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  • The Mammoth Book of Bizarre Crimes

  • Incredible Real-Life Murders
  • By: Robin Odell
  • Narrated by: David Shaw-Parker
  • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

A gripping collection of stories of human criminality at its most bizarre.

These unusual, sensational murders recall not only gruesome historical crimes, but also touch on shocking and macabre modern murders. Included are details of groundbreaking advances in crime detection, law enforcement, and forensic science. This is the top-secret report on the most grisly, and unusual, criminal activity of our time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lives up to the title

  • By James Wing on 11-05-17

interesting bite sized stories

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-19

great. really entertaining . small chapters easy to drop in and out of. enjoyed it.

  • Medieval Woman

  • Village Life in the Middle Ages
  • By: Ann Baer
  • Narrated by: Sarah Whitehouse
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

A history of peasants in the Middle Ages, the story takes the listener into the life of Marion, the carpenter's wife, and her extended family as they struggle to survive through hardship, featuring a year in their lives at the mercy of the weather and the Lord of the Manor. Existing without soap, paper or glass and only with the most basic of tools, we learn how they survive starvation, sickness, fire and natural disaster in their home on the edge of the Weald.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Need More!!

  • By Valerie Kaye on 26-08-18

brilliantly written and narrated. Didn't expect i

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-18

didn't expect it to be written like a diary but the detail was fantastic. really brought the era to life.

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  • The Battered Body Beneath the Flagstones & Other Victorian Scandals

  • By: Michelle Morgan
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

A grisly book dedicated to the crimes, perversions and outrages of Victorian England, covering high-profile offences - such as the murder of actor William Terriss, whose stabbing at the stage door of the Adelphi Theatre in 1897 filled the front pages for many weeks - as well as lesser-known transgressions that scandalised the Victorian era. The tales include murders and violent crimes but also feature scandals that merely amused the Victorians.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent storyline

  • By Simon Hodding on 16-05-18

interesting new tales.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-18

very good. lots of stories I had not heard before. very good entertainment. liked the narration too.

  • Henry VIII: King and Court

  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 25 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

This magnificent biography of Henry VIII is set against the cultural, social and political background of his court - the most spectacular court ever seen in England - and the splendour of his many sumptuous palaces. An entertaining narrative packed with colourful description and a wealth of anecdotal evidence, but also a comprehensive analytical study of the development of both monarch and court during a crucial period in English history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informative and absorbing biography

  • By Kirstine on 04-07-17

enjoyable.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-18

this is one of the best audio books I've ever listened to on Henry VIii.

  • Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All

  • by M. T. Anderson, Candace Fleming, Stephanie Hemphill, Lisa Ann Sandell, Jennifer Donnelly, Linda Sue Park, Deborah Hopkinson
  • By: M.T. Anderson, Candace Fleming, Stephanie Hemphill, and others
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds, Ann Marie Lee, full cast
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

If you were one of King Henry VIII's six wives, who would you be? Would you be Anne Boleyn, who literally lost her head? Would you be the subject of rumor and scandal like Catherine Howard? Or would you get away and survive like Anna of Cleves? Meet them and Henry's other queens - each bound for divorce or death - in this epic and thrilling novel that reads like fantasy but really happened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Read

  • By J E Carrington on 05-05-18

interesting slant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-08-18

loved this. each queen in her own words. and henry puts his side after each queens story. it was good to see this from this more personal angle.

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  • The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain

  • By: Ian Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
  • Length: 19 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413

If you could travel back in time, the period from 1660 to 1700 would make one of the most exciting destinations in history. It's the age of Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London, bawdy comedy and the libertine court of Charles II, Christopher Wren in architecture, Henry Purcell in music and Isaac Newton in science. In The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain, Ian Mortimer answers the crucial questions that a prospective traveller to 17th-century Britain would ask.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informative, interesting and entertaining history

  • By Kirstine on 21-09-17

excellent and so very entertaining and informative

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-11-17

I have learned such a lot about how much progress was made in the sciences and with book publishing.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful