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Performance-story disconnect

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-06-2020

I couldn't listen to this. The story opens with the protagonist facing his own mortality, and the narrator relates this all in a tone of voice more suited to 'The Wonder Years'. Maybe if I'd stuck with it, something might have been revealed later that would place this in context, but I couldn't feel any sense of connection to the story world, or empathy with the character's situation, when everything that happened was being read as though it was a jolly anecdote being told by an avuncular uncle at Christmas. Really disappointing.

Did not finish, did not like narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-04-2020

I'm sure both book and narrator are fine individually, I just didn't enjoy the combo.

Outlander cover art

Did not finish, did not like narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-04-2020

I'm sure both book and narrator are fine individually, I just didn't enjoy the combo.

Highly recommended

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

Reviewed: 08-04-2020

A sensitive reading of a timely, nuanced exploration of young love in the 21st century. Definitely a future classic.

Absolutely stunning on every level

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

Reviewed: 11-03-2020

A compelling thriller and devastating human story, masterfully narrated - I can't remember ever listening to an audiobook where the talents of its author and its narrator complement each other so perfectly. Rupert Degas's work on The Rules of Backyard Cricket deserves recognition for the virtuosity of his acting on any medium going - Serong's prose and complex characterisation are fully realised through his nuanced and deft performance.

This book wouldn't even have crossed my radar if it weren't waved under my nose for free as the Editor's Choice, as the word 'cricket' is usually enough to make me run screaming for the hills. I'm so glad it did, because it's as vivid as stories come. An absolute tour de force.

Would have preferred to read the book

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

Reviewed: 04-10-2019

Narrator's character voices were very distracting, defused the dread-building King is so good at. Disapponting.

Great concept, disappointing in practice

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

Reviewed: 17-04-2019

I wanted to like this, but couldn't make it to the end of the first episode. Unfunny, meandering, and can't be removed from library. Best avoided.

Couldn't finish due to jarring narration

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

Reviewed: 03-07-2018

Narration style emotionally mismatched to content and stiltingly acted (especially male characters). Couldn't finish it.

The surprisingly gripping story of electing a pope

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

Reviewed: 29-05-2018

My dad recommended this book to me after reading it. I looked at the cover art. 'So I'm guessing it's kind of like Dan Brown, then, is it, Dad?' I asked. He laughed and said, 'Not really, except that it's surprisingly gripping.'

He was not wrong.

Robert Harris's imaginings of the internal machinations of the highest echelons of the Catholic Church between the death of the Pontiff and the election of his successor is more than ably served by Roy McMillan's masterful narration. The subject matter has no right to be this thrilling, and yet it is. I loved it.

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An absolute gem

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

Reviewed: 29-05-2018

Neil Gaiman isn't a natural actor, but that isn't to say this detracts from his narration skills. Hearing him read is like having a beloved, trusted and, above all, imaginative parent read the child-you a bedtime story. Every character is distinct, without a hint of artifice in the delivery. I found that Gaiman's voice sounded very different to how it sounds in my head when I read his written words - but in a way that made me feel that I'd come to know him better as a storyteller. Ragnarok is as devastating and cathartic a climax as any he has produced.

Wildly entertaining, told with almost tangible love, and highly recommended.