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  • Queen Victoria's Granddaughters: 1860-1918

  • By: Christina Croft
  • Narrated by: Fleur Edwards
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

On 6 July 1868, when told of the birth of her seventh granddaughter, Queen Victoria remarked that the news was "a very uninteresting thing for it seems to me to go on like the rabbits in Windsor Park". Her apathy was understandable - this was her 14th grandchild, and, though she had given birth to nine children, she had never been fond of babies, viewing them as "frog-like and rather disgusting...particularly when undressed".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really intriguing

  • By EM on 19-07-17

Really intriguing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-17

I found this book to be a captivating look in to this time period and in to the varied lives of these women.

The pivotal role in which Queen Victoria and her family played across the European royal houses and political climates of the time lead to many fascinating and dramatic stories, some times comic but often very traumatic, as seen through the eyes of her Granddaughters.

Great writing by the author and excellent read by the Narrator kept me gripped throughout, I loved it!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Haunting of Thores-Cross

  • A Yorkshire Ghost Story
  • By: Karen Perkins
  • Narrated by: Fleur Edwards
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Emma Moorcroft is still grieving after a late miscarriage and moves to her dream house at Thruscross Reservoir with her husband, Dave. Both Emma and Dave hope that moving into their new home signifies a fresh start, but life is not that simple. Emma has nightmares about the reservoir and the drowned village that lies beneath the water, and is further disturbed by the sound of church bells - from a church that no longer exists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book

  • By Rachel on 11-02-17

WOW Truly haunting I was gripped by every syllable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-17

I love this book!!! The Haunting of Thores-Cross is a superb listen that is both creepy and gripping in equal parts!

Karen Perkins' writing is excellent. Her plot cleverly follows two separate time periods and stories, each chapter subtly revealing more and more of both, which become increasingly interwoven, leaving you desperate and terrified to hear the next.... I think I'll I'll be hearing 'The Bells' in the dark of the night for a while!!!

The characters are both engaging and realistic, and I was swept away by their respective struggles and journeys. With a strong connection to Yorkshire I found the descriptions of the both the locations and actions of the characters to be very believable.
Without revealing the plot the plight of Jennet leaves you empathising for this complex protagonist, you cannot help rooting for her, as well as being frightened at the same time.

The narrator Fleur Edwards is excellent, providing a perfectly delivered read. It is expertly paced, knowing when to pull you along with action or leave enough space to heighten the tension and chills.

Her portrayal of the array of characters with their variety of accents, characteristics, and nuanced emotions, are all spot on, and are really well differentiated (even those with very similar Yorkshire accents) so that the individual is recognisable clearly from the voice, with their personality nicely dramatised.

Even though I'm a regular listener to audiobooks I'm not normally one for scary stories. However I would thoroughly recommend The Haunting of Thores-Cross, I was completely hooked by it and I will be looking out for more books by Karen Perkins and narrations by Fleur Edwards. A big 5STARS from me!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful