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Riddle me riddle me riddle me ree

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-20

In a story like this, you can chhose your side of the fence or sit on it. I'm choosing a side and it's Miss Keeler's.Her story rings true to me, and as someone who came very close to becoming the Christine Keeler of the eighties, it was the story of what had happened to her that saved me. I came to a crossroad, and took a sharp right, but I saw the seedy side of London society and it didn't seem to have changed too much. I was a secretary to a wealthy club owner, but kept outside the gates instead of walking through, turning down endless offers of flats, cars, trips to exotic locations, until it became far too tough to keep on saying variations on a theme of 'flattered but no'. No names, most of them are dead anyway.

Measuring what didn't happen to me against what did happen to Christine, I'd have no hesitation in saying that she was groomed, used and abused. Would it happen now? Re-cast with available characters and yes. Maybe not bringing down a government, but that young girls are dazzled by rank and money? Yes. Should they know better? How?

I found this account painfully convincing and I'd recommend it to anyone.

And if a Belgium arms dealer or American property developer asks you to go to Wai kiki beach, or a Park Lane Hotel, say no.. It's a dark and destructive road to walk, run or drive down. Thank you Christine.

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DREADFUL NARRATOR

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-20

J don't .ike this awful woman in the archers, stopped listening and if you listen carefully you can hear josephine tey turning in her grave. Its a fabulous story, but she reads it like a snake

Gripping Absolutely gripping, but terrifying.. .

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Reviewed: 31-12-19

I'm picky about books, bt this had me by the throat from the start. I'd hate to have children. After reading this I'd never let them out of my sight. So much horrific detail, but you don't notice because it's so well written. I was two hours in before I was looking to see if she'd written anymore and my heart dropped when I found out this was her first and I'll be watching like a hawk for more.

I don't want to write anymore because I'd hate to accidentally put in a spoiler, but if you buy any book this year, make it this one.

Cracking listen

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Reviewed: 05-03-19

I disagree profoundly with the other comments. I loved this book. It turns on a sixpence and gives you real insight into how the lead character thinks, something which most books gloss over to fit into the prescribed length. No spoilers, but I can't fault it. It's almost as if everyone else is reviewing a different book

not the best but still pretty damn good

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Reviewed: 07-10-18

Firstly, Matt Bates. He is perfect for these books. His voices are so varied and distinct. He gets the few women's voices perfectly.
Secondly, the story. England now has a name, but if any books are going to tun you right off Christianity, these are the ones. Why couldnt the Christians accept other religious beliefs. Nowadays Alfred the Great would be in the UN court - and we'd all be Danish and worshipping Thor, but those Danes seemed to know how to have a good time - apart from all the raping. But different times.
Lastly, the writer. You want to know what a battle was really like, then he shows you.
But. Matt Bates brings this to life. Jonathan Keeble reads Sword Song and ruins it.

Very generous two star

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-09-18

Talk about Mills and Boon. It's a bit like detective thriller meets 1950s Hospital drama. It gets in the way so much i want to find this writer and send them on a training course. In road building. Or a MacDonalds server. Or even a barrista. And I know this is a difficult accent, but suddenly islanders and locals all break into South Welsh accents. PLEASE PLEASE Don't let there be any more. But then, there are people who bought those 1950s hospital romances.

Ploughed through more. Without asking Mr Google, I'd have no idea of the writer, but very very old fashioned. And obviously doesn't read good crime thrillers including accurate police procedure, or watched good tv crime and god help us if the writer was once police they probably rode around on a bike with a man infront waving a green flag.

As for the devil rides out stuff? It's armature. Cringe worthy. The whole thing is dismal.

dull dull dull

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-09-18

the story was dull the narrator badly trained overall just bad. boring in the extreme. really boring and at times unintelligible

Truly Fantastic

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 24-09-18

A whole series I'd missed, together with the news that there's to be a Christmas special where all will be settled. If you haven't listened to any of these series, then you are a very mucky person to be able to listen for the first time. It's so beautiful and terrifying, one of the best programs the bbc has ever produced and incredibly well written with such imagination - and Paul Hilton? Simply brilliant

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Unfortunate change of narrator, pretty poor plot

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 31-08-18

I love this author,'s earlier books but can't recommend this one. It was nothing more than a pot boiler and not up to standard at all. Mummsie in style. About as psychological as 'Where's Spot?' and extremely annoying. Totally unbelievable. Almost as if she'd written it on automatic pilot or not at all. My attention kept wandering. The change in narrator was very disappointing. The book is set in Manchester and the narrator doesn't even seem to have bothered to watch a couple of episodes of Coronation street, just uses a kind of 'stock norther common' for dialogue, which was jarring and pretty poor. Nowhere even approximately Mancunian and she had many different areas to choose from. It was a bit like listening to Rebus read by a Geordie. All of this made listening to the story even more difficult. Not good. This is audible. Which means you have to listen. Which means that the narrator is really important. However, I don't think anyone could have improved this dull and predictable story. I tried to listen, kept flicking back to try to listen to the huge chunks my mind just wandered away from watching everything from torrential rain to the bird feeder. It ended whilst I was ironing and to be honest, I couldnt be bothered flicking back to find out how.

I'd rather have a cup of tea

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-08-18

missed a lot of it from sheer boredom, no idea how it ended, wouldn't listen to another. loved snow flower and the secret fan but this was just dull dull dull unless you're some kind of tea freak