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P J Young

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The Great Ghost Story Collection cover art

Couldn't stand the reader's dreary voice

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

Reviewed: 11-10-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Another reader. I could only stand her for one and a half stories. Completely ruined the book.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Only managed one complete story in this anthology, although I do know some of these stories already

What didn’t you like about Cathy Dobson’s performance?

Her voice was dreary in the extreme lacking, in any emotion or differentiation between characters

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

For stories of this sort I think a man's voice is preferable - the M R James recordings by Derek Jacobi are excellent.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Du Maurier - enough said.

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

Reviewed: 23-08-14

Where does The House on the Strand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I read this story as a book several years ago, so could remember a lot of the plot, but still thoroughly enjoyed this as an audio book. An unusual story, and good historical detail.

What did you like best about this story?

The historical detail and the area descriptions, which are very accurate - I used to live in the area, so can recognise all the places described.

Which character – as performed by Michael Maloney – was your favourite?

No favourite, all are good

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Just a little sadness at the ending.

Any additional comments?

Pity that this is an abridged version, and I did find the music an annoyance - I would have preferred Chapter 1, Chapter 2 etc

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

Would you try another book written by Martin Sixsmith or narrated by John Curless?

Probably not. Having seen the film, which dealt with Philomena's attempts to trace her son, I was very surprised to find a large section of the book was a semi-fictitious account of the childhood and career of Michael/Anthony, the majority of which had little or no bearing on the story of his adoption.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The Irish side of the story, dealing with the convent babies, how they were adopted and the trauma to both infants and mothers, then the attempts to re-unite them

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

This is the first one. It was passable, but to my mind a little one paced and most of the characters sounded the same.

Do you think Philomena needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. If there is one, I shan't bother reading it.

Any additional comments?

Would be a lot better without the middle long centre section on Michael, which could have been dealt with in one or two chapters, and I found extremely boriing

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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A pilgrimage worth taking

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

One of the best books I've read all year.



A very gentle start, travelling with Harold up through Britain, through places I know. The middle section, when the press etc. get involved shows all too well the hangers-on who crave their 15 minutes of fame, and with no real care as to how it affects other people. The ending ( once you have got over what seems a short, rather unlikely, distraction of Harold getting lost - both mentally and physically) had me in tears, so sad.



All in all, highly recommended, and a book I'll listen to again and again..

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The Doctor, Rose and Capt. Jack v. the living dead

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-11

This was a good story, ruined by the narrator, who obviously had no idea that this incarnation of the Doctor was a Northerner, and had him talking with the proverbial plum in his mouth, also made no attempt to make Rose sound like a Londoner. His Russian accents also tend to grate a bit. Wouldn't the Tardis translation matrix mean they wouldn't have noticable accents anyway?

The story itself is good, and progresses well, with some neat plot turns, and was a story I wanted to keep listening to. Justin Richards has the characters well defined, and this would have made a good TV 2-parter. I would have given 5 stars if the narration hadn't been so irritating. I did finish up wondering how many 'decommissioned' nuclear subs are in the condition of the ones in the story. Nice to get a brief mention of Bad Wolf, too.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful