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Brilliant! Pity about audio quality

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

Reviewed: 10-12-2018

A superb story by a superb author and superbly performed by Nigel Planer. All of this made up for the poor audio quality of the recording - varying volume levels, crackling, muffled at times, as well as odd use of reverb meaning at first I couldn’t tell if it was Death speaking or a foot note. Once I got used to it - no problem.

Utterly superb!

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

Reviewed: 28-10-2017

One of the most wonderful stories that exists. It has been an absolute pleasure to listen to this performance. Highly recommended!

Just awful

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

Reviewed: 15-02-2017

I had to return this despite trying to overcome the poor performance of the narrator. Has Anthony Heald even seen Star Wars? His pronunciation of Bespin, Coruscant and Palpatine would suggest otherwise. He seems to forget full stops (that's periods to our US friends) exist and his intonation suggests he is yawning while reading! Dreadful and disrespectful reading. And yet he has read so many SW books which are all now off my wish list. Rubbish! It's probably a good story but I have no idea...

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Just Awful!

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

Reviewed: 16-09-2016

A poor story, badly written and badly read. Writer trying to copy Douglas Adams and failing. Insults Birmingham (my home town) and Australia (my new home) and the story is dull and The Glamour isn't the same as other Glamour Chronicles stories. The reader can't do accents at all - appalling Scottish, London and Australian accents. (I doubt she has even met an Australian). Voices used are annoying and oddly interchangeable between characters so it is difficult to follow. I persevered in the hope the ending would redeem the whole but no, just awful. Don't bother. BBC, we expect better!

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Superb but badly read

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

Reviewed: 20-01-2016

This is well worth a listen. Superb and very inspiring - do what you believe in and believe in what you do. Steve Jobs laid out with all his triumphs and errors.

There are some issues with how it is read and more than can be blamed on an Englishman listening to an American accent. Eg the phrasing at times is odd, "Islet" is pronounced "eye-let" not "iz-let" on both sides of the Atlantic and what the hell is "soddering"? I'm pretty sure it is "soldering"! The L is not silent!

This is poor and should have been picked up by the director.

That said it's a great book!

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 11-05-2015

No matter how bad life gets, it will never be as bad as Turin! Brilliant stuff!

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great story poorly presented

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

Reviewed: 11-05-2015

This is a great story that everyone should read (especially these days in a multimedia world which almost directly reflects the world described by Ray Bradbury). I like Tim Robbins as an actor but I am disappointed with this presentation. It is over dramatic at times with gasping and shouting and his voice choices are not as good as they could be. His female voices sound like Monty Python's Mrs Knickerbater at times.

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Great story

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

Reviewed: 27-10-2014

Great story, well read with some nice touches of music at times. This added to the atmosphere. However, at times, certain scenes were performed by actors and this seemed random and distracting. I would recommend this though!

Great story but badly performed

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

Reviewed: 09-08-2014

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The voices chosen for the characters.

What did you like best about this story?

Great story line and great idea well written. A mix of magic, folklore, fantasy and the legend.

What didn’t you like about Joe Jameson’s performance?

Voices chosen for characters are wrong. Robin and other important characters are portrayed as slow and stupid by the voices they are given. A real shame. The sheriff does not seem as frightening as he should be, just a bit dim. I think they were trying for Midlands accents but being from the Midlands myself, I can honestly say we don't all speak slowly and stupidly! Watch Peaky Blinders and you will get the idea!

Did Shadow of the Wolf inspire you to do anything?

Buy the paper version

Any additional comments?

Being a fan of Robin Hood stories, I couldn't resist this book and am not dissappointed by the story. A great idea and well written. The narration is OK but some of the voices used are wrong. Characters who should be strong and charismatic seem slow and stupid. A real shame. I might buy it in paper form and re-read it myself

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