Starting a new job is always stressful (especially when you don't particularly want one), but when Paul Carpenter arrives at the office of J. W. Wells he has no idea what trouble lies in store. Because he is about to discover that the apparently respectable establishment now paying his salary is in fact a front for a deeply sinister organisation that has a mighty peculiar agenda. It seems that half the time his bosses are away with the fairies. But they're not, of course. They're away with the goblins. Mister Tom Holt, Master of the Comic Fantasy Novel, cordially invites you to join him in his world of madness by reading his next hilarious masterpiece.
©2003 Kim Holt (P)2003 Isis Publishing Ltd
It took me a little while to get into this story, but once I did, I found it fun and interesting. Really rather a delightful listen. The narrator was good too - brought the fun out in the book! If you want something fun, a little odd, and imaginative, give this a go.
I have just listened to another of Tom Holt's books, and I like his style, and his very quirky take on life! I liked this book, too and I have the next one in the series in my library. Some parts are very funny, other parts are just silly, but it grabs you and you just have to listen to find the answer! Narration is good, without any annoying lilts that sometimes iritate me. It's not "Discworld" but it's not far behind!
"Best belly laugh I've had in ages, from Tom Holt."
I was dubious about listening to Tom Holts The portable door as I had previously read the book & enjoyed it so much that I didn't want to be disappointed which usually happens when watching a DVD of a previously read book, however the quite the reverse happened, I could not disconnect much to the angst of my family. they sat in growing irritation & grew rapidly thiner due to them not being able to feed themselves, (that will teach them to find the food closet themselves). The narrative was far better than even my reading & Tom Holts quirky humour had me belly laughing all the way through.The story line of a luckless geek battling with the unimaginable was priceless,
"Adrian Mole Meets Harry Potter"
Finally I've found another brilliant book series to read. Although The Portable Door starts slow, it's worth the wait, and the early mundanity is entirely complimentary to the story line. In fact the whole of Tom Holt's magical world is a beautiful beige in comparison to the perhaps rainbow colours of Harry Potter to which it nods it's head more than once. It's hard to ignore the similarities, but to Tom Holts credit, he uses the device of a parallel wizarding universe to invent a vastly different creation which has a lot in common with the drab but completely hilarious world of Adrian Mole. In summary then : Harry Potter meets Adrian Mole (in the best possible way). Brilliantly read by Ray Sawyer, and worth more than the one credit that I paid.
"Worth the Read"
This book is definitely from the Terry Pratchett school of writing. It is full of weird and wonderful creatures with a 21st century sense of humour.
It is a little slow to start, but hang on in there, it's worth it. I'm looking forward to reading more Holt in the future.
"Very slow start"
I loved this book eventually, but you could pretty much dispense with the first half! I realise Tom Holt's style is to drag out the ordinariness of the situation before blowing it up, but seriously it only needed a bit of dull scene-setting. Once you get into the meat of the story I enjoyed it. Similarly though, I felt the plot had a whole bunch of potential that wasn't explored - possibly because it had such a long beginning.
I really want to love Holt's books, but right now it's just Barking that really hits the mark for me. Better than the Pursuit of Sausages though!
"Different but excellent"
It's not your usual run of the mill story. I loved it. And it made a pleasant change to have a Brit narrating too.
Took me a while to get into the story but once Paul and Sophie were in the strong room I was hooked. Really enjoyed it and as always the narration was perfect
"Hmmmmm! Boring story"
Even thought the reviews were mixed I thought the synopsis was good enough to give the book a go.
I was wrong. The story is totally nonsickle! Not made any better by the narrators dull narration.
I was 3 hours in and haven't laughed once. No more Tom Holt for me.
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