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Carrie-Anne Lavender

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  • The Five

  • The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
  • By: Hallie Rubenhold
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 153

Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffeehouses and lived on country estates; they breathed ink dust from printing presses and escaped people traffickers. What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-03-19

Superb

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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: 08-04-19

I was completely engrossed in this book. At times I had to remind myself these were real women's lives and not a story. Louise Brwaly narrates it beautifully I could listen to her all day. Hallie has researched this so well and I felt very moved listening to he womens lives and tragic end. Absolutely bo hesitation with giving this 5/5 i wish i could listen to it all over again.

  • City of Masks

  • By: S D Sykes
  • Narrated by: Ewan Goddard
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

It's 1358. Oswald de Lacy, Lord Somershill, is in Venice awaiting a pilgrim galley to the Holy Land. While the city is under siege from the Hungarians, Oswald lodges with an English merchant and soon comes under the dangerous spell of the decadent and dazzling island state that sits on the hinge of Europe, where East meets West. Oswald is trying to flee the chilling shadow of something in his past, but when he finds a dead man on the night of the carnival, he is dragged into a murder investigation....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nearly there but not quite

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-03-18

bit disappointing

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

Reviewed: 17-03-19

not as good as the first 2 books. felt very rushed and a bit too tidily wrapped up at the end

  • The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain

  • By: Ian Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
  • Length: 19 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

If you could travel back in time, the period from 1660 to 1700 would make one of the most exciting destinations in history. It's the age of Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London, bawdy comedy and the libertine court of Charles II, Christopher Wren in architecture, Henry Purcell in music and Isaac Newton in science. In The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain, Ian Mortimer answers the crucial questions that a prospective traveller to 17th-century Britain would ask.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informative, interesting and entertaining history

  • By Kirstine on 21-09-17

enthralling and captivating

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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: 08-12-18

performance and subject matter was just fantastic. I highly recommend this book to any one

  • The River Maid

  • The River Maid, Book 1
  • By: Dilly Court
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

London, 1854: 20-year-old Essie Chapman lives with her father in poverty-stricken Limehouse, working on the river as a boatman. Her life seems set before her, never to leave this part of London and forever at her father's beck and call. Then, one night, she must transport a mysterious man from a foreign ship to the banks of the Thames, a man who ends up renting a room in Essie's house, identifying himself only as 'Raven'.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A typical fluffy romance

  • By Tracey on 22-01-18

Very basic

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

Reviewed: 13-09-18

A very basic story, predictable and clichéd with simple writing. Far fetched in places and poorly researched.

  • The Silent Companions

  • By: Laura Purcell
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 514
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 515

Inspired by the work of Shirley Jackson and Susan Hill and set in a crumbling country mansion, The Silent Companions is an unsettling Victorian gothic ghost story that will send a shiver down the spine.... Newly married, newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband's crumbling country estate, The Bridge. With her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie only has her husband's awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eerie and fabulous

  • By Caz on 24-03-18

Average

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-18

this book promised a lot but in the end I found it average. the writing was a bit basic and clichéd and the characters a little one dimensional. however I found myself wanting to read to the end. I didn't really like the narrators voice or tone, she wasn't very engaging and it was so quiet I had to really concentrate to hear it. the ending was a little disappointing. overall I enjoyed it, but not one if the best books I've ever read.

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