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Brilliant!

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Reviewed: 20-12-19

Brilliant narration of a brilliant, funny, poignant, cringe-making and thoroughly convincing book. Highly recommended.

Dull & self-regarding but may help insomniacs

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Reviewed: 10-03-19

The narration was nicely done and the best thing about this audiobook where sneering about bookshop customers is passed off as wit. The daily diary format of recording online sales (& books that couldn't be found to fulfil the orders - sounds like a lot of dissatisfied customers) & takings in the till at the end of the day, became very dreary & the rest of the diary entries didn't brighten it up much. I found it useful for sending me to sleep, so it had its uses, but even saying that, I couldn't be bothered to finish it & was glad to have slept through most of it.

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Very good, brilliantly performed

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Reviewed: 08-11-18

I've listened to each of the audiobooks in this trilogy and enjoyed them all. They're well plotted and the characters are believable and interesting. What makes them stand out in this audio form is the excellent performance by Matt Addis, who manages to create distinctively different voices for each of the main characters. His performance on this audiobook really enhances the story and brings the characters to life. The story itself is exciting and largely convincing.

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Superb performance - highly recommended

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Reviewed: 08-11-18

I surprised myself by thoroughly enjoying this brilliantly imagined life of Dunstan, which is absolutely convincing in detail, tone and narrative style. It's Dunstan 'warts and all. The saint is depicted as a flawed self-regarding character who nevertheless suffers many hardships to rise to a great position in a dangerous society. The first person narration helps us understand, if not like, Dunstan. It is voiced superbly by Geoffrey Beevers who really inhabits the character and adds further colour and vitality to an already excellent novel. I bought this audiobook rather casually as a 'daily deal' but shall now look for more novels by Conn Iggulden and performances by Geoffrey Beevers.

Clever, funny and poignant - highly recommended

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Reviewed: 21-09-18

A wonderful book read superbly by Fenella Woolgar - beautifully written, funny and allusive, full of wordplay and lightly-worn learning, it's also a cracking good thriller. The narration is excellent - all the characters come to life and no nuance is missed.

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Very good

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Reviewed: 20-08-18

This a really ingenious piece of writing and very entertaining. Partly fictional but employing an excellent range of quotations from ancient sources, it successfully conveys a vivid picture of life in Ancient Rome. The narration is excellent too. John Telfer has a clear, very listenable voice, he creates the different characters convincingly and pronounces Latin words accurately (a relief as I've heard some awful bungling on other audiobooks). Overall, an unexpected treat purchased on impulse on the daily deal.

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Predictable story redeemed by good narration

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Reviewed: 19-06-18

The opening was exciting but the story quickly became preposterous and predictable with apparently intelligent characters failing to notice the most obvious clues in order to sustain a ridiculous plot. The ending would be no surprise to anyone who watched a few eighties thrillers. What kept me listening was the excellent narrator who made the most of the dramatic twists and did her best to bring stereotypical characters to life.

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Excellent

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Reviewed: 12-02-18

The book is written with a light touch in a conversational style that the narrator conveys very well. It doesn't sacrifice scholarly approaches to popularism and questions evidence and changes in cultural attitudes - but is at the same time entertaining and engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Entertaining and informative

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Reviewed: 17-01-18

This audiobook is lively, amusing and full of fascinating details about Danish living. The author's autobiographical experience is revealed in a frank and touching way, as well as her entertaining observations on the Danish way of life. The narration is excellent - it sounds so spontaneous and warm that from time to time I had to remind myself that it was not the author speaking.

Brilliant

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Reviewed: 17-01-18

This is a brilliant intelligent thriller, offering complex believable characters and excellent plotting around contemporary issues. The narration by Sian Thomas is superb - she really inhabits the characters, making each one distinct and credible. It's an excellent combination of pacy writing and vivid narration.