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Doesn’t live up to prior books in the series

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

Reviewed: 19-02-18

I’ve loved the character of Lisbeth Salander. But in this book there are no new elements. I think if the series is to live on there needs to be more dimension to her and other characters. The repetition of previous bad guys also feels a little predictable. However I enjoyed the tale.

A surprisingly worthwhile listen

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

Reviewed: 28-07-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I listened to this on behalf of our Granddaughter who has to study it for the International Baccalauréat. I had read the book shortly after it came out, many years ago. But listening to it now was a real treat. the language is so rich in alliteration and simili. As a teenager I don't think I would have been able to understand it as well as I can now, and I suspect that our poor Grand daughter will really struggle to see the beauty in the writing and with the way the book is constructed, also struggle to get the whole story. It is a simply masterful work and full of colour. I loved it.

What about Aysha Kala’s performance did you like?

She has a great way of conveying the different characters, Indian and English, young and Old.

Any additional comments?

Really worth the time. Just don't try to rush it!

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THich Nhat Hanh is a true Zen Master

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

Reviewed: 28-07-17

What made the experience of listening to Body and Mind Are One the most enjoyable?

I was shocked at first to hear how much ThiCh Nhat Hanh has aged since I listened to another of his works. In his ageing he has softened and developed a great sense of humour. His teachings, this is a series of lectures, are so well thought through and so easy for us to absorb. it should be compulsory listening for everyone in their teenage years, and every 10 years thereafter as a reminder of how we are in control of our own happiness.

What did you like best about this story?

The simplicity

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did laugh a few times.

Any additional comments?

I must find time to go listen live to a Dharma talk by this wonderful man.

One of the best ever

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

Reviewed: 28-07-17

Where does The Art of Hearing Heartbeats rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's amongst my top 5. Beautifully conceived, a tragic but magical love story. I also loved the narrator,

What other book might you compare The Art of Hearing Heartbeats to, and why?

All the great love stories. Love, when it runs smoothly, is never very interesting!

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

Almost. I finished it in a weekend

Any additional comments?

I want to listen to it again.

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Great continuation of the Peter Grant series.

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

Reviewed: 30-10-16

If you could sum up Whispers Under Ground in three words, what would they be?

A fun listen

Which character – as performed by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith – was your favourite?

I love his voice so much, all of them are wonderful.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I am moved to laughter by Ben's turn of phrase from time to time, not belly laugh, but a rye chuckle.

Any additional comments?

I love the whole series which is becoming a favourite. I just downloaded the 4th. Ben, please write faster as I will be through them in the next month or so!

Beautifully paced and hauntingly beautiful

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

Reviewed: 30-10-16

If you could sum up The Snow Child in three words, what would they be?

A memorable listen

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the idea that a fairytale character could come to life and live in the world. It reminded me of other books which challenge your view of the possible. It is lovely to dream.

What does Debra Monk bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I loved her soft lilting voice. She has a quality in her voice that is old fashioned and straight laced. Very appropriate for the character of Mabel the principle character and narrator of the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I found the whole thing moving and poigniont.

Any additional comments?

You will love this book if like me you enjoy fast paced books some of the time and slow paced books from time to time. This is the latter, languid and reminiscent of the desolate landscape it conjours up so well.

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Great continuation of the Peter Grant series.

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

Reviewed: 24-09-16

If you could sum up Moon Over Soho in three words, what would they be?

Amusing, compelling, easy-going.

What other book might you compare Moon Over Soho to, and why?

The other Peter Grant books

Which character – as performed by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith – was your favourite?

PC Grant. I hope that if they ever make this series into a movie they use Kobna Holdbrook Smith. I love his voice, the velvety undertones and clear London character.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Occasional hah hah, not belly laugh or laugh 'till you cry.

Any additional comments?

I've just downloaded the 3rd book in the series and thought of the 4th/5th but decided to await the pleasure later in the year. I am a big fan of series' and this is a very good one, I suppose similar to the Philip Pullman Sally Lockhart series.

Just one battle after another

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

Reviewed: 03-05-16

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

It's probably more for blokes. I thought there would be some Roman history or enough historical context to make it interesting. I couldn't finish it.

well told story but a gory part of British history

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

Reviewed: 20-03-16

Where does Winter Pilgrims rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's in the upper quartile. I'd say it's not great literature but it was very enjoyable and also instructive.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Kit (Catherine) and Thomas the two principle characters who were well conceived

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The part where Kit cut out the fistular .....

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, occasionally I had to distance myself from the battle descriptions as it made me feel a bit queezy. It made me realise how lucky we are to have lived in peacetime.

Any additional comments?

Jack Hawkins is a great narrator. As far as the story is concerned I'd have liked to have more made of the mysterious ledger.

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Loved the whole series

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

Reviewed: 09-03-16

Would you listen to Unseemly Science again? Why?

Probably not, the bullet catcher series was most enjoyable, but not perhaps gripping. It was a little predictable but its a nice listen and I particularly love Gemma Whelan's voice.

What did you like best about this story?

I like long books so this trilogy suited me:I love to get to know the characters and feel I can enter their world (the Gas Lit Empire). If you like trilogies like the Name of the Wind (Rothfuss) then you will also like this trilogy too. The world is perhaps not as richly imagined as that of Pullman, Rothfuss and Rawling and it could perhaps have benefitted from being darker in nature but I would have liked a 4th book to keep going. The characters Rod Duncan creates are likeable and clear, the situations plausible in the context of the world they are in. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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