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Anne R. Blankson-Hemans

Northampton, UK
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  • Fog Island

  • Fog Island Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Mariette Lindstein
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Schmalzle
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

The deadliest trap is the one you don’t see...When Sofia meets Franz Oswald, the handsome, charming leader of a mysterious New Age movement, she’s dazzled and intrigued. Visiting his headquarters on Fog Island, Sofia’s struck by the beautiful mansion overlooking the sea, the gardens, the sense of peace and the purposefulness of the people who live there. And she can’t ignore the attraction she feels for Franz. So she agrees to stay, just for a while. But as summer gives way to winter, it becomes clear that Franz rules the island with an iron fist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling and captivating

  • By Anne R. Blankson-Hemans on 15-02-19

Thrilling and captivating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-02-19

You go through waves of emotion reading this book not least a certain amount of anger at some people’s ability to control the mind of others. It may be a work of fiction for many people this is reality. Well written!

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  • Les Misérables

  • By: Victor Hugo
  • Narrated by: Bill Homewood
  • Length: 67 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Les Misérables is set in Paris after the French Revolution. In the sewers and backstreets, we encounter "the wolf-like tread of crime", and assassination for a few sous is all in a day's work. We weep with the unlucky and heart-broken Fantine, and we exult with the heroic revolutionaries of the barricades; but above all we thrill to the steadfast courage and nobility of soul of ex-convict Jean Valjean, always in danger from the relentless pursuit of the diabolical Inspector Javert.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful though sound quality poor

  • By Sally P on 10-09-15

Epic!

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

Reviewed: 30-01-19

Great story but then we all know that. The narration lets it down a bit but you soon get used to it.

  • In Extremis

  • The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin
  • By: Lindsey Hilsum
  • Narrated by: Lindsey Hilsum
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Marie Colvin was glamorous, hard-drinking, braver than the boys, with a troubled and rackety personal life. With fierce compassion and honesty, she reported from the most dangerous places in the world, fractured by conflict and genocide, going in further and staying longer than anyone else. In Sri Lanka in 2001, Marie was hit by a grenade and lost the sight in her left eye - resulting in her trademark eye patch - and in 2012 she was killed in Syria. Like her hero, the legendary reporter Martha Gellhorn, she sought to bear witness to the horrifying truths of war..

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing life

  • By Arlene Finnigan on 07-03-19

Incredibly moving!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-19

The story of a remarkable woman who was bent on reporting the truth. It’s funny in parts and heartbreaking in others. Makes you wonder what it is that motivates people to live such extreme (some would argue - foolhardy?) lives.
Marie was no saint; she was brave, stubborn, headstrong and unlucky in love but lived life to the full. However you look at it, this book tugs at your emotions.

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  • The Long Song

  • By: Andrea Levy
  • Narrated by: Adrian Lester, Andrea Levy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

You do not know me yet. My son Thomas, who is publishing this book, tells me, it is customary at this place in a novel to give the reader a little taste of the story that is held within these pages. As your storyteller, I am to convey that this tale is set in Jamaica during the last turbulent years of slavery and the early years of freedom that followed. July is a slave girl who lives upon a sugar plantation named Amity and it is her life that is the subject of this tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing narration

  • By Sue156 on 28-04-18

This book draws you in - literally

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-12-18

I really love the way the author draws you in... she is telling you a story and you know it because she addresses you directly ... ‘dear reader’ and she leads you in to observe and to listen. This is the story of a difficult time... once upon a time when people were enslaved.

  • Diversify

  • By: June Sarpong
  • Narrated by: June Sarpong
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

How do we set aside race, colour, creed, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, physicality and all of our perceived differences? Is it truly possible to live without prejudice? And why should we want to? Offering six stories and six simple steps, Diversify explores the value we place on social packaging - how it shapes the way we see ourselves, determines who we become and limits the opportunities available to us.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought Provoking

  • By Anne R. Blankson-Hemans on 27-12-18

Thought Provoking

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-18

If you keep up to date with current affairs you will think there is nothing you don’t already know however June has a way of illustrating her points which is thought provoking. How is it that as a human race we are so similar and yet so different? Can we as individuals do anything about it that would make a difference?

  • Wild Swans

  • By: Jung Chang
  • Narrated by: Pik-sen Lim
  • Length: 27 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 653

Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular best seller and a critically acclaimed history of China that opened up the country to the world. Through the story of three generations of women in her own family - the grandmother given to the warlord as a concubine, the Communist mother, and the daughter herself - Jung Chang reveals the epic history of China's 20th century. Breathtaking in its scope, unforgettable in its descriptions, this is a masterpiece that is extraordinary in every way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mesmerising and haunting at the same time

  • By Busy of Devon on 29-04-16

Gripping and captivating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-12-18

I was totally engrossed in a different world. This story is beautifully told, gripping, heartbreaking and so full of triumph over real adversity.
The narration is excellent

  • Empress Dowager Cixi

  • The Concubine Who Launched Modern China
  • By: Jung Chang
  • Narrated by: Pik-sen Lim
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

At the age of 16, in a nationwide selection for royal consorts, Cixi was chosen as one of the emperor’s numerous concubines. When he died, in 1861, their five-year-old son succeeded to the throne. Cixi at once launched a palace coup against the regents appointed by her husband and made herself the real ruler of China - behind the throne, literally, with a silk screen separating her from her officials who were all male.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging insight into 19th Century China

  • By Kirstine on 01-02-16

An amazing story teller brilliantly narrated

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-18

Jung Chang tells the story brilliantly and transforms you into a different world. A real ’page turner’. The narrator is very good!