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britishbob

A legend in my own tea cup

Tx USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Carte Blanche: The New James Bond Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Toby Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (361)

    Fresh from Afghanistan, James Bond has been recruited to a new agency. Conceived in the post-9/11 world, it operates independent of Five, Six and the MoD, its very existence deniable. Its aim: to protect the Realm, by any means necessary. The Night Action alert calls Bond from dinner with a beautiful woman. GCHQ has decrypted an electronic whisper about an attack scheduled for later in the week: casualties estimated in the thousands, British interests adversely affected.

    britishbob says: "Worth The Time"
    "Worth The Time"
    Overall

    I had read many reviews from the English release of this book two weeks ago and most of them were negative. I have to say that I cannot agree and I can only come to the conclusion that the idea of an American writing James Bond must be too much for some.

    I was pulling a split shift (day.... short break.... night) and Carte Blanche has provided excellent company.

    Deaver has once again bought Bond back into the 21st century giving him a new shadowy department to work for (which I am not sure I agree with) and a rolled out the usual cast of familiar faces to share the adventure.

    Toby Stephens took a little getting used to, starting out very laid back but also proved to be a good choice as the narrator.

    Bond girls with silly names, a shadowy villain or two, some twists and turns in the plot.....What more does a Bond fan want?

    49 of 51 people found this review helpful
  • Shada: Doctor Who: The Lost Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams, Gareth Roberts
    • Narrated By Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (193)

    The Doctor's old friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge University - where nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. But now he needs help from the Doctor, Romana, and K-9. When he left Gallifrey he took with him a few little souvenirs - most of them are harmless. But one of them is extremely dangerous. The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey isn't a book for Time Tots.It must not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands.

    Robert says: "Like uncovering a lost treasure"
    "Great story shame about the quality"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is an old story written originally by Douglas Adams and intended for television but unfortunately never made it to the screen.

    I have not finished listening but the story has been polished by Gareth Roberts and seems to be fine, likewise so does the narration.

    What is not fine is the audio quality which is appalling. Does no one at Audible bother to do even a sample check of the product that they put out?

    Listening on V-Moda earbuds in supposedly "enhanced quality" Lalla Wards narration is muffled and fuzzy. Each new chapter is heralded by a hiccup in the sound.

    The whole story so far sounds like it was sent to Audible as a cd rip and then poorly compressed to Mp3.

    Audible should be embarrassed putting out such low quality product.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go By

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dan Abnett
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Michael Maloney reads this original adventure by Dan Abnett, featuring the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory. For centuries the Maintainers have worked. With no help from other worlds, they subsist on the food they can grow and that’s little enough. But their purpose, their whole life, is to maintain the machines that will one day make their world as habitable as old Earth. Life used to be hard. Now as crops fail, livestock sicken, and the temperature drops, it’s becoming impossible.

    britishbob says: "Way better than expected.....but"
    "Way better than expected.....but"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The problem with 11th Doctor books so far is that not one of them (except those read by Matt Smith) have even remotely captured the essence of this Doctor.

    In fact some of them have sounded like they were leftovers from the 10th Doctors reign and I have been highly disappointed so far. I would go as far as to say that they have been extremely boring and I began to wonder whether to listen to anymore.


    That having been said I downloaded this book expecting very little and was very pleasantly surprised. Not that this book does any more to capture the personality of the 11th Doctor but gradually the story and performance of the narrator reel the listener in.

    The story has been detailed by other reviewers on this page so I wont bother to repeat them here but it was good to hear the reprisal of one of the Doctors old enemies with their identity hidden until roughly a third of the way through the book. I did hear one swear word which I thought was a little strong for a Doctor Who book but I was unsure if this is a sign of the times or decline in the standards.

    Of all of the 11th Doctor books I have listened to so far (and I think I have heard all of them) this is the only one I would recommend.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Nuclear Time

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Oli Smith
    • Narrated By Nicholas Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    ‘My watch is running backwards.’ Colorado, 1981. The Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive in Appletown - an idyllic village in the remote American desert where the townsfolk go peacefully about their suburban routines. But when two more strangers arrive, things begin to change. The first is a mad scientist - whose warnings are cut short by an untimely and brutal death. The second is the Doctor... As death falls from the sky, the Doctor is trapped. The TARDIS is damaged, and the Doctor finds he is living backwards through time.

    Andy says: "What A FInd!"
    "Broken Don't Buy"
    Overall

    This is a fairly good book, if you forgive the fact that they haven't managed to get the 11th Doctor's personality.

    However I would not recommend that anyone buy it until it is fixed!

    The final chapter is marred by the fact that the theme music ends the book over the top of the finale.

    Just as you're waiting to find out what happens to the villains in come the music drowning out the last of the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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