one minute it?s a suggestion, next scene, job done! However, it is still worth a listen and the parts are all well read!

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Good Christmas Tales!

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-09

I really liked this selection. There was a good variety with the old classics like A Christmas Carol (which was my personal favourite...Lionel Barrymore was excellent as Scrooge)and the comedy of Miracle on 42nd Street came a very close second for me. I also enjoyed Christmas by Injunction which had a nice little twist at the end. All in all, it is worth a listen to get into the Christmas spirit and with 6 plays for under ?4, can't be bad can it!

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Excellent book, fantastic actor

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-11-09

I think one of the best things about this book is that Don Leslie who narrates actually sounds like Tony Curtis so you can easily believe that it is Tony himself telling this life story. Achieving a successful career against the odds, this is a no-holds-barred story that gives an excellent insight into Old Hollywood's studio system where the actors were held under contract and without a good agent could suffer years of poor roles and exploitative contracts.

A colourful character from beginning to end, he talks candidly about his rise to fame, his marriages, family life and tragedies, numerous relationships and "flings", prejudices and achievements. One of Hollywood's true stars and legends. Long live Tony Curtis!

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Easy Listening and Excellent Narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-11-09

I bought this mainly because of my love of Steinbeck and out of curiosity and was not disappointed despite being an adult! The story itself is more that of saving the libary rather than, I would say, Steinbeck characters coming to life but what I did like about it is that it would be a good introduction for children to Steinbeck, would give a basic insight into his writing and to the man himself. It even had me reaching for my collection again and re-reading The Pastures of Heaven. I would recommend this as an easy listening book. The narrator sets the scene for each character very well and he is very easy to listen to and makes it interesting.

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