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Christina M. Croft

England
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  • A Different Class of Murder

  • By: Laura Thompson
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

On 7 November 1974, a nanny named Sandra Rivett was bludgeoned to death in a Belgravia basement. A second woman, Veronica, Countess of Lucan, was also attacked. The man named in court as perpetrator of these crimes, Richard John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan, disappeared in the early hours of the following morning. The case, solved in the eyes of the law, has retained its fascination ever since.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book that comprehensively re-examines a famous mystery

  • By Stuart on 26-11-15

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 10-10-15

What made the experience of listening to A Different Class of Murder the most enjoyable?

The very different perspective it had on the usual story of events.

What does Anna Bentinck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The book is very well-read and the voice is easy to listen to.

Any additional comments?

A really enthralling book!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Madeleine

  • Our Daughter's Disappearance and the Continuing Search for Her
  • By: Kate McCann
  • Narrated by: Kate McCann (introduction), Lesley Sharp
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

The decision to publish the book has been very difficult, and taken with heavy hearts... My reason for writing it is simple: to give an account of the truth... Writing this memoir has entailed recording some very personal, intimate and emotional aspects of our lives. Sharing these with strangers does not come easily to me, but if I hadn't done so I would not have felt the book gave as full a picture as it is possible for me to give.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 10% Madeline, 90% excuses

  • By Kristine on 19-05-18

This is not about Madeleine

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

Reviewed: 10-10-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the book had been about the little girl rather than her mother.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kate McCann again?

No

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

I'm sorry, no it didn't. I was extremely disappointed and rather shocked by the way it was more like Kate McCann's uninteresting autobiography.

28 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • Sophia

  • Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary
  • By: Anita Anand
  • Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues
  • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

In 1876, Sophia Duleep Singh was born into Indian royalty. Her father Maharajah Duleep Singh was heir to the Kingdom of the Sikhs, one of the greatest empires of the Indian subcontinent, a realm that stretched from the lush Kashmir Valley to the craggy foothills of the Khyber Pass and included the mighty cities of Lahore and Peshawar. It was a territory irresistible to the British, who plundered everything, including the fabled Koh-I-Noor diamond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Christina M. Croft on 22-04-15

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 22-04-15

Would you listen to Sophia again? Why?

This is a fascinating book, filled with historical detail and yet not dull.

What did you like best about this story?

The history of India, and the story of this little known woman who lived such an interesting life.

Have you listened to any of Tania Rodrigues’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No but I would like to...

Any additional comments?

A wonderful book, beautifully read, so interesting and informative! Thank you!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Becoming Magic

  • A Course in Manifesting an Exceptional Life, Book 1
  • By: Genevieve Davis
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

Becoming Magic is book one of a complete course in becoming creator of your own exceptional life. In this book, I outline the exact steps which enabled me to move my own life from one of poverty and drudgery, to one of previously unimaginable wealth, purpose and joy. But Magic? I do hope you are joking! That's what I would have said, five or ten years ago. I once despised all things 'New-Age'; all these spiritual types and their airy-fairy views, their bad science and their irrational beliefs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unrealistic for most people

  • By Devon Dolley on 20-04-15

Excellent - it explains so much!

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

Reviewed: 15-04-15

Would you listen to Becoming Magic again? Why?

Yes - I have already listened to it several times and will do so again because it contains a message which is helpful.

What did you like best about this story?

It is not a story but it explains in simple terms why so many other books on the same subject don't seem to work for some people.

Have you listened to any of Fiona Hardingham’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to any other performances by this reader but she reads this wonderfully and I would listen to more books read by her.

Any additional comments?

A really, really excellent book which brings many things together and clarifies them.

  • Bertie: A Life of Edward VII

  • By: Jane Ridley
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 22 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

Entertaining and different, this is an enjoyable study of a flawed yet characterful Prince of Wales seen through the eyes of the women in his life. Edward Vll, who gave his name to the Edwardian Age and died in 1911, was King of England for the final 10 years of his life. He was 59 when at last he came to the throne. Known as Bertie, the eldest son of Victoria and Albert, he was bullied by both his parents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bertie - the untold story

  • By Katherien Watt on 24-12-12

Brilliantly perfomed!

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

Reviewed: 06-01-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Bertie: A Life of Edward VII to be better than the print version?

I very much enjoyed the reader's ability to adopt appropriate accents and differentiate between the characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Princess (later Queen) Alexandra was captured perfectly.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I enjoyed the books but felt quite angry at what I perceive to be a very unjust portrayal of Prince Albert and Princess Alice.

Any additional comments?

This is a really interesting book, filled with amusing anecdotes and packed with information. I believe that Prince Albert and Queen Victoria were treated too harshly (particularly Prince Albert) and also that Princess Alice was dismissed somewhat glibly as a sort of control-freak (as was her father). Nonetheless, I would recommend this book for the wealth of information about the eponymous 'hero'.

  • The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery

  • By: Catherine Bailey
  • Narrated by: Stephen Rashbrook
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

In April 1940, the ninth Duke of Rutland died in mysterious circumstances in one of the rooms of his family estate, Belvoir Castle. The mystery surrounding these rooms holds the key to a tragic story that is played out on the brutal battlefields of the Western Front and in the exclusive salons of Mayfair and Belgravia in the dying years of la belle époque. Uncovered is a dark and disturbing period in the history of the Rutland family, and one which they were determined to keep hidden for over 60 years. Sixty years on, The Secret Rooms is the true story of family secrets and one man’s determination to keep the past hidden at any cost.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great read. Great narration.

  • By Gale on 11-11-12

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 06-01-14

What did you like most about The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery?

The story was gripping and the complex family relationships absorbing.

What did you like best about this story?

The 'cliffhangers' and the atmospheric detail made me eager to hear more.

What about Stephen Rashbrook’s performance did you like?

The performance was excellent.

Any additional comments?

Although there was some repetition in the narrative, I found it helpful in reminding me important details which I might otherwise have forgotten.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful