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Not exactly what it says it is...

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-06-20

I thought this was going to be the story of a strange and daring heist (which it is for about an episode and a half) but it is much more an examination of one branch of the global food industry. Was it interesting? Yes, to some degree. Would I have preferred a detailed examination of the original nut crime (similar in depth to other audible originals "Call me God", "West Cork" or "Evil has a name")? I think so.

Quite good

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-05-20

Interesting story but not as engaging as West Cork or Call me God. Actually quite a lot on the murder suspect but less on the life of the victim. Can't complain for a freebie

Too long...

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

Reviewed: 14-04-20

I love Wolf Hall and BOTB but I couldn't finish this one. I gave it a good go, but after 17 hours I decided to save the remaining 15... The main issue for me was the lack of a central character to focus on - people came and went and for me they blurred into one. Too many characters doing lots of little things. In the end I found it had become elevator music in the background...

One of the best Flashman books

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

Reviewed: 09-06-19

This one always feels a little different to the other Flashman books for me, probably because it follows the fictional tale it is based on rather than being set in real historical events like most of the series. However, this helps it hold together a bit more than some, so it is still one of the best in the series in my opinion. Some great characters, Lola and Rudy being the pick. Reader is fine. Highly recommended.

A cracking version of a great story

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

Flashman is a great character. A rogue of the worst kind, supremely spiteful, cowardly and lecherous, he is someone you root for, just to see what kind of scrape he gets into next. This book is the first of about a dozen Flashman novels, all jam packed with meticulously researched military history from the last half of the 19th century. You learn as you laugh at Harry's plights!

The novel is beautifully paced with never a dull moment and the reader is fine. I read all of the Flashman books about 20 years ago, but I think I will now work my way through the audiobooks too. My personal favourite is Flashman and the Redskins.

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 29-05-19

Some interesting ideas but I found the characters really unbelievable, half the time they seemed like school kids the next they are armed guerrillas. The story jumped around with thrills one minute and then a description of a lecture the next. I also found the way the tone bounced between comedy and serious to be really awkward. Listened to the end because I had already invested several hours in it, but couldn't wait for it to end.

A mixed bag of slightly disappointing goodies...

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

Reviewed: 07-05-19

It's difficult to be harsh when you get 5 audio novels for a single credit, so I give the package 3 to 4 stars even though I do have reservations about recommending this to everyone.

I haven't read the books before but I have seen most of them in film or TV version, so I was looking forward to this audiobook becoming available as a single collection. As it is 5 different stories read by 5 different readers I should go through them individually.

War of the Worlds is a great story about Martian invasion. It runs along at a pace and remains interesting throughout although the fact that the whole story takes place in a small part of southern England surprised me as it is clearly different to the 2 film versions. David Tennant reads it ok, but I didn't find him as engaging as I expected him to be. 4 out of 5 for War of the Worlds.

The 1960s film of the Time Machine was a favourite of mine and this story still has lots to enjoy even if the novel spends much more time with the morlocks than it needs to and less on the fascination of time travel - the traveller only really investigates 2 or 3 periods in the novel unlike the funny/cool late 20th century imaginings of the film (changing shop window, etc). Reader fine. 4 out of 5.

The Invisible Man was the part I found most disappointing. Throughout you wish the protagonist to do so much more. Even in 1900 England, all he can think of to do with his invisibility is hide in shops and rob people. I also was also disappointed with the reader. For a novel with so much dialogue from several different people (Invisible Man, tramp, doctor, shopkeeper) I thought her range was poor with most of them coming across as 'bumpkin'. 2 out of 5.

The Island of Doctor Moreau ranges from interesting and thought provoking to tedious and boring (that section with the 'sayer of the law' - please make it stop!). It definitely has some good ideas in it though, so it probably merits 2 out of 5 and the reader was excellent.

The piece I found by far and away the most enjoyable was 'The first men on the moon'. This completely surprised me as it was the only story in the collection I had not come across before in another form. It also differs from the others by being a kind of comedy or at least it does have very comic moments mixed in with some deep thinking about aliens, insects and ultimately finishes with a very threatening conclusion. A very weird and utterly fascinating novel, 5 out of 5.

As I said at the start, you can't complain with so much for a single credit, but I will only go back to some parts for a second listen.

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Second tier Francis

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-03-19

Pretty decent Dick Francis book. Hero was a bit annoying but otherwise enjoyed it. Good reader

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Loved it!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-19

Really interesting study of a nervous man with a big secret. I found myself chuckling at the way he constantly questioned himself, changed his mind then changed it again. Many of us have been there albeit without such a guilty secret in our history!

Fine for fans but not for me

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

Reviewed: 18-02-19

As a child of the 70s I grew up with Tom Baker as the doctor. A golden age for the doctor until the new post 2000 generation. So I gave this a go, but I have to say that I found it pretty boring. The last story involving the Daleks was ok, but some of the others seemed to go on and on, especially the pirates and the second Peladon one. The conversations with the actors that pop up from time to time were mildly interesting but in the end I was glad to finish it and get back to a proper novel.

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