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Dr. Laurence G. Measey

Portsmouth, UK
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  • A Possible Life

  • By: Sebastian Faulks
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas, Samuel West, Christian Rodska, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 62

Terrified, a young prisoner in the Second World War closes his eyes and pictures himself going out to bat on a sunlit cricket ground in Hampshire. Across the courtyard in a Victorian workhouse, a father too ashamed to acknowledge his son. A skinny girl steps out of a Chevy with a guitar; her voice sends shivers through the skull. Soldiers and lovers, parents and children, scientists and musicians risk their bodies and hearts in search of connection.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Little Depressing

  • By Pauline on 18-09-12

A possible good read

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-03-13

I am very fond of the writing opf Sebastian Faulks. I wonder about this work which seems to be a collection of short stories with som common themes. Unless he is writing for transmigrationists it is hard to get all the connections. Good writing, nice narration by a well selected team which seems to accentuate the separateness of the stories.

  • The Potter's Hand

  • By: A. N. Wilson
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

In 1774, Josiah Wedgwood, master craftsman possessed with a burning scientific vision, embarks upon the thousand-piece Frog Service for Catherine the Great. Josiah's nephew Tom journeys to America to buy clay from the Cherokee for this exquisite china. Tom is caught up in the American rebellion, and falls for a Cherokee woman who will come to play a crucial role in Josiah's late, great creation: the Portland Vase.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Skillful moulding

  • By Dr. Laurence G. Measey on 29-03-13

Skillful moulding

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-03-13

A N Wilson is not my favourite author and there are passages of this book which irritate as he declares his particular prejudices. However please forgive as he has written a powerful, intriguing and likely tale about one of the great men of Staffordshire, Josiah Wedgwood. Wilson has clearly researched the family and its immediate friends and acquaintances. This work shines through and he wears this knowledge lightly to inform his readers.

Having read this novel, beautifully read by John Teller, I might try another...

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  • Standing in Another Man's Grave

  • A Rebus Novel
  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James Macpherson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544

Its 25 years since John Rebus appeared on the scene, and 5 years since he retired. But 2012 sees his return in Standing in Another Man’s Grave. Not only is Rebus as stubborn and anarchic as ever, but he finds himself in trouble with Rankin's latest creation, Malcolm Fox of Edinburgh's internal affairs unit. Added to which, Rebus may be about to derail the career of his ex-colleague Siobhan Clarke, while himself being permanently derailed by mob boss and old adversary Big Ger Cafferty. But all Rebus wants to do is discover the truth about a series of seemingly unconnected disappearances....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Yawn yawn

  • By Mrs on 20-11-12

A fast moving thriller by a master

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-03-13

Rebus is competent to return to his unorthodox detecting. He is so refreshing today as the police along with many other organizations are stuck with a tick box management method so beloved by the Blair government. Maybe we will have to bring back more detectives from retirement if serious crime is to be fought without the dead hand of the bureaucrats.

Rankin always pleases with his neat writing, twisting plot line and he is neither sentimental or squeamish. Nicely read by James Macpherson.

  • Painting the Darkness

  • By: Robert Goddard
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 20 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288

On a mild autumn afternoon in 1882, William Trenchard sits smoking his pipe in the garden of his comfortable family home. When the creak of the garden gate heralds the arrival of an unexpected stranger, he is puzzled but not alarmed. He cannot know the destruction this man will wreak on all he holds most dear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Goddard at his best

  • By Kirstine on 26-03-13

Rather tedious

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-03-13

I am not at all sure why I put this book on my wish list. I finished it with a cheer as it was so obvious a plot, the characters so predictable, and the writing so turgid. Oh yes, I remember why I chose t a for it is narrated by Michael Kitchen. He is a great actor but even he cannot bring much to like in this work

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

  • By: Simon Mawer
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 358

Marian Sutro is an outsider: the daughter of a diplomat, half French, half British, naive yet too clever for her own good. But when she is recruited from her desk job by SOE to go undercover in wartime France, it seems her hybrid status - and fluent French - will be of service to a greater, more dangerous cause. Trained in sabotage, dead-drops, how to perform under interrogation, and how to kill, Marian parachutes into southwest France with an urgent mission....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great thriller, but also beautifully written

  • By Jill on 10-05-12

Enjoyable

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-13

A good read with the actual business at the end of the book and squeezed in almost as a sub-plot. Breaks up a tedious railway journey

  • The Faithful Spy

  • John Wells, Book 1
  • By: Alex Berenson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GRIPPING.........

  • By Shaun on 10-01-07

A good, intelligent, modern spy thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-13

Undercover agents have to learn their biographies so well that it becomes their number on operating story. Well does this so well that over the years he becomes his new self with understandable doubts as to the morality of his own country, America. It is, however, the same moral perspective that convinces him to accomplish his mission. Well written with some fine tense moments, neat twists and the menace of real danger. Not to be missed as this is the first spy story from a major writer of modern thrillers.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

  • By: Deborah Moggach
  • Narrated by: Nina Wadia
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 373

When Ravi Kapoor, an overworked London doctor, is driven beyond endurance by his disgusting and difficult father-in-law, he asks his wife: "Can't we just send him away somewhere? Somewhere far, far away." His prayer seems to have been answered when his entrepreneurial cousin, Sonny, sets up a retirement home, recreating a lost corner of England in a converted guesthouse in Bangalore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dunroamin!

  • By Susan on 10-04-12

Old India in post raj days

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-13

What a wonderful collection of old people are assembled by Deborah Moggach who are not being ripped off by the eager young Indian entrepreneur who has a surprising caring nature. They follow their paths that are, one feels, already laid down by their history to date and meet with well deserved ends. Delightful and thought provoking

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fist of God

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: John Franklyn-Robbins
  • Length: 22 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391

During those fateful weeks before Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, a fragment of radio intercept had referred to Qubth-ut-Allah, a devastating secret weapon that could rain death and destruction on the Allied forces. Despite Allied scepticism, Major Mike Martin, an SAS man who can pass as an Arab, is sent into Kuwait to assess Iraqi strength and help the resistance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read! Miss at your peril!

  • By sacffolding on 03-08-12

Classic Forsyth

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-13

A modern thriller with action, suspense, drama, and nail biting concern for the fate of the central character. No dull moments and once belief is suspended, something that Forsyth is very expert in facilitating, then it becomes a splendid way of whiling away time.

  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,262

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Woodcutter

  • By jackie Hammond on 23-05-11

A good thriller

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-13

Nicely paced with good regional character the Woodman flows nicely and is intriguging to the end which one accepts as very unlikely but nevertheless satisfying as it ties up all the threads.

  • The Autobiography of Mark Twain

  • By: Mark Twain, Edited by Charles Neider (editor)
  • Narrated by: Michael Anthony
  • Length: 20 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Here is one of the great autobiographies of the English language - exuberant, wonderfully contemporary in spirit, by a man twice as large as life who—he said so himself—had no trouble remembering everything that had ever happened to him and a lot of things besides.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hmm

  • By Lord Peridot on 02-07-17

Disappointment

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-13

Mark Twain is a great writer whose powers of narration in his novels and reminiscence of Life on the Mississippi are great reading. This work, written at the end of his life,should have been closely edited into a smoother narrative rather than peppered with accounts of tedious irritations that the old man worried about at the end of a very successful life.

Did he really need the money? He seems to have thought that this rambling self-centered pot boiler may well have brought hm some dollars but does little to enhance his reputation.

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