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  • A Column of Fire

  • The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 3
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,342

Christmas 1558, and young Ned Willard returns home to Kingsbridge to find his world has changed. The ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn by religious hatred. Europe is in turmoil as high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty and love, and Ned soon finds himself on the opposite side from the girl he longs to marry, Margery Fitzgerald. Then Elizabeth Tudor becomes queen and all of Europe turns against England.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another masterpiece

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-09-17

A clever mix of history and fiction

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-17

As always Ken Follett serves up a wonderful mix of dastardly villians and gallant heroines and heros all wrapped up in a ripping yarn.

  • A Son of the Circus

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 26 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

Born a Parsi in Bombay, sent to university and medical school in Vienna, Dr. Farrokh Daruwalla is a 59-year-old orthopedic surgeon and a Canadian citizen who lives in Toronto. Once, 20 years ago, Dr. Daruwalla was the examining physician of two murder victims in Goa, India. Now, 20 years later, he will be reacquainted with the murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing and inventive book

  • By Tom on 04-08-11

A delight

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-10-17

As relative newcomer to John Irving I was unsure what to expect. This story is wonderful mix ably read. I was completely absorbed

  • The Portrait of a Lady

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: John Wood
  • Length: 23 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

When Isabel Archer, a beautiful, spirited American, is brought to Europe by her wealthy aunt Touchett, it is expected that she will soon marry. But Isabel, resolved to enjoy the freedom that her fortune has opened up and to determine her own fate, does not hesitate to turn down two eligible suitors, declaring that she will never marry. It is only when she finds herself irresistibly drawn to the cultivated but worthless Gilbert Osmond that she discovers that wealth is a two-edged sword.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • James's writing is sublime

  • By Mrs on 10-03-13

A fascinating writer at the top of his game

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-10-17

A wonderful slow exploration of the relationships between people of a bygone age. at times a bit ponderous but fascinating for all that. the plot builds well but I had the feeling Mr James ran out of steam a bit in finding an ending.

The narration is high quality in terms of diction and phrasing but the characterisations were not very distinct.