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Excellent narration of an excellent book

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Reviewed: 11-01-20

Martin Jarvis brought this well loved classic to life with his wonderful range of voices.
I had forgotten just how much veiled criticism of living and social conditions Dickens incorporates into his novels. The narrator seems to find just the right tone for each character and situation.

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Dickens at its best

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Reviewed: 27-10-19

These two narrators brought this book to life. I find Dickens a bit difficult to read but this was a great listen especially Teresa’s ‘Esther’.

An excellent listen. One of the best that I have listened to.

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Reviewed: 20-07-18

Occupied France in Second World War and the varied life experiences of the occupied and occupiers. A life that we can but imagine. A beautifully written novel.
Carole Boyd (Linda of The Archers fame) brought the experiences to life - the tone and variation of her narration was excellent.
After the narration we find out that the author experienced similar situations and was killed before the war was over making the story even more poignant.
Will look for more books by the author and more books narrated by Carole Boyd.

Quirky- a recommended listen.

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Reviewed: 03-05-18

A good follow up to the first novel that involves the same characters but a different and equally captivating plot line. Think vinyl, cats and charity shops!!
The narrator maintains the right level of lightheartedness.


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A great listen

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Reviewed: 23-08-17

What did you like most about The Underground Railroad?

The subject matter was a bit harrowing.
Whilst the premise of the book was factually incorrect (an actual railway), the idea of the network and the components thereof, was conveyed very well.

What about Bahni Turpin’s performance did you like?

The narrator did well to differentiate between all the characters as they came in and out of the story.

Any additional comments?

A great thought provoking listen.
It is good to learn a story from the point of view of the person who is being persecuted.

Intrigue, romance, some history and hats.

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Reviewed: 19-07-17

The many strands of this book are focused on a hat maker and her life during the Second World War in Paris. The writer evokes the ambiance and atmosphere of an occupied city by detailing the everyday life of the characters. The central character, through her work, meets people and makes friends from all walks of society.
An excellent narration and an enjoyable listen.

A quirky story

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Reviewed: 12-05-17

Would you listen to The Vinyl Detective: Written in Dead Wax again? Why?

Not sure that I would listen to the story again because the build up to the outcomes would be spoilt.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

No favourite characters but I did enjoy the descriptions of the jumble sales, the charity shops, the car boot sales etc - all part of my life's experiences.

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

Just a silly smile most of the time - it is a light hearted book about some serious topics - large corporations and items of value.

Any additional comments?

A very different listen but worthwhile. The narration hit just the right sort of non descript tone.

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A good listen

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Reviewed: 13-04-17

Any additional comments?

Paul Thornley narrated very well - only minor criticism is the lack of pause between scenes. Did lots of instant rewinds until i realised what was going on!

A mix of politics and journalism

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Reviewed: 13-04-17

What made the experience of listening to A Dying Breed the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the stereotyped characterisation of a hackneyed old journalist and his encouragement of the next generation. There was also the old ambassador - another stereotypical characterisation but he was a loveable rogue. I did not like the voice of the lead special forces character - too flash!

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dying Breed?

The description of the journey taken by the young journalist and his captor through the mountains.

Any additional comments?

Not a riveting listen but an entertaining one. I do not know enough of the history or the politics of this region to say whether it was factual but it made for a good listen.

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An unexpected listen

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Reviewed: 08-03-17

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

What a good title - it grabbed my interest in the list and I am pleased that I chose the book.
A very good insight into a particular culture in the US in the 1960's. It was difficult getting into the story but worth persevering. I had a problem distinguishing between the narrative and the voice of interviewee but after a time it did not really matter. I also struggled with the family names but that was because these events were not part of my life experiences as were say the Kray brothers and co.
Despite these setbacks I would recommend this audiobook as a fascinating insight and a different perspective on the Kennedy era.