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Not the slightest pause between scenes

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

Reviewed: 14-11-16

When scenes change without the chapter changing too, there is absolutely no pause in the reading, so it takes time to realise the story has moved on. The characterisation of voices is good, however. I was not impressed with the 2 main characters - both act stupidly and a bit selfishly. Generally a rather depressing book - not one of her best.

Some of the 6 stories are better than others!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-15

I find the first 2 books irritating (though not Mr Harding!) because there's too much of the Proudies & of Dr Grantly - and too much politics (though less of this than in the unabridged version). The second 2 are much better, as Dr Thorne & Miss Dunstable, and the 2 heroes and heroines are particularly likeable - though Mark is rather irritatingly gullible in Framley Parsonage! The 5th one is depressing - with the stupid Lucy, and in the last one Mr Crawley is irritating, though the end is good!

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One of her best books!

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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: 18-04-15

One of my favourite GH books, as there is so much sparkling dialogue between hero & heroine. It is also one of her less improbable story lines - the plot is on the whole believable! These things could have happened in that era, but I liked the fact that hero & heroine were resisting the established norms! The reading is excellent - I particularly liked her portrayal of Damerel.

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Main characters not well read

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

Reviewed: 15-03-15

I was really disappointed in Laura Paton's portrayal of Max - much too 'stylised' (pompous?), and not nearly forceful enough. Also, though less so, by Deb (and her aunt) - among other excellent readers of GH books (besides those mentioned by 'Maggie') are Cornelius Garrett & Sian Phillips.

(Like her aunt!) I do get a bit irritated by Deb! Why can't she be more straightforward? She could have told Max at the outset that she had no intention of marrying Adrian, and was insulted at the suggestion she could be bribed - but then there wouldn't have been a story! Nor would we have had the usual excellent interplay between the main characters, which is what appeals to me most in her books.

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One of GH's best!

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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: 02-02-15

The summary given for 'Arabella' gives a very false impression of the book. Arabella is an entirely innocent girl from the country, who naturally wants to see more of the world, and enjoy life in London. It is her innocence that makes the book so enjoyable, and the fact that she does what her conscience tells her is right, never mind the consequences. She is not 'after a rich husband', but her parents want her to make a 'good' match, so she feels it her duty to find a suitable husband. She did not 'have her sights' on Mr Beaumaris, nor does she 'put up a fight' - she was entirely taken by surprise when he proposed to her, and only then realised she was in love with him - and then declined him for reasons of conscience, until he told her he knew her secret.

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Excellent, comic romance from 18th C

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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: 06-01-15

The 'Old Gent' is captivating! The reader reflects the style of the period with her exaggerated delivery.

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A 2nd view of Old Filth's story

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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: 02-04-14

An excellent 2nd point of view of Old Filth's story, before and in Hong Kong.

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The 3rd book about Old Filth

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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: 02-04-14

An excellent follow-up from a 3rd point of view, to Old Filth's story before and in Hong Kong.

An excellent story

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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: 02-04-14

You think you know people, but they turn out not to be what they seem!

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The coming of the railway in the 19th century...

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

Reviewed: 02-04-14

A rather sad tale - and not worth the money, though it gives a good feel for country life in the 19th century.

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