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Fun and imaginative

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

Reviewed: 15-06-2020

I’ve always liked these stories and this was a really fun listen. The narrator should drop the accent, though. Or get an actual ascot to do the narration.

Sad and sorry compared to book 1

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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: 15-06-2020

Which is worse? An American doing a Scottish accent or a Canadian trying to imagine the childhood of a Viking? The story is silly and dull (the atheling calls his parents ‘mom’ and ‘dad’ and all but says ‘gee whillikers’ 🙄) and the narration is grating. Why choose to do every character in a Scottish accent when you aren’t very good at Scottish accents? Baffling. And awful.

How does this narrator keep her job?

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

Reviewed: 14-11-2019

Her speech patterns are utterly disturbingly bizarre. Just awful. Poor Martha Wells deserves better than this.

Charming, well written and fun

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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: 23-07-2019

I really enjoyed this audiobook. The narrator was superb, and really brought the protagonist to life, capturing the humour and charm of the narrative. The antagonist is a little too horrible to be believable as the protagonist’s best friend for decades. That was a weak spot in the credibility of the plot, but this is not the sort of book that offers gritty realism. Rather it offers a fun and absorbing listen. So the plot flaws didn’t lessen my enjoyment very much. I’ll be looking for more of this authors’ books.

Fun story but unbearable narrator.

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

Reviewed: 23-04-2019

This narrator seems to think that the more octaves she can cover in a single sentence, the more she will be paid. Her squaks, squeals, growls and grunts are so bad that I can’t listen any more. Read the analogue book, because it’s a great story when it’s not ruined by an idiot narrator.

So much stupid and boring

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

Reviewed: 02-01-2019

This has the bones of a good story, but the writing is very slow and repetitive, with every plot development signalled so clearly and obviously that there were no surprises, nothing interesting or original. Nothing is ever left for the reader to figure out, even momentarily. I see that many people really enjoyed it, and I was hoping to be able to turn off my brain and just enjoy the action. I can even look past the rather gross sexism of how the author writes about the character of Roscoe. I was still kind of enjoying it despite these irritations, but then I hit the chapter where Jack Reacher visits the History Professor at Columbia. Now, I’ve never been to Columbia, and I’m not American, but I could not get past the narrator adopting a Jersey accent for a history Professor from Columbia. . You know? Because Colombia is in New York? I assume? The narrator really is sub-par. With a good narrator, I might have been able to enjoy this for the mindless potboiler it’s intended as.

The denouement was truly terrible

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

Reviewed: 28-12-2018

Nothing in the conclusion explains or justifies the events across these seven books. I had to finish because since book two I’ve been impatient for an explanation, especially an explanation of Leslie’s behaviour. While each book includes beautiful, rich, imaginative detail, it also becomes more and more a crude showcase for the protagonist, Peter, who ended up an embarrassing Gary Stu. Men want to be him, women want to be with him. Each book introduces new characters, who are fleshed out for one book, then become wallpaper (eg Abigail). By the time book seven was released, I was thoroughly sick of,the whole series. If I never have to read about how amazing the sex is between Bev and Peter, and how fuckable they both are, that will be ok by me.

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The Narration annoys me

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

Reviewed: 18-06-2018

I’m only on chapter one, and fervently hoping that the narrator does not persist with his choice to play the main character as a folksy old fart, some awful combination of Jimmy Stewart and John Wayne. It’s driving me nuts! I sincerely hope that, when the main character goes through his physical transformation, his voice will be ‘youngified’. If not, I don’t think I can keep listening to this.

Enjoyable but implausible

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

Reviewed: 14-04-2018

A classic Christie, though the plot is a little weak. I enjoyed the characters and papa Poirot. A word of advice to David Suchet; SPEAK UP!! I understand that murmuring may convey some dramatic flourish. But it also makes the book impossible to hear properly.

A mixed bag

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

Reviewed: 05-04-2018

This has never beeen my favourite Austen. The narrator has a lovely voice, but constantly opts for caricature rather than characterisation. I find it very unappealing, to the extent that I returned this version and selected the same book narrated by someone else.

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