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Christopher Patton

Tangerang, ID
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Happy to be wrong

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

Reviewed: 05-25-19

I was nearly annoyed at this book because, despite the brilliant performance and great story, I had solved it with more than 4 hours to spare.

At least, I thought I had.

I was delighted to be wrong!

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I’m glad this was free

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

This book starts with a warning about strong language and topics. It should start with a warning about overused fake noir cliches and almost not quite joined up writing. I would never have paid for it, and took it as one of my free monthly originals. It still isn’t worth it.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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I really enjoyed that

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This was a really entertaining look at the life of Samuel Clemons. The stories were interesting and amusing, and linking it altogether through food was a great idea.

The casual swearing didn’t add anything to the program, but I guess that’s just the way some people need to express themselves.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Narrator is awful

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

The idea of linking Star Trek to various socio political and historical themes is interesting, but could they not have chosen a narrator who knows what she's talking about?
Kim Mckean's lack of knowledge of the Star Trek universe comes out in most chapters, but none more glaringly than when she refers to Lt. Uhura as Lt. Uhara (her Irish cousin perhaps?). One could understand a single slip during the book, but it happens very frequently. One could even forgive a uniform mispronunciation of the name, but in this recording the correct and incorrect pronunciations are both used at seemingly random intervals. There even a few occasions of her flipping back and forth more than once in the same paragraph.

This might seem like a trivial complaint, but it really detracted from the listening experience. I'll be watching for her name as a narrator to avoid in future.

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Awful narration

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

I enjoyed the story, and found it quite well written. The experience , for me, was ruined by what was unquestionably the worst attempt at a Scots accent I've ever heard in my life. It made James Doohan sound authentic.

This production would have been much better served by using two narrators for the different time periods, or by having Mr. Lane simply use his own accent and allow the listener to use a bit of imagination.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A Steaming Pile

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

Reviewed: 07-04-17

I love Dr. Who, but this was simply awful. Moorcock demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of the character he is writing. The Doctor should jump out of every scene he is in and dominate the action. In this book you hardly realize he is there, squeezed among the ridiculous characters with confusing motivations. The story seems to have been written for an entirely different hero, with the Dr. Who elements thrown hastily in at the last moment.
The narration was also shocking. Mantle tries to create different voices and accents for his characters, but ends up giving us aural caricatures. The falsetto Scots used to indicate Amy's occasional presence made me want to throw my headphones in the nearest fireplace.

Dr. Who fans be warned. This is not what you want. Stay away!