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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-10

From an impluse buy to a firm favourite

Picked this up on a whim and have been so impressed by it that I've now bought all the others in the series. There are elements of Potter, Dresden and Artimis Fowl but only in the very losest terms....there is a young hero, magic is involved and it's based in Ireland. The rest is all Landy's own and feels it.

The world is realised beautifully with the old device of a magic world hiding behind or 'real' one given a more believable feel than the fantasical Potter. The characters are each distinct from each other and you'll grow to love the banter between Stephanie and Skulduggery with some proper laugh out loud moments - none of the dialogue feels forced or there for pure plot line purposes. A very natural feel is evident throughout.

Special mention must be made for the narration by Rupert Degas which is probably the best I've ever heard in an audio book. He manages to convey the warmth and humour wonderfully and his pacing and style allows the listener to conjure up the images perfectly.

Suffice to say that if you'd bought the phyiscal book it would now have it's own honoured place on your favourite shelf.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-12-09

Fantastic

Seriously brilliant book and read incredibly well. I downloaded the rest of the series straight after finishing this one and have remained impressed throughout.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-12-09

Unfounded fears

I love Neil Gaiman's work and because of this one of my biggest fears on downloading this was Lenny Henry's narration. I really needn't have worried. His characterisations are superb and really enthuse the story making each character believable and audibly different.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-09

Same old, same old.

Let's face it you'll know if you're going to like this book just by your views on The Da Vinci Code et al. I'll leave the formulaic plot, 2 dimensional characters (exactly the same people as in his other books just with different names it seems) and unimaginative writing well alone because, at the end of the day, Dan Brown can write a cracking yarn.

Yes, this book has major faults but it still keeps you coming back for more. Any excuse for a smug sounding Langdon to wax lyrical about hidden societies and the masses ignorance to "what's real".

The narration is nothing special, but then it doesn't really need to be. He's not got a lot to work with to be fair.

4 star because, for all it's faults, I still really enjoyed it.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-09

Cut short....and ruined

I've listened to both versions of this book and (as usual) it has to be said the Unabridged versions read by Stephen Briggs are hugely superior to the abridged versions. Hopefully Audible will release it soon.

That said the actual book is my favourite of all the Discworld novels and I've been a fan for years...but if you've not read/listened to a Pratchett novel before I certainly couldn't recommend starting here. There's far to much written for the fan's ears and as a new reader you'd miss most of the books worth. Start with Guards! Guards! or any of the other earlier works.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-09-09

A definite disappointment

The first thing to say is that I could only manage to get a couple of hours through this audio book so there's a slim chance it gets better later on. Doubtful though.

The incredibly clich?d main character, a model who happens to be studying forensic pathology with a retired detective father, doesn't seem to have any redeeming features and certainly nothing to make you empathise or connect with her. More character clich?s are evident when we meet the detective in charge of the murder investigation who just happens to be un-conventionally attractive, going through "woman trouble" and won't take our heroine seriously.

But the worst element is not the characterisation, nor even the mundane, uninspiring plot ... it's the narration. There's a reason why most writers stick to writing and this is exactly what this author should have done. Flat, monotonous and seeming to find it impossible to inject any kind of life into her own novel she wades though it like she's reading a shopping list.

Seriously, unless you are after a cure for insomnia, avoid at all costs.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-08

A must for Dwarfers!

Chris Barrie makes this book his own. His knowledge of the characters and his vocal prowess shines through and really animates the narrative. Obviously his Rimmer is first class but his depictions of Lister, Holly, Cat and Kryten are all spot on.

As the previous reviewer noted this book takes some of the plot lines from the TV series and jumbles them up a bit and adds new elements and back story. Whilst this might warp the listeners expectations slightly it in no way lessens the quality of the story. In fact I think it adds to it and delivers a more in-depth exploration of the characters.

An absolute must for any Red Dwarf/Sci-fi/Comedy fan.

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