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Mark

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  • Maskerade: Discworld #18

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (325)

    It's Phantom of the Opera, Discworld style, when an aspiring singer and part-time witch wins a part in the big city opera, and quickly learns of a shadowy figure haunting the house. Now her sorceress companions Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg must come to her aid, before the fat lady sings her last rites!

    Glen Phipps says: "A Couple of Nights at the Opera"
    "Good story, satisfying performance"
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    Where does Maskerade rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It comes close to the top, I think it's a great union of the performer and the material.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Maskerade?

    There is a fantastic chase towards the second half that gets very exciting.


    What does Nigel Planer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His accents were almost always very appropriate, and helped clarify the characters. There was only one voice that I felt didn't match up with what was described in the text. I've read a lot of the Discworld books and have seen and heard some other versions where the voices have never ended up seeming quite right. I think Nigel Planer did an excellent job, to the point where I might get some books I've already read just for listening to relax sometime, knowing that they aren't going to drive me crazy.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Ghosts ghost. Witches witch.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deceived Wisdom: Why What You Thought Was Right Is Wrong

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Bradley
    • Narrated By Kris Dyer
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Have you ever been reminded to take off your coat indoors or you won’t "feel the benefit" when you leave? That what you need to cool down is a nice cup of tea? And that you have to let that red wine breathe to improve its taste? Tackling the facts we all think we know, one-by-one, award-winning science writer David Bradley’s clear and witty writing examines the science behind the statements to reveal why what you thought was right…is wrong.

    Mark says: "Weak"
    "Weak"
    Overall
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    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you haven't read much other debunking or popular science, or are not familiar with the various websites and blogs that clarify this kind of thing, a lot of this might be a revelation. I think it's especially good for younger readers, who haven't already heard most of this stuff. The reader who is less interested in the actual science and more trying to get some facts checked might have a good time with this.


    Has Deceived Wisdom turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The man's voice is pleasant and he mostly does well, but several times the emphasis within a sentence is a little weird - and does not support or clarify the meaning.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was definitely disappointed - I got the book after reading an extract on the BBC taking apart the 10,000 hours of practice theory that Malcolm Gladwell has popularized. This was a nice piece of writing and dealt with something that has, at least in my little world, become a seemingly ubiquitous "fact". The rest of the book only rarely matched the standard of that extract. The title, apart from the annoying pun on the phrase "received wisdom" (which reappears dozens of times throughout the text), is misleading. "Why What You Thought Was Right Is Wrong" suggests that the general reader would probably believe, or once have believed most of the items in Bradley's list. But lots of these ideas, like the moon landing being faked, are only believed by a minority. Other's, "a watched pot never boils", and one or two other aphorisms that nobody takes literally, were just pointless. The omnipresent jokes are exhausting. I mostly felt that I wasn't learning anything - seeing other reviews and blurbs I think this book is meant to be "light" and "accessible" - maybe I went in expecting the wrong thing.


    Any additional comments?

    There are some things that were news to me in this book - bits of common wisdom that I hadn't really thought about before. But I'd suggest that a great deal of the debunking is already common knowledge (like that the common cold is caused by a virus, not by going out with wet hair, or that penis length cannot be increased by pills). I expected this to be a fun journey towards the truth behind various misconceptions. Instead I felt the author was often having to go out of his way to drum up increasingly rare beliefs to correct, and occasionally just parading through the obvious for no apparent reason.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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