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Timothy West gives another perfect performance

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Reviewed: 06-02-20

If ever there was a match made in heaven it is Timothy West reading Trollope. And I'm hoping and keeping my fingers crossed that audible will get TimothyWest to read all the other volumes not so far covered.
Although perhaps not one of my favorite stories by Trollope and the moral issues carry less impact than must have been prevalent at the time of publishing. Yet nevertheless, the wonderful writing of Trollope means that even though far removed from current times the characters that people this world are vibrant and recognizable. I care what happens to them and I feel for the hard decisions and choices they make.

Never wanted it to end!

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Reviewed: 30-01-20

I thoroughly enjoyed this. And completely brought Samuel Pepys and his life alive. The common experiences and emotions reach through time. Social mores may have changed but people are people. The middle of the seventeenth from 1660 to 1670, which was a decade when many well-known historical events took place. The ongoing naval warfare with the Dutch, the Black Death and the Great Fire of London. A window for us to peer through to this time is opened to the daily rounds, political intrigue, and medicine. The cast is fabulous giving vibrant engaging performances.

This is Zola at the most labored and heavy

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 24-01-20

First published in serial form in a literary magazine the repetition and labored quality are shown in this novel. I do not think this is Zola at his best. The plot is a bit of a one-trick pony of an idea and therefore drags along. I think the shock value at the time of the adulterous relationship is somewhat lost these days. And there is a slight two-dimensionality to the characters. Kate Winslet does a good job of reading although rather surprising that a number of words are mispronounced but this does not detract.

Two Dimensional Cliche

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Reviewed: 23-01-20

I can’t believe I listened to the same audiobook as the glowing reviews. I am completely surprised as it is if it was written by e teenager. There’s a cringing cliched romance that seems to be the main business of the book. This is supplemented with historical information inserted so it feels rather like it has been written by two people. The characters are two dimensional and lack any depth. The portrayal of one part of the great love is Grenville and he has to be just a cardboard cut out brutal cruel man. He terrorizes women, children, and his own son. He hit his wife in the face and miraculously our heroine justifies it as the woman must have provoked him. Yes social views have changed since the late 1940s but these matters were always unacceptable. I could go on but in the end, I gave up my time is worth more than listening to this tired twiddle.

Delightful charming book

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Reviewed: 08-01-20

Perfectly narrated by the doyen of audio Martin Jarvis. Stig is a charming cozy tale of friendship. between Barney and Stig. Through their pranks and adventures, we see their unusual world of a stone age boy and a boy from the 1950s. that, they still learn a lot from one another. This is timeless magic for everyone. great for an adult to enjoy and great to have a chapter at bedtime tfor a child.

Loved the book and now love the audio

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Reviewed: 08-01-20

Many years ago I read the book and was thoroughly entranced by the world VIkram Sth created. And now I have loved the audio that has so wonderfully brought to life all the characters. As it is a very large book I think a wonderful job has been done in capturing the salient aspects of the book of 1950s India. I can only recommend either.

A gripping engaging piece of writing

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Reviewed: 07-01-20

Apologies if you really loved the movie but to me, it never fully captured Puzo's magnum opus. I enjoyed the book many years ago and enjoy it even more now because life has given it a new depth.
The story of the Corleone family, one of the biggest and most powerful families of the American Mafia. It still powerful and has held up to the passing of time. bloody and unforgiving form of justice to those who fail to respect them. And Joe Montano fully brings this classic to life brilliantly.

Wonderful Timothy West Steers Us Home

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Reviewed: 07-01-20

The Last Chronicle is the darkest of the series and the narration of Timothy West gets the listener through the trickier parts. The Reverend Josiah Crawley, the perpetual curate of Hogglestock, stands accused of stealing a cheque and so the story continues. It is a wonderful insight into the life of those times but what overrides the social mores is the characters are timeless and we've all met many of them.

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A Total Treat!

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Reviewed: 07-01-20

Timothy West's narration of Trollope is sublime and has a voice of comfort, wisdom and when Trollope gets a tadge long-winded still carries you along. The moral dilemmas of church sinecures and the way when money is involved affects the protagonists. And it is in their different reactions, the guilt, the temptations, and the family relationships make the writing alive and timeless.

Beautiful Narration of a Classic Gaskell'

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Reviewed: 07-01-20

I love Elizabeth Gaskell's writing she has the wonderful ability to make a room or a setting so well described to feel as if I can completely picture it. And her characterizations are subtle gentle and vivid shining light on the complexity of human nature. So that each person one understands to feel sympathy for. even the tiresome Mrs Gibson, the self-important countess, Cynthia, the Squire, and others are excellent.
Prunella Scales is flawless and narrates with great skill.