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A Different Kind of Football Memoir.

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 27-03-19

Very funny, with some nice stories. Peter Crouch comes across as a very down to earth and nice bloke, and it's great that he's reading his own audiobook. Each chapter covers a different aspect of what life is like as a footballer, and Crouch talks about his subjects with a keen eye for detail. He pokes fun at himself as much as he does other people he mentions in the book and it all makes for a very pleasant listening experience.

Oh My Goodness

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-18

What a terrific book this is. I was gripped from the very beginning. The story is complicated and I think that listening to it in a short space of time helped me to keep up with the amount of information being decoded and remembering who all the different characters were, but it was well worth it. The writing is fantastic and I really felt like I was learning everything at the same time as the narrator. Jot Davies does a wonderful job with the narration. I can't recommended this book enough. It's unlike anything I've read or listened to before and the ending is quite simply stunning. It's a remarkable achievement to get such a high-concept story absolutely right without alienating the reader by being too clever or complex but Stuart Turton has done something very special and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.

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Is this really the end?

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 13-04-18

It's a good book and the narration from Tam Dean Burn is excellent as always. He has made these characters his own. There's a lot of suspension of disbelief required to stay with the increasingly bizarre storyline, but the ending is a a bit of a weird one. It just sort of stops abruptly for one of the major characters, in the middle of some interesting developments, and the conclusions for the others are all a bit too neat and tidy. If this really is the last book to feature these characters then it leaves a lot of unanswered questions, but maybe that's what Welsh was trying to do. Either way, I still really enjoyed it. Very dark but very funny as well.

A Holmes and Watson for the 21st century.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-17

It's clear that Anthony Horowitz has a strong love for Sherlock Holmes, and here that love reaches its zenith as Horowitz casts himself in the role of Dr John Watson, a foil to Daniel Hawthorne's brilliant but taciturn consulting detective. The set up to the story is well done, the blurring of reality and fiction makes you constantly wonder how much of it is true, and there are some genuinely funny scenes. But the real star here is Rory Kinnear's narration. It's a shame he hasn't narrated Horowitz's other books for adults.

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Brilliant audio book, shame about the navigation.

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Reviewed: 10-03-17

Sherlock Holmes has deserved an audiobook of this standard for a long time. Fry's narration is superb, his skills as an actor giving depth to all of the different characters that crop up in Conan Doyle's work. It's just such a shame that Audible don't seem to be able to divide the various books and parts that make up this epic book in a sensible way. The first part, consisting of 21 chapters, contains all of A Study in Scarlet, but only half of The Sign of Four. Why not just bundle both books into the first part, or have them in their own separate parts? It makes navigation very confusing, and the lack of a viewable guide in the audible app makes navigation extremely annoying. To find a favourite story, you either have to adopt a tiring method of trial and error, or look up the chapter divisions on the website. It's a shame that something so avoidable has let down what will become the definitive narration of Conan Doyle's masterpiece.

Update: Audible have created and sent out a brilliant chapter guide to accompany this audition, so it is now much easier to navigate. Thank you audible.

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