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I should have listened to the audio sample

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

I struggled with this for a couple of chapters and then just gave up - I couldn't stand listening to the reader any longer - and the story just never ever really happened. Please listen to the audio sample before you buy this - you might be ok with the reader but I wasn't.

2 people found this helpful

As usual, a great read.

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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: 12-12-16

I love Kobna reading these books - he really makes the story live. This book progresses Peter's story well. The only criticism is nothing to do with the book, but with the way that whoever arranges the audio book has not thought about the placement of the interview with Ben and Kobna. It should come after the acknowledgements read by Kobna - instead the loud harsh voice of the interviewer comes straight in after the very quiet ending of the story - it is very jarring, and such a contrast to Kobna's quiet voice, so be prepared!! It gave me such a fright as it was so unexpected. Chapter 17 is the interview.

16 people found this helpful

Don't buy this if you want to burn it onto cd

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

It might be a great story but as it only lets you burn one cd and then no more it doesn't work for me. I bought it for my 91 yr old visually impaired mother who can work a cd player - it is the only audio book that has done this. Now I have to return it! But thankfully I can with audible.

I just loved this

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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: 19-02-16

Elizabeth Gilbert is a great narrator - she could make an instruction manual interesting and her voice is so easy to listen to. And I loved the content of this book. I totally recommend it.

This was a fascinating book

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

Reviewed: 11-10-15

As soon as I finished it I went looking for another book by Natasha Pulley but unfortunately there are no more (hopefully in the future as this was her first book).
This is an amazing book and I really enjoyed it. The story line kept my interest right through, and the ending was excellent.
A suggestion to audible listeners - make sure you listen to the date at the beginning of the chapters - I missed a couple and got really confused and had to go back to the beginning of the chapter to listen for the date!
I enjoyed Thomas Judd's reading as well.
I thoroughly recommend this book if the summary appeals to you.

5 people found this helpful

This isn't for me

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

Reviewed: 22-11-14

I have tried on and off for 8 months to get into this recording and haven't managed to do so - I do find Eckhart Tolle's voice quite difficult to listen to. I enjoyed his book, the power of now, but found these recordings didn't appeal to me at all.

3 people found this helpful

I couldn't get this to work for me

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-11-14

The order of the tracks makes it difficult to play it at night when it should be played. And there isn't a story so that is why I didn't rate it more than one.

2 people found this helpful

It never met my expectations

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

Reviewed: 21-11-14

What disappointed you about A Shadow on the Glass?

Too much description, not enough magic, and bad writing.

What was most disappointing about Ian Irvine’s story?

That it never met my expectations of a great story.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He didn't really - he only had the words he was given, however, I found his accent slightly annoying after a while.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

I totally agree with the other negative reviews - sometimes I wonder if the very positive reviews are genuine - or whether the reviewers expectations are very low. This book may have been better in the printed version as I would have skipped large sections - especially the bit in the swamp. The author does not have the great writing skills of other fantasy authors and I would not read another of his books. I gave up after 9 chapters as the story was not moving forward but flat lining. And surely fantasy books need more magic than this one had. That is the reason for reading them.

1 person found this helpful

Too much repetition and detail

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

Reviewed: 25-09-14

What did you like most about The Art Whisperer?

It was a good plot line

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Remove a lot of the double up of information and remove a lot of the 'lecturing' information.

Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favourite?

Alix was good. Kate Rudd read the book really well. A less competent and professional reader would have meant I wouldn't have continued with the story when I was getting so frustrated with repeated info.

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

Definitely not - it was a long book.

Any additional comments?

I didn't realise when I was listening to it that there were two authors writing it which probably explains the number of times that the same information was given to the reader - it was really annoying, and because it was audio, I couldn't skip the text. Also, there was far too much information given that detracted from the really quite good plot. If I wanted to find out lots about art restoration I would have read a book about it. This book is a semi-thriller and it felt really confused many times during the listen - was I listening to fiction or to a non-fiction book. The authors need to consult and to then have one outsider read it all and to mark where the info is repeated.

The most awful reader I have ever heard.

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

Reviewed: 01-09-14

Would you try another book written by Pam Grout or narrated by Pam Grout?

Definitely not

Has E-Squared put you off other books in this genre?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of Pam Grout’s performances?

Definitely not - she reads as though she has a time limit - not at all relaxing. I listened to about 10 minutes of her book and couldn't stand it any longer. She sounded as though she was in a race to see how fast she could read a set number of words.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger and annoyance at the quality of the reader and disappointment as I was looking forward to listening to the book.

Any additional comments?

Maybe it was cheaper for the author to read it but she should have had some lessons before she did it, and listened to the experts. I am totally not interested in the book at all now - she has ruined for me what could have been a good book - I will never know as I am not going to listen to it.

5 people found this helpful