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  • Victorians Undone: Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum

  • By: Kathryn Hughes
  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 76

A groundbreaking account of what it was like to live in a Victorian body from one of our best historians, author of The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs Beeton and George Eliot: The Last Victorian. Why did the great philosophical novelist George Eliot feel so self-conscious that her right hand was larger than her left? Exactly what made Darwin grow that iconic beard in 1862, a good five years after his contemporaries had all retired their razors?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating - an unusual angle on the victorians

  • By Fiona on 28-03-17

Fascinating - an unusual angle on the victorians

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

Reviewed: 28-03-17

The essential subject matter of the book - the Victorians - feels like it has been done to death - but this is such an interesting take on the subject. The different chapters exploring different topics relating to the body (but including a huge amount of interest around Victorian society) are all fascinating and fun - except the final one, which is fascinating but very disturbing (I'd leave that one out if you don't like dark stories.). I highly recommend this.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

  • By: Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 953

A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting and beautiful

  • By S. Goodyear on 13-04-16

Just bliss

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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: 13-05-16

Such a strange eerie story. So beautifully read - Kenneth Branagh has such a rich, expressive voice. Highly recommended.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful