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Alison

Alison Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom Member Since 2011
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  • "Even better than TK1"

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    I have not watched the TV programmes so my only knowledge of TK books is via these audible downloads. I really enjoyed the first book but I think on balance, I enjoyed this one at least as much if not a bit more.



    The story though complex was not as complicated as Book 1 and also the ending was less annoying (the first being annoying only because there was really no way the listener could have hoped to 'guess').



    The weaving of murder and Danish politics seems to be part of this series formula and I do enjoy that.



    I really like the narration too.

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    The Killing 2

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    • By David Hewson
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    Thirty nine steps rose from the busy road of Tuborgvej into Mindelunden, with its quiet graves and abiding bitter memories. Lennart Brix, head of the Copenhagen homicide team, felt he'd been walking those most of his life. Beneath the entrance arch, sheltering from the icy rain, he couldn't help but recall that first visit almost fifty years before. A five-year-old boy, clutching the hand of his father, barely able to imagine what he was about see...

    RubyShoes says: "Screaming out loud"
  • "A long holiday in Devon"

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    Listening to this over the course of a stormy September week was a really lovely escape. I read this and other books by Delderfield when I was in my teens. Listening to it now some years later, perhaps I enjoyed the 'story' slightly less, but the ambience and feel for Devon and the era in which it is set, which the book conveys so well, very much more. I felt I had stayed there for a while - and I wanted to stay longer.



    The reader has an old-fashioned style that is in keeping with the book itself. Slightly disconcerting lengthy pauses characterise his reading, but I soon got used to this. I *think* his Devon accents of c1900 sound like they might be accurate...? they are certainly broad!



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    Long Summer Day

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    • By R F Delderfield
    • Narrated By Jonathan Oliver
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    Paul Craddock is still young when he is invalided out of the army after the Boer War and he discovers the neglected estate of Shallowford in a secluded corner of Devon.

    Rosalind says: "Wonderful, absorbing listen"
  • "Enjoyable"

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    I did enjoy this but nothing like as much as the recording of Chocolat I bought first. I rate the content as 3 stars but give it 4 because of Juliet Stevenson's amazing reading. The story simply isn't as magical, as evocative or as charming as Chocolat - but that would be a hard act to follow! On the other hand it gives other characters a centre stage and the ending, if trite, is neat.

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    The Lollipop Shoes

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joanne Harris
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    Seeking refuge and anonymity in the cobbled streets of Montmartre, Yanne and her daughters, Rosette and Annie, live peacefully, if not happily, above their little chocolate shop. Nothing unusual marks them out; no red sachets hang by the door. The wind has stopped - at least for a while. Then into their lives blows Zozie de l'Alba, the lady with the lollipop shoes, and everything begins to change....

    Alison says: "Enjoyable"
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