Gorey, Ireland | Member Since 2014
Original black humour
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Similar characters and similar black humour. An aging pensioner goes through a series of unexpected adventures while looking back over the past events of his life.
Alan and his relationship with Stalin and other (in)famous world leaders was quite entertaining!
Alan for his sheer deadpan humour and eternally optimistic and simple outlook on life.
An excellent listen that I would thoroughly recommend to anyone who enjoys a laugh and a small bit of world history.
I did wonder where it was going and how it was going to be tied up at the end. There were no loose ends when the book finished which is always good in a detective novel.
He made the Icelandic accents and place names more real without being over the top.
For anyone that watched The Killing...don't expect an ending where everything comes out rosy. Very bleak listening throughout.
It reminded me very much of HBO's True Detective and was a very different listening experience to other audiobooks. It felt more akin to a good film and I thoroughly enjoyed each listening session that I had with it.
It opened my eyes to child trafficking
I loved the sense of nostalgia that I got while listening to this. It brought the characters and events to life using very little special effects.
If you have enjoyed the books and the recent films, have a listen to this to remind yourself of what is essentially one of the classic stories of our time. Its amazing how this production covered the story so excellently in four hours when Hollywood needs about seven hours of CGI to impress. Tolkien originally told this story to his children at bedtime and I imagine that this version of the tale remains very close to that experience.
I would recommend it to someone who likes a classic work of fiction that does not excite through it plot but rather through the deep thought provoking questions that this piece of work raises.
Stoner himself presents an interesting case study of a life lived like many others. Its interesting to see how certain decisions and choices affect his future self.
Excellent. An understated performance that quietly goes about it business in an impressive way.
Well worth a listen if you do not have time to read the original.
Every now and again I delve into the young adult fiction genre to give myself a break but that does not mean I want to skimp on action or plot. This story has both in great amounts and I found it very entertaining. The concluding scene reminded me of The Matrix in some ways and I can't wait to continue the series. For Hunger Games fans out there, I would strongly recommend this book as you will not be disappointed.
The action scenes had me on the edge of my seat. Potential for a great film in there.
Well worth a look, don't expect your life to be changed by reading this but you will be entertained and come away feeling you got great value for money. I liked the way it wasn't too much in your face futuristic also, the plot should always be at the forefront of a good story, not the setting
The narration is excellent and the descriptive writing of the author come alive through this excellent performance. I had the privilege of visiting Rome and Edinburgh, two places mentioned in this book, so I could relate to certain parts of the story quite well. I also liked how so many of the characters stories were intertwined and developed throughout the novel.
Use of accent, dialect, expressive voice were all fantastic.
Although this book did not blow me away it is a worthwhile listen. As I said the performance of the Edoardo Ballerini, the beautiful setting of the book and the warm heartfelt story really do shine through.
Nothing can better the Illiad but this book is a must for those who love the story of Achilles and Troy
Achilles. He is the original superhero character and one that has survived the test of time for thousands of years.
Excellent narration. The voices that he chooses for each character are fantastic and consistent throughout the book
I was uncomfortable with one particular scene of a homosexual nature! Thankfully it did not escalate further later on in the story.
A great story retold from a fresh perspective
I bought this to use with 7-8 year olds but they didnt buy into it somehow. Probaly over their heads so be advised probly suits an older age group
Jeremy Irons enthusiastic performance of the story and the deeper meaning of the story
The old king. We could all do with an inspirational advisor like him!
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