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Superb

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-07-18

A first rate reincarnation of Holmes and Watson, fully living up to the original stories. Horowitz is a superb author and Sir Derek Jacobi narrates beautifully. Don't miss it!

Not quite a classic

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

Reviewed: 21-02-18

A good adventure story hidden amongst stolid prose and clumsily drawn characters. It is easy to see why the story has spawned so many films but the novel has serious flaws. The narration is acceptable but rather mannered.

Underrated classic

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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: 18-02-18

Trollope is vastly underrated compared to other nineteenth century authors. His characters are as richly and effortlessly drawn as those of Dickens and delivered with more wit. Here though he is the true heir of Jane Austen in depicting the troubles and motivation of the English gentry. Barsetshire is an incredible creation and its inhabitants are a delight. Just brilliant!

Simply brilliant

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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: 10-02-18

This is the opening salvo in one of the great novel series of the Twentieth Century. Bear with the naval terminology. The characters are magnificent and will quickly become old friends. The action is brilliantly described in all its glory and, still more, its horror. The petty frustrations, doubts and insecurities of daily life are there too, looming as large as we all know they do. Moving and witty, this novel is a fitting introduction to the brilliance to come. The narrator seems a little hesitant at first but quickly gains his stride.

Clerical Classic

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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: 10-02-18

Perhaps Anthony Trollope's masterpiece, this novel blends wit, social insight and narrative skill. The brilliant characterisation, although more gentle, is at least the equal of even Dickens. Magnificent narration by Timothy West. Don't miss it!

Intriguing

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

A fascinating, typically trippy novel from Philip K Dick. It is thought provoking and always interesting in its insights and structure. Ultimately, though, one does not care for the characters or their fates, which makes the whole experience one of the head rather than of the emotions.

An underrated classic

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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: 06-02-18

The first of the Barsetshire Chronicles, this delightful little novel is packed with wit and irony. It is as subtle as it is humorous, with much to say for even those set up as villains. Still more, it is a gateway to the wonderful world of Barsetshire where so much pleasure is to be found. Brilliant narration by Timothy West.

Promising debut

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

Reviewed: 30-01-18

First the good. Thomas Berrington is a fascinating character about whom I would love to hear more. There is an ensemble of interesting characters and the physical and historical settings are captivating. The story moves along nicely and the prose is engaging. However, the reveal comes from nowhere, without the chance for the reader to divine the clues. The biggest defect is the narration. This is clunky and halting, although I have heard far worse. With a better narrator I would happily listen to the sequels. I may anyway.

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Classic Gothic tale

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-01-18

Although set in mid 19th Century England, this novel has all the Gothic hallmarks - wicked noblemen, vulnerable women, unjust imprisonment and lonely locations. Collins is a good enough writer to stave off both melodrama and cliche, however. We do genuinely care for the characters and there are themes that seem to foreshadow those of Sherlock Holmes stories. Ian Holm's narration is flawless.

A fresh take on murder mystery

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

Reviewed: 21-01-18

A book within a book that is, in turn, about that book. Confused? Then listen to this engaging performance and all will be revealed ... eventually. An interesting and enjoyable journey.