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  • Elizabeth

  • By: David Starkey
  • Narrated by: Robert Powell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

An abused child, yet confident of her destiny to reign, a woman in a man's world, passionately sexual yet, she said, a virgin, Elizabeth I was to be famed as England's most successful ruler. This absorbing book, by concentrating on her early years from her birth in 1533 to her accession in 1558, shows how her experiences of danger and adventure formed her remarkable character and shaped her opinions and beliefs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and informative

  • By Francesca on 13-05-06

Interesting and informative

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-05-06

Having heard the hype about this book I was unsure whether or not to purchase it but I would now recommend it to others interested in the Tudor Dynasty. With the exception of a few places where Starkey adopts a somewhat populist tone and makes connections with modern day phenomena such as Hello Celebrity seekers this is a well researched, informative text which makes good points about the childhood and early life of Elizabeth and the factors and influences on her during this period, drawing interesting pointers to her adult actions and reactions.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Bleak House

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 32 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

First published in monthly parts from March 1852 to September 1853, this novel follows the fortunes of three pedestrian characters - Esther Summerson, Ada Clare and Richard Carstone. The story they tell embondies Dickens' merciless indictment of the Court of Chancery and its bungling, morally corrupt handling of the endless case of Jarndyce v. Jarndyce, giving the novel its scope and meaning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a Dickens Masterpiece

  • By Steve on 21-10-05

Bleak House

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-11-05

Is a thoroughly good read and I had some concerns at how I would find the audio version but I need not have worried, the reader choosen does full justice to this marvellous mysterious novel from little Esther's first appearance to Miss Flyte's birds flying free

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Wives and Daughters

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 25 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Set in English society before the 1832 Reform Bill, Wives and Daughters centers on the story of youthful Molly Gibson, brought up from childhood by her father. When he remarries, a new stepsister enters Molly's quiet life, the loveable, but worldly and troubling, Cynthia. The narrative traces the development of the two girls into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful society of Hollingford.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely novel; wonderful reader (Nadia May)

  • By Jill on 10-10-06

Wives and Daughters

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-05

This is the perfect book for those wishing to surround themselves in a pre railways era. Molly Mat seems a little mawkish to current day tastes but she wins your sympathy by the end, while the divine Cynthia holds your attention from the very beginning.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful