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Dale Edmonds

Singapore | Member Since 2015

  • 3 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 115 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • Dodger

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Steven Briggs

    Dodger is a tosher – a sewer scavenger living in the squalor of Dickensian London. Everyone who is nobody knows Dodger. Anyone who is anybody doesn’t.But when he rescues a young girl from a beating, suddenly everybody wants to know him.And Dodger’s tale of skulduggery, dark plans and even darker deeds begins.

    Jennifer says: "Familiar faces, even if it's not Discworld"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would start them on one of the Witches books or the Tiffany ones if they were younger, definitely not this one. I also would look for any other narrator.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    As expected, all sorted out and by that point, I was just waiting for the book to end. Dodger was far too heroic with no real flaws and so there was no real challenge - everything came easily and coincidentally to him. Frankly, Saul was the most interesting character in the entire book.

    How could the performance have been better?

    Briggs was very recommended online, but I found his reading fairly monotonous. I expected a change of pace for different scenes but it seemed like he had one speed setting for the entire book.

    Did Dodger inspire you to do anything?

    Hope there will be another Pratchett book soon to get over the disappointment of this one? He is 95% of the time brilliant, so Dodger is really a sort of Dark Side of the Sun for me.

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  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Charles says: "Completely Engaging"
    "Fast and fun"

    I don't normally read horror or suspense novels, but this had great reviews on audible so I gave it a chance. And oh wow, that was fun. It's pretty short - 14 hours - and I stretched out the last nailbiting hour because I wasn't sure how it would end and I also didn't want it to end. It'd be a very fast print read, and I really do recommend the audio - the narrator is solid and the short chapters make for lots of suspenseful moments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Is It Just Me?

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Miranda Hart
    • Narrated By Miranda Hart

    Well hello to you dear audiobook browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn't tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination and sometimes unexplained nudity, that accompanied childhood and adolescence? I am proud to say I have a wealth of awkward experiences - from school days to life as an office temp - and here I offer my 18-year-old self (and I hope you, too, dear listener) some much needed caution and guidance on how to navigate life's rocky path.

    Lily says: "Cackle Worthy"
    Where does Is It Just Me? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top - partly by serendipity, I was in hospitals a lot and Hart's kind and funny book was a cheerful counterpoint

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Little Miranda. The interplay with her younger self was very sweet.

    Have you listened to any of Miranda Hart’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Her TV and radio performances. I liked the way she handled the audiobook narration - very chatty and warm, with lots of asides and quips.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Lots of laughter. It's not stand-up comedy, but there were several moments I had to rewind because I was wheezing with laughter.

    Any additional comments?

    I wish it were twice as long. Just delightful.

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