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Lekker

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

Reviewed: 09-10-19

This Afrikaans book is a great listening experience! Daar was 'n paar beskrywings met te veel bloed en derms na my smaak, maar wie kan almal gelyk tevrede stel? Die uitgewer het die Kindle-prys te duur gemaak. Toe wag ek en koop die gedrukte eksemplaar by 'n uitverkoping - my klein protesaksie. Sonder die uitverkoping sou ek gewag het vir Nic se Audible-voorlesing, wat soveel waarde toevoeg tot Deon se reeds-indrukwekkende teks. Ekstra lekker om beide die papier- én stemweergawe te hê soos ekke. Mag daar meer boeke deur Deon, met voorlesing deur Nic volg. Dit is 'n enorme plesier om sulke gehalte taal én inhoud te hoor en te lees!

Fortune teller spoilt it for me

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

Reviewed: 12-20-14

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

There is much to enjoy in this further episode in Gabriel's adventures. However, the occult/fortune teller theme is creepy and that is why I am giving it a thumbs down in both my Kindle and Audible libraries. Here's hoping Mr. Silva will write on for many a year, but avoid that kind of theme in the future.

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 06-21-14

What disappointed you about Separate Lives?

This is not the kind of story I want to expose myself to. I stopped listening before the end of the first chapter.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something uplifting and healing.

Would you be willing to try another one of Fred Wolinsky’s performances?

No.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

I guess it was my mistake not to find out more before buying this.

Monteath was advertised as narrator, but alas!

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

Reviewed: 03-27-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The book, yes, the narrator, no.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hamish.

Would you be willing to try another one of Shaun Grindell’s performances?

No, not in this series.

Did Death of a Traveling Man inspire you to do anything?

Move to his village.

Any additional comments?

David Monteath is given as the narrator when one is referred to Audible after buying the Kindle book. I listened to the sample of Monteath's narration and bought the book. Oh no! It was Shaun Grindell again! I have been trapped with Grindell's rendering of a Hamish story for the third time, I think. Now, I am hesitant to buy any more in this series, even though they are my favourite at the moment. Because I do not enjoy Grindell. And I feel tricked.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Perfect story marred by poor narration

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

Reviewed: 03-27-14

What did you like best about Death of a Charming Man? What did you like least?

The characters are delightful. The reading was a tremendous disappointment.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Good plot.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Shaun Grindell?

Graeme Malcolm did a splendid job on some of the other books in the series.

Was Death of a Charming Man worth the listening time?

I resorted to the Kindle computer voice, which was less irritating, although the Kindle's American accent is ill-fitting too.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Fleming lovers will love this

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

Reviewed: 06-19-12

What made the experience of listening to Casino Royale the most enjoyable?

Sewell is superb. Cannot understand why his cop series set in Europe was canned - it was brilliant. Anyhoo, he reads Fleming with pazzaz.

Marred by violence

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-09

Extremely well written, this book would have benefited by a more subtle portrayal of violence, in my opinion.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

A brilliant work, but...

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

Reviewed: 08-17-09

The worldview portrayed in this book is just too fatalistic and hopeless. But the writing is excellent. Most of it deserves five stars, but that one aspect spoiled it for me.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-09

How refreshing in these twilight times to come across a conservative who knows literature and communicates it wittily. I for one am bored and irritated by the way in which liberal intellectuals have hijacked higher learning. This book is worth listening to many times for its literary insight, apart from its merits in the department of common sense.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful