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Lucy

Stockport, United Kingdom
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Sparkling wit at its best!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-04-13

Ah, the wit and wonder of Jane Austen is second to none - many an acerbic observation made me gasp or laugh out loud throughout this, one of my favourite of her books. I think Fanny Price is such a gentle natured girl that she may be in danger of getting overlooked as one of Austen's main characters most deserving of attention.  She is full of both sense and sensitivity and is rather lovely to spend time with!  The other characters are flawed and very human indeed, with foibles a plenty and scandals abounding.  Plenty of opportunity for Austen to get out her claws and hold her mirror up to society. Things have changed since, the scandals may seem tame but the hurts they would cause would still be far reaching even if the consequences very different now. The ending still makes me smile and sigh with relief (trying not to spoil things for future readers too much!) and it is over all too quickly.

Juliet Stevenson's reading of the audio book is excellent with some brilliant voices for the different characters, she certainly sounded like she was having a lot of fun as she was reading it!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Warm and comforting reading

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-13

This is great for listening to if you're feeling a bit down as it's bright, cheerful and lovely! The story is a bit predictable but in a good way - the heroine is easily warmed to as she's very personable and the other characters are all very well written too. It does make you feel hungry though, my tummy was rumbling at the descriptions of the food being cooked. And it definitely increased my need to make cake!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Not the most romantic of romances but...

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-13

This is an unusual book in that it really isn't particularly romantic but is still an excellent romance in a more prosaic manner than many of Georgette Heyer's other books. The narration is excellent - plenty of variety and each character is easily and instantly recognisable, Phyllida Nash does a great job. It helped me travel many miles on the bus as well as wash up!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Ah, bliss!

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-13

Settling down to read any Georgette Heyer book is one of my favourite activities and this is one of my favourite of her books. The narration is good, making each character easily identifiable and infusing it all with life. It brought a smile to my face many times (which possibly slightly disconcerted some of the other bus travellers!) and helped while away plenty of long journeys.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Excellent listening!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-13

This is such a fabulous book that it deserves a wonderful narrator,which Juliet Stevenson is. She brings to life all of the characters, including the author - who is a character herself with such wonderful comments on humanity and life. This helped me through many interminable bus journeys and washing up! I highly recommend it,

Brilliant romp!

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-12

I'm no Sherlock Holmes purist so as such could approach this with an open mind. I really enjoyed it as an adventure story. Derek Jacobi reads it with verve and style - he's well suited to the Victorian London Horowitz paints pictures of. It does lack a bit of depth but was most enjoyable and helped get me through a number of hours of bus travel!

A study of psychiatry and life

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-12

I've not read a Reginald Hill book before but enjoyed the TV adaptations of Dalziel and Pascoe. I was drawn to this book by the positive reviews and it richly deserves them - it's a detailed and, certainly seems, excellently researched study of characters and motivations. The main character, a charismatic high flying businessman with a shady past, is accused of awful crimes which I spent most of the time willing him not to have committed whilst a nagging doubt sat at the back of my mind - the big "what if...?" the second main character, a prison psychiatrist, is also personable and interesting. It's brilliantly handled by the narrator who's voice is wonderful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Fascinating study of small town life

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-12

This was a very surprising follow on to the famous Harry Potter but shows Jo Rowling can bring life to a host of characters with a huge variety of backgrounds and ages, mostly very successfully indeed. There are moments when I found myself thinking "she just used THAT word" (to warn people of a sensitive disposition, the text is peppered with crude and rude language) but once I got over the initial surprise I settled into the story that zoomed quickly by. Tom Hollander narrates it very well, bringing a host of voices which match the characters beautifully.