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Truly great narration of English classic

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Reviewed: 23-09-20

Loved this recording. Sometimes Dickens can be a little wordy and its easy to fade out a bit if the narration isn't good. Add to that the large cast of characters and confusion sets in. Not with this recording. I loved the different characterisations of the 'cast' and this book definitely a keeper; I can imagine going back to it every couple of years for a not-so-quick Dickens fix. Its quite refreshing not to have to listen to poor narration of neurotic millenials with stress issues.

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Not as expected, but keep going.

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Reviewed: 18-09-20

I was surprised when I started listening to this. I had expected more out and out humour and a faster pace and initially I was disappointed like some other readers. However, it grew on me as the characters developed. I felt for Elizabeth and her marriage problems, I liked Bogdan and I was eventually won over by Joyce. its almost classic in style; a small enclosed group of disparate individuals, with detectives and an occasional interloper, a murder followed quickly by a second and red herring plot lines that eventually reach the real conclusion, and some very emotional relationships. I want to meet these people again, particularly after listening to the author interview at the end. And if they cut the fallout over venetian blinds from the final edit, I shall be very disappointed.

Well, wasn't expecting that!

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Reviewed: 22-08-20

As always, the narrator was perfect. I think if I heard anyone else speak Max, it would be unbelievable now. So much happened in the book that was memorable, and I do enjoy learning more about the historical events viewed in contemporary time, but the climactic final revelations were definitely unexpected. OK, so you know from about halfway that something is coming but then Ronan pops in again to distract. For non-St Mary's converts (yet)....not really a stand alone. This is definitely a series that needs order.

Great series..fantasy for non-fantasy readers

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Reviewed: 12-08-20

I bought the second St Mary's book as a deal of the day, so of course I had to read the first first. I have never been a fan of futuristic novels but St Mary's bring the genre down to earth with a bump if Peterson is driving! I am now up to book 10 in a little over a month but I'm saving the short stories for now. The humour, and tea drinking, is definitely at my level but -no spoilers -certain storylines in the last few books have had me crying in my tea. I've read some as Ebooks and listened to others. I really like Zara Ramm as a narrator, her straightforward style fits perfectly but she also picks out the banter really well. This book got a little convoluted at times but then chaos is standard and it's no worse for that. Not to be read in isolation....I think if anyone picked up this book first, it would not make sense in the least.

worth a credit

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Reviewed: 05-08-20

I've listened to quite a lot of Barclay novels and have never felt I want to put one down though in this one there are a few passages of detail, rather than story, that I kind of phased out. A big part of the twist at the end was telegraphed but that's not always bad. Sometimes authors seem determined to over complicate but not in this book. Generally, I enjoyed the book and I'm pretty sure I read a later novel in which some of the same characters appear, though a few years on, so there was some familiarity too.

Not the best of Hurwitz

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Reviewed: 01-08-20

It's always sad when the best part of a book is the first hour, listening wise. I never felt drawn in and the only character I really liked was the apparently dim boyfriend. Oh yes, and the dog. I'm sure I should feel more invested in the main characters but they didn't matter to me that much. Jeff Harding was Jeff Harding...womens voices are not his strong point! I could write a lot more about how various storylines develop but I don't want to give the plot away for others who may enjoy it. I have liked others by this author and no doubt will again.

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A 'one sitting' book

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Reviewed: 12-07-20

I just discovered Jodi Taylor (tho I'm fairly sure shes been discovered before) and read the first 2 books, but I'd bought the audible version for this book. I thought the narrator was excellent, understated in a good way and yet giving emphasis when needed. I started the book on Sunday morning and finished at bedtime, and for the 3rd book running, i then found myself wiki-ing certain events to find more details about happenings in the books. At this point I intend to work thru the series but since I only get I credit a month on Audible and I don't want to wait a year or so to get to the end, i probably won't Audible all of them. Can't justify paying the full cost when I can get ebooks much cheaper. Which is a pity because if Zara Ramm reads all of them, I would love to listen.

A 'one-day' listen

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Reviewed: 12-06-20

Firstly, I love this narrator. I'm afraid I'm not well enough informed about Scottish regional accents to know how well he performs each, but I find his voice fits my ear perfectly! The Anderson / Costello series has been a slow burn for me. After listening to The Sideman I went back 2 or 3 books and listened again, finding myself much more involved and picked this book up as soon as it came out. You can pick holes in it but I'd prefer not to....the descriptions of the setting I found very evocative, I laughed out loud in a couple of places and even DCI Anderson's extraordinary lack of control in his home life didn't annoy me too much. I started at 9am and listened straight through yet another day of shielding.

A series worth listening too

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Reviewed: 18-05-20

I'm not an historical novel buff, but I happened on the start of this series in a library app, and have now heard all 4. During each one, I've been engaged not only by the story, but also the historical detail, which in turn has led me to research the times post Cromwell and fire of London, which is a period my history classes didn't cover. As in most series, theres a predictability about the story because the 'hero' has to survive but compared to neurotic housewives and brooding policemen (and women) it makes an interesting and informative change. Also try his book about Manhatten. its heavier going, I found, but again the details of the civil war and of how rural the New York area was, a relatively short time ago, fascinating.

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oh dear,

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Reviewed: 14-02-20

It started ok but quickly became farcical and condescending narration really didn't help. I usually like Stephen Leather's books but from a good idea this story seemed to spiral out of control, and there are holes in the plot a mile wild. Dan Shepherd may have been able to pull it off though even his skill set would be challenged, whereas our 'hero' never put a foot wrong. Even the final paragraph was laughable. The narration grated and where the author explained rules, weapons etc. had the emphasis of a primary school teacher. I don't often leave bad reviews for anything but I felt so let down by this compared to others by the same author.

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