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Very sumptious historical fiction

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

Reviewed: 23-09-19

I guess most people know who Anton Du Beke is, the 'king of the ballroom'. I enjoy (most) of his antics on Strictly, but wasn't sure what the book would bring. I do love historical books so I thought I'd give it a go. It was a very nice surprise. The story is well written, lots of historical details. I am glad he didn't narrate it himself though, I think it would have lost a lot of the luster.

It's a sumptious book with lots of vivid descriptions of the hotel, the costumes and the dances, but it's also about the people behind the dancers. Their lives, their loves, their losses. I'd say, give it a go!

Mad Cap Book

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

Reviewed: 23-09-19

This book is a spoof of some of the Holmes stories. What if Sherlock Holmes was actually a dimwitted warlock? It's in some places maybe a tad too silly, but it's well written and well read. There were some genuine funny parts and I thought it was pretty orignal. It does take a lot of imagination to follow it all though!

Nothing to write home about

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-09-19

It wasn't a bad book, but it was very predictable. I guess that is what is nice about these kind of Christmas book. I did enjoy it but probably won't listen again.

Nice 'side-quel'

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

Reviewed: 23-09-19

I approached this book with trepidation. Big Austen fan and I love Pride and Prejudice. I was a bit weary of how the charachters that I love would be portrayed. The book is a sort of side novel that describes the lives and loves of the servants of Longbourn. I think the author did a great job, it was not just a Pride and Prejudice story through the eyes of the below stairs. It really was a total seperate story, albeit with some happenings above stairs influencing things.

The depection of the beloved charachters felt right, except in one case for me personally, but don't want to give away a plot point. The writing was really good and drew me in, the narrator also did a great job. A lovely novel!

Lighthearted fun

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

Reviewed: 23-09-19

I'm a big fan of P.G.Wodehouse and this book did not dissapoint. There's the usual mix-ups and romantic entanglements. This book is not read by Jonathan Cecil like a lot of the other audible books, but I really enjoyed the narrator too. Perfect lighthearted entertainment.

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As good as the frist one

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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: 23-09-19

My son (age 9) and I loved the book, same as we did the previous one. Adventure, jokes, myths, all great. And very well read by the author.

I learned a lot

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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: 23-09-19

Very intersting book, well researched. I did not know much about von Humboldt and bought this to listen to in the car with my husband. He knew more than me (he's a scientist) but the book kept him enthralled too. Well written, wel read, what more can you ask?

Does what it says on the tin!

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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: 23-09-19

The audiobook does send you to sleep. I always listen to a book for half an hour before nodding off (sometimes I miss the end) but on the nights when sleep is very illusive, this book gets put on. It's so boring and read in the perfect monotone. I've listened to the whole thing it at least 5 times now (over several settings), there's bits about election results, stops between 2 trains stations, but I couldn't tell you all of it, because for most of the listening time I've been asleep, which is what you want!

Exciting & Fun

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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: 23-09-19

Listened to this book with my son (who is 9). It brings some nice Greek myths back in to the present day. I am sometimes a bit weary of an author reading his/her onw book, but Maz Evans is brilliant! There are some very sad parts in the book (the mum of the boy is ill) but there is a lot of humour too. We've been laughing out loud. There's a lot of action too and we started straightaway on the next on.

Plot goes nowhere

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

Reviewed: 23-09-19

I really thought I'd like this book, but the combiniation of a main charachter that doesn't learn any lessons, a 'love' interest that does unspeakable things, I kept willing the book to get better but it didn't.