Masterful. Fun. Compelling
Miles Calverley is a stand-out. He's the epitome of the black sheep, and incredibly sympathetic. Every scene he's in is a highlight, which is saying something, given the lovely story he features in.
Her dramatisation. She doesn't really do voices to any great degree, but she nails the intonation, mood, and timing, and suits the period so well, as anyone who has seen her as Lady Catherine De Berg in the BBC miniseries adaptation of Pride and Prejudice will agree with. She delineates voices enough to make dialogue easy to follow, and she brings the book to life beautifully. When I read the book a while after listening to this I found myself hearing the words as Barbara reads them, and was pleased.
Moved? Hmm, spoilers. I'll leave this alone.
A great book, read by a great actress, fitting to the subject matter and vibe. Worth getting.
I've listened to a LOT of audiobooks, so I couldn't give it a numbered ranking amongst the morass, but it's well above average. I'm buying the entire series. Does that answer your question.
Probably the humour, and the spit in your eye truths about human beings (not the supernatural stuff). It's got gritty cynicism perfectly matched with humour.
I think to reveal a favourite scene would be to ruin it for a prospective reader. No. I won't answer that question.
Again, discussing a moment that particularly moved me will mean spoilers. Who comes up with these stupid questions?
This is a fun, silly, clever, well thought out romp through London and its surrounds, with a bit of magic to spice things up. I think it would be just as good if it was about a regular plain clothes rookie and his boss. The narrator is the perfect match for the material, and the material is a lot of fun. Worth a listen.
I'm not sure. I listened to this entire book within a 24 hour period, rapt by his attitude and sweet wryness. I loved it, and am glad I purchased it, but I have no idea if I will feel the need to listen again.
To ask about characters in a non-fiction autobiographical work is absurd. This is a heartfelt and frank memoir, written and read by an intelligent, damaged, wonderful man, who has chosen to make lemonade from all the lemons thrown his way. Who else could it be but him?
Himself. I'm glad he read it himself. He's a wonderful speaker, and it is, after all, his story.
I alternately cried, giggled, signed, and frowned. Talk about a roller coaster. The most heart-rending moment was near the end though. You'll know it when you get to it. I don't wish to include spoilers.
This was an impulse buy, but there is no buyer's remorse. It's fantastic, and AC is too. Well worth a read, but while there are lots of highlights they are balanced by a lot of dark places.
It's a good story. Most of them are, but this one really stands out because of Euan Morton, the narrator. This guy must be a decent actor. His accents and voices are brilliant, and distinct. He performs dialogue, rather than reading it. I have a feeling he's a Scott too, because his Scottish accents are spot on. His American voices aren't bad, and his British and Australian ones are fantastic. He also knows to pronounce the J in Mjölnir* as a "ye" sound, rather than a hard "je" sound. That bugs me in a number of the other Halo books. The Russian one I can't comment on. I only know one Russian, and he doesn't sound like Vas. Morton has also set up a new accent for the Sangheili, that works, if you ignore the fact that Morton doesn't have the four jaws required to be totally authentic :)*Said as "myerl-neer", where the first R is not prounounced.
When the team is first "meeting" Naomi in her Mjölnir armour. Mal's reaction is gold.
Yes, much the same. He's a consistently good performer.
Why do the fields this review form presents change every time I edit my review?! I have to keep changing the content, as well as the errors! ARGH!
I don't do tag lines. Just read the damned book.
Yes, people reading this really should read The Thursday War and Mortal Dictata after it, in that order. The Kilo Five trilogy is not three stories. It's one in three volumes.
I would certainly listen to it again. I've listened to it three times since I first purchased it.
The story is a solid romance, but also has lots of humour.
Three words are insufficient. Lovely in narrative, incredibly enervating when performing character dialogue. I really get annoyed by her character voices. They're so overdone and grating.
Miss Wychwood. She's clever and witty.
This is a great story, marred by the narrator's shocking characterisations, but still well worth having, as are all of Heyer's Regency novels.
Emma ranks high. Stevenson's performance is masterly, and really, I can't think why I was so surprised, given that she is a favourite actor.
Miss Bates. I can't help but think that Stevenson drew on Sophie Thompson's wonderful Miss Bates from the 1996 film Adaptation of the book for her own rendering. Miss Bates is a mad, lovely, and favourite of the characters of Emma, and I've loved Thompson's Bates since I first saw the film. She's like a kitten with wings, fluttering around in a squeaky and endearing way, and clumsily bumping into walls. Stevenson could readily be confused for Thompson.
The personalities are bang on. From the first time each character appears you KNOW what they are, because of Stevenson's acting. She really is brilliant. All her voices are fantastic and so distinct, and very few actually sound like Stevenson herself.
Emma's realisation of herself toward the end really cuts to the quick.
I'm not a fan of Emma. I prefer Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice by far, but because of Juliet Stevenson I foresee much re-listening to Emma in future. Highly recommended!
The audio book is not better than the print book, but you all know why I buy audio books, because you do too. It is lovely to be 'read to', and Jennifer is a very good reader.
Paks and Stammel are equally endearing to me, but this is very much Paks's story. Stammel is her mentor and 'big brother', and both are great. Paks is a bit of an idiot in this book, and a bit prissy, but she is a heroine and grows up incredibly fast.
She reads the temperament and mood of the characters. While Moon is a great writer of atmosphere and mood, Jennifer lights it all up and brings it to the top.
I don't want to spoil anything, but Paks's big drama at the Duke's stronghold was a little heartwrenching. Very little in these books makes one laugh, but there are plenty of warm fuzzy moments too :)
Read this after The Legacy of Gird for maximum understanding of the main religion of the stories.
I've read and reread all of these books a number of times, and just keep coming back. I highly recommend them to anyone who likes strong female characters, fantasy, and warm fuzzies. It's idealistic and uplifting, but it has its darkness as well, which keeps it from being silly....well, too silly.
The story and characters continue to develop and engross, but this reader is monotonous and irritating. I really wish they'd stuck with Jennifer Van Dyck or Susan Ericksen. The only good thing I can say about Angela Dawe is her voices are good and distinct, but both the others are as well.
The book is a solid and consistent part of the two Paksennarion series. It continues a great saga set in an utterly believable world.
The monotonous tonal rhythms of the reader could have been varied, but I'm not sure she could maintain such a change of style. Her reading is a disappointing penance after the other two women.
Don't listen to this book unless you have read or listened to the previous in this series, and the Deed of Paksenarrion before that. If you pick this one up before reading the others in this series you will be entirely lost and probably bored!
I also recommend reading the Legacy Of Gird series, a prequel to the Deed, which is in turn a prequel of this series. If you read them all you will be immersed from start to finish of this book as well.
Legacy of Gird, then Deed, then this series - enjoy! :)
Above average in terms of performance. Fantastic in terms of story, and below average in terms of audio quality.
Along the lines of Moving Pictures, also by Pratchett.
You Bastard, the Discworld's foremost mathematician.
Laugh and cringe. Funny book, and absorbing, but the audio quality, like most of the early recordings of Pratchett's books, sounds as thought it was transferred from audio tape.
One of Planer's better recitals, but needs an audio clean-up. Worth getting though!
Brilliant, badly recorded.
To avoid spoilers I'll be obscure: My standout moment is when Granny talks to the apple tree. Close second is her composure of a letter to UU.
Her voices, timing, and humour are outstanding. She's a favourite actor, and now a favourite narrator.
Laugh and cringe. I've noticed that all the earlier TP books sound as though they have been transferred from audio tape. The quality is a bit crap.
A wonderful book read by a wonderful actor, to great effect. I wish Audible would run it through a few filters to try and clean it up so it's more enjoyable through headphones.
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