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M. Barnard

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The House at Pooh Corner audiobook cover art

Cannot Listen To, Which Is A Pity

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-19

Having grown up on these stories, I anticipated a pleasant ride down memory lane. Unfortunately, it became more of a mad careen to frustration within moments of starting out. I absolutely could not get past the infuriating grunt with which Piglet's lines were invariably introduced. This was ruinously jarring the first time. By the third incident I realized I was not fated to revisit this cherished part of my childhood. An awful disservice to Milne's stories.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Comedy-O-Rama Variety Pack Thrice audiobook cover art

Absolutely Awful

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-23-18

I picked this up as Paul Frees was mentioned in the blurb. I did not find him in any sections that I sampled. The linking superhero bit was tedious. I ended up forwarding through much of it. These bridge episodes were unfunny and frankly tedious. I'm glad I received it as a free title.

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Awful

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-18

I'm not exactly certain what I expected off this from the synopsis. I can say that , for me, it failed to deliver on a number of levels. Just bad.

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Not The Best Narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-19-18

The reader is not especially effective. Considering the material, especially the early section,a male reader would have carried it more effectively.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A Painful Narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-18

Not a good reader for this sort of tale. It requires less of a thin, rather nasal delivery. It got on my nerves almost immediately. I won't be able to sit through the entire book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A Mixed Batch

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-18

Good overall collection of James' writings. The weak link for me is an annoyingly effete reading of OH, WHISTLE. If you specifically want this, there are various, better readings out there. I suggest David Suchet's.

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A Disappointment Due To 'Atmospheric' Music

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-18

I waited for some time for this to hit release, having had a longtime familiarity with Hodgson's stories and others subsequently written, using these central characters.

Unfortunately, I did not realize that there was music added in the background to 'enhance' the reading. This ruined the read for me. I want a straight reading on an audio book, and frankly the addition of music to any degree within the body of the text is distracting for me and (inn this case) completely breaks the mood.

I have a number of Big Finish recordings in my library, and this isn't as large an issue as it is on these more atmospheric stories. To be fair, I've had similar issues with a couple of collections of M.R; James' work from another publisher -- though in that case it's an insistence of bridging the gaps between the stories with 'mood' music.

While it is good to finally see a collection of Carnacki tales in release, this one did not work for me. I lasted approximately six minutes into the initial story before I was so vexed that I gave up and switched my player to a historical test.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Lesser Performance

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-17

If you want an introduction to the many tales of Jules deGrandin, start with the first of these collections. The narration on that volume is smoother and dosn't contain the occasional mispronunciations that mar this reading. I also detected a couple of misread/incorrect terms in the reading.

It's a pity that a different reader was assigned to this compilation..

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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An Awful Narration

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Obviously attempting an "atmospheric" read, the narrator's voice plays as muddled and occasionally indistinct in places. Detracts severely from enjoyment of the material.

What didn’t you like about Nigel Peever’s performance?

A more straightforward narration with less attempt at atmospheric trimmings would have been easier to follow without feeling exhausted from the simple act of listening for a protracted time.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Fruity and pretentous delivery spoils a good tale.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Chamber of Doom to be better than the print version?

Vastly inferior. Wintle deserves much better.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The delivery was obviously intended to be suspenseful and portentous. Unfortunately, it was laid on so heavily that the result was too painful to listen through to the end. The narrative approach adopted was more painful than eerie or atmospheric.

Any additional comments?

Wintle's works really need a full treatment (there are not that many, as opposed to, say, M. R. James' work), presented in a more direct narration.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful