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Aga Saga.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

The listing of this book in the crime section is utterly baffling, to me. Over 75% of the book is a series of mildly traumatic, but very civilised conversations and introspections. There's very little story, at all. I kept thinking that I was listening to a rather monotonous episode of The Archers. No thanks.

The Spirit Of Dick Van Dyke

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

Burns fiercely within the soul of Edoardo Ballerini and is unleashed with joyous abandon here. As a lengthy lesson in how to utterly murder a variety of British accents, this is a perfect reading. This lesson was not what I hoped for, but I got it anyway. I desperately wanted to enjoy this as much as I've enjoyed most of this series, but I have to admit that EB's accents defeated me less than half way through. I doubt my difficulties will be shared by any US listeners.

2 people found this helpful

Young Adult?

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

Reviewed: 20-04-19

I listened to most of this, but lost interest and didn't finish. It's quite well written but very formulaic and therefore rather uninteresting. I found the writing style simplistic and repetitive, overall it felt like a children's story.
The narration is adequate, though rather patronising. Accents are not the narrator's strongest skill.

This is a YA book.

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

Reviewed: 16-02-19

I wish we could have accurate product descriptions and be able to avoid unsuitable books.

This can be summed up as "young outsider succeeds against the odds and some gung-ho stuff". Fine, if you're 14 or 15, I'm not so I'm returning it.

Not Bad, Not Good.

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

Reviewed: 31-01-19

Would benefit from a good editing, to remove the toe curling purple passages. They do nothing for the decent story and only impede concentration, by allowing the reader to drift off. About a quarter could go and that would help a great deal.

JK has a great voice and he reads very well. He misses no opportunity to dish up the ham, complete with vibrato wobble. His Welsh pronunciations are unspeakably bad, shame really, five minutes research could have fixed that. You can either be bothered, or you can't, he plainly can't.

Overdone ham

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

Reviewed: 30-01-19

JK reads very well and has a good voice, but his massive over acting ruined this for me. It's rather like listening to bad farce. Although he's clearly enjoying his self indulgence hugely, I couldn't.

1 person found this helpful

Is This Panto?

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

Reviewed: 30-12-18

The narrator certainly thinks so. His delivery is a sort of over the top, comedy, pantomime style. I couldn't bear this self indulgence, so gave up after an hour.

Carry On Vicar

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

Reviewed: 31-10-18

Middle aged vicar, persecuted by younger, beautiful women who insist on pursuing him. Can't help wondering how old the author was when he wrote this. I'm unable to finish this book, due to middle aged male fantasies constantly interrupting the flow. These interruptions cause me (a middle aged man) to cringe, on behalf of the author.

Excellent narration.

1 person found this helpful

Good Old Fashioned Treachery

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

Very good tale of treachery and power lust. Beautifully written characters and lovely dialogue

Narrating is vastly different from reading out loud. One is easy, the other is supremely difficult. Ross Anderson can read out loud. His delivery is monotonous, colourless and ultimately very boring to listen to. Perdita Weeks has a very good voice, full of colour and subtle nuance. Her internal volume control needs some readjustment, though. She veers wildly, from a whisper, to a sudden bellow. This happens continually, from sentence to sentence and within sentences. It has quite a significant effect on the listeners ability to actually hear what she is saying. This is important, but easily fixed by simple microphone technique.

Well worth a credit.

10 people found this helpful

Crop On That.

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

Decentish story, well, half a story, as has been noted previously.

Falls into the old trap of indulgent, repetitive circular debate. The fast forward button can do the editor's job, so not much of a problem.

Good narrator, but he ought not to attempt to mimic a female voice. He is very, very thinly skilled here. All of his female characters, who are often quite well written, suffer badly from his well meant attempts. They all sound like a homophobic impersonation of a caricature, camp, gay man. This is very distracting, irritating and frankly depressing.

Listeners don't need, or welcome this kind of interference from the narrator. The writer guides us well enough with things like names, relationships, etc. We can work out who is a man and who is a woman.

Just saying, like.