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  • The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man: Burton & Swinburne, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    It is 1862, though not the 1862 it should be. Time has been altered, and Sir Richard Francis Burton, the king's agent, is one of the few people who know that the world is now careening along a very different course from that which Destiny intended. When a clockwork-powered man of brass is found abandoned in Trafalgar Square, Burton and his assistant, the wayward poet Algernon Swinburne, find themselves on the trail of the stolen Garnier Collection of black diamonds.

    W. says: "Particularly liked the Volkswagen Beetle"
    "Excellent Follow Up"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a very particular type of book that, I think, would only appeal to fans of the genre but, saying that, it is an excellent representation of that genre.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It would have to be Burton himself. Complex, intelligent and unusual for his "time".


    Have you listened to any of Gerard Doyle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Gerard Doyle is excellent as a narrator. His performance is always exceptional.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The only reaction to this book was complete submergence in it. The story and story telling put you deep within the unfolding narrative


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent book. (To be read, of course, in sequence with the others from the series) :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snuff: Discworld, Book 39

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (297)

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that a policeman taking a holiday would barely have had time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corpse. And Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is on holiday in the pleasant and innocent countryside, but not for him a mere body in the wardrobe. There are many, many bodies and an ancient crime more terrible than murder. He is out of his jurisdiction, out of his depth, out of bacon sandwiches, and occasionally snookered and out of his mind, but never out of guile. They say that in the end all sins are forgiven.

    phillip says: "An eye popper of a title to google - "Snuff"!"
    "More of the same and nothing wrong with that"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend any of the Disk World novels. I wouldn't necessarily begin with this one though.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Briggs – was your favorite?

    Vimes. Having read all the novels the voice I imagined was different. Now it will be the voice by Stephen Briggs


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Pratchett always makes me laugh


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood: A Southern Fantasy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Michael Moorcock
    • Narrated By Chet Williamson
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The South…but not as we know it… On the threshold of infinity, a world awaits the inevitable moment of annihilation – fearing the terrible wild colors that bleed through the shredded fabric of reality. The river flows across the dimensions – lawless, unstable waterways that seep into chaos and violent uncertainty.

    John says: "narrator totally unsuited to the material"
    "Return to Moorcock"
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    What did you love best about Blood: A Southern Fantasy?

    I read a lot of Michael Moorcock a good few years ago. Returning now and seeing the same themes but developed to such a degree was a delight


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood: A Southern Fantasy?

    The point at which you realise that, from an apparently straightforward story, a great deal more is involved.


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

    What is the highest stake you would gamble


    Any additional comments?

    At least a little familiarity with Moorcock would greatly enhance the enjoyment of this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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