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Enchanting

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-01-10

This collection of Oscar Wilde's Fairy Tales range from the charming to the unutterably touching. If you don?t need to hold back a tear on hearing these superbly narrated stories, then your heart must indeed be cold. Wilde?s wonderful use of language will cross all age barriers and the poignancy of each tale will stay with you daylong. I thoroughly recommend them to all.

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Surprise Final Third

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-01-10

As with the others from this BBC series, this is wonderfully atmospheric with great music and superb accents. That said, I found that the story was so shortened as to leave great gaps ? sometimes too much for coherence. What was a surprise was that the final third was not the dramatisation but rather a conversation between Raymond Chandler and Ian Fleming. Whilst fascinating, it did mean the story itself was much shorter than one had expected making it less than good value for money. If you are a real fan then get this ? otherwise I suggest you choose another in its place.

Boys? Own Adventure

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-01-10

This is a real ?Boys? Own Adventure? with heroes and villains, battles and treasure but no kissing! The language is a little dated but if one accepts it for what it is, a tale from the days of the British Empire, it is not cringe worthy. Despite having an East Coast of America accent, Jack Sondericker narrates this superbly. There are ?noises off? as pages are turned but it almost adds to the effect of having this read to one by a favourite great uncle, sitting in a big leather chair by a roaring fire. I very much enjoyed this utterly uncomplicated book but, and I am sorry for being a bit sexist here, would recommend it more to the chaps than the girls! At the price, it is superb value.

Good ? better than the first

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-10

The second of his trilogy, ?The Girl Who Played With Fire?, is just as superbly narrated as the first but the story is much better paced and engaging right from the start ? but I would suggest that one must listen to ?The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo? before tackling this one. If you liked the first book, you will love this; even if you didn?t enjoy it much, you may very well enjoy this one. The book ends on a cliff hanger, so I am now looking forward to the last of the three. My only real gripe is the amount and type of swearing. I guess this may be a trouble with translation. One often hears ?What the f*** is that?? where as we would expect ?what the hell is that?? Notwithstanding this, the book is recommended ? a good thriller with an intriguing main character - a real improvement on the first of the trilogy.

Stick With It!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-09

The first of Stieg Larsson?s Millennium Trilogy, this is a wonderfully read book, the narrator being able to change character with just the slightest inflection.
The Swedish author died in 2004 at the age of 50. This novel was published posthumously and, had he had the chance, I wonder if he might have revisited and re-edited it. The book is much longer than it need be for, within this 18 hour 50 minute long story, there is a very good six hour mystery trying to get out. In this version, one has to sit through long meandering passages of unnecessary explanation. He has however, in Lisbeth Salander, created a fascinating individual and, having got through this book, I now want more. Don?t give up as I nearly did; stick with it!

Wonderful One Liners

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-12-09

These BBC dramatisations almost perfectly hit the spot. From the very start, the American drawl and wonderfully appropriate music, transport one into Philip Marlowe?s office with the rain pouring down like steel rods on the sidewalk. His one liners are a delight with the style of writing and scene conjouring being always more important than the plot itself. The High Window is the lesser of the two but both are most enjoyable, if a little expensive for the running time. My only real negative criticism is that I find the stories to be slightly over abridged, leaving one to make a few unexpected leaps of imagination and understanding. However, I will definitely listen again and again ? just for those one liners

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Not a classic but fun

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-11-09

This was my first Dan Brown and turned out to be everything I had expected. It?s a great yarn, sprinkled liberally with facts, but not very well written. It is not long before one gets used to the cliff-hanging chapter endings, often with the ?oh my God!? phrase ringing out. The twists and turns are, unfortunately, rather transparent but it certainly does entertain one which is its raison d??tre after all. There may be some who take it all too seriously, of course, but I imagine most, like me, will have enjoyed it but not listen to it again.
The narrator does a fair job but his characterisations are rather two dimensional, I think.

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