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Words really fail .....

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

Reviewed: 07-05-2019

John Buchan was an exceptional writer, his flow of words is magnetising, it’s not just some wordy tale, an over stacked story. No, but page by page unfolds such a richness. In it you are lifted through an extreme crafting, that regardless of whatever the outcome, here line by line you can enjoy a deep pleasure. Here the narration adds greatly, its not just a reading, but a fire is added to this story, a depth that reading alone does not have. Yes it in indeed a special tale, one not to miss!

Marvellous characters!

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

Reviewed: 25-04-2019

These Archer characters, you can feel the very fabric of them. The story is very strongly constructed on the character of these people. Terrible pity that the tale is so let down on what becomes a monologue that drags on. The audio production is far from pleasant , the speech compression makes the narrator so dreadfully tiresome. So I hope fellow reader that like myself you are an avid Archer reader
and will be prepared to let this tale go by.

Amazing, very satisfying, great

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

Reviewed: 18-12-2018

Frederick Forsyth has surpassed himself with this little tome! Coupled with the superb narration of David Rintoul, they have delivered a rather smooth story. Even the terrible minefield of alphabet security soup is well laid out with enough background without trying to reinvent the wheel of acronyms. This present day tale well held my interest to the very last line, the characters from the Kremlin to West Wing to the hallowed halls of Westminster, yes even the Scots have a great showing, all without fail are definitely well drawn and fit together so well. The central figure portrays just so well, he leans ever so gently on your shoulder. This is the most well enjoyed and pleasurable book to me of recent times. I lift my cap to both you Frederick and David, excellent!

Cannot recommend this one !

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

Reviewed: 19-05-2018

Unfortunately I found this book just plain terrible. The narration was good, but the very long drawn out tale at very most was far from satisfying. The layer upon layer of detail of the Russian political workings is very tedious. Just trying to come to grips with Russian names, terminology, and supposed deliberations is mind numbing. The portrayal of the Americans leaves me sick just to contemplate that anyone would act in such juvenile fashion. I cannot here hide my love of the British as told with their circumspect speech and relaxed manner. Others in this tale exhibit a lot of very ill temper and lack of control which fits in with the winding tale that is on again, then off again. A couple of the characters are excellent with a warmth and reality, such as the Captain of the tanker, along with his wife and his boss..
Frederick Forsyth is a master story teller, an absolute genius, but something seriously went wrong here.

John Grisham at his Best to Date

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

Reviewed: 19-03-2018

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

Certainly it is an enthralling tale. Some bough down in legalities, not this one. I have been concerned that we are about to be hit with more and more courtroom drama, well some is there, but only as an integral part. There is a fabric of undisclosed tale which takes it's grand time in letting you know just what is ahead. Simply. you cannot take this book for granted.

What other book might you compare The Partner to, and why?

No I don't see a copy here, maybe after awhile I might, but not now as I have only just finished the story, it will continue to roll over me for yet a long while. Its a grand taste lingering on the tongue like a good sauce of a Christmas pudding.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Not so much scenes as interludes, the up close conversations were masterful, the first presiding judge in private discussion is presented indeed as a judge with sharp, careful, deep delving, mind. He was one not to miss anything, he did it with style. The lady of the book just grabs one, especially as she is never fully described, like Mona Lisa, she leaves you wondering, yes what ....?

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

Oh yes the laughs are there, no cries even with the finale. This is not a Wodehouse volume, no it gave my grey matter a stir to weigh up, to try to penetrate beyond the next little while, to hold things for a moment or two and try to take in just what you think maybe happening here.

Any additional comments?

Yes as a audio book you don't have the eye strain, especially if like me you may "read" during the long night hours. But add to this lazy pleasure, the skill of the narrator, they can easily make or break the tale. The inflection or tone on a throw away phrase or word so often makes a mighty impact that so often builds the fiber of the tome. I love a good voice.

I love the Ideal

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

Reviewed: 17-03-2018

What made the experience of listening to Doctor Yourself the most enjoyable?
The Idea of treating oneself, well it well maybe a minefield, but no less so than a disinterested doctor on their usual very tight time schedule, that is what is often the case only too often. Andrew Saul does come across rather well. If you care to believe only a part of his dialog, well he may well be streets ahead of the usual doctor approach - " Well maybe we should now try so and so" . It seems to me after a fairly long life with quite a few train wrecks along the way with the usual medications, I'm opting for a lot more vitamins and dropping most pills as prescribed.

Would you be willing to try another book from Andrew Saul Ph.D.? Why or why not?
Certainly

What does Patrick Cullen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
A lot of rest for tired eyes. His presentation I find is rather easy to take in.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Emotion is not a good thing to gauge your health with. Cold hard reason, if possible might be much better. Though enjoying a joke or two does help to let the medicine go down.

Any additional comments?
Theory is one thing, but too dip the feet in the water is much, so much better. Applying some of the methods described here plus good Counsel is about the best thing to help us through the minefield of health services. We are given some rather good advice here, wrapped with a bit of disdain, Well life is for the takers?

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Grim but Life as is

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

Reviewed: 04-02-2018

Would you try another book written by Peter Greste or narrated by Peter Greste?

Certainly, this type of view from someone who has been "on the rough end" beats just story telling. A good novel is one of life's great treats, but the hard reality here of just what is transpiring outside of our usual view, it is a wake up call from the ominus all pervasive twitter daily about us. Bring it on.

What did you like best about this story?

The contrast between being an well oiled up Jurno going about his usual traps, to just what happened when that "Tap on the Door" came is solid stuff. Peter was like most of us and took sometime for the harsh light of day to break in upon him and start to take in just what was really happening. This was when the real pain began. He finally came to the conclusion of just how low was his position on the pecking order of being able to get things done. What a shock! Here the story really gets going, from the nasty prison cell floor, back to civilised life again. From his hell back to life and loved ones.

What three words best describe Peter Greste’s performance?

perseverance, perseverance, perseverance

Could you see The First Casualty being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

A bit out of my realm. TV series often are quite divorced from the truth, poetic licence ??

Any additional comments?

Mateship meant alot, The long hours of solitary confinement would be crushing, completely crushing for most of us. All desire for life would be tried, sifted, who wouldn't consider throwing in the towel, lots do under those conditions. But here was guy who knew himself, and did not give up. One hell of a reporter aye??

Icarus File

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

Reviewed: 17-12-2017

Would you consider the audio edition of The Icarus Agenda to be better than the print version?

No

Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Ludlum? Why or why not?

Certainly

What three words best describe Scott Brick’s voice?

American deep vows

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

N/A

Any additional comments?

Far too much filthy Language, uncalled for blasphemy, it totally distracts from a long drawn out story.