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Who'd be a nurse?

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-07-15

If you could sum up One Pair of Feet in three words, what would they be?

Monica Dickens, after she had tried being a reporter and a cook and written about those too .
True, funny, poignant by turns, good picture of life in hospital during World War II.

Would you recommend One Pair of Feet to your friends? Why or why not?

If you liked Call the Midwife you might like this too.

What about Carole Boyd’s performance did you like?

Read well, no distraction from the story.

Any additional comments?

One Pair of Hands which preceded this is also worth listening to.

1 person found this helpful

not a very good writer's best

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-15

If you’ve listened to books by Elizabeth Jane Howard before, how does this one compare?

I am very fond of Elizabeth Jane Howard's books and have listened to the others. This is well worth listening to when you have heard the others and want one more, but not the best to try first. The title sums up the ending which is perhaps why I found it less satisfying and and a bit of a downer.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Joanna Lumley?

I adore Joanna Lumley but found the other narrators better for EJH's style.

2 people found this helpful

Funny Classic Radio show

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-11-14

Would you listen to The Glums again? Why?

It still makes me laugh. golden age, situation comedy based, great one liners comedy

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Glums?

Eth and her gormless fiance Ron Glum , Ron's father Mr Glum., Mrs Glum never appears

Which character – as performed by June Whitfield – was your favourite?

June Whitflied, Jimmy Edwards, some great comics. And written by Frank Muir.

Any additional comments?

If only there were more episodes!

1 person found this helpful

Well read and written family saga

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-11-14

Would you listen to Marking Time again? Why?

Well written, insightful book in Cazalet Saga by Elizabeth Jane Howard. Interesting background of range of different characters, their relationships and experience of WW II. Different sections are written from different characters points of view and build up a real and moving story.Accretion of convincing detail of daily life and emotions I find fascinating.

What does Jill Balcon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Jill Balcon reads this very well, and the story with a large cast of convincing characters is almost hypnotically addictive. I prefer Elaernor Bron, but she has recorded the abridged version only, and the unabridged version is so much better and more satisfying.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Fates of favourite characters and seeing them grow, grow up and change is moving, I care what happens to them, and they seem real.

Any additional comments?

Great series- five parts, best to start at book I, The Light Years.

1 person found this helpful

Mannered and funny, wonderfully read

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

Would you listen to Mapp and Lucia again? Why?

E.F Benson's books are favourites. I will definitely listen to this again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mapp and Lucia?

Shopping baskets on the Green; Susan's Royce and OBE; scheming by the two social lionesses of am English village, fighting for preeminence..

Have you listened to any of Miriam Margolyes’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Miriam Margolyes is a joy. I will listen to anything she reads. Her reading of this and of Dickens and Thackeray are pitch perfect. She lets the humour come from the characters and situation, I have downloaded all the EF Benson Mapp and Lucia books ready by MM>.

Any additional comments?

Well worth a listen, and abridgement is fine. My only question is why abridge it at all? It is all worth listening to.

2 people found this helpful

Well written improbable escape

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-14

What did you like most about The Enchanted April?

Well written, beautifully read. Charming escape.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Most interesting content: characters of different women of the time and insights into their lives. Beauty of Italy; different sorts of marriages.

What about Eleanor Bron’s performance did you like?

Eleanor Bron reads superbly. She is one of my go to narrators.

Any additional comments?

Well worth a listen if you like character and relationship based fiction that doesn't move too fast.

3 people found this helpful

cosy or comatose?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-05-14

What was most disappointing about Lesley Cookman’s story?

Found dialogue poor, characters shallow, and plot predictable.

Wanted to strangle protagonist.

What didn’t you like about Patience Tomlinson’s performance?

Narration was OK but some characters voices irritating and two are similar. Narrator had poor material to work with.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No need to rewind if you miss a chapter or two or lose your place- writer obligingly summarises key points again and again when telling them to different characters.

It proceeds at a slow pace which some might find soothing, and nothing nasty happens to anyone one might be interested in.

Any additional comments?

Reminiscent of Enid Blyton with secret passages thrown in.

This will get you writing

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

Reviewed: 07-12-13

Would you listen to The Art of Writing Memoir again? Why?

Yes!

The short, timed exercises are unexpected and useful. And Goldberg's enthusiasm and experience, and questions to participants spurs one on. it is just like doing a seminar with her, for a fraction of the cost.

What other book might you compare The Art of Writing Memoir to, and why?

Natalie Goldberg's Writing down the Bones or Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way or The Right to Write. All encourage one to just do it, to put pen on paper, and trust what comes out.. Or Natalie Goldberg's Old Friend from Far Away on memoir writing.

What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Natalie Goldberg is being Natalie Goldberg- speaking about her life experience. Unique and forceful. Also strong, nasal accent!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

This will get you writing.

5 people found this helpful

Feisty Wish Fulfillment Beautifully Read

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-08-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Anna Bentinck reads superbly including accents.

I had forgotten what Shirley was like or maybe I have changed. Such a patchwork of romance, even arch comedy (had never heard "enthronisation" before); the cry of the unvalued governess and the wishfulfilng( for the author perhaps) drawn out Belgian love affairs; the feminism on one hand and the need to to be conquered; the tears, the suffering and oh the joy and fine profiles and complexions; with a bit of violent class conflict; industrial revolution and church commentary, and Lady Audley's secret made right, in such colourful and flighty language.

Jane Eyre this is not, but it is a fascinating, wandery jumble of things with two love stories, beautifully read.

4 people found this helpful

Great Reading of Sadly Abridged Bbook

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

Reviewed: 08-08-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This audiobook suffers from being abridged- at least as it has been here. Developments unprepared for and a bit disconnnected.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Eleanor Bron is a great reader and her voice suits the text. The depiction of Jewry in 19th Century London is an unusual and fascinating aspect of the book.

Any additional comments?

My own fault for not noticing it was abridged. I was so keen to avoid the Nadia May narration I clicked too quickly.