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  • Evan Blessed

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (95)

    Two weeks before the big day, Welsh Constable Evans is ready to be done planning for his wedding. Just as he's unloading the last boxes into the new home he and his bride, Bronwen, have chosen, he runs into a teenager whose girlfriend has gone missing on Mt. Snowdon. Despite his apprehensions about getting involved in a new case, Evans cannot resist helping the worried hiker.

    Laura says: "welsh accent"
    "A pleasant read but not by a native!"
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    What did you like best about Evan Blessed? What did you like least?

    Good story and characters.


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

    John Lee is a great narrator but this performance is spoiled by a faltering accent and many mispronunciations of places and things Welsh. As a Welsh born reader I was irritated by these. For example the 'fair' part of Llanfair does not rhyme with hair - the ai sound is pronounced as the personal pronoun ' I '.
    If the purpose of attempting a Welsh accent is to add authenticity then an editor who knows Welsh pronounciations should by used. It is a notoriously difficult accent to imitate complicated by regIonal differences.
    Most readers would not know the difference but I believe all readers deserve as authentic an experience as possible.


    Did Evan Blessed inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, to write this review to plead for an Editor who understands Welsh pronounciations!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dodger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (854)
    Performance
    (774)
    Story
    (767)

    A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he's...Dodger. Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl - not even if her fate impacts the most powerful people in England.

    Snoodely says: "Finally Revealed: Where Dickens Got His Ideas!"
    "Wonderful delightful story!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    You are in Victorian London. In spite of the poverty and struggle to survive the story is not depressing or dark but quite uplifting. Dodger makes you laugh and the story artfully mixes real historical persons with imaginary characters to give a real sense of the "times". It is also a treatise on London's sewer system which seems an unlikely background but Pratchet manages an enthralling story in spite of this.
    I have rarely enjoyed a book which so totally immerses the reader in the period - a historical novel par exellence with an unlikely hero to identify with and cheer on through the trials and tribulations of his fight against powerful political forces in order save a young lady from a miserable fate.
    A book to read again and again!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Evan Only Knows: Constable Evans Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    When Constable Evan Evans and his new fiancée decide to take a trip south, they are met with disturbing news: the young thug convicted of killing Evan's father is accused of murder once again.

    Alun says: "Perfect narrator for an Evan story"
    "Perfect narrator for an Evan story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Gareth Armstrong brings a real Welsh flavour and knowledge that makes the inhabitants of Swansea, where the story takes place, come alive.
    Much as I like John Lee as a narrator he was misplaced in Evan Blessed - the other Evan book available on Audible.
    The story is a very pleasant read and hard to put down once started.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Count

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert Goddard
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    There's no such thing as easy money - as surgeon Edward Hammond is about to find out. Thirteen years ago he performed a lifesaving operation on a Serbian gangster, Dragan Gazi. Gazi is now standing trial for war crimes in the international court in The Hague. After his life was saved, his men went on to slaughter thousands in the Balkan civil wars.

    Hugh says: "Good story, well told."
    "Central character incredibly stupid and inept"
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    Would you try another book from Robert Goddard and/or David Rintoul?

    Yes


    What was most disappointing about Robert Goddard???s story?

    A main character that was unbelievable considering that he was supposed to be a transplant surgeon. Knowing that he was dealing with sadistic murderers he stumbles into situations with amazing stupidity and his knowledge of human nature is equally inept.

    The story is interesting enough but the way the author chose to link many different venues and situations was to invent this implausible character which for me destroyed the credulity of the book.

    The ending gives the impression that the author ran out of steam or situations in which to exercise the stupidity of his main character or alternatively to set the reader up for a sequel that would see the Doctor continue to blunder around the worldl





    Do you think Blood Count needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. The abrupt ending suggests a sequel but I would not buy it. Accepting that the book was a work of fiction there were too many implausible characters and situations and consequently not a pleasurable read.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Past Caring

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert Goddard
    • Narrated By Paul Shelley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    Why should distinguished Edwardian Cabinet minister Edwin Straford resign at the height of his career? Why does the woman he loves so suddenly reject him? Why, 70 years later, should people go to such lengths to prevent the truth coming out?

    Janice says: "What a tangle web we weave..."
    "A classic gem"
    Overall

    Beautifully written story with characters that really come alive. The flawed nature of many of these characters gives them and the book an authenticity way beyond normal fiction. The author has an ability to lead you to guess (correctly!) at certain outcomes before they occur in the story which I found very unusual but satisfying when the tale reached that point. To find out if your guess was right makes the book unputdownable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stark's Crusade: Stark's War, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (316)

    He was sent into space to protect the U.S. Lunar Colony. Instead, when faced with orders that would do nothing but get his soldiers killed, Sergeant Stark lead a rebellion. Now he and his soldiers must fend off deadly aggression from their own country without igniting a full-scale civil war.

    Jean says: "Sorry to see the series end"
    "Only for Military geeks!"
    Overall

    While the concept of these three books is good the character of Stark is so godlike in his humility and caring for his soldiers as to be completely unbelievable. The battle scenes take up a considerable proportion of the three books - without them it could have been one large volume instead of three. If you like military rah, rah, then you may enjoy the story but for me it became increasingly tedious and predictable. Fortunately in John Henry's later books his characters become less one dimensional and more interesting.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4353)
    Performance
    (3312)
    Story
    (3291)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Michael says: "High Energy Ride!"
    "Move over Superman!"
    Overall

    You really have to like blood and guts to listen to this story. Stretches the limits of incredulity even for a novel. The main character is "likeable" but completely unbelievable. Cannot fault the reader who does a reasonable job despite the teflon nature of our hero. If you like novels where the maincharacter is superhuman and incredibly lucky to remain alive as something always turns up to save him then you might enjoy the story. There are also some glaring errors of geographical fact but they pale into insignificance compared with the incredible exploits of the Gray Man. I personally prefer some degree of authenticity and plausibilty.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lucid Intervals: A Stone Barrington Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (107)

    It seems like just another quiet night at Elaine's. Stone Barrington and his former cop partner, Dino, are enjoying some pasta when in walks former client and all around sad sack Herbie Fisher...with a briefcase containing $14 million in cash.

    Richard says: "Series that has lost it's appeal"
    "Save your money"
    Overall

    A poorly written turgid novel with a miscast reader. Barrington sounds ancient and Felicity a caricature of an English lady. The voices lack any authenticity but the substance of the novel is so weak that any reader would struggle to make it interesting for the listener. Not recommended!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Robots of Dawn

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1145)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (606)

    Detective Elijah Baley is called to the Spacer world Aurora to solve a bizarre case of roboticide. The prime suspect is a gifted roboticist who had the means, the motive, and the opportunity to commit the crime. There's only one catch: Baley and his positronic partner, R. Daneel Olivaw, must prove the man innocent. For in a case of political intrigue and love between woman and robot gone tragically wrong, there's more at stake than simple justice.

    Yvonne says: "Refreshing"
    "Survives the test of time"
    Overall

    Still as amazing as when I first read the book many years ago. The reader is excellent and even though I remembered much of the story I still could not put it down easily.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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