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  • The Magus

  • By: John Fowles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 26 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 256

John Fowles’s The Magus was a literary landmark of the 1960s. Nicholas Urfe goes to a Greek island to teach at a private school and becomes enmeshed in curious happenings at the home of a mysterious Greek recluse, Maurice Conchis. Are these events, involving attractive young English sisters, just psychological games, or an elaborate joke, or more? Reality shifts as the story unfolds. The Magus reflected the issues of the 1960s perfectly, and it continues to create tension and concern today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great reading by Nicholas Boulton

  • By Andrew on 30-06-13

Revisited classic

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

Reviewed: 19-05-17

I read The Magus in my teens and was utterly enthralled and enchanted. I was almost as enchanted this time round. Fowles writes beautifully, his descriptions are fresh, his ability to intrigue and hold your attention is masterful, but this time around I found the premise of the story slightly ridiculous. What had captured my young mind and heart seemed overblown and far too long. The story could have been told in half the time, although the meandering at times was delightful and at other times irritating. I think Fowles himself felt in retrospect that it was a youthful, flawed work, very much in the spirit of the times, but non the less if you haven't read it I would still recommend it as a descriptive and nostalgic tour de force, and if you don't know the outcome you will be intrigued....

  • Catherine the Great

  • Portrait of a Woman
  • By: Robert K. Massie
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a woman!

  • By Jim on 29-05-13

Fascinating and detailed history of a remarkable woman living in remarkable times

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

Reviewed: 20-07-16

A window not only into Russian and European history, but the story of a remarkable woman, her life and loves, as she grows from innocent bride into the foremost figure of her times, negotiating the corridors of power and the intricacies of personal relationships, revealing a fully rounded character examined and set amidst a well researched cast of players whose intricate dance of hopes, loves, aspirations, disappointments, frustration and fears make each character fully rounded and engaging. A brilliant and easily accessible biography, of a woman and her times, well researched and engagingly written. The narration was also excellent, in as much it didn't distract from the story... The only times I 'noticed' the narrator was when he used an English accent for the ambassador, although a good accent, I couldn't help 'listening' to his rendition instead of the content!