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How could this book not afford a better editor!

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

Reviewed: 01-02-2021

This is a classic tale that most people know and love which is why the editing of this audiobook was disappointing. I always thought that the audio skips/repeats was just a bad download or bad version but even deleting and redownloading didn't fix... apparently I'm not the only one who's quality was terrible... I love this story so I stuck it out but I would've thought a book like this could afford a better production. I didn't mind the narrator, but then I rarely care or judge a narrator based on "the voice" I had in my head, it took some getting used to as I had only ever read the book and got this because I got midnight sun as an audio and then went onto this one straight after... so Edwards voice after the Jake's narration took some getting used to...

I own all the audiobooks for this series and I really hope the quality gets better because this is not a book that should not be let down by such poor editing

Couldn't put it down

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-2021

This is an addictive story that you can't put down (so don't start before bed or you'll be seeing the sun rise). Love, betrayal and the Fae... any story in the Mercyverse with Fae is always entertaining, keeps you guessing and makes you glad the Fae exist only in fiction (I say thank you out of habit and couldn't imagine the "debt" I'd be in if Fae existed).

There are a few parts that repeat but that's a production issue. It's doesn't take too much from the story

A story of Mercy and Vampires

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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: 01-02-2021

Another binge worthy book from the Mercyverse that is thoroughly enjoyable. The story this time really builds on the relationship of Stephen and a hint of what a walker can do... definitely a series you can read/listen to many times and never get bored. Love Lorelei's narration

Better than the movie

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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: 01-02-2021

The second chapter in the HP universe has always been my least favourite movie. The audiobook however, didn't seem as difficult to sit through. Stephen Fry definitely has a way to bring the books alive better than the movie ever managed (in my opinion).

A struggle to finish...

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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: 07-01-2021

First and foremost, Erik speaks slow, sounds like he's struggling to breathe while narrating and will often leave seconds of silence or "dead air" between sentences. I found putting the speed on 1.15x helps with the slow talking but the breathing and even the silence, are still heard. The entire quarterly to me sounds like he wrote up sentences in bullet point on word and then just "cut and pasted" them into paragraphs that just don't go well together.

The editing and better structuring of his chapters could have made this quarterly less confusing and more enjoyable. Perhaps if the chapters were structured to only have Morrison, or Shorten, then the constant jumping between them wouldn't have been leaving me wondering, "who said what..."

And the swearing. Now I'll admit, I cuss myself; but when you're listening to an audio book from Quarterly Essay, you don't think it's something you can't listen to in the car while taking the kids to school. A forewarning (even just in the description) would've been nice.

Overall, the poor editing and narrating made it hard for me to take much from this essay. The facts spoken were things publicly known and the author/narrator comments on people were judgemental and sometimes cruel. This was a difficult essay to finish and personally not one I'd have been sad to miss out on.

Great narration but didn't enjoy this essay

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

Reviewed: 12-12-2020

I didn't find this essay as interesting as the others released this year. The narrator did very well, you can really hear the experience than what authors who narrated their own essays beforehand. This essay wasn't on a topic I am as interested in but you do learn some interesting things, especially if you're interested in NZ.

Rosamund Pike made annoying characters better

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

Reviewed: 02-12-2020

I have read the book, listened to many versions of Pride and Predjudice and watched both the TV Series and Movie (argh...) and somehow Rosamund Pike made characters that always seemed to annoy me less irritating. The story is a classic that really captures the readers and transports them into the 19th century that I know me and my mouth would never survive in. There are many versions of this book with a different narrator but I found this one to be my favourite (but each to their own). Either way it is a story that everyone should have read/listened to at least once

Listen a few times if you want to fully grasp this

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

Reviewed: 02-12-2020

This is a Quarterly Essay I listened to twice. The Murray-Darling Basin has always been important for environmental stability for our country but many never knew how close it is to dying until the fish did. This is a complex topic, that will give you a basic overview of what's been happening to lead upto the current state of the basin. It's disheartening how much we've failed to protect the basin because of greed and plan misunderstandings of our own eco-system and how little we understand what can be done to save the Murray-Darling. The conclusion (which has always been the best parts of any Quarterly, in my opinion) just wasn't able to fully grasp the topic but since nobody has managed it, its not Margaret Simons fault. You will need to listen to this Quarterly a few times to fully understand all thats been outlined in this essay and you'll likely need to do further research or find other books to get a broader understanding of this topic.

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Perfect narration for a timeless classic

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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: 02-12-2020

Agatha Christie's books have always been worth a read and don't really need an appraisal (it's a classic, you know its a good book). SO all you really need to know is that the narrator does a excellent job in bringing this story to life. His accents are great and you really get a feel for all the characters

Broken Audio but a great listen none-the-less

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

Reviewed: 02-12-2020

The biggest issue is the audio jumps and you lose a paragraph or two, it was reported however I've seen that this issue was raised 2 years ago so not likely to get fixed (a shame since some of what is lost is funny) BUT this book definitely builds up Mercy into the character you will come to love and admire throughout the series. Like most books in this series you will devourer each chapter, and if you're like me see a good sunrise when you read/listen the whole way through. *NOTE do NOT start this in the afternoon if you have work in the morning