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The narrator's intonation is unbearable

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

Reviewed: 19-06-19

I honestly cannot believe that anyone would approve this intonation for a recording of an audiobook. It was absolutely unbearable. Seriously, I listened to the first 60 seconds in horror before skipping randomly to a few more chapters just to see if she stopped going up at the end of every sentence. She didn't. I returned the book immediately. Maybe it's the best story ever written but I'm never going to know unless it's rerecorded by someone else.

Wasn't sure in the beginning, loved it by the end

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

Reviewed: 19-06-19

I am a huge Rivers of London fan and especially enjoy the narration of Kobna Holbrook-Smith so when a different voice began reading I felt really disappointed. But I needn't have worried. This is an exciting new vista in the Rivers of London world. I loved the references back to the folly and London but also enjoyed the growing realisation, as the novella unfolded, that Ben Aaronovitch is opening up his magical imagination to the rest of the world as he has occasionally teased in the main novels. And the narration? A new voice to get used to, certainly, but an excellent reader who really inhabited the character and by the end he felt just right.

The ghosts were more believable than the humans

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

Reviewed: 30-11-18

This book needed a more vigilant editor, several times awkward descriptive phrases really jarred and often they were repeated. The overall story was ok, not really surprising but given that a bunch of ghosts were involved I expected to be a bit more surprised. What annoyed me the most was that the chemistry between the so called team was completely unbelievable, one of them has a weird speech halfway through the book about how amazing the team leader is and how they've all gelled so well and I honestly thought it must be sarcastic. But no! Surely if you need to have your characters state something so overtly then it must tell you that you're not communicating the message any other way! And finally the so-called detective work was laughable, so many baseless assumptions were made that again I honestly expected to find out that one of the characters was psychic or had a magic ability. But no apparently these people are just great at guessing without any evidence or even without basic procedures to check. Sloppy work.
If you want magic and policing then go and download a Ben Aaronovitch book, if you've already read all of those try Benedict Jacka. If, like me, you've already read all of those then you should probably still look elsewhere unless you're not as annoyed by one dimensional characters and gaping plotholes as I am.

Highly recommended

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

Reviewed: 01-07-15

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole of this book. it was well performed and well written.

As an aspiring therapist I found it insightful, informative, and encouraging, whilst also feeling wise and realistic.

As a person who has been in therapy I found it to be a realistic insight into the process, and it gave me food for thought about some of my own issues.

As a human being who is interested in human beings and their stories I found it fascinating and engaging.

I guess the format (letters to a young therapist from her older supervisor) could have felt contrived but I didn't get that at all. In fact I felt the letters gave the book a focus and a structure and a flow. My only wish is that it was longer. I could have easily listened to twice as much and will definitely listen to it more than once.

Thank you to the author for sharing her experience so honestly.

This written book is excellent, this is not

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

Reviewed: 28-06-15

I have read the text version of this book a couple of times and it is very good. However this is not, as claimed an unabridged version of the book. It is a talk by the author that covers the same subject matter and ideas but, in my opinion not as well or as comprehensively as the written text.

The narration by the author is a prime example of why authors aren't always the best people to narrate an audio version of their book. Maybe his slightly unclear diction would have been more understandable and enjoyable to listen to if the recording and production values were good. But they are not, it is a noisy 'dirty', echoing recording.

If you are unable to read a text version of the book then go ahead with this because the underlying ideas are worth hearing. if it is at all possible for you to actually read the 'real' book then do that because it's a whole lot better than this.

36 people found this helpful

Piffle

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-09-12

Could not listen to much, it was overtly religious rubbish. Very disappointed that this was not evident in any of the information that I saw on the website. Maybe it'd be some people's bag but it's not mine and would not have chosen it had I known. Felt conned :(

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Obviously the story is wonderful, but...

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-09-12

Why oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why Does the narration have to have a load of americanisms inserted into it. For goodness sakes are the Americans really that dim that they could not work it out in the original masterful form that Dahl wrote (don't answer that!)... Hrumph

A classic and it's clear why

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-09-12

I struggle to find time to read with two small children around but I listened to this in one sitting. Fantastic storytelling.

1 person found this helpful

Brilliant life affirming story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-09-12

Loved this, would never have chosen it but was recommended by a friend when I asked then to give me something that would leave me feeling that all was well with the world. It worked...



1 person found this helpful

Loved the characterisation and the structure

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-09-12

I chose to download this because I'd heard it had a very strong female lead character and I wasn't disappointed. Emma is a great character, believable, flawed and admirable (and scarily like me in places!). Dex is an arse for most of the book but it doesn't make the story any less good. Great twist towards the end that I didn't see coming.



I also liked the structure of the book that takes on day each year over a span of about 20 years. Partly because the historical detail was amusing and partly because of the way it allowed the story to develop.



Made me laugh, made me cry, made me think, entertained me. Life affirming, hopeful. Recommend