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ellie illing

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Easy listen - if your missing outlander

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

Reviewed: 12-07-20

I listened to this as I am waiting for the most recent outlander book to come out. This gives you more of an insight into what type of man Lord John is, so when you read outlander you understand his bits of the story more. Characters entwine in this series with the outlander series such as Percy Wainwright and Harold.
The book is an easy listen, as usual, Diana Gabaldon did a lot of research into the era and kept it as historically accurate as possible. You see what life was like for the upper class and the military living during the Seven Year War.
The book is more fast pace than outlander which I enjoyed, she is very good at writing from a male point of view, you sympathise with him and get an insight to our horrible and scary being a gay in his time was.
You do not need to read the outlander books to enjoy this, its a series in its own right.

Great book for all ages

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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: 12-12-19

If you loved his dark materials you will love this. lyra is a baby in it but she still makes the same impression she makes on everyone in his dark materials. everyone instantly falls in love with her and does anything for her. Its a book about her first adventure in the great flood.

Shows you what life was like at home in the war

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-10-19

There isn't a lot of history in England about what it was like at home for the french. This book illustrates that so prefectly it follows two womens lives and takes you from the beginning of the war to the end showing you how much the war changed everyone. They had to deal with so much and just keep living, it was a terrible time but we have to know what it was like for them. The book just keeps getting better thoughout the story so much happens and so many lifes are affected. So many people had to be brave and because of there bravery they saved mutiple lifes. I thought it was beautifully written its very easy to read/listen and you will start to love the character's in the book and really understand what life was like for them. I recommend everyone to listen/read it.

Finished it in 72hrs

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

Reviewed: 16-09-19

This is a great listen. It allows you to see what life was like for women in the times of the witches trails. I finished it over a weekend of listening. I didn't want to put it down. the author shows how different classes of women were treated, but how they envy each other and that being rich doesn't garentee you a happy life. Two women have a strange relationship that blooms into friendship relying on each other to keep alive.

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Gripping book, great character development

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 15-07-19

The story of Robin and Strike really developed in this one and very interesting story crime with lots of back story and people involved o really enjoyed this book!

Good short listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 18-05-18

It only took me about 2 days to finish this book. It is a quick exciting story and has a strong female character. I have bought the next book and I hope its as good as this one.

Lovely homely book

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 14-03-18

I really enjoyed this and am planning on getting the next one. It is a homely story that you can listen to whenever. You warm to the character she is a good woman and makes you like her straight away. The book is set in Botswana and reflects all the good things about the country.

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Good listen however quite long

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

Reviewed: 22-06-17

This story follows to woman whose lives are intertwined by a few coincidences. Each woman has a different narrator which makes it a better and easier listen.
The book follows nearly there whole life, it starts a bit slow, but you need to listen to understand the rest of the story.
There are little clues between each chapter referring to the ending of the book so you have an idea of what might happen. At first I didn't like this, but then I found myself looking forward to the story unraveling and all the clues to make more sense.
The characters progress throughout the book and become more 3 dimensional all the characters have good and bad sides, they make human mistakes so you get more invested in the story.
I think its a really good listen it does drag on a bit but its worth listening to and it wraps up well at the end.

Great story

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

Reviewed: 26-05-17

I really enjoyed this book, it was an easy listen.
the book is set in 1990, there is a world in the underground/ under london were there are many different creatures such as vampires, rat talkers etc a man from the 'London above' helps an injured girl lying on the pavement on his way to a fancy dinner, the next day he finds himself in the underground world where he goes on an adventure- finds himself, grows as a person, has the best adventure hes ever had and finds true friends.
I thought the story flowed well I never got bored and just wanted to keep listening to it. I think the ending went on a bit, but I was pleased because I wanted to listen to more. I wish there was a second book.
I will defiantly listen to more of Neil Gaiman books he is a good writer. He really drew me into the story and the world he made was so fantastical.
I thought the play on tube station names was really good if you're a Londoner you will appreciate it :)

Great series a must read/listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 06-12-16

I really enjoyed this book. It starts in a dystopian future where most of the human population is dead because of a disease that was let out by the partials which were made by humans to defeat a war, they look and act like humans.
The human race that is left over have come together in NY and are trying to find the cure for the disease. Most of the woman are constantly pregnant because they are trying to carry on the human race, but their babies die instantly from the disease.
Kira is the main character she is a doctor and is trying to find the cure however she goes one step further and because of this step things start to get very interesting.
It is a great read, its got action, it is funny, its smart, thrilling and it gets you thinking about what you would do in certain situations.
Kira is a great main character she has her faults which makes her human i don't like it when the lead is perfect.
Theres lots of surprises and it makes you want to get the next book as soon as you finish this one!

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