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JamesW

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-05-18

The first of an amazing series

I absolutely adore this series and am listening to it again. Read perfectly by Joanna Tope it is a comic horror noir series. Think Malcom Pryce with less Druids and more monsters

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-05-18

What I wish I’d known

This book is actually the second in a series. Not that you would know that because it’s been renamed.
I wondered why a book with two strong female leads would have a male narrator (as good as he was) so if you want to read the series win a female narrator look for a book called the painted man and that should steer you in the right direction.

That being said the story isn’t that good and definitely not one of my favourites by Graham Masterton. The plot is so tenuous and staged that it is almost distracting and with the fake tarot cards which have so much imagery in them that it always points to the right path it becomes frankly embarrassing. If this was the first in a series I might have read the next bit as this is already the second (although very much a stand-alone book) I can’t be bothered reading the others

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-04-16

Jolly good read

The scone F.G book I read and I've had it in my library for a while, never getting past the first chapter, but I made a concerted effort and it really paid off.
Technically it's a ghost story I suppose but I found it a very enjoyable suspense read, quite dark in places.
My only real negative were there were quite a few characters who seemed to blend into each other, I'm still not exactly sure who was who at the end

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-16

Restored my faith

What did you like most about Passenger 23?

It has restored my faith in the author - I listened to Amok (drivel) and The Child (enjoyable drivel) both by the same author and so didn't immediately jump to order this one, however, my love of a long dramatisation and an interesting synopsis won me over and I'm SO glad I did

What did you like best about this story?

I genuinely didn't know where it was going - the plot was excellent and really kept it at the right pace

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

It's an ensemble cast, I've heard some of the actors on other books, and certainly know them all from TV. Anthony Head was my bonus as I didn't see him listed originally and so that was a lovely surprise

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

Yes! I had to finish it in two evenings but I desperately wanted to know the outcome and how all the mysteries were going to be tied up.Utterly engrossing

Any additional comments?

This is very much an adults book - there are some very disturbing themes here! But what a story!

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-15

Utter drivel

It's been a while since an audiobook has been so bad it's actually made me angry! I forced myself to finish this to be able to write a review.
Alfred Molina who is an incredible actor normally is as flat as a pancake in this drama. His voice is so monosyllabic and without emotion that you actually suspect he wasn't in the same room as the other actors when recording their lines as he recites his with absolutely no feeling at all.
The British accents are borderline racist! It's something from the 1960's in fact the two actors who did the best British accents weren't actually supposed to be British at all.
Because of Molina's deadpan acting the rest of the actors come across as overacting to compensate which is a shame as they tend to carry the story along much better.
At times the exposition is so staged it feels like you are listening to a video game moving onto the next scene.
Plot wise, it redeems itself slightly in the last half hour but twist and turns become laughable because of the acting and aforementioned plot and scene setting.
If this was supposed to encourage me to read anything else by Jeffrey Deaver than it has failed miserably

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-13

Superb and chilling

When you listen to an audiobook which has such an iconic film version, I feel sorry for the narrator however in this case, Frank Muller absolutely pulls it off.
Yes Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster made these characters instantly recognisable and while Muller certainly does draw on these performances, he doesn't make it a pastiche, instead adding some of his own nuances whilst still retaining he characters that we know and loathe (love?)

The story itself is excellent and remains chilling even after 25 years, and is a throughly good listen

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-08-13

A horror classic

I need to say a disclaimer, I'm biased, this was my very first Graham Masterton book I ever read almost 25 years ago. I went on to become a massive fan of his and while I felt some of his later books lost me slightly, I remain loyal to the end

Mirror was just a wonderful book to read when I was 14, I have read it multiple times since and was thrilled to find it available for audio

It is set in Hollywood in the 80's and aside from a few tv series mentioned and monetary non inflations, the story is relatively timeless.
A child actor called Boofuls from the 1920's was brutally murdered and his spirit ended up in the mirror which witnessed the crime. 60 years later a screenwriter and fan buys the mirror and all Hell breaks loose... Literally. Boofuls was most definitely not what he appeared to be

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story, the mythology of mirrors is explored and there are some wonderful references to CS Lewis as well. It is also wonderfully read by Robert Slade who brings a wonderful childlike evil to the main character as well as some excellent accents of other characters

This is just a great, old school, horror story. Once read, you will be definitely checking out Graham Masterton's back catalogue

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-13

Loved it!

I heard this on the radio and couldn't wait for it to be released.
Miles Jupp and Justin Edwards are a perfect couple and the setting of cookery writer just works so well. The recipes that are thrown in are a delight and the use of language is just divine.
I love Miles Jupp anyway, I think he is so funny, and Justin Edwards ((Newsjack, the consultants) is excellent

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-13

Better than the book

Yeah that's a strange headline but the book was a terrible disappointment however the audio version is much more enjoyable. It's engrossing, rather enjoyable and the performance makes up for a pretty long winded (and at times utterly nonsensical) story

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful