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An interesting tale of skullduggery

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-01-20

This story had me spellbound at times. There was tragedy and sorry, warmth and courage, and not least a twinge of discomfort for the depths of human malevolence. The characters, as usual by this author, are beautifully constructed. The narration is wonderful, and I only took one star for performance because of the very dodgey Scottish brogue attempted.

Gripping from the very beginning

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-02-19

What an excellent example of how a toxic childhood will mess someone up. Although I thought the teenager had too much awareness for her age.
Gripping and shocking storyline throughout. Only one star taken for the shockingly bad Irish accent.
Highly recommend this book.

I liked it

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I liked this book. Found it hard to stop listening. I wasn’t terribly shocked by the twists , but that’s ok.

Someone make a movie of this please.

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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: 17-07-18

Such a great read, well described and great character establishment. Would love to see the movie version.

Goodness WHAT an engrossing read

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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: 14-06-18

I usually listen to audiobooks in the car, doing housework, cooking etc. With this book however, I really needed to listen well. The descriptive language is incredible, you would think that is laborious to listen to, but the vocabulary is so rich - I really found it quite astonishing how interesting it was.

The narrator is definitely the best I have encountered yet on audiobook, and I have listened to A LOT. I could imagine if she read the terms and conditions of a mortgage application, she could make it interesting and enjoyable!!

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An amazing story beautifully told

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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: 30-03-18

I loved how this story from beginning to end involved, so distinctly, the many attributes that make us human. Failings, inner strength, hope, despair, ignorance and wisdom.
Written so well, the narrator pays it due justice, possibly the best narration performance I have enjoyed thus far.

I just love the way Franklin writes

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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: 23-01-18

Another wonderfully written mystery....and I didn’t see it coming. What more could you ask.
It is very descriptive with olde world language at times. I like that, but maybe not everyone’s cup of tea.

Beautifully written

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-18

What made the experience of listening to The Mistress of the Art of Death the most enjoyable?

I loved the language and descriptive techniques. I felt I understood a great sense of life in the 12th century. The main character, probably one of the very first phorensic scientists and coroner, is unusually a woman.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Difficult to say, and too obvious to say the main heroine, however, she is portrayed to be terribly sensible and intelligent. Also, the young boy, Alf.

Any additional comments?

I loved the narrator's style. At times, because she did not always change accents or her voice very much, it was difficult for me to distinguish who was speaking in dialogue. However, her voice is soothing and her diction impressive.

A winding story of friendship, hurt and love

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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: 04-11-17

What a journey of life Verity and Ruby travelled. Pearce brings us on a tale of two very different girls from different walks of life. Each finding their journeys to require them to make great changes and courageous decisions. An excellent and compelling tale.

So beautifully descriptive, tense and surprising.

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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: 04-09-17

If you could sum up He Said/She Said in three words, what would they be?

Descriptive, tense, surprising

What was one of the most memorable moments of He Said/She Said?

The turnaround

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Broadbent and Helen Johns ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Both were complimentary, but Jonathan's style is slightly less impassioned and more precise. I preferred Helen's intonation and inflection in her voice.

Any additional comments?

This is just a great read. It has tension, intrigue, descriptive picutre perfect scenes.