Craig Rich

Blandford Forum, Dorset
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  • The Micro Kids: An 80s Adventure with ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and more

  • By: Gary Plowman
  • Narrated by: Jas Walker
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 2

It is November 1983 and young Billy Twist and his friends are about to discover the exciting new world of microcomputers. Billy and his friends start on their journey but run into some obstacles as they try to setup a computer gaming club. Take a trip into the 80s world of micros, 80s pop culture, and classic video games in a story for 8-bit micro fans and geeks. Billy is a typical kid growing up in the 80s - the age of the microcomputer. An age of wonder for teens and adults alike. A nostalgic story of ZX Spectrums, Commodore 64, Amstrad and Ataris.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Like it’s being read to a 5 year old

  • By Craig Rich on 25-05-19

Like it’s being read to a 5 year old

2 out of 5 stars
1 out of 5 stars
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-05-19

The story is as basic as it gets. The nostalgia is there for sure, but it feels a little like it’s a story that a 10’year old has written in school. This might be purposeful on behalf of the the author, but add the appalling narration by someone who clearly has zero experience or affinity with the source material “an Apple i i E” and it feels like a bedtime story for a 5 year old.

This was something I was looking forward to, being in my late 40s and having grown up with very similar memories, but I almost switched it off 6 or 7 times because I just couldn’t deal with the tone.

I persevered but was left feeling like I should have stopped after all.

Overall probably something to read, not listen to.