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Would have preferred to read the book

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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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

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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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

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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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
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5 out of 5 stars
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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

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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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.

Simply delightful from beginning to end.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-2017

Being able to hear Cleese's own tone of voice is wonderful. I found myself snorting with laughter on buses, trains, airplanes and in supermarket aisles, and it was glorious. The sort of listening experience you never want to end. If you like that sort of thing.