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Gripping

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

Reviewed: 08-07-19

Most moving book I’ve listened to in a very long time. Makes you deeply appreciative of the RNLI volunteers and brings home just how special they are. Truly humbling.

Interesting story, bad narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

I enjoyed the story but unfortunately the narrator has a really harsh voice and style of reading which made all the characters sound horribly dislikable.

I wish audiobook producers would begin to understand that good narration is an art form. All too many are dire.

The story is read by 13 year old with a reading age of 8.

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

Reviewed: 26-06-19

Anyone can just ‘read’ aloud. Only good readers can give the book some life. This narrator could not do more than read rather badly. She kept getting emphasis and inflection wrong which results in sentences not making sense. She also races so you can’t follow any of it.

Frustrating and hugely detracts from the story.

Only on chapter 1 and may not finish

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

Reviewed: 19-06-19

The narrator is the dullest and most flat reader I’ve ever come across. I’m only on chapter 1 but have lost count of the times I’ve switched off from what I’m listening to because the narrator is so utterly boring - she’s like listening to a refrigerator hum only the fridge has more inflection. It’s a shame because i have a feeling the story would be good - I may have to get a refund and just read a hard copy

Quite an interesting story

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

Reviewed: 18-06-19

Unfortunately the narration was flat and boring and it was therefore rather difficult to concentrate and not have your mind constantly drift off somewhere else.

You should be sued for ruining Mr Leather’s good work.

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

Reviewed: 30-04-19

I didn’t think you could find someone who was worse at reading than Martyn Read who read the previous novels in the series. You have done so. God help us from older men who are trying to live out their thespian dreams via audiobook. Truly painful to listen to and utterly ruins this book. His accents defy belief. This is a narrator devoid of skill. He makes it sound like a crap knock-off of the goon show. It is impossible to follow because you spend more time cringing in horror at his hideous voices so miss the storyline.

Do yourself a favour and read this book instead of listening to it.

If this guy or the previous guy are back reading this series then I’m done with it. I’ve forced myself to persevere so far but these guys have destroyed it, they make it painful and unbearable and remove any scrap of enjoyment from the books which is a travesty as the stories and characters are really well written.

Good story, diabolically awful narration

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

Reviewed: 29-04-19

That I got to the end of this book is testament to the strength of the story alone. The story is great even when destroyed by a poor reader. I think the author should sue his publishers for allowing this butchery of his work.

The narrator is almost too awful to know how to describe. He has a full mouth so enunciation and clarity suffers badly and you regularly hear him swallowing and nose breathing. You also hear him turning pages.

He is not good at pauses so it manages to be quite rushed and a bit confusing as a result.

Quite the worst part is his horrific attempt at accents and dialects and voices. He ruins it. Manages to make it farcical even as you’re cringing in pain at how awful it is. He can’t do accents. He makes people sound either severely mentally retarded or as if he’s parodying an episode of Dad’s Army.

Painfully stupid voices on top of loud nose breathing and gulping and in unrecognisable accents means he should be prosecuted for destruction of property or something.

It’s difficult to describe how awful this narrator is and I really strongly believe it needs to be reread by someone else. If I could give it negative stars for performance then I would do so, I hope they read these for feedback!

Great story, desperately awful narration

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

Reviewed: 07-04-19

This narrator makes everyone sound like a poor, jokey, parody of a panto character. It’s impossible to take the story seriously and it seriously detracts from this book. Audible would be well served by having it reread.

No joke, his accents are brutal. He also puts on an awful upper class English accent. His women accent is farcical.

It would be impossible to continue to listen if it weren’t for the fact the book itself is great.

Also the narrator sounds snotty, I mean that you can hear his clogged sinuses and you can hear him gulping and swallowing. It’s nauseating. You also hear him turn pages.

It’s just a really poorly conducted narration, totally unprofessional.

I really Hope feedback works its way back to the recording company and the narrator.

Great story, poor narration

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

First Stephen Leather book I’ve listened to and the story was great. I’ll definitely listen to more of them if they have a different narrator.

I’m afraid I agree with other reviews, this narrator is fine at reading but the story is utterly destroyed by his desperately awful accents and character voices. I nearly stopped listening but wanted to hear the rest of the story and didn’t have the leisure time to sit and read a hard copy.

Interesting concept.

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

Reviewed: 28-03-19

The story itself was quite fascinating and kept me gripped.
I struggled with the narration, the main character had a blocked nose so spoke really nasally and it’s rather unpleasant to hear snot.