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Great Story but Narrator Needs More Practice

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

Reviewed: 23-06-15

I really enjoyed this story and feel that comparing it to Rivers of London is a little unfair. Whilst the overall idea of reality grounded police becoming intertwined with the magical world is the same that really just puts it in a similar genre category. Narratively there is really no comparison between the two - London Falling has far more action than Rivers of London and moves along at a great pace once the main characters have been introduced.

A slight let down is the combination of poor editing and a narrator who doesn't seem to understand about new paragraphs / narrative sections when he's reading. Damian Lynch will transfer from one characters story into the next with barely a breath in-between which caused me to skip back each time to make sure I'd followed what was happening. Then there are sections where errors made during narration haven't been edited out and the reader repeats himself and at one great moment during an action scene you can hear papers moving in the background!

Overall, this is a great story and worth a listen if you like the old cops and magic combo. I will definitely be listening to the sequel.

A Story that Descends into Nonsense

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

Reviewed: 21-06-13

What did you like best about The Orpheus Descent? What did you like least?

I enjoyed the general idea of the story but felt it could have been executed with more passion and excitement. A lot of the ideas have now become such old hat that they could have been plucked from a British TV drama series. A rock star main character, a dysfunctional group of wealthy and highly educated university graduates, a clever look at the past with much historical name dropping.

What was most disappointing about Tom Harper’s story?

The whole lead up to the end and the ending are extremely dissapointing. The whole narrative disintergrates into a trippy nonsense which really left me feeling I should have dropped out and not tuned in.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narration is really well read, in particular by Gareth Armstrong. Kris Milnes voice jars a little at first against Gareth's but once the listener gets used to the swinging narrative between the two it becomes less so.

Any additional comments?

There are similar books out there which have been written with more decisive and satidfactory narrative. Well read but best left alone.

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Another Great Story but I missed Dick Hill

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

Reviewed: 21-06-13

Who was your favorite character and why?

It has to be Harry. Why get the book otherwise?

Did Richard M. Davidson do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Richard M. Davidson did a great job of narrating the story and his characters were well delivered. Vocally though I prefer the way Dick Hill presents Harry's voice.

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

I found this book better when broken up over a week.

Any additional comments?

Harry fans be warned, a large amount of this one is dedicated to the investigation from Terry McCalebs side. That said, McCaleb is a good character and the interaction between him and Harry when the story gets going is worth the wait.

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Why So Surprised?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

I got this book having previously been told by a friend to give John Grisham a try. I really wish I hadn't. The plot is tedious and everything that every character does is screamingly obvious way before they do it. As for the narration, Vincent Marzello is a very dull reader, and when he does try to ramp up his performance he just makes everyone sound surprised. I definitely prefer the style of the Lincoln Lawyer books.

They Shoot Monsters, Don't They?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-13

This was a great surprise! It's a really great action / adventure fantasy novel which doesn't pretend to be anything other than it is. Just sit back and listen to the great narration by Oliver Wyman as the adventure washes over you. I know a lot of people out there have issues with Larry Correia's gun lovin' attitudes and obvious political opinions but if you can get over that then you'll really enjoy this book (and the rest in the series). It's fun, it goes bang, it has monsters and then the monsters go bang!

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A Weak End to a Great Series

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-13

I really enjoyed this trilogy but it has to be said that this closes the series more with a steam powered whimper than a clockwork bang. Burton and Swinburne are still great personalities but unlike the previous books the additional characters start to feel a bit like narrative cannon-fodder. That's not to say this is a bad book, it's not and I enjoyed it. I just feel that it doesn't bear up to the previous two exploits and so gets 3 stars through basis of comparison.

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A Strong Start to a Compelling Character

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-13

I stumbled onto this after wanting to read 'The Wrath of Angels' but felt I should do the groundwork and start Charlie Parker's story from the beginning. I'm glad I did, this is a great book and the narration by Jeff Harding is spot on. As other reviwers have mentioned the level of detail covering the Travelling Man killings is prety horrific but helps to set up Charlie Parker's character and motivations in later books. The hardboiled gumshoe thing is heavier in this book than later ones but suits the overall tone. Listen to this and then listen to all the other books in order. I did, and can thoroughly recommend all of them.

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