Alison Towers

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-08-16

Very action packed

Where does Dark Watch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best narrators Ive listened to yet.

What did you like best about this story?

Great pace. Natural and very expressive with good depiction of each character's voice, particularly enjoyed Tori who he made sound like a very seductive Lady Penelope. Would definitely be happy to listen to anything he narrates.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Those With Eddie Seng

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The attempts by the Oregon to pull the cruise boat with the Chinese captves off the shore just as the volcano is about to blow.

Any additional comments?

This is how narration should be done, even Lady Penelope that really made me smile.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-08-16


Would you try another book written by Rick Jones or narrated by Russ Offenbach?

Not by Russ O, no way!

Would you recommend Vatican Knights to your friends? Why or why not?

Truly dreadful. No.

Would you be willing to try another one of Russ Offenbach’s performances?

No. Not in this millennium. Early Hollywood narrator style. Hollywood Heroic. Every word separate, slowly and clearly enunciated, and flat toned, with pseudo majesty, and the intonation and expression strained to breaking point. Cant find the words to tell you how awful this narrator really is.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

A reasonably exciting adventure tale with a fascinatng premise of a Vatican SAS, but it really doesnt manage to pull off especiallty in audio. Going to try just reading it next time round, and maybe it will come to life.

Any additional comments?

Please do not, ever, ever again, ever use this type of narrator for entire books again in the UK. He may be OK to introduce Dragnet or Flash in overly dramatic tones, but he is narrating this, an entire novel, in the same tones in all seriousness. I demand a British version for those of us raised on Dench, Smith, Branagh, Kitchen, and the rest of the host of professional British artists because listening to this version is pure unmitigated torture and agony.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-08-16

Odd style

Would you listen to The Bourne Identity: Jason Bourne Series, Book 1 again? Why?

I enjoy the Bourne tales. Exciting and complex with some very interesting characters introduced along the way.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bourne himself. Washburn was a curiosity.

What three words best describe Scott Brick’s voice?

Early Hollywood Narrator.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I'm back!

Any additional comments?

Really odd style of narration, or very old fashioned. The voice had the tone and drama I associate with the drama and plodding style of early Hollywood film narrators introducing B&W crime, thrillers or even spy movies. His Washburn sounded like a tipsy Peter O'Toole. His male French characters all seem to sound like Bruno Cremer the origInal Maigret. And it continued throughout, as though he had studied various famous character actors to mimic for various characters. The most irritating for me being the desperately serious and Brave American narrator. In the old films it was a matter of a few introductory sentences. This is an entire book.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-08-16

Excellent narration but out of synch

If you could sum up Crocodile on the Sandbank in three words, what would they be?

Great story and wonderful characters of a brilliant series ranging through the the late to mid 19th century and into the early 20th century. The first on the series introducing the core main characters of Amelia and her husband Emerson, their close in laws, and Abdullah the head foreman. Superb thriller comedy, that is a fantastically entertaining romp through Egyptology and the site of Akhenatons city written by a qualified Egyptologist.

What other book might you compare Crocodile on the Sandbank to, and why?

As knowledgeable and accurate as Cadfael in its historical background, and like Cadfael is basically a murder mystery series revolving around a core group of characters, but unlike Cadfael is also a comedy series with a hugely entertaining female character whose closest current parallel in pure comedy if not in personality or similarity is probably Agatha Raisin.

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

Her voice is perfect for Amelia, although her male voices are a bit iffy. She couldn't manage Emerson very well, at one point he sounded like a rather frail octagenarian, but unless they are going to include several other voices to add to the narration this is going to occur, as females have trouble imitating male voices and vice versa.

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

Yes. I love this series, theres nothing on TV, and I wanted to multi task and listen rather than read. I had a long night ahead of me, very bearable with Amelia to keep me company.

Any additional comments?

Great, but the chapters are out of synch. Advertised as 9 here, 12 in fact in the book. The whole book is here and in order as the chapter numbers are given at the beginning of each, which is why I assume they have not sold it in a pairing with the book as they would be out of synch. A great recording, as good as you are going to get, spoilt for this who wish to read and listen simultaneously by a very careless or incompetent tech.

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