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Best this year

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

Reviewed: 25-06-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Captain Wentworth's Persuasion to be better than the print version?

I don't know. I haven't read the print version. I find having the audio version easy to listen to while doing other things.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Captain Wentworth's Persuasion?

I am so pleased Regina Jeffers decided to write this book because I always felt there should have been more about Anne and Frederick's future life.

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

No I haven't.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The sea persuades

This was fun

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

Reviewed: 25-06-15

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

Yes. Although the timeline varies greatly from the original (and I won't spoil it for anyone) it is a clever and intelligent "take" on the P&P story. Wendy Sotis has stayed true to each character.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Equal across the board.

Which character – as performed by Veronica Leckie – was your favourite?

Again, Veronica Leckie's reading was OK.

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

Not really.

Any additional comments?

An enjoyable read.

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What a fun look at Longbourn

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

Reviewed: 25-06-15

What did you like most about Longbourn's Unexpected Matchmaker?

It was such an interesting take on the well-known story, from Mr Bennet's point of view.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mr Bennet. His humanity came through. In the original, Mr Bennet is a figure much in the background and this book took time to understand why he was like he was, and how he how he tried to rectify the disappointments and mistakes of his youth.

Which character – as performed by Vanessa Johansson – was your favourite?

None really.

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

Some of it made me laugh.

Any additional comments?

A well produced and read book.

Great story spoiled by poor narration

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

Reviewed: 25-06-15

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

Yes, because of the story line. It is exciting and full of different characters.

What did you like best about this story?

Focusing more on Georgiana.

How could the performance have been better?

I was so disappointed by the performance. Ruth Urquhart's delivery was mostly flat and very little light and shade. Her Scottish accent was fine, but her interpretation of the males was harsh.

Her pronunciation of many words was poor (see additional comments for the list)

Do you think The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I am always happy to try Pride and Prejudice follow up books.

Any additional comments?

I feel most of the problem was down to the producer. There is a long list of mispronunciations that really jarred. Viscount is not pronounced Visscount, it is Veycount. Edward tells Georgiana that he is bless-ed to have her as his wife when it should have been bless'd, and the list goes on. Surely the actress and/or the producer should have noticed these. I spent time listening out for errors than enjoying the story (at times).

Previous Regina Jeffers books have been a delight, so can I suggest that you are more careful about choosing narrators to suit the book? Listen to those narrated by Phyillida Nash as an example of how to read a book not only accurately but also with artistry.

Heart in Mouth

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

Reviewed: 09-12-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Various Haunts of Men to be better than the print version?

At first it took me a while to get used to Steven Pacey's voice, but his characterisation is good. I tend to listen at my PC while working at home. I am not sure whether I could read the print version at night. Susan Hill's stories are strong stuff.

What did you like best about this story?

Her characters are believable, which makes the stories all the more listenable. Sometimes I find it difficult to break away.

Which character – as performed by Steven Pacey – was your favourite?

I like the main character's sister, although this has been formed by listening to other books in the series (I am just about to start book 4).

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

I cannot say as it would be a "spoiler", but I am not ashamed I cried.

Any additional comments?

Although the themes of these books are quite black, the main characters are the redeeming features. Realistic, flawed but on the whole likeable. She writes with a real insight into the human psyche with all its dark places. All I can say, is these are really not for the faint-hearted.

Pleasantly surprised

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

Reviewed: 31-10-14

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

Yes, because the book has a good, if slightly unusual, story line. The characters are well-drawn and totally believable, as is the back-drop of Maine. I enjoy stories in the fantasy genre but often these are a bit far-fetched, but this story did not stretch my credibility. Donna Postel is the first American female whose performance has not annoyed me by being either over-acted or their tones grate. She has a gentle voice with good characterisations.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Firefly Beach?

I have one, but it would be a bit of a spoiler to mention it.

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

No I haven't but I will be looking out for more read by her.

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

At times, yes. It is not exactly "sitting-on-the-edge-of-the-chair" exciting, but I have found I have still be listening to it well after midnight (way past my bedtime!).

Any additional comments?

Perhaps Audible will consider having her previous book Nine Tenths and her soon to be published Celtic Sister recorded. Hope so.

A tale with a sting!

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

Reviewed: 15-07-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Judas Unchained to be better than the print version?

Not having read the print version (yet!) I cannot comment. It will mean having listened to the audio version I will be buying the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

The story of the "paths" from world to world.

Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favourite?

I think the relationship between the characters Ozzie, Orion and the alien Tochee is brilliant on their trek to find the adult Silfen.

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

Difficult to say.

Any additional comments?

Just great characters, and a fast-moving finish to two good books.

Great Story

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

Reviewed: 15-07-13

What did you like most about Pandora's Star?

A realistic interpretation of future worlds and the sheer pace of the book but with a touch of "whodunnit" and plenty of twists.

What other book might you compare Pandora's Star to, and why?

I am now listening to The Void trilogy which is linked to Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained. As I am starting to explore this type of science fiction, I cannot really compare it anything except, perhaps, for The Great North Road.

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

Yes. His styled of narration is quite laid back, but his characterisations are well suited to the characters. Nothing jarred.

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

There is hidden humour in Peter Hamilton's books that sudden appear, even during a quite dramatic part.

Not sure about the narrator!

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

Reviewed: 15-07-13

What made the experience of listening to The Dreaming Void the most enjoyable?

I have been listening to Peter F Hamilton's books and most of these stories are the basic tale of good -v- evil. The worlds that Peter Hamilton has created using a mixture of science fact and science fiction to believable.

So far they have been narrated by John Lee and I have got used to his interpretations of the characters. It is a pity that Toby Longworth didn't listen to the previous audio books to keep some sort of continuity. The ones that jarred where Paula and Oscar.

Otherwise, he has a good voice.

If you listen to it while doing other things, you may have to replay as some of the story has facts that are absolutely essential.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The joy of PFH's books are the many characters and you have to keep your wits about you to know where you are. The characters are all believable. I loved the relationship between Hakim and Eddiard and Eddiard and his fellow constables.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes as in come cases the story moved so fast you had to listen quite hard but that is the style of the story.

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

When Eddiard's village was ransacked by the bandits.

Any additional comments?

Good story.

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Great North Road - Part Two cover art

4 stars for price, 5 stars for content

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

I did not know this author before listening to Great North Road. I think it was the combination of science fiction and being set in Newcastle (where I have just moved to) that caught my eye. I am glad I did.



It is gritty, well written and I think plausible about the future of the world and the use of its resources.



Like other reviews, being split into two, thus twice the price of most other books might put some people off (and I agree with the other reviewers that this is a bit of a swizz!) but if you think it is long, stay with it as the characters develop, the plots intertwine and get more tricky. I think I changed my mind about the murdered about half a dozen times.