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  • Dark Psychology Secrets
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  • By: Tony Clark
  • Narrated by: Matt Buzonas

SPAM. The worst use of the English language

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-08-2019

Is this book a joke? It makes no sense.
Its obvious that the author does not speak English as a first language. Either that or it's written by an alien who does not know how to convey an idea or use language to communicate.
I am surprised that it's on Audible and even more surprised that the narrator wasted his time reading it if you can call it reading. It's a bunch of words that make no sense whatsoever. The worst 5 minutes I have ever heard. This is Spam.

3 people found this helpful

An enjoyable listening experience

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

Reviewed: 16-03-2017

I liked the book for the rich character imagery. Fantasy creatures fighting a battle with treachery and love all rolled up in a mystery. The story unfolds slowly, I found it easy listening.

Narration was great, the characters are well read.

1 person found this helpful

Interesting teen romance

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

Reviewed: 02-03-2017

The narrator was fantastic, she really made the book work through speech. Very heartfelt, enthusiastic and genuinely full of emotion.
I really enjoyed the storyline even though it is aimed at the teenage variety it still has some guts to it and it's worth the listen.
Plenty of twists and turns in the plot.

And finally...... you should expect:

Lots of smiling, sneering, grinning, smirking, twisting-of-the-lips, and also many more different descriptions of how the lips are able to form a smile - both benevolent and malevolent 😉😃

3 people found this helpful

Couldn't finish it

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

Reviewed: 24-11-2016

I tried, I really did. One word: "boring".

I found the beginning really interesting but then it changed so much it felt as though I was listening to a completely different book. The main character is a stuck up nasty piece of work and I found the story lacking. Listening at night put me right to sleep.

The narration is superb which is why I felt a little guilty at leaving part way through. But for me, that was the only good thing about this audiobook. It felt like a chore to continue to listen.

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Original fantasy, inorganic narration...

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

Reviewed: 29-07-2016

I am in the middle of listening to this story, with mixed feelings about whether I like it or not..

The story feels fresh and the characters have depth and are slowly developed throughout the story. The plot is quite slow and a little erratic at times but it is good all the same.

Humans and all manner of fantasy creatures exist alongside one another. Amongst that lot there are also super-humans, or rather humans with special abilities. The main character in the story, Meg, is one of these. Meg has a timid personality that I find trying and annoying at times, however she does have an interesting story to tell and the unusual relationships and friendships she develops along the way makes it an entertaining listen.

The narration was so utterly and completely frustrating. Simon comes across as constantly angry, serious and bland in tone. A lot of the male characters are monotone and continually intense to a ridiculous level. The narration is what makes me want to stop reading but the story is interesting enough that I want to find out what happens...

An amazing journey through a new and old America

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

Reviewed: 17-07-2016

I read the shining reviews about this audiobook and I was intrigued. Having just finished Neverwhere (fantastic by the way) I was keen to start another Gaiman book Asap. I think sometimes when reviews go on and on about how amazing a book is my expectations are let down, let's face it - everyone has their own ideas and opinions on what makes a great audiobook. This one is worth the listen.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
I expected more. For me the storyline was great... BUT it had moments of lag when I just wanted to get on with the story. I mean pieces of information that mean nothing to the main guts of the book just added as filler, at least that's how it felt at times.

I felt lost at times. Sometimes the story takes an odd angle that makes no sense whatsoever... I just went with it, I mean the book is still a good listen overall.

WHAT I ENJOYED:
The depth of the story, the journey though America. I have never been to America, but I felt like I was there experiencing it all alongside Shadow. It's a beautifully woven tale, Shadow is amazing, strong, patient and full of nothing... and everything. I look forward to seeing how the TV adaptation will work.

The narration is exceptional. You will have to listen to find out what I mean ;)

The tale is original and true to our time. It's a battle of the old and new with lashings of pain thrown in there alongside love, friendship, murder and betrayal.

3 people found this helpful

Another gem from Gaiman

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

Reviewed: 11-07-2016

I really enjoyed this one. A great storyline with vivid main characters and fantastical beings throughout.
Neil Gaiman is the perfect narrator for his own stories. His rich voice brings the characters and the scenarios within the story to life.

3 people found this helpful

Great story, nice build up.

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

Reviewed: 24-06-2016

It's got that Stephen King feel to it. You know, the creepy disturbing stuff that you don't really want to hear or know about but you need to go order to better understand the characters. I enjoyed the narration, I liked the suspense. I heard this is supposed to be part of a 3 book series, I hope so!

The end of the world as we know it

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

Reviewed: 10-06-2016

An unusual story with a rich vivid landscape and many unusual characters. I did enjoy this book, there were some parts of dialogue that dragged on and on unnecessarily at times but other than that it's worth the read for something a little different.

I couldn't get into it...

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

Reviewed: 23-05-2016

I have read a lot of John Connollys books.. some time ago. I couldn't concentrate on the story and found it boring and hard to follow. I can't really put my finger on why. the narrator was okay, the story seemed interesting but ended up being jumbled and my mind kept meandering away from the story so I couldn't remember what was going on. I returned it before I finished it.