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Really enjoyable

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Reviewed: 18-04-20

I was searching for something different to my usual listen and stumbled across this book.
It was an easy listen, escapism, thoroughly enjoyable. The narration was good.

Another enjoyable trip to Ravenseat

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-06-19

I really enjoy Amanda Owen’s books but this one did feel slightly flat compared to her previous two, possibly due to so much being covered in the last books. There were less details about individual animals although Little Joe and Chalky stick out. She is as always unstintingly honest about life on the farm, the positives and the disasters. A lot of the book is taken up with the restoration of the family’s new investment house which although typically funny and informative I have to say I found a bit dull when it came to the search for furniture.
I really dislike Janine Burkett as a narrator and have stopped listening to the Vera Stanhope series as I find her reading breathless and girly. It suits a bit better with these books than the detective but conjures an image which isn’t like Amanda Owen at all. I would have much preferred listening to her read her own book to be honest but that’s just my personal view.

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Exceeded expectations

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-06-19

I really enjoyed this book my one and only complaint was the narration. Sophie Roberts voice improved as the story progressed and during extracts of first hand sources and recollections I found her accents to be very good, she brought warmth and emotion to the words. The text came alive but up to that point and in parts between I found her voice to be a monotonous drone that was flat and dull, sucking out all life from the book, it’s because the book was so good that my attention was held but at one point early on I almost gave in and stopped listening.
I am very pleased that I didn’t as she suddenly became much more animated and the book was over all very interesting and put across points of view I had not heard before.
Personally I do not like Coco Chanel, the book hasn’t changed my view of her but it has made her a more rounded figure. I definitely recommend despite the narration.

Wonderful

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Reviewed: 10-06-19

This is one of the best books of it’s kind that I have listened to. It isn’t a dry, heavy opinionated account of events but one that ties events together, drawing from sources across the land, sea and air forces on both sides of the fight.
It is written in real time, sources and accounts interweave which allows the listener to understand the scope of the whole thing which even all these years later seems like an incredible achievement.
The narration is spot on, it’s easy to listen to John Sackville.

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I always forget how hilarious this book is

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 18-04-19

For me the Rincewind books are always the last TP book of choice which is why I often over look “The Last Continent “ but this really is Rincewind at his very best. The book is simply one long laugh out loud riot of jokes and fun, includes a cast of all the best Wizards from U.U and a brilliant plot. I will definitely remember not to ignore this gem from now on.

Wonderful account of an amazing woman

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Reviewed: 02-04-19

Virginia Hall was an amazing woman, an effective and trailblazing SOE operative. Deapite being ruthlessly hunted by the German authorities continued to evade them all whilst organising effective networks and sabotage raids. Her work in Lyon turned her to the go to problem solver of many allied operatives, often compromising her own safety she helped them in whatever way possible. Often facing discrimination from top brass and resistance operatives on the ground due to being a woman but she was indefatigable.
At one point Virginia was forced to escape France via the Pyrenees when the Nazis seized the free zone. This would have been a feat of endurance for anyone let alone someone who had lost one of their legs.
As with most true hero’s Virginia was never given the respect or opportunities she deserved and had indeed earned after the war.
The book is very well written, much better than other books I have listened to. Highly recommend

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Amazing

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 29-03-19

This book really appealed to me as soon as I read the description on its publishers Facebook
page and yet it took me a while to download it, not knowing what to expect or if I would enjoy it. If you too are having similar thoughts do not hesitate, just download it. The Skylark’s War is simply beautiful, the characters are well rounded, all totally different personalities and yet they all belong with one another. This book was more than I could have ever imagined it was going to be, the narrator was pitch perfect, I hope she is used more often as I have listened to a fair few dire ones of late.

The perfect story

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Reviewed: 10-03-19

Night Watch is the perfect watch story, stripped back to where it all began with a smaller cast of characters, it is Terry Pratchett at his absolute best. It will make you laugh, cry and as always holds the mirror up to human nature. It is a book I come back to time and time again and when it is finished I always feel bereft.

An amazing book

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-19

Highly recommend A Gentleman in Moscow, it really is one of the best books I have listened to in a very long while. Beautifully written, with a sadness and melancholy which is balanced out by unexpected joy, happiness and discovery. I felt very sad when the ending came, a book I will definitely be listening to again.

Thought provoking

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-02-19

It was the blurb that attracted me to “The Hidden” however I don’t feel it really reflected the reality of the plot. Geoffrey is a much bigger character than credited, he is what ties all the threads of the plot together. The “betrayal” isn’t an actual betrayal, I found myself waiting for the “big” event to occur but it didn’t come, not that the plot needed it. The characters are isolated within their own relationships, a native who is shunned, an Irish priest and a refugee with a secret to hide, in some ways this makes the story predictable and cliched. Everything written about within the book did occur all over Europe but there was so little of how people coped, the problems and hardships they experienced and the interplay of the wider community. That is not to say that each of the three main characters didn’t have a very hard war because they did, it isn’t an easy listen, but I can not help thinking the story could have been so much more than it was.
The narration and performance was perfect. I returned the authors last book as I found it to be awful, The hidden is much better, it is an addictive listen, I found I just had to find out how it ended. I would recommend although having listened to the book once I don’t think I would be inclined to hear it again.

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