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Ginger

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A Very Good Listen

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Reviewed: 15-03-20

This is a remarkable account of the life of a modern day shepherd in the Lake District. I can see him and other traditional farmers coping with the challenges that will face us all in the future while the rest of us, who live divorced from reality are floundering around.

Great

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Reviewed: 02-03-20

Great character development, the background of London, particularly places such as the London Library, the up to date problems of policing, the references to a wide range of history, classics, technology et al. What’s not to like?

Great

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Reviewed: 14-02-20

Ihave just listened to this for a second time. I enjoy the immersion in the every day life of the secondhand bookshop in Wigtown. As a life long collector of early nineteenth century books, it brings back many happy memories. It also brings out much sympathy for booksellers today.

Very interesting

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Reviewed: 24-01-20

I enjoyed the insights and thoughts that Jeanette Winterson gives us. I was fascinated by her extraordinary childhood. I was admiring of her spirit and courage. And, envious of her education - self educated (English Literature A to Z) in the Public Library.

Great picture

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Reviewed: 19-01-20

An in depth picture of the marshland that Simon and his wife bought as an extension to their Norfolk garden. Written with passion and deep knowledge, it brings the inhabitants of the marshland to life - the changing seasons, the residents, the coming and going of migratory birds and, above all the need for joined up wild areas. A delight for anyone who loves Nature.

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A great listen

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Reviewed: 17-12-19

I purchased tis audiobook after seeing David Shiel’s documentary on keeping an octopus in his living room. I am now even more interested in Cephalopods as the author of Other Minds writes with both clarity snd enthusiasm and this book is about ourselves too.

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Excellent

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Reviewed: 11-12-19

I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book - more than The Single Thread and The Girl with the Pearl Earring.
Set in a period when the Bible based World Picture was nearing the end of its life (Darwin’s voyage on The Besgle is only a few years in the future) the struggle to comprehend a world where fossilised animals indicate that God’s creations have come into the world only to become extinct is well portrayed and the traditional plight of women is heartbreakingly drawn. All this together with atmosphere and good story telling was a delight.

Enjoyable

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Reviewed: 09-12-19

Good descriptions of Australia and interesting contrasts with struggling postwar Britain. A good story but not Nevil Shute’s best. His writing is repetitive and the attitudes to women are dated but one can adjust to that. What is more apparent is that the author is not very good at women characters.

A great listen

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Reviewed: 12-10-19

It is over 50 years since I read Neville Shute. I’m coming back to his books with pleasure. He is a great natural story teller who in a few words sets a scene so that it is as if you were there. This tale was very good, though I thought The Pied Piper was even better.

Interesting idea

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Reviewed: 05-10-19

The first section was intriguing with atmospheric descriptions of the.house and of the surroundings. The characters were well drawn and the mystery of the house and the binding and the books was tantalising. However, I lost interest after about 4 hours of listening.