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Paula Diggle

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Delightful

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-18

A good tale well read. Miss Massey's cool precise voice suits this intriguing story well. Only four stars because of the foolish gong sounds interspersed too liberally - they are a dreadful distraction.

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Very good indeed

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-11-17

Rebecca was my late father's favoutite book. Even though the plot is dated, it still has a compelling mix of suspense and period charm. Anna Massey's precise reading style does it full justice. It's better than the film, good though that is. A most enjoyable listen.

Irritating !music alert

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-10-17

Great little book well read by the indomitable Martin Jarvis. But why the intrusive music?

Classic

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

Reviewed: 25-10-17

Not perhaps my favourite Austen, but brought to life by the lively and intelligent reading of the ever delightful Juliet Stevenson.

Impressive

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-10-17

Middlemarch is not an easy book. Its many characters are woven into a multitude of intertwined plots, with plenty of reflective interludes explaining background and motives. Juliet Stevenson makes all this not just clear but fascinating, distinguishing the characters and elucidating the period detail. Very few readers can do all this so successfully.

Can we please hear Juliet Stevenson reading Henry James' Golden Bowl? That would surely be a tour de force.

Just right

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-17

Anna Massey captures Anita Brookner's elegant prose precisely. As ever with Brookner, the story is deceptively slight but delivers delightful insights.

Delightful

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-17

The classic romantic Heyer mix read with irony and wit. Sian Phillips is worth another listen.

Splendid

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-07-17

As others have noted, the plot of this novel follows a more sober path than most Heyers. It's none the worse for that, and a truly enjoyable listen.

Puzzled

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-07-17

Why does the cover headline George Eliot without mentioning Edith Wharton? Have I missed something?

Nearly right

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-17

Wonderful coming of age novel, expertly read by the admirable Susan Sarandon who captures the Southern accents so well. Marred by the unnecessary and inappropriate introductiry music - better just skip it and start from the good stuff.

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