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Very enjoyable listen

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-09-11

I had not heard of Mollie Panter-Downes until I came across this book. For people like me who did not live through the 2nd World War it paints some wonderful pictures of life for those 'left at home'. Some of the stories are very witty and others poignant. It is well read by Lucy Scott. I certainly plan to listen to it again soon and play it to an elderly relative for whom I am sure it will bring back many memories. I have no hesitation in recommending this book.

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Great Fun

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-09-11

Perhaps not the most profound story, but highly entertaining. Interesting characters, very witty dialogue and some lovely references to places and exhibits on the London tourist scene. Very well read - particularly Freddy. My only disappointment was that Kitty sounded a bit more mature and 'worldly wise' than Georgette Heyer portrayed her. That, however, did not in any way spoil the book for me. If you want something which will lift the spirits, I recommend Cotillion.

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Great Fun

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-07-11

Georgette Heyer is not only wonderfully accurate on all details of the regency period but her books are such good fun. This one is no exception. The story is light-hearted but full of enough twists and turns to keep you interested to the end. The characters are delightfully attractive or wicked (as required) and the witty dialogue highly entertaining. The Talisman Ring is among the best of Gerogette Heyer's novels and is beautifully read by Phyllida Nash.

If you want some light listening to lift your spirits or wile away a long journey you could not do better that chose this book.

8 people found this helpful

Great Fun

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-07-11

I remember Frederica being one of my favourite Georgette Heyer books when I was an avid fan many years ago. I am so glad that I listened to the friend who told me they made excellent audio listening. She was right. I knew how accurate Georgette Heyer was on Regency matters but had forgotten (or not realised so long ago) just how funny the books were - particularly Frederica. The book is beautifully read. What a tonic it was to listen to the exploits of the different members of the Merriville family - not forgetting the dog!

I highly recommend Frederica - particularly if you are looking for some light relief in these days of so much doom and gloom. It is also a great companion for a long drive or a tedious journey.

27 people found this helpful

Fascinating

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-11

Well written, interesting and highly entertaining book. It is full of descriptions and stories - some horrifying and many amusing. The book did not inspire me to take up castle renovations (rather the reverse!) but definitely left me wanting to know what had happened since the end of the book. A great armchair read. The excellent narrator added to the enjoyment. I will certainly be recommending this book to my friends. (It would also be great fun to book a night in one of the guest rooms!)

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Highly Recommended

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-11

An excellent fast-moving story which is very well read.

I remember thoroughly enjoying Kidnapped as a teenager and wondered if I would be disappointed hearing it so many years later. Not so! As an adult I still enjoyed the rollicking adventure and but now picked up on some of the other features of the book, for example the humour in some of the exchanges and the historical background. Knowing many of the Scottish settings only added to the enjoyment.

Full of great characters and with a real feel for Scotland this was an excellent holiday listen.

4 people found this helpful

Most enjoyable

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-05-10

This book conveys you to a lost world. On the surface there is much that was attractive about the life of the wealthy upper class in New York in the 1870s. In this book, however, you are also presented with the constraints and restrictions of what, all too often, was a meaningless life.

Edith Wharton presents you with the agonising choices facing the young, in particular, when passion and the wish for freedom tempts them to flaunt accepted conventions and morality.

The book is beautifully written with many touches of humour.

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Fascinating

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-10

An excellent very well researched book. By concentrating on the early part of Elizabeth's life you get an indepth understanding of the people and events which formed Elizabeth's character. The book is 'easy and interesting listening' and is very well read by the author.

1 person found this helpful

Delightful

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-10

A delightful book beautifully written, full of humour and well read. It pokes fun at Edwardian gentility and conventions. Through its graphic descriptions you can just feel the lazy heat of afternoons in the Italian sun and the warmth of an English summer playing tennis or splashing about in the water. A definite winner.

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Excellent

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-10

This is a superb audiobook full of humour as well as sadness. It is peopled with wonderful and memorable characters and Martin Jarvis marvellous reading brings them alive.

I was forced to read this book at school when I was obviously far too young and did not 'get' the humour. What a mistake! Only now, after 40 years, was I tempted to try it again. I am now off to get other Dickens audio books!

I highly recommend this book to you . . . it is just made to be read aloud and I can think of no better person than Martin Jarvis to do so.

20 people found this helpful