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A clear and concise biography of the Prince.

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

Reviewed: 28-06-15

Penny Junor doesn't have an unkind word to say about the Prince and forgives all of his trespasses.

I agree with most of this as he was a young man when his misdemeanours occurred and the Press were just looking for any slight problem on which to report.

Overall I think the story explains how he has turned from an unruly yuppie to a responsible and caring individual hell-bent on helping needy people be they orphans in Africa or injured soldiers.

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Peyton Place reborn

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

Reviewed: 28-06-15

The description of this book led me to believe it would be a thriller but after 4 hours it still seems like an episode of Peyton Place and the committed crime is still in the background.

The characters seem to want only to discuss who is sleeping with whom, who has the nicest house, and which woman has the swankiest clothes.

Not good and not recommended.

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Dark and Depressing

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-06-15

I may have missed something here but I found this book to be a lurch from one depressing story to another resulting in it being turned off before completion.

2 people found this helpful

Sympathetically told story of the horrors of WW1

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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: 08-05-15

A young man goes to war full of idealism and love for his country.

He tells the story of his horrible experiences without any gung-ho or glamorisation as he slowly loses his regimental mates to the war.

This is a classic and I have "read" it now for the first time although it should be required reading for all.

As a follow-up, look up the author's name in an online encyclopaedia and see just what the Nazis thought of him!

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Unbelievable!

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-04-15

I do mean that the story and plot is not believable. We have a hard-boiled copper (must be to get to DCI) who talks to his staff like they are children, correcting their speech etc.

He really sounds naïve and talks like somebody who has just left a minor public school and been given an important job.

Manchester is in the north of England and it is still dark at 6:30am in November, but our hero SEES his DI in the car park then shouts to him about a parking space "before the jack-hammers start". a) Lighting must be good, b) Who wields jack-hammers at 6:30am?

Sorry but this story and the scenes in it are very poor and not thought through. I think that the writer is trying to do a Michael Connelly and keep us interested in the Cop's route through the City. This in not LA.

I can see why this book was offered in the sale.

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Not bad for a first attempt

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

Reviewed: 15-04-15

After The Casual Vacancy (which I thought was dreadful) I was a bit reluctant to give JKR another read but I admit that this one kept me interested.

The story is good and Robert Glenister is an excellent reader.

My only criticism is the over use of extreme bad language which even I as a normal bloke found over the top. This will not prevent me from reading the next one as Cormoran Strike looks to have a good future.

A request - please keep to the same reader for continuity.

A cracking read.

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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: 15-04-15

Whilst our two heroes are daggers-drawn and not speaking, crime and horrendous murder continues unabated in their city.

Teamwork and a little sly seeking of advice by the crime team comes to the fore and justice may well triumph in the end.

As for the relationship - Ms McDermid keeps us on our toes..............

Mr. Child needs to rethink a little.

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

Reviewed: 15-04-15

If a book about Reacher can be far-fetched, this is it! I'm sorry to say that the story is weak and contrived with only the occasional action scenes anything like the Big Fella I have come to know and enjoy.

Some of the dialogue is oft' repeated as if the baseball mantra is a given and must be followed.

Sorry Lee but not the best of the Reacher books.

Jeff Harding does his usual impeccable job of reading the story. The other version (aimed at the English market?) read by Dick Hill is not as good.

Overall the book makes for light reading (listening) and if you drift off a bit you can return without having missed much.

Chic Lit but enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 10-02-15

This is well read but completely predictable.

Quite funny in places although there is an awful lot of stereotyping of the northern male characters.

As I said in my title it is totally chic lit and can be read/listened to without stretching the brain too much.

As a northern male and ex wedding photographer, some of the scenes reminded me very much of some of the celebrations I attended in my job.

Enjoyable!

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A good little story

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

Reviewed: 02-01-15

By Lee Child's standards this is a very short story but intriguing nonetheless.

Reacher is his usual mysterious self, breaking the rules where necessary, and using a Sherlock Holmes-like sense of justice when needed.

I can't say too much without becoming a "Spoiler" but the story leaves one thinking about the suggestions it contains.

Kerry Shale reads the Reacher books when they are presented in an abridged format and it would be nice to hear his gravelly voice in a full length story.

2 people found this helpful