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Nicola

Nicola Southend on Sea, United Kingdom Member Since 2010
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  • "Step into history..."

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    This is wonderful!! I'll be honest I bought this purely based upon the fact that the audio version is read by the delectable Tom Hiddleston and boy does he make it entertaining! His wonderful and varied accents breathe such life into the characters.
    The story itself is beautifully written, not knowing a great deal about the French revolution myself, Sally Gardner lets you almost taste history with her wonderful descriptions and colourful cast of characters.
    I have such fondness for Yann and Sido and their respective path in and out of each other’s lives. Tetu is the kind of guardian you could almost wish for and both the marquis and dastardly Kalliovski are interesting and scary in different ways.
    Perfection!!!

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    The Red Necklace: The French Revolution, Book 1

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Sally Gardner
    • Narrated By Tom Hiddleston
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    France 1789: a time of terror; a charismatic boy, Yann, who must find out who he is; the daring rescue of Sido, an aristocrat's daughter: these are the elements in this tremendous adventure by a consummate storyteller, a marvellous tale of the first days of the French Revolution.

    Nicola says: "Step into history..."
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  • "Captivating read for all ages"

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    I am 50yrs old & first saw the stage play in London recently which is brilliant & inspired me to listen to the book. I love the combination of clever & engaging narrative, lovely characters & a wonderful story based on the realities of the first world war. What a wonderful history lesson without the lecture. I loved it from start to finish.

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    War Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Morpurgo
    • Narrated By John Keating
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    In 1914, a beautiful foal with a distinctive cross on his nose is sold to the Army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western front. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?

    Amanda says: "Captivating read for all ages"

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    • By Helen Frost
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UNABRIDGED) by Paula Fox Narrated by George Guidall

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    • By Paula Fox
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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UNABRIDGED) by A. C. Gaughen Narrated by Helen Stern

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    • By A. C. Gaughen
    • Narrated By Helen Stern
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    • By J. E. Dyer
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