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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-01-18

Fantastic - A horror classic given new life

A really well produced audio drama dripping with atmosphere and a clear love for the source material. Really enjoyable

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-11-11

Better than Volume 1

What can I say - if you like M.R. James then these are superb adaptations. Derek Jacobi is the perfect voice to inhabit the world and his measured delivery is engaging and well suited to the 'academic' style M.R. James so often writes in.

I actually prefer this volume to the first, mainly because of the fantastically creepy 'A Warning To The Curious' which more than justifies giving this a listen on it's own. If I have any criticisms then they are those that can be levelled at all M.R. James material - repeated stories, styles and characters. That said, as an adaptation I cannot fault it.

One of those audiobooks I can certainly imagine myself returning to time and time again.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-11

Look beyond the 5-star reviews

As other reviews have reflected, my initial feeling when purchasing this audiobook was one of real anticipation. The subject seemed highly suited to my interests, the reviews encouraging and the length of the thing great value, but I have to say that this was really tough-going. I'm not one to bail out of books or audiobooks yet was sorely tempted on several occasions, persisting only because of the excessive amount of time I had already invested.

On the positive, the narration is superb, with the characters and story as it is undoubtedly well realised. The story too shows moments of real promise and scattered throughout are some proper points of interest and the foundations of an interesting book. That said the writing is so ponderous and overwrought and the whole thing just so in need of a very substantial edit that I'd struggle to widely recommend this to anyone.

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2 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-11

Lovely stuff

Not really sure what to say about this audibook other than this - if you are a Partridge fan then this is a must-listen.

Entertaining, believably in character and most importantly funny, this is one of the best comedy tie-in books I've ever heard. No mere shameless cash-in, this is a well constructed book by people that by now totally get the character, and cleverly weave in the false reality of Partridge's appearances in 'On The Hour,''The Day Today' and 'Mid morning matters' as well as his interpretation of events seen in 'I'm Alan Partridge' to great comic effect. Being read by Steve Coogan in character adds so much more to an already well considered and contructed comedy autobiography and there's enough new material as well as new takes on old favourites for any Partridge fan to enjoy. If you're a fan then get this audiobook. You won't regret it.

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9 of 10 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-09-11

Superb audio adaptation of a superb story

Leaving the story itself aside which already has a well-deserved almost modern 'classic' reputation, this audiobook is equally fantastic. Without a doubt this is one of the best audio adaptations of a book I've ever heard, with the author proving an engaging narrator and a superb supporting cast fleshing out the characters by reading their lines at the appropriate points. I was sceptical as to how well this approach would work, and at first I found it a little jarring, but before long I was hooked and now would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this as a 'must listen' for fans of great audiobooks of all ages.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-09-11

A delight

I probably can't articulate it better than any of the other reviews here but essentially this is a superb audiobook. If you're a fan of Mr Fry this is a fascinating listen narrated with real warmth and an engaging charm by the man himself. Covering his time at university and first forrays into comedy this is an open, honest and most importantly entertaining account by a real national treasure. I see this audiobook advertised everywhere on audible but it certainly deserves all the attention it gets. Quite simply, great.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-09-11

Thoroughly enjoyable listen

As a fan of Mr Brigstocke's comedy style and someone fascinated with the topic of belief, I expected this would be an enjoyable listen and I was not disappointed. Brutally honest, deeply thoughtful and most importantly genuinely funny, this is a fascinating journey through one man's struggle with both his atheism and the tenets of traditional religion. With lovely personal touches and an open 'no holds barred' approach I found the whole thing incredible engaging. No doubt helped by Brigstocke's superb narration and skills with well-formed arguments (as demonstrated to his fans through years of 'Now Show' rants and 'Argumental') this book is imbued with a real honest charm.There are odd arguments that seem over-repeated or dwelled upon but overall I would not hesitate to call this a 'must listen' audiobook.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-11

Most definitely 'The Good'

I was a fan of the previous book/audiobook ('It's only a movie') but this is definitely a step-up from that already enjoyable listen. Rather than the autobiographical format this is more a collection of thoughts and rants - some of which will be familiar to fans of the previous book, the 5 Live show or Mr Kermode's entertaining video blog. All delivered with passion by the man himself, this is an engaging listen and whilst fan's of the good Doctor will be unsuprised at some of the thoughts on offer, he delivers them in a passionate manner and proves as forthwright, erudite and witty as ever. A really enjoyable listen with a poignant end and a great sense of a considered narrative argument compared to its predecessor. A must for anyone interested in the state of modern cinema.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-11

It's only a review but...

Really enjoyed this - as others have reported its a strange mix of autobiography and general thoughts/anecdotes but all entertainly narrated by the man himself. He does it with a real sense of passion and enthusiasm that for me made this a far more engaging experience than I suspect the book counterpart would be. If you're a fan of the good Dr. then this is a really entertaining listen with some fascinating insights into the life and thoughts of the country's best film critic.

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