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  • The Brightonomicon

  • By: Robert Rankin
  • Narrated by: David Warner, Rupert Degas, Andy Serkis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

Were you aware that there are, hidden in the streets of Brighton, 12 ancient constellations, like the Hangleton Hound and the Bevendean Bat? Well, there are, and on each one hangs a tale, a tale so strange that only The Lad himself, that inveterate spinner of tales and talker of the toot, Hugo Rune, can get to the bottom of them. And he'd better do it quickly, because if he doesn't solve the dozen mysteries before the year is out, that'll be the end of the world as we know it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nonsensical amusement

  • By Rankin on 01-16-09

Absolutely wonderful

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

Reviewed: 03-23-14

What made the experience of listening to The Brightonomicon the most enjoyable?

The surprise,
I first heard it on the radio. Radio SciFi and Fantasy comedy is usually pretty dire. There are a (very) few notable exceptions and this is one of the best.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Hugo Rune - David Warner is brilliant, but then the whole cast is.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I have done (I listen to it about once a year)

  • Why France Collapsed

  • By: Guy Chapman
  • Narrated by: Chris MacDonnell
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 8

In June 1940 the armies of France, Great Britain, and Belgium succumbed to the onslaught of the German armies in less than six weeks. How this could have come about has hardly been illuminated by the accusations and counter-accusations of prominent French politicians and senior officers. The crossfire of charges is as blinding as a hailstorm. This book is a bold attempt to clarify responsibilities and to answer the question of how an army - not greatly inferior to the enemy's and only 10 years before believed to be the strongest in Europe - met such an ignominious defeat.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The mispronunciations are unbelievable

  • By Jeffrey on 09-28-13

The mispronunciations are unbelievable

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

Reviewed: 09-28-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?


Any additional comments?

A large part of this book deals with movements of army units and requires a reasonable knowledge of the geography of Belgium and France and a high degree of concentration. It would be better read in conjunction with the printed version.

Just about every continental word or name is mispronounced, sometimes so badly that one has to think about it before one understands what he is trying to say. This improves during the course of the book and some degree of mispronunciation is not unusual in books about the first and Second World War, and would be bearable. However, one also has to contend with the bizarre pronunciations of English words, which he occasionally drops in. This aside, the performance is very good.

A fairly difficult listen, but it provides a fairly detailed account of this part of the war.

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  • White Queen

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,894
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,909

They ruled England before the Tudors, and now internationally best-selling author Philippa Gregory brings the Plantagenets to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Prep for Starz Drama

  • By FanB14 on 06-27-13

More Romance than History

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-11

This is exceedingly lightweight.
The historical research cannot of consisted of much more than a quick glance at Wikipedia. One can certainly learn more by spending 10 minutes reading Wikipedia.
It rambles on in the present tense with Elizabeth Woodville's rather 20th century outlook (apart from a belief she can see into the future and cast spells), occasionally reminding us we are supposed to be in the 15th century by a reference to an event or the rushes on the floor.
The last third may be better - This is one of the handful of books I gave-up before the end.
Don't waste your money or credits.

24 of 36 people found this review helpful