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Just Awful

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

I am a big Star Wars fan and have listened to as much as I can going all the way back to the Thrawn trilogy. This book is just not good. Like a lot of the new series it is hamstrung by not wanting to give spoilers for the movies to come and is just setting things up.

The back story of Phasma is nothing new or interesting and adds very little vlue to the understanding of the character from just a few scenes in TFA. I wish that the legends series was allowed to continue on in written form as its own universe and stop putting out rubbish books that are just poor filler in between films.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

The story of Trevor's youth

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

Reviewed: 16-12-16

This biography covers Trevor's youth and growing up in South Africa - it is not the story of Trevor's career so much as the things that shaped his world view and who he is. There are no real stories of him being on the road starting out as a comic, bombing on stage, the big break etc. Rather each chapter is a story from his youth and in particular the story of him and his mother. Their relationship is fascinating and her character comes through the book.

This story is funny in parts and poignant in others. While the story finishes in the perfect place and built nicely to it, it captures the events that shaped him but did leave me wanting a bit more, a couple less chapters of youthful hi-jinx and a couple on how he took this and got his career up and running would have been nice.

A good progression of the Heechee series

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

Reviewed: 16-12-16

This is the second book in the series and if you haven't already go and read Gateway first. Like Gateway this is a science fiction story focused on exploration, concepts, relationships, science and even politics rather than action sequences. This story is set some years later than Gateway and sees Robin as an older man and head of a company but is a clear progression of the themes and issues explored in Gateway. The new cast of characters are really interesting as is the mission central to the narrative. All in all a good progression of the story and a bit like a lot of middle stories it is setting up future stories rather than wrapping up everything nicely. All in all I really enjoyed this and am looking forward to the next chapter.

More a Mystery than Thriller

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

Reviewed: 11-03-16

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

I really liked this Rebus novel. I am going though the series form the beginning and this is my favourite so far, not as much action but a real challenge for the characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Siobhan really comes through in this book and shines. Hopefully she becomes a more integral part of the series going forward as she is a good foil to Rebus.

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

Just through this series and I love his performance. The Scottish accent is great and easy to follow characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The scenes with Cafferty were most intriguing

I gave this a chance but just didn't like it

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

Reviewed: 30-01-16

Would you try another book written by Val McDermid or narrated by Saul Reichlin?

I don't think that I can go around again. The characters were so thin and some really unrealistic behaviour. There was no tension in the story and it was probably 4-6 hours longer than it should have been. Saul Reichlin is my least favourite narrator, everyone sounds like a grumpy old man, the female voices are terrible and the cadence clunky. It is difficult to pick up the end of a chapter and change of scene.

What will your next listen be?

I am going to go back through the Virgil Flowers series. John Sandford is my favourite crie author, if i need a hit of UK work I will stick to Ian Rankin and Peter May.

Would you be willing to try another one of Saul Reichlin’s performances?

I will actively avoid them.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The first novel in the series was ok but this was just terrible sorry.

Any additional comments?

Just because they put it on tv doesn't mean it is good :-)

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

I like this Dexter

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

Reviewed: 12-11-15

If you could sum up Dexter in the Dark in three words, what would they be?

Intriguing - Clever - Original

What did you like best about this story?

I like the evolving relationship between Dexter and Cody, I see why they didn't go this path in the TV series but it does make the books rather devilish.

Which character – as performed by Jeff Lindsay – was your favourite?

He does a good job with all the characters, I do like how he manages Cody and Astor.

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

Not really, it builds well and engages all the way through but rarely do I need to listen in one go.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Almost Great...

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

Reviewed: 12-11-15

Would you listen to Mermaids Singing again? Why?

This is the first in a major series so no need to go back just yet. Maybe in a few years.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mermaids Singing?

The evolving relationship of the main characters and the senior police issues were handled quite well.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The main characters in this book are in the 20-50 age range yet everyone sounded like they were in their 70's. I found it hard to picture the characters as I should as the voices did not portray this very well the differentiation was minimal at times.

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

It is a bit too long for that but the last few hours did fly by.

Any additional comments?

This is a good story with good characters, I wasn't a huge fan of the ending though.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

Great story leaves you guessing til the end

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

Reviewed: 13-10-14

What made the experience of listening to Strip Jack the most enjoyable?

The fourth in the Rebus series and the best so far. The story was believable and kept things interesting with lots of subtle twists. Rebus is a very interesting character and his flaws make a nice change from the 'perfect' Jack Reacher.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I quite like DS Brian Holmes, and Gregor Jack one of the key characters was also interesting in the way things developed.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The coffee and scotch discussion in the Supers office were always fun

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

not in one listen but I did get through it in just a couple of days.

Any additional comments?

This is a good series and this was my favourite yet. it is nice to break up the Bosch and Davenport series with something like this that is a little lighter and has a bit more humour to it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

An enjoyable read

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

This is my first Ian Rankin and Rebus novel and I really enjoyed it. It is a good punchy novel that moves along at a good pace while still doing a good job of developing and introducing characters.

The reading was excellent and it was a joy to listen to the Scottish accent. I have read a lot of US and Australian crime novels and this was a pleasant change, I look forward to following on with this series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful