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Story I never knew....

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

A gripping and fascinating story of the 'Erebus' and her sister ship Terror - being of a certain age my school days were filled with stories of Scott, Shackleton & Hilary but this is a story I had never heard.

A desperate struggle to discover the North West Passage and the terrible conditions endured by the crew of both ships. A truly heroic story brilliantly told by Michael Palin who obviously has a passion for the subject.

A brilliant read thoroughly recommended

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Only slightly less boring than .......

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

Reviewed: 26-05-13

actually being shipwrecked for three weeks!! I found the story hindered by the narrators dreadful Oirish accent for Hardy, and quite frankly wished them all dead by chapter 15 to lessen the agony!
Granted it's a hard subject but felt the way the story jumped back and forward towards the end of the book did not help, it was almost like the author knew you would be bored and so skipped to the end and then retold the story of the rescue.
Just did not like it and really struggled to finish it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Enjoyed it ......but

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-08-11

Ending was a bit implausable as was the amount of times Leo was able to evade the authorities and persuade a whole carriage full of people of starving people to just 'go along' with his escape plan! I agree with the previous reviewer in that the book is written very much like a film script and I can imagine it might make a better film than a book.
Not a very cheerful read but then it is a book about Stalinist Russia!

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

Excellent mix of crime and war

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-04-11

Really enjoyed this mix of crime investigation set against the backdrop of the trenches in the first world war.

A little far fetched sometimes in that the hero of the story seems to be able to 'roam' around no mans land at will. Without coming to any harm but an easy read

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Bit like a 'school project'

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-11

Remember once a year in school you got to choose a 'project' and you wrote as much as you could on the subject without really giving each subject too much depth? Well that's how I found this book, although the price and running time had alerted me to the fact it was never going to be any more then a quick skim over each subject, it just lacked any real detail and unfortunately the narrator did not help reading in that 'standing in front of the class' way. Disappointed, but glad it was cheap!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Classic Crime story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-03-11

I enjoyed this 3rd book in the Ted Stratton series, it moved on nicely from the war years to the coupon book everything rationed early 1950's. The atmosphere of the book reflects the austerity of the post war years brilliantly and certainly packs in all the 'taboo subjects' from lesbians to necrophilia!!

Although I was surprised no reference was made to the very famous criminal and crimes that the book is very obviously based on. (At least this audio version made no mention of it) Knowing the story slighly spoilt the 'suspense' element.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Shame about the narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-02-11

I enjoyed this book and it is full of interesting facts and stories about what lies beneath the metropolis. The only off putting thing is it is written by a man and read by a woman and for some reason it does not quite work.

But never the less a good 'easy' listen and you can dip in and out which is good if like me you listen in bed and fall asleep and have to keep re winding!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

Start of a long series?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-10

Laura Wilson's website indicates that Ted Stratton is going to be around for some time. I for one am very pleased about that as I found this book and the follow up 'An Empty Death'very absorbing. Unfortunately I read them the wrong way round!

But can recommend them as a jolly good read, (to use a term from the era!)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Not the Lee Child we know & love

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-03-10

Oh dear, despite looking forward to this books release I was bitterly disappointed with this latest offering from Lee Child, he is one of my favorite authors and his Jack Reacher books are usually gripping and page turners. This is just too far fetched with planes landing in the middle of nowhere, under ground lost tunnels, and forgotton war 'booty' seemed more like Indiana Jones and a weak plot that my 5 year old could have guessed the 'twist' about half way through the book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I tried I really did

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-10

After reading the fantastic reviews this book received I could not wait to download it and start listening. Yes the start was a bit confusing and slow but quite a few reviewers said to stick with it and I would be rewarded, so stick with it I did ..... for 11 hours and then I did something I NEVER do I skipped to the last 10 mins because I was so bored with these two and their endless story.

Imagine I started telling you the entire story of my life and nothing much happened apart from the fact my partner could go back and forth in time. But only for the duration of his life time not back in history (which might have given it a bit of extra interest)

Dont wait for anything to 'happen' in this story it never does!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful