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Cogheart

Narrated by: Rachael Beresford
Series: Cogheart, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (50 ratings)

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Summary

When 13-year-old Lily's inventor father vanishes on a routine Zeppelin flight, Lily's determined to find out the truth behind his disappearance. But she's not the only one searching for her father; there are silver-eyed men in the shadows who will stop at nothing to find him.

With Robert, the local clockmaker's son, Lily travels to London, where they soon discover that she holds the key to the mystery...a mystery closer to Lily's heart than she could have ever imagined.

©2016 Peter Bunzl (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Off-putting narration.

Couldn't finish listening to this because of the one note narration where every line was read in the same sad, sad voice. The narrator didn't seem to be capable of any other emotion and also had a habit of stressing the wrong words in sentences. It was so off-putting I had to instead buy this in kindle format. There are plenty of amazing actors out there. Audible really needs to do better than this.

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Awful performance

I have no idea if this is a good story or not because the performance was so bad that I couldn't make it more than three minutes in. The reader is putting emphasis in weird places and sounds either over-dramatic or incredibly boring. What a shame.

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Dreadful reading.

I bought this book so my daughter and I could listen together as she is reading the book at the moment.
Sadly the narration is so disappointing, the voice is reminiscent of the narration given for the blind over films and tv. The intonations and stress within sentences is completely skewed and off putting. The voice is monotone and dull.
What is a wonderful children’s story has been lost in this extremely unanimated reading.

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Interesting book. Poor narration

Would you recommend Cogheart to your friends? Why or why not?

Not based on the audiobook.

How could the performance have been better?

The narration is the worst I've heard. The narrator speaks so slowly and almost sounds like a text-to-voice robot. I'll buy the print book as I got to Chapter 17 before I couldn't continue. It really is slow and mind-numbingly boring.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

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Awful narrator.

Couldn’t stand the narrator. Shame as apparently the story is great. Returned and got my credit back.

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Wow! Such a great story! What a twist!

What made the experience of listening to Cogheart the most enjoyable?

I loved the new words and the play of language with mechanical parts

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cogheart?

Ooh that's really to pick as there are lots but I loved the air balloons my children loved Malkin.

Have you listened to any of Rachael Beresford’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No but I really enjoyed her narration. It had such an easy listening pace. My children listened to it in the car and they really responded to her voice and got very excited at parts in the story. I would listen to more narrated by her I liked her voice a lot.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Cogs and chronometers! It would make an awesome film. I hope it does get made.

Any additional comments?

Loved the book. Hope the author writes more.

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Great book!

This is a great book and well worth the money!

Mr Bunzl has a great way with words and I looked forward to listening to it every day! Keep writing books like this and you'll go far

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Great original story

If you could sum up Cogheart in three words, what would they be?

Fascinating, original, exciting

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cogheart?

The adventure on the clock at Big Ben

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

She brings alive all the emotions that the characters experience especially Lily's bravery, fear and the tension in the build up to the adventure.

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

It made me want to live in that world. I want a Malkin and a Mrs Rust.

Any additional comments?

I found the narration really easy to listen to, gentle and non invasive and it lets the story unfold to its thrilling climax.

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Terribly Miscast Narrator

Should have been read with more gravitas. A good story, but very difficult to access because the narrator adopted the wrong tone. A good voice for getting her newborn off to sleep... Not for inspiring young readers.. A swing and a miss.

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Reader not suited to story

Great story - full of vim and vigour but the reader doesn’t match it! Wrong reader for this book. Sorry!