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N. Bowring

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  • "Magical and tragic - highly recomme..."

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    For an audiobook, the large cast of characters could become confusing to the listener. However, Nicolette McKenzie's superb dramatisation, fine tuning to accents and dialects, giving each character his/her own unique voice and personality, I soon knew everyone without having to be told "he said/she said".
    I loved this book and all the stories - fairy tales and real life - will remain with me for a long time. The combination of A.S. Byatt's fine writing and Nicky McKenzie's skilled narration brought historical events (well researched and very informative) to life so that they seemed real to me and as if I'd experienced them first hand myself. I cannot recommend this audiobook highly enough.

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    The Children's Book

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated By Nicolette McKenzie
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    Olive Wellwood is a famous writer, interviewed with her children at her side. For each of them she writes a separate private book. In their rambling house near Romney Marsh they play in a story-book world - but their lives, those of their rich cousins and of their friends are already inscribed with mystery.

    N. Bowring says: "Magical and tragic - highly recommended"
  • "Highly recommended"

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    If Oscars were awarded for audio-book narrations, Juliet Stephenson would surely be in the front line to win several for her multiple performances in Middlemarch. This inordinately long book is made to feel considerably shorter by her fine portrayals, giving each separate character his or her own distinctive voice.

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    Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (127)
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    (124)

    Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon's mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

    Caroline says: "All consuming"
  • "First class story and narration"

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    I found The Imposter gripping from the first second to the last. Well structured and a purpose for every minute detail. Damon Galgut paints a sinister, dark post-apartheid South Africa where all the main characters are victims in some way; the effects of the old system can still have a devastating effect, most especially on those who the change was meant to help. It is refreshing to hear a South African read a South African book and do the accents correctly. Humphrey Bower’s narration is first class.

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    The Impostor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Damon Galgut
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
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    5-star reviews on amazon.co.uk from the Booker Prize-shortlisted author of The Good Doctor comes a gripping novel of guilty secrets, obsession and self-reinvention, set on the African savannah. When Adam moves into the abandoned house on the dusty edge of town, he is hoping to recover from the loss of his job and his home in the city. But when he meets Canning - a shadowy figure from his childhood - and Canning's enigmatic and beautiful wife, a sinister new chapter in his life begins...

    N. Bowring says: "First class story and narration"
  1. The Children's Book
  2. Middlemarch
  3. The Impostor
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