Mr. J. B. Whitehead

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Interesting but not attention grabbing

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Reviewed: 06-08-16

What did you like best about Great Tales from English History: Volume I? What did you like least?

Perhaps my expectations were misplaced but I was expecting a more 'joined up' narrative. Instead, the book jumps from one individual and usually interesting story to another. Having said that, I found most of the stories interesting but it left me wanting to know more - perhaps that was the objective.

Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Lacey? Why or why not?

I will probably buy the second volume in due course, but the first volume didn't make me want to rush out and buy it immediately.

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

I find I can always tell when the author and narrator are the same person - either because many authors are not great performers, or because when the author narrates he or she does it with more confidence, knowing the work intimately. In this case, Lacey does a great job.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Not really suitable for a film, though could be a good TV series.

Brilliant Plot

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Reviewed: 25-07-15

What made the experience of listening to Plague Ship the most enjoyable?

Great narration and a fabulous plot with unimaginable twists and turns, but still easy to follow.

What did you like best about this story?

From Noah's Ark to Space satellites, this is a great story based around the Oregon and it's crew.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

A highlight for me was Juan's mad dash through Corinth and into the Oregon as it pushed it's way at speed through the Corinth canal.

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

Most definitely