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Lost interest due to a slow narrative

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

What would have made Remote Control better?

I have liked other A McN books, but for me, this one dragged. There were several hours in the middle of banal, pointless narrative about moving between locations, eating fast food etc etc where NOTHING significant happens. I lost interest and stopped listening.

Would you recommend Remote Control to your friends? Why or why not?

No. For reasons described. Slow narrative.

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

This is very poor, compated to other Andy McNab books, which are generally much better.

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Starts well - then gets worse

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

Reviewed: 30-06-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This started well with the usual parallel story lines. This approach then stalls with a growing focus on an increasingly implausible situation in a Singapore technology company.

Jack Ryan becomes more and more cartoon like in his behaviour and the 'in one jump he was free' type of narrative.

There was also lots of' '.....Jack knew he shouldn't....but somehow he couldn't help himself....'

Really?!

What was most disappointing about Mike Maden’s story?

Lack of pace, unlikely situations, non believable characterisations - even for a Jack Ryan story.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

The performance was generally good.

Was Tom Clancy Point of Contact worth the listening time?

I got bored about half way through.

Any additional comments?

Not one of the better books in the series.

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Not quite as advertised

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

Reviewed: 18-09-16

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

Although titled Abdication, this is a rather minor part of the story. It mostly concerns various staff, family and friends of the King and Mrs Simpson. I had hoped top be better informed as to the reasons and detailed background of the abdication itself. This was only a fairly minor part of the whole.

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

Carole Boyd narrates the story perfectly and I enjoyed listening to her throughout.

Any additional comments?

If you want an 'above and below stairs' story of life among the different classes and people involved at the time of he abdication, then this will provide it.

If you wish to understand the background to the abdication... then look elsewhere.

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Dire reader...

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

Reviewed: 29-08-15

What would have made Jack the Ripper: The 21st-Century Investigation better?

This started badly.. with chapters simply reading out the verbatim proceedings of the Coroner's court.
Coroner: Did you see the body?
Witness: Yes.
Coroner: Did you see anyone else?
Witness: I did not
etc etc...

It would have been far better to write a summary! Presented this way, it was terribly boring.

What was most disappointing about Trevor Marriott’s story?

A potentially interesting narrative .. ruined by a reader.. who sounds like a child trying to read out loud.

Wooden.Awful!

Any additional comments?

Look elsewhere.

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