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Superb close to The Cazalet Chronicles

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 11-08-18

I am bereft at having to say goodbye. Incomparable storytelling. Wish there was another instalment.

Powerful and memorable

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Reviewed: 22-04-18

Second time round even better. Believable characters with a great sense of place and history

Top quality story of Brits in wartime Europe

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Reviewed: 09-03-18

I loved it. Felt totally immersed in that period. Characters are utterly believable and fascinating.

Everyone should read it

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Reviewed: 10-03-17

A transformative & life changing book. Wish I'd read it in my risk averse youth.

Powerful insight into Brits abroad in WW2

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Reviewed: 17-01-17

Manning writes with assurance about this complicated early period of World War II . She clearly knew what she was writing about but besides her formidable understanding of that period of history the human interest is not lost and she writes convincingly about emotions, friendships and the complexities of a young marriage. I cannot wait to listen to the next part. Harriet Waters is an excellent narrator and handleds the various accents required of her pretty well. A slight criticism would be that on occasions she does not complete a word (ie plurals are pronounced as singulars) and allows her voice to drift away. Anyone not familiar with the English language might not know what the word is sometimes! That minor aspect apart I have not enjoyed such intelligent, insightful writing for a while besides learning about Romania and Britain during the War.

Totally satisfying whodunit. Utterly brilliant

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Reviewed: 30-12-16

The best Christie I have encountered so far. Terrific narration by Dan Stevens. I felt I was marooned with them all on Soldier Island off the coast of Devon and that does not happen with all the fiction I read ! Christie constructed and sustained a fascinating and intriguing scenario that not many crime writers could match. The story never falters nor fails to Intrigue throughout.

Well told rendition of a well known story

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Reviewed: 22-12-16

I read the Christmas Carol every Christmas time and never tire of the tale. It was an interesting experience listening to it this year. Jacobi is just the right narrator. Maybe Scrooge was not quite as heartless sounding as I have him in my own internal interpretation but then it's good not to get too stuck in one's ideas! The text was not strictly adhered to but I think the license used was forgivable and fleshed out some of the areas where Dickens failed to elaborate. I will certainly listen to this again and learn the Christmas Carol's lessons afresh I am sure.

Compelling and complicated whodunit

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Reviewed: 17-11-16

Staggered at how much planning and intrigue must have gone into creating this book. Themes and strands from 21st century life interweave with a 1950s murder mystery. Told by two accomplished narrators. The hardback will be going into a few Christmas stocking this year.

Just too graphically bloodthirsty for me

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Reviewed: 17-02-16

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

More historical context and less of the minute description of every horrible physical encounter between people whether male or female. Even a dead, trapped fox is described in unnecessary, agonising detail. All I needed to know was that it was dead ! Similarly in fights; just tell me who comes out alive and carry on. I really don't need all that ghastly detail.

What other book might you compare Winter Pilgrims to, and why?

As I have only managed the first five chapters I could not say. I am sorry not to be able to get to the historical part of the book as other reviewers clearly think it is excellent. I just can't take any more gore and expect this aspect is going to continue.

What about Jack Hawkins’s performance did you like?

Very good. No complaints.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Amazing sense of place; I felt I was really there in 15th century England.

Any additional comments?

Only to add that I do find the style of writing in the continuous present (if that is the correct term) palls rather. Another factor in my decision to give up and return the book incomplete.

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Access is tricky to this excellent rendition

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Reviewed: 05-09-15

If you could sum up Complete NIV Audio Bible in three words, what would they be?

Life changing words

What other book might you compare Complete NIV Audio Bible to, and why?

None

Which scene did you most enjoy?

NA

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

NA

Any additional comments?

If you buy this audiobook you will be surprised to find that all the chapters on the audio are only identified by a list of chapters from 1-510. Yes, really. No mention of the individual prophets or New Testament writers.To find out where, say, you access Ezekiel 15 you have to look it up on an accompanying list sent as a pdf. Hardly handy if you are listening on a country walk! My use of this audiobook has been greatly improved by putting bookmarks at the start of each book. A time consuming effort but worth it. What a pity that the producers of this audiobook did not stop to think, or take advice, on how its listeners might wish to make use of this valuable resource. The Bible is not a book in which one begins in Genesis and keeps going. Well, not usually anyway. Quick, easy access to each individual book is vital. 'Chapter 294' is an almost worthless signifier unless you have a very mathematical brain and can work out that that is Mark 16 or you are able to carry sheets of A4 paper with you everywhere that lists the chapter numbers. Btw if you are trying to find a particular chapter and use the pdf that accompanies the audiobook, the chapters given are incorrect by one digit. If you want Revelation 1 don't go to chapter 490 as per the list: go to 489 instead. It is a petty that despite other comments similar to mine there has been no amendment or modification to the crass system that was initially put in place with this otherwise excellent work. Even with the bookmarks it is still tricky finding a specific chapter in a lengthy prophet like Isaiah. I suppose I should bookmark each of the 66 chapters individually!

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