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  • The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack

  • Burton & Swinburne, Book 1
  • Autor: Mark Hodder
  • Sprecher: Gerard Doyle
  • Spieldauer: 14 Std.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Geschichte
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Sir Richard Francis Burton is an explorer, linguist, scholar, and swordsman. His reputation has been tarnished, his career is in tatters, and his former partner is missing and probably dead. Algernon Charles Swinburne is an unsuccessful poet and follower of de Sade, for whom pain is pleasure and brandy is ruin. The two men are sucked into the perilous depths of this moral and ethical vacuum, when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Steampunk meets alternate history

  • Von Seshât Am hilfreichsten 27.03.2017

Steampunk meets alternate history

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 27.03.2017

Würden Sie dieses Hörbuch einem Freund empfehlen? Wenn ja, was würden Sie ihm dazu sagen?

I would and I did. But I would ask beforehand if that person was into steampunk. Because while this is a wonderful audiobook I really love, the story is not an easy one and as a first in the steampunk genre I wouldn't recommend it.

Welche Figur hat Ihnen am besten gefallen? Warum?

Burton. I liked how he stood at a crossroads and could go either way, how he believably considered both options and how - after he mady up his mind - defended his decision with rather radical measures in the end. He was not the classical good guy, but he was believable and I found I could relate to him and his reasons.

Wie hat Ihnen Gerard Doyle als Sprecher gefallen? Warum?

He is a wonderful narrator and I think this book not have been narrated any better. I sure as hell will buy the other books in the series.

Hätten Sie das Hörbuch am liebsten in einem Rutsch durchgehört?

Yes, but that would not have done me any good. The story is rather complex and narrated not in chronological order of events so there was some need to pause every now and again to really gather what had happend so far.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

While this audiobook is not totally easy it also is nothing of the really advanced stuff either. The vocabulary is advanced but not to high and Doyle's pronounciation is very clear and easy to understand. So with a solid knowledge of the English language one should understand this easy enough. One should however be into steampunk and open to some rather radical concepts of the genre to fully enjoy this one.

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • Autor: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Sprecher: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Spieldauer: 10 Std. und 37 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amüsant, spannend, liebenswert und fantasievoll!

  • Von Tedesca Am hilfreichsten 10.10.2012

Best urban fanatsy ever!

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 27.03.2017

Was hat Ihnen am allerbesten an Rivers of London gefallen?

The better question would be, what I didn't like. The list would be far shorter. I think this book is one in a million in urban fantasy. The setting and character's are quite unique, it's really big on diversity and - maybe best of all - it's British to the very core. As in Monty Python and Doctor Who British. Full of British slang and wonderfull dry humor.

Welche Figur hat Ihnen am besten gefallen? Warum?

Definetly Peter. I loved it how he dived into this new world that suddenly lays before him head on. How he is like a wide-eyed child on moment and yet "attacks" the problems magic and it's unterstanding with scientific curiousity and methods. How he accepts when things hit close to home without making them personal and letting them get in the way too much. And I like how Aaronovitch portrayed him as a young man who has many facets, who is a police officer, a magicians apprentice, a geek in some ways, a complete dumbass in some others, somethimes a bit slow and distracted, but always a believable person. A person, who happens to be a person of colour. And that might be one of the greatest feats that Aaronovitch pulled of in this book: Peter is a person who happens to be mixed-race, and not a mixed-race person who happens to be a police officer. And that by the way is true for the whole cast, consiting of river godesses, magicians, spirits, ghots, police officers. Some of the white, some not, some gay, some very old, some already dead, some mean, some nice.

Welche Figur hat Kobna Holdbrook-Smith Ihrer Meinung nach am besten interpretiert?

Peter. In most audiobooks I need time to connect the narrators voice to the story and if it's a first person narrative to the character. Not in this one. I listened to the frist few seconds and it was like "WOW!". The voice just fits. And I think the book gained something from the way Holdbrook-Smith narrates it. It takes this fanatstic tale up a notch, if that is even possible. It got so far that I was feeling strange when I read the second book and not listend to the audio. So I quit reading them and resigned myself to listen to the whole series.

Hätten Sie das Hörbuch am liebsten in einem Rutsch durchgehört?

Yes. Most definetly.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

While this really is a wonderful audiobook, everybody who's not a native speaker should know that this is not an easy one either. It's very British, full of slang, technical terms, dry humor, puns and wordplay, so anybody who listens to it should be really good at British English or be prepared to look up words and phrases - possibly both. It is well worth the efford though.

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  • Crimes Against Magic

  • The Hellequin Chronicles, Book 1
  • Autor: Steve McHugh
  • Sprecher: James Langton
  • Spieldauer: 10 Std. und 48 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

How do you keep the people you care about safe from enemies you can’t remember? Ten years ago, Nate Garrett awoke on a cold warehouse floor with no memory of his past and the only clues to his identity were a piece of paper with his name on it and a propensity toward magic. Now he’s a powerful sorcerer and a successful thief for hire, but it turns out that those who stole his memories aren’t done with him yet. When they cause a job to go bad, threatening a sixteen-year-old girl, Nate swears to protect her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Book

  • Von Melanie Marschner Am hilfreichsten 06.09.2018

Interesting story, good narrator.

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 27.03.2017

Welchen drei Worte würden für Sie Crimes Against Magic treffend charakterisieren?

Thrilling, fastpaced, fun.

Welche Figur hat Ihnen am besten gefallen? Warum?

There were two characters I really liked. Nate, the protagonist, naturally. It was interesting to see how he struggels to regain his memory and fights to keep on top of all the things that are happening around him and to him without really knowing what this is all about. And all that without that constant refection and talking one gets in so many urban fantasy novels by female authors.

The other one would be Dani. I liked her, liked how she was weak and strong at the same time. How she had her whole world break appart and discover many scary things about her life and herself and how she, while being scared about this refused to let that fear rule her.

Welche Figur hat James Langton Ihrer Meinung nach am besten interpretiert?

Nate, since it was a first person narrative. I was sceptical at first if he could pull that of because I knew him previously form his naration of the "Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica" series which are young adult if not childrens books and it took a few chapters of getting used to. But by now I well in the thirs book of this series and wouldn't want to miss him as Nate.

Hätten Sie das Hörbuch am liebsten in einem Rutsch durchgehört?

Yes and no. One the one hand, the story is fastpaced and thrilling and you always want to know what's happening next, so yes I really wanted to listen to this audiobook in one go. On the other hand it's over ten hours long and set in two different time periods telling two storylines that only really flow together in the very end. So it was good, to take a break sometimes and recap the story to really get it. I sometimes even took the ebook and read along what I was listening to.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Two things I guess: First, you should not expect some worldshaking brilliant story, adressing all the problems of the world in an urban fantasy fable or something. Its more like a James Bond movie with magic: Fastpaced, not always logical to the core but fun to watch nonetheless.

Secondly, if you are a non-native speaker like me, this audiobook is faily easy to listen and understand, since Langdon has a nice British accent. But you should know a little bit about the figures of Graeco-Roman Myth and Athurian legend and how they are called in English to understand whom they are talking about. I had a fairly hard time with "Achilles", always understanding "Hercules" - which sound pretty similar - until I read a chapter or two while listening and finally getting who's who.