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Thoughtful and unexpected

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

Reviewed: 11-07-20

i have listened to the book twice and enjoyed it both times. its subject matter is surprising, and its exploration of literature and writing intriguing. i do not know if I. understand it, but the play on fiction and nonfiction fascinated me. i thoroughly enjoyed the book.

Salutary and succinct

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

Reviewed: 14-11-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Siege of Leningrad: History in an Hour to be better than the print version?

I've not had the option of reading the print version. but the audio edition allowed me to relax and learn at the same time.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Well, I knew what would happen? It was history, after all.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I did listen to it in one sitting.

Great entertainment, but much ado about not much

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

Reviewed: 13-11-13

Would you consider the audio edition of One Summer to be better than the print version?

No, but the audio edition did make for a lot of light listening when I didn't feel like reading. I enjoy Bill Bryson for sheer escapism, and perhaps an audio book aids escape more easily that the written word.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The tremendous sense of interconnection; Lindbergh, Ford, Calvin Coolidge, and a host of other held together in a single narrative.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed at times and was suprised at others. I had heard of some, but the interconnections were new. The story is fascinating, but not especially funny and definitely not sad (or tragic or sentimental).

Any additional comments?

Bryson is always fun, and although this isn't him at his best, it is still very good and extremely entertaining. Good, solid, entertaining, energetic, fascinating, and light, fluffy, and without too much substance -- seems like a good recipe for a best-seller!

A mixed bag of interest and disappointment

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

Reviewed: 13-11-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it has a wide sweep and offers a good introduction to a vast subject.It is especially useful for a non-Brit, with an interest in history, but with limited access to the panoply of the ages.

What three words best describe Simon Jenkins’s performance?

Captivating, erudite, engaging

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, I smiled though.

Any additional comments?

Unfortunately it tends to be a Kings and Queens account, when I really would have liked more on society and the social fabric that constitutes the entities that are today Great Britain.

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Masterful and moving

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

Reviewed: 11-11-13

What did you like most about The Snow Goose (BBC Radio 4: Classic Serial)?

This is a classic of modern, ordinary writing -- neither high literature nor low. The story is moving and tugs at the heart-strings. It is a story that meets our need to belief that good underlies all things.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Snow Goose (BBC Radio 4: Classic Serial)?

The scene when the snow goose returns for the first time. The painting of Frith. The moment when the snow goose stays permanently. The scene when Frith returns as Philip is leaving for Dunkirk. The beach rescue scene. It is impossible to choose.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I have read the text, but the narration brings it to life (especially for someone who is not English/British in origin).

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