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Michael Sheen’s Reading Complements an Enthralling Book

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

Reviewed: 16-02-19

La Belle Sauvage is an excellent prequel to
Northern Lights and a thoroughly enjoyable read. The story line flows like the rushing river Thames in flood and the characters both good and very bad are strong and credible. My only slight criticism was the use of some strong language which although used in context took me rather by surprise. It doesn’t detract from the whole book however so I’m really just saying that it shocked me.
The reading from Michael Sheen was one of the best I’ve ever heard. He managed to capture the different characters and the stressful situations very vividly without being melodramatic. Definitely one of best readers I’ve come across and I may try other books just because he’s the reader.
I look forward to part2!

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A Disappointing Reading

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

Reviewed: 30-04-17

An interesting story but unfortunately ruined by an unusually poor reading. There were so many mispronunciations you start listening out for these rather than following the text. The voice and tone were ok but I don't think the reader had any feel for the narrative and hadn't bothered to practice reading the book. There was also the occasional gasp of breath which should have been edited out. This is not Audible's finest and I'd suggest potential readers try an alternative version.

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Worth the effort

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

When I finally got to the end of Anthony Powell's Dance to the Music of Time I found myself going back to the beginning to revisit the entire series armed with foreknowledge of the characters. First time through I decided that there no likeable characters and I just revelled in the sheer craft of Powell's writing. Second time through and I found I had gained sympathy with even the most unpleasant characters having discovered how they were a product of their surroundings shaped by the world they inhabited rather than being inherently malign. The 'dance' became an interaction of characters rather than a performance and gained enormous depth. The series requires effort but it really is worth getting involved turns out a brilliant exposition by a master of writing.