This is a lovely book to listen to as Claire Balding's voice is so easy on the ears. She tells her stories so calmly and really pulls you in. My only problem with this book is that I wished it was longer. I could listen to Claire's voice all day and I wanted to know more about her and her family. Excellent listen.
This book is very, very interesting.I never knew what Jacqueline Kennedy sounded like and I was very suprised. She is so gentle, slow and careful in the way she speaks. I cant decide if she was naive or very clever in pretending not to know about things that happened. Its brilliant to hear her in her own words and the part where JFK Jr talks is very touching considering his father had only been killed a few months previously. Jacqueline Kennedy did lots of things during her time as The First Lady that I did'nt know about so I have learned new things from this book. I would recommed this book to anyone especially history fans.
This book isn't what I thought it would be. I was expecting country house, wacky ancestors and problems. These things are there but with lots and lots of details about the mines and the miners who worked for the family (and I mean a lot). My Dad is a miner so I didn't mind listening to it, but I can imagine for a lot of people these parts would be a struggle to listen to. The parts about the family are really interesting and I Googled and Wikipedia'd the house and family after listening to it. I know I would of hated to read this book, but I could zone out when listening to the boring parts. Not sure if I would recommend as its not everyones cup of tea.
If you like Stephen Fry (and who doesn't) you'll like this auto-biographical account of Stephen's early years. It's an honest tale of childhood and teenage memories and Stephen talks openly about his upbringing and misconducts in a way that you don't expect to hear from such a public figure. And you can't help but respect him the more for it.
I looked forward to my commute each day simply to hear the next instalment of this clearly narrated book.
This book is also a tale of how, with enough determination, it is possible to turn your life around.