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Brilliant Listening

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Reviewed: 14-10-2020

I really enjoy Joe Abercrombie's stories. I'm 60 years old so you may think they wouldn't appeal but I get swept up in them. I love: 1) the length - good value for money! 2) Steven Pacey is extraordinary. He does every English/Scottish accent you could ask for. 3) The stories have some very funny moments 4) Imaginative, violent, a whole history to understand 5) Excellent characterisation - eg Temple in this story, So human. 6) I never know what to expect (except it usually means trouble!) I have read a lot of them and loved every one.

A Delight, a wonder, a treat...thank you BBC

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Reviewed: 04-09-2018

What a wonderful 33 hours I had. Laughter, tears, dismay - a whole gambit of emotions. The cast and the adaptations were superb. Nothing better.

I really enjoyed this one....

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 04-09-2018

This was an excellent listen...the story was a variation of the 'men beat up women' theme and turned it on its head. I got a little exasperated with Abigail Thaw as narrator though...she kept swallowing between lines and after a while, this g became a little annoying. However, that wasn't enough to dampen the book's pace and mystery. I couldn't wait to walk my dog so that I could listen to the end and she was walked for much further than she was expecting!!!

A Delight

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Reviewed: 17-06-2018

Brilliant. 18hrs of undiluted joy. I laughed at the Archdeacon, got cross at the wretched Mr Crosby, loved Mr Harding and became enraptured by the life of those populating Barchester. I listened whilst driving, cooking, walking and even took it to bed with me. Thank you BBC - where would we be without you?

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Enjoyed it much more than I thought I would....

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Reviewed: 28-07-2017

Any additional comments?

I have sent this book to my nephew in the UK as I thought he would enjoy the very Australianess of the characters and the culture and the place. I really felt the heat and the despair of The Dry and I highly recommend this audible book to anyone.

A Delight

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Reviewed: 28-07-2017

What did you like most about Ring for Jeeves?

What a pleasure to hear this story so superbly read by Mr Jarvis. It was a funny, silly, nostalgic return to a forgotten Britain. When one female character acidly states to her husband 'how very droll you are today', I laughed out in sheer delight. When was the last time I have heard anyone say 'droll'...and poor old Rory - didn't have a clue about anything really. Thank God for Jeeves.....

'Gripping'

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Reviewed: 28-07-2017

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

I admit I did guess the mystery before the end but somehow, it made me eager to finish to see if I was right! I loved the different characters and became really involved in the story. I even took the iphone to bed with me to listen to the end and woke up in the morning with the phone tucked under my chin and the earphones wrapped around my neck!

Gives much more than expected.

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Reviewed: 03-09-2016

Where does Freedom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is my first Jonathan Franzen. Listening to this story, I became fully involved with the characters. Poor Patty and Walter expressed some of how I feel about life. Their frustrations and petty successes mimic much of what we all go through. This novel scared me, taught me, showed me how to articulate thoughts and feelings that I haven't been able to. It is marvellous! I recognised so much in it. Franzen's ability to express life through the eyes of a
the young and the middle aged is remarkable. He gets down to the nitty gritty; the book demands the reader to concentrate so as not to miss the smallest thing. Read it/listen to it and do yourself a favour. 5 stars.

What other book might you compare Freedom to, and why?

Franzen reminds me a little of Jane Austin - the clever understanding of the 'character'.

What does David Ledoux bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

David Ledoux brought the voices to life.....his ability to speak the female parts as well as the male parts was wondrous.

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

I did have an emotional reaction to this book. I thought about it long after I had finished it. It made me feel empathy for the characters and feel involved in their lives. I wanted to shake them and hug them and shout at them...!