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Madeline

Madeline York, United Kingdom Member Since 2010
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  • "Superb"

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    Another astonishing tour de force from Hilary Mantel. A superb portrayal of a 'modern' politician in Tudor England - a brilliant, complex man both humane and brutal, subtle and blunt, ambitious and patient. Beautifully written, deceptively simple in style with flowing narrative, startling, vivid images and perceptive comments on life and people delivered with searing clarity and it all seems so effortless.

    Not as well read as by the reader of Wolf Hall (who is superb) - the voices for the different characters are not well defined and the accents poor - but the narrative is well read and it doesn't detract from the excellence of the book.

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    Bring Up the Bodies

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    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith's son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry's second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church. In Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn.

    Madeline says: "Superb"
  • "Disappointing despite 4 stars"

    Overall

    I loved Restless and Any Human Heart, listened to it that order and although I enjoyed this, it's not as good as the other two and I can't put my finger on the reason. I wonder if it's the reader? Harrier Walter reads beautifully, the voices are very well done and yet ... and yet... She has a very distinctive voice and the very clarity of her diction and the rather clipped vowels create a brittle feel to Hope Clearwater, who is anything but brittle or fragile; like the women in Restless she is independent, strong and resourceful. I think Harriet Walter would be brilliant reading Jane Austen or PG Woodhouse - the crisp accent just letting through the emotions, humour and wit - but I thought she was a bit too posh for this and maybe, oddly, too good for it too. She would be more suited to writing with more depth to it. The editing has also been severe with the break between chapters often non existent so, especially near the beginning before I realised this was the case, I was floundering as the story moved backwards and forwards in time and place without any perceptible pause to indicate a new chapter. But I decided to give it 4 stars - 3 seemed really too mean for what was still a very enjoyable listen.

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    Brazzaville Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Harriet Walter
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    I live on Brazzaville Beach... I am here because two sets of strange and extraordinary events happened to me... One in England, first, and then one in Africa. On Brazzaville Beach, on the edge of Africa, Hope Clearwater examines the complex circumstances that brought her there. Sifting the details for evidence of her own innocence or guilt, she tells her engrossing story with a blunt and beguiling honesty that not only intrigues and disturbs but is also completely enthralling.

    Madeline says: "Disappointing despite 4 stars"
  • "A Great Listen"

    Overall

    This is a great book and I wholeheartedly recommend it. It unfolds a fascinating and always gripping story and is very thought provoking in the issues it raises through its subject matter - refugees, resistance and collaboration as Hitler came to power. The author also had insights into old age which I though were interesting and perceptive. It was beautifully read by both readers - I just had to adjust to the fact that Saul Reichlin was not reading The Girl With Dragon Tattoo. It made me think of The Glass Room by Simon Mawer - also set before and during World War 2 and another 5 star listen.

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    All That I Am

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anna Funder
    • Narrated By Judy Bennett, Saul Reichlin
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    The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Anna Funder's All That I Am, a powerful love story that tells the heroic and tragic true story of the German resistance. read by Judy Bennett and Saul Reichlin. One September morning, elderly Ruth Wesemann wakes to the sound of a parcel being delivered to her door. Inside she finds a tattered little notebook. Opening its delicate pages she meets with a flood of memories...

    Madeline says: "A Great Listen"
  1. Bring Up the Bodies
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