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Enchanting

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 24-12-18

What a lovely story! Warm, sweet, and uplifting. The joy of a little boy and his childlike view of the world. Who knew a snowman could be so lovable! Absolutely charming narration by the unequalled Richard Armitage, yet again.

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An intriguing story

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-12-18

Quite different from Joy Ellis’ previous books. A little macabre in places but a psychologically fascinating read. Jackman I felt was a bit sidelined in this story, but the rest of the characters were good. Read beautifully as usual, by Richard Armitage. I don’t think I could listen to a Jackman and Evans book without him reading it now. He is them and they are him!

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Interesting

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Reviewed: 05-12-18

Took a little bit for me to get into, but well worth it. Interesting to read a story involving Russian immigrants, the challenges of living in Russia and the challenges of living in the west. One man with two stories was really fascinating, though I found the name change suddenly from Alex to Sasha odd, no explanation so I wasn’t aware who the other person was. The ending was a bitter twist after travelling the story with them, but I still would recommend reading this book. As usual Richard Armitage was flawless as narrator.

A little disappointed

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Good story. At first hard to get into but with perseverance it became better. Very disappointed in the quality of the production however. The narration sometimes was lacking in clarity. Words and phrases ran into each other, and sounded as if it was being to quickly read. In chapter 10 there was a repeat of the same sentence, and the audio in later chapters fluctuated in quality, it was tinny then all of a sudden the narration became deep and a little muffled. It was quite hard to follow along when it was being read so fast, and seemingly editing flaws all over the place. Just not the clear, concise, easily followed narration and story of Joy Ellis’ Their Lost Daughters.

Outstanding

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-10-18

Gripping from start to finish! I had thought several times that I hated or despised, or felt exasperated with a character for their actions and thoughts, only to later feel sympathy and understanding. Walden, Lydia, Charlotte and Felix, all victims of either societal/class, political, emotional repression’s. Ken Follett writes with such understanding of the human mind, character, experiences and the impact these have on ones perceptions, that not one character is ever one dimensional, there is always reason behind their actions even if you don’t agree with them. A fascinating read. As for Richard Armitage as narrator, his performance is outstanding. The richness of voice and masterful vocal interpretation of characters combine to enthral the listener into easily imagining & feeling the story. I particularly liked his Russian accent and that of Walden, the latter not being reduced to simple pomposity, as some might have been tempted to represent him. If you haven’t listened to this book then please do as I cannot imagine anyone being disappointed with it. It’s quite a ride!

Good

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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: 24-09-18

Read very well. Found Venetia a little disappointing. My main problem with this book is that much of Georgette Heyers wit was left out by editing. Events or characters, that alone may have seemed unimportant, in actual fact contributed a great deal to the books animation, humour, development and depth. Nurse’s rather acidic observations, Sir Lamberts doting on Venetia, Edwards mother’s secret dislike etc etc. It lost a bit of its soul leaving these things out.

What an introduction to Shakespeare!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 13-09-18

This was a thoroughly enjoyable story of intrigue, power, politics, love, and murder. I cannot recommend it highly enough. As a Shakespearean novice I was a little concerned it would be heavy going, and not be able to get into it. I needn’t have worried. The story itself is written so well, as if you are there in the castle of Elsinore witnessing events. At times exasperated with the characters, at others feeling their pain, not all is as black and white as it may seem. Surprisingly I found it quite comical too. Richard Armitage’s reading was absolutely flawless. Each accent perfectly representing the character. It was critical to feeling sympathy (or not) with the characters, of feeling the story. From the deep timbre of Claudius’ voice to Gertrude’s feminine one, Yoricks clown, or Fortinbras’ Norwegian one, ALL of them came alive. Thank you for such an enjoyable experience and, introducing me to Shakespeare in such an enjoyable a way!

Excellent

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Reviewed: 13-08-18

Intriguing plot, quite dark, difficult to stop reading. I felt involved in the characters, particularly Jackman, Marie and their team. Very detailed and well researched writing. Thoroughly enjoyed Joy Ellis’ book and would definitely read more if they too are read by Richard Armitage. He has the ability to tell a story and make you forget it is him. He takes you on a ride with him through the story, creating a real affinity with the characters. His changeable accents for each character are wonderful. Highly recommend anyone who loves mystery, police drama, and crime mixed with a moody atmosphere like the Lincolnshire fens, listen to this audio book!

Beautiful

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Reviewed: 26-12-15

Beautiful selection of poems read in such a way as to capture your heart. Thank you!