As a fan of the two fat ladies and deeply interested in the lost arts of the kitchen I really wanted to give this book a go and I did enjoy it.
Clarissa gives a good run-through of English cuisine starting from Medieval times. It is quite fascinating what she has to say and listening to some of the recipes she has un-earthed make me wish I had bought the printed book so I could try some of them.
There are a few disappointments however. For some reason the tone of her voice isn't as boisterous or excitable as she was in the Two Fat Ladies TV series. She is often quite monotone and only occasionally bursts out with her usual enthusiasm.
There are also a lot of "I supposes" and "In my opinions" so that although she has obviously researched her material there are quite a lot of educated guesses about her subject matter. Not hugely distracting but it happens so often you do start to wonder how much solid facts are in the book.
All in all I did enjoy the book, although I am not sure how many listens I will give it.
This is the first book by Patrick Rothfuss I have read. Rupert Degas made this story an absolute joy to listen to.
Without giving to much away, the story is split into two, with Kvothe the mighty hero recounting his story of his path to becoming a hero to listeners in the present day. The action that happens in the present day is just as interesting, if not more so than the main bulk of the book - which is the tale of Kvothe growing up, discovering 'sympathy' (magic), becoming orphaned, living rough as a street kid before going to a university for arcanists and then having a short adventure with his love interest.
Rothfuss writes this typical hero story in an unusual way. Kvothe our hero, seems very mysterious in the present day - full of darkness and brooding. In recounting his tale he turns our mysterious hero into a very human character. One full of flaws and common worries and concerns. Half the book seems to be made up of Kvothe worrying about where he will find money to pay for his tuition and trying to impress a girl.
While there is a part of me that appreciates this honesty, I feel that this book could easily have been edited to half it's length and been just as interesting. Also, while you can easily anticipate things building up to future adventures and climaxes, nothing much really happens in the book. Seriously. And the little adventure that happens at the end seems kind of thrown in just to try and round off the first book.
Having said all this, Degas's performance made me not want to stop listening. Seriously one of the best audiobook performances ever. The substance he gave to all the characters was just amazing. I will definitely buy the next book and as I am the kind of person who listens to books more than once will probably give it another listen, but I am hoping that the story picks up in pacing and gets better in the next two books.
This is the first book I've listened to by Nick Harkaway and I didn't really know what to expect. The story is so ridiculous that I'm having trouble para-phrasing it. It's the story of a watch/clockwork maker (Joe) who gets embroiled in events that his crazy genius grandmother began when she embarked on a personal mission to make the world a better place through some kind of never really explained soundwaves (?) that mechanical bee's make when released into the world.
Joe gets thrown into a lot of different situations while being hunted down by various authorities and organisations and there is also a lot of background story about Joe's grandmother's lesbian lover (Edie) who happens to be a secret agent of some kind. This is to give the history of the mechanical devices and some background history of the characters. However the main problem I have with the story is that Joe is really hard to emphathise with. He's not an interesting character even though a lot of stuff happens to him. So I ended up not really caring whether he lived or died. And bizarrely his character changes with about a quarter to the book to go and he transforms into a gun waving gangster boss that his deceased father used to be. This shift doesn't endear him to me in any way nor did it's abruptness seem all that plausible.
I also found the writing style to be a bit awkward. It didn't seem to flow as well as some writers do. I am quite fond of Terry Pratchett books and I like fantasy and fiction. I think that Angelmaker could have been quite good if the way his characters reacted to events were a bit more believable and the listener could empathise with them more.
The performance of the book was really good and probably the main reason why I finished listening to it.
I read the other audible reviews before trying this book, and yes it's very different to her other books... But I really enjoyed it! It is meant to be a satire of the popular gothic fiction books of the period. I found the satire and the comedy quite refreshing and I loved the character of Henry Tilvany and his comical speeches to Catherine when they are dancing.
Yes, the book isn't as highly polished as her other novels but definitely worth a read if you enjoy classic Austen.
Ok.. I'm not a romance reader. I got this book because I looked at other peoples reviews and thought this book was going to be a historical fiction book with a bit of romance. I was wrong! It's a romance book with a bit of historical fiction.
So needless to say I cringed through most of the book because romance isn't really my thing. Having said that it is really well written and performed - I can't believe how many accents the narrator did, and did well. And despite my cringing at the mushy bits I did listen to it all the way to the end because I wanted to find out what happened.
So, all in all, If you like a good romance this is probably a good book for you. It's just not my cup of tea!
I bought this audiobook completely off others recommendation on audible and was really surprised. I'm now completely hooked on this series and am in high anticipation for the release of the third book.
As others have said: think fantasy mixed with a dash of oceans 11 with a plot line that is rarely predictable. Great characters but be warned there is a fair bit of violence and swearing - but nothing I found overtly graphic or gratuitous. The narrator is amazing and really hits the tone of the books. Personally I imagine this to be set in something like medieval Venice with its many gangs and political intricacies (with a bit of magic and alchemy thrown in). However Lynch is great at not making these aspects too complicated for his readers/listeners to follow.
I remember borrowing this as a cassette tape from my local library when I was a kid. It was so enjoyable back then and it is just as great now. It gave me my first interest in Greek mythology. I really recommend it for parents wishing to give a child an educational and entertaining story. The authors are really creative in this re-telling of the fall of Troy and Tony Robinson does a fantastic job of making the story both funny and meaningful.
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