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Malie Lalor

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-18

Prettige romanse - let op herhaalde hoofstukke

Hierdie is ‘n ligte, prettige romanse. Dit het my ‘n rukkie gevat om aan die voorleser gewoond geraak, maar haar styl pas heel goed by die boek.
Die eerste en laaste hoofstukke, en ‘n paar in die middel, is herhaal. Dit is nogal irriterend, veral aan die einde - jy dink daar’s nog ‘n hoofstuk, maar die boek is klaar!

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-07-17

Complete series but only 2 episodes?? Hmm

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I expected 6 episodes like the other complete series I own - didn't notice it was only 55 minutes long.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-07-17

Lovely dramatisation of a favourite Austen

Would you consider the audio edition of Northanger Abbey to be better than the print version?

I think if you're an Austen fan you need to own the print, the wonderful unabridged audio version narrated by Juliet Stevenson, AND this great dramatisation for your life to be complete.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Emma Thompson is brilliant as the arch and sympathetic narrator. Eleanor Tomlinson in particular is wonderful as Miss Tilney and I would love to listen to other books read by her. The other characters are all very well performed though Isabella isn't exactly how I imagined her.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, definitely. I'm sure I'd listen to it again.

Any additional comments?

So satisfying having a leisurely adaptation that gives a pretty much unabridged version of this Austen rather than a brief 2- or 3-hour version. Hope Audible Studios will give all the other Austens this treatment, and a few other classics too!

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-07-15

Quirky tale - great narrator

Would you consider the audio edition of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared to be better than the print version?

Not sure I would have enjoyed it as a print book, but the performance made it an easy listen.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I found the flashback bits a bit long and rambling at times and here and there I lost the thread of the story. The present-day events were always interesting, though.

What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

Peter Kenny is great at voicing a wide range of characters, including women, and adept at different accents without making them ridiculous. He's one of my favourite narrators.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-05-15

Good little introduction but narration grated

Any additional comments?

This is a quick no-nonsense introduction to Scrum. Good pace and clear explanations. I feel bad criticizing the narrator but I found him hard to listen to! I found his voice grating and there were a few mispronounced words and odd pauses. Listen to the sample before you buy to see if it will annoy you as might just be me.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-04-15

Thorough, practical, light intro to Agile

Any additional comments?

A good little primer on Agile, with lots of practical tips and 'war stories'. The narration is perfect for the subject matter (I didn't mind the slight cheesiness of the "dojo" bits!) but I mostly sped it up to 1.25x as it was a little slower than I like.
I really liked that it addressed principles for development teams such as refactoring code, continuous integration, unit testing etc - I am not a developer but I it was explained in a way that a non-dev could understand it.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-15

One-trick pony, but good narration

Is there anything you would change about this book?
I found the story itself a bit tedious. It's a controversial and an interesting concept, but didn't quite deliver for me. It was occasionally quite funny, but didn't really develop enough to retain my interest.

What could Timur Vermes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
The plot relies on a central misunderstanding which continues throughout the book, and it stretches the reader's suspension of disbelief too far in my view.

Have you listened to any of Julian Rhind-Tutt’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Julian Rhind-Tutt is one of my favourite narrators. This book was originally written in German so he reads with a slight German accent when voicing Hitler (and English accents for the other Germans), which works very well for the book (even if it sounds like it shouldn't work!). I prefer him reading in his own accent though (e.g. Jeeves and the Wedding Bells).

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-02-15

Wonderful performance of a classic Wodehouse

What other book might you compare Uncle Fred In The Springtime to, and why?

Nothing compares to Wodehouse. Other Wodehouse books maybe?

What about Martin Jarvis’s performance did you like?

Real commitment to the characters. Brilliant voices - like listening to a full cast performance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Would happily have done so.

Any additional comments?

The last hour and a half of the download is something else (Murder by someone or other) - I didn't listen to it, and it was a real surprise when the book suddenly ended and a new story started. It's not mentioned in the cover blurb so seems to be some sort of mistake (?)

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-14

Good Christie, but not Poirot

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

Yes, if they like Agatha Christie!

What did you like best about this story?

Cosy murder mystery.

Any additional comments?

I've been seeking out all the Hercule Poirot stories that feature John Moffat as I just love his Poirot. But in this dramatisation he plays a minor character and there's no Poirot! Should have read the blurb more carefully. Still a good story, though, if you like Agatha Christie :)

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-01-14

Classic mystery, appealing detective, 5 star narrator

What did you like most about Artists in Crime?

Clever mystery, along the lines of Dorothy L Sayers. Have now listened to a couple of others by Ngaio Marsh and they have also not disappointed. Looking forward to listening to more.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Roderick Alleyn (the detective) - gentle, intelligent and humane.

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

Lovely voice, and commitment to dramatizing all the characters subtly and skilfully. (Well, he is an excellent actor after all!)

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful