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Barbara the healer

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Identity theft in Georgian England

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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: 26-01-20

The combination of a Stella Riley book and the voice of Alex Wyndham - unbeatable. Very hard to take my earphones out and be sociable last evening...........
The hero, who appeared in the last book and is a descendant of characters in the Roundheads & Cavaliers series, is being impersonated by someone and then lured into a chase across Northern England and Southern Scotland. I feel very sorry for the horses and the coachman, although I am sure it wasn't particularly comfortable inside the carriage. A happy ending, of course, for the h&h, with introductions to 2 brothers to be heroes of future books - something to look forward to in due course. Interesting background to the tour of Britain and the brothers have unusual interests/careers.
Delighted to hear that Rockcliffe has the heir to let his brother off the hook!
I have many of Stella Riley's books in print and on Kindle as well as all but one of the Audible recordings, so was delighted to receive a free copy of this book, it is very enjoyable and now I've downloaded the first of the Rockcliffe series to listen to the series again. I would have used a credit for this book if I had not been one of the lucky ones.
Looking forward to the next book, Stella Riley, and the audiobook, Alex Wyndham......

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Probably better as a book to read

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-20

Not far into the book, it is probably useful and interesting, but not as an audiobook, as far as I am concerned.

Excellent performance of this lovely book!

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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: 26-12-19

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this performance of Diana Wynn Jones's classic book, Kristin Atherton is a lovely narrator, and I hope that she will be able to read the next two titles in this short series.
I've read the book, seen the animated movie (not quite the same as the book but very good), and was so happy that the unabridged audiobook has just been released. I've listened to John Sessions read the next in the series, sadly that was an abridged version.
I'll be looking for other books read by Kristen Atherton.

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Slightly spoilt by duplicated section

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

Reviewed: 09-12-19

I enjoy Anna Jacobs' contemporary books, and this one is very good. Unfortunately, there is a section which has been duplicated twice, which is rather disconcerting.

Interesting narrator!

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-19

The narrator is obviously not very good, being American he has some problems with English pronunciation especially some of the archaic words. The plinky music behind the narration is not helpful.

I do feel that the narrator actually likes the book and that's why he did it.

I've just realised that I already had the audio narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt, and now there is another version in production!

Excellent book, with lots of interesting history.

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

Reviewed: 17-11-19

I enjoyed the story, which was not a 'single issue' crime novel, with insights into an interesting time in uk history.
I do hope that the second book will be recorded, and that there will be others in the series, as this is an good basis for a series.

Is this the end for this series?

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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: 21-10-19

I really enjoyed all the twists and turns of this story, and of the series. Can it really be the end for this story? I suspect so, most of the loose ends have been tied up. Thank you to Anna Jacobs, and to Julia Franklin

Exhaustive and exhausting

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

Reviewed: 04-10-19

I received this book free for review.
The narration is very pedestrian, and there seem to be some odd words used - vindicted instead of vindicated, for example - although I am not sure whether the authors are responsible for this or whether the narrator misread the words.
I'm still only at his childhood, and cannot listen to any more.

Disappointing

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-19

I received this as a free download for review.
Sadly, the story was not to my taste, and I did not enjoy the narration at all - partly because I am from the UK, and find Victoria Robinson's american accent difficult.

Pedestrean narration, Intro & chapter 1 duplicated

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-08-19

Difficult subject to narrate well, also spoiled by the fact that the Introduction and Chapter 1 were duplicated.