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Newton, Australia

  • 3 reviews
  • 94 ratings
  • 196 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Under the streets of London there's a world most people could never even dream of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre.

    "Neil Gaiman at his best!"
    Where does Neverwhere rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    hmm, it's up there with all my favourites. I would read this again and again!

    What did you like best about this story?

    I didn't see the twist coming! He had me fooled all the way. Satisfying ending!

    Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favorite?

    I loved Hunter. And Islington. Listen, and you'll find out why.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but why the heck would I give it away? That's for the listeners to find out!

    Any additional comments?

    Some have said this is not true Neil Gaiman style, but I have to disagree. Perhaps the protagonist of this book reminded me of the protagonist in Gaiman's novel 'Anansi boys', but it didn't detract from the novel, only made him more predictable in the sense that I knew where he would end up at the finish.

    For another great read/listen of Gaiman's, tuck into 'The Graveyard Book', it's a good'un!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Roy Peter Clark
    • Narrated By Roy Peter Clark

    “Writing is a craft you can learn,” says Roy Peter Clark. “You need tools, not rules.” In this essential guide, Clark distills decades of experience into fifty tools that writers of all kinds can use every day. You may be crafting a newspaper story or an admissions essay for college. You may be writing a technical report or drafting your first novel. You may be a student or a teacher, a poet or a critic, a columnist or a blogger. You may be preparing a PowerPoint presentation or penning a love letter.

    Sherry L. Lowry says: "Shares insider awareness - w/context vs just tips."
    "Wonderful Wisdom for all Writers!"

    If you want to write, and write well, this little box of treasures is for you! Roy Peter Clark hands you all the tools you need to improve your writing. His narration clear and to the point. You'll listen to this again and again, as I have, and find your writing technique flourish!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones (Part One): Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice

    This is Part One of Book 1 of the A Song of Ice and Fire Series. This first volume in the hugely popular and highly acclaimed epic fantasy series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE is unabridged and split into two parts. Now a major Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, starring Sean Bean. Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

    Darrell says: "Great story and performance."
    "Pirate much? Or even Sherlock Holmes?"
    What would have made A Game of Thrones (Part One) better?

    I may have liked this book and been able to have gotten more than an hour into it if the narrator didn't sound like he was trying to read a novel written in the 1800's. He sounds like he is more suited to Sherlock holmes, or a novel about Pirates.

    Saying that, I believe these books could be good if one reads them, rather than listen. As far as I could bare to listen, I was able to appreciate G. Martin's style, however, this sort of novel, with constant changing scenes and locations, true medieval theme and a plethora of characters needs a narrator suited to the task.

    Best to steer clear of the audio with this one folks - go for the good old fashioned pages in hand and let your own mind create the voices in your head.

    What could George R. R. Martin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    As always with the first of a series, it takes a while to get into the novel as characters are being introduced and setting explained, however I would have been driven to push on with this novel not only if the audio was better, but if things moved faster.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I really feel this may have been better with different people either acting out the various voices, or, since separate chapters are about the perspective of different characters, perhaps one person could have represesnted each character's chapter.

    Additionally, I feel the narrator could have slowed his speech down a bit, you know, paused at poignant parts of a paragraph. I felt he rushed it.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    G. Martin's books are highly favoured by many, so don't let the audio wreck it for you, be intrigued through either the tv series, or read the book yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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