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Nigel Bentley

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  • Inferno

  • Thomas Kydd, Book 17
  • By: Julian Stockwin
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

It's 1807. Captain Sir Thomas Kydd's famous sea action aboard Tyger has snatched his reputation from ignominy. He is the hero of the hour. But though Britain's navy remains imperious, a succession of battles has seen Napoleon victorious on mainland Europe. In an attempt to prevent the French from taking control of Denmark's navy, Kydd's great friend, Nicholas Renzi - now Lord Farndon - is sent on a desperate diplomatic mission to persuade the Danes to give up their fleet to Britain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Siege Mentality

  • By Simon on 12-10-16

A Hidden Historical Gem

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-06-18

Inferno, book 17 from Julian Stockwin in his KYDD series, has as ever succeeded in revealing a little gem from our lesser kniwn history. Fantastic research and storytelling ~ just as we would expect having enjoyed the series so far

  • The Powder of Death

  • By: Julian Stockwin
  • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

The Powder of Death opens with a returned envoy to China meeting an English scholar in Oxford in the mid-13th century; their purpose is to share a deadly secret. They vow that the knowledge of gunpowder must die with them. The audiobook tells the story of its rediscovery, one man's obsession with the powder of death, and Edward III's determination to use it to his advantage. The nature of warfare is changed forever, and the world hears the death knell of knightly chivalry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History made so Vivid

  • By Nigel Bentley on 19-02-18

History made so Vivid

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-02-18

Here is an historical novel on a completely different tack from a masterful writer of naval histories ~ Julian Stockwin. From a medieval village, to Cathay, Italy, Coventry, Ghent and to battles ... all directed towards the acceptance of guns, cannons and gunpowder in the 13th and 14th centuries. A riveting read ... I thoroughly enjoyed this work and the reading thereof.

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  • Nigel

  • My Family and Other Dogs
  • By: Monty Don
  • Narrated by: Monty Don
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 204

When Monty Don's golden retriever, Nigel, became the surprise star of BBC's Gardeners' World, inspiring huge interest, fan mail and even his own social media accounts, Monty Don wanted to explore what makes us connect with animals quite so deeply. In many respects Nigel is a very ordinary dog - charming, handsome and obedient, as so many are. He is also a much loved family pet. He is also a star. By telling Nigel's story, Monty relates his relationships with other special dogs in his life in a memoir of his dogs past and very much present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Tony Swinton on 28-09-16

Beautiful in Every Part ~ Canine Magic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-02-17

Having grown up with Golden Retrievers, and for the last 20 years having been owned by several Flatcoated Retrievers, I have always been drawn to Nigel as a comet, as a star appearing in the firmament of Gardeners World.
Monty Don reading his own book, with such feeling, evokes so many wonderful memories and at times brought tears too. For Monty's insights into the canine understanding of their lives with us ~ well done. This is a book that I will return to, like an Old Friend~ much as our dogs are to us in our memories, and so obviously the same applies for Monty and his own family.

  • Winter Pilgrims

  • Kingmaker, Book 1
  • By: Toby Clements
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 838

February 1460. In the bitter dawn of a winter’s morning, a young man and a woman escape from a priory. In fear for their lives, they are forced to flee across a land ravaged by conflict. For this is the Wars of the Roses, one of the most savage and bloody civil wars in history. Where brother confronts brother, king faces king, and Thomas and Katherine must fight just to stay alive....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Read

  • By R. J. Gladden on 20-03-16

Making History so Vivid; & Well-presented

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-04-16

The story-lines were recreated around me so well ... it felt real ~ thoroughly enjoyed

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tyger

  • Thomas Kydd, Book 16
  • By: Julian Stockwin
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

The greatest naval trial in the Georgian period is underway at Portsmouth with the court-martial of Sir Home Popham, Captain Sir Thomas Kydd's commanding officer in the doomed occupation of Buenos Aires. Kydd has some sympathy for Popham's unauthorised action, but his support for his former commander leaves him athwart some very influential people in the admiralty. With his frigate, L'Aurore, unfit for sea, Kydd is given a commission that some hope will destroy his career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Is No Paper Tyger

  • By Simon on 20-08-16

KYDD episode Sixteen : loved it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-03-16

A great ongoing story well told, and this audible unabridged telling of the tale enjoyed especially with excellent dramatic reading

  • The Troutbeck Testimony

  • By: Rebecca Tope
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

A huge funeral for Windermere’s popular resident, Barbara Dodge, is taking place, and florist Persimmon 'Simmy' Brown and her new assistant, Bonnie Lawson, are busy compiling wreaths in preparation. There’s word of a series of sinister dognappings occurring in nearby Troutbeck, and whilst taking a walk up Wansfell Pike, Simmy and her father, Russell, stumble on a dog strangled to death - it’s not long before Simmy reluctantly finds herself caught up in a murder investigation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Characters but Convoluted<br />

  • By Nigel Bentley on 04-02-16

Good Characters but Convoluted<br />

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-16

Enjoyed this Rebecca Tobe, but the puzzles were at times not only convoluted for the team of three amateur sleuths, but also for the listener/reader.
Most enjoyed the first stage of unravelling in the Upper Room.