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  • Long Road from Jarrow

  • A journey through Britain then and now
  • By: Stuart Maconie
  • Narrated by: Stuart Maconie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

In the autumn of 1936, some 200 men from the Tyneside town of Jarrow marched 300 miles to London in protest against the destruction of their towns and industries. Precisely 80 years on, Stuart Maconie walks from north to south, retracing the route of the emblematic Jarrow Crusade. Following history's footsteps, Maconie is in search of what modern Britain is really like today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous, edgy recreation of the Jarrow March

  • By Mr SA Lambe on 27-08-17

Classic Stuart Marconie

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

Anyone who has listened to Stuart on the radio will know his bright personality and charm. Stuart also writes very well understanding how to engage, inform and entertain the reader. The Jarrow march provides the opportunity to both reflect those desperate times and reflect on contemporary England. An more interesting book than the premise suggests.

  • The Pursuit of Love

  • By: Nancy Mitford
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

Oh, the boredom of waiting to grow up! Longing for love, obsessed with weddings and sex, Linda and her sisters and cousin Fanny fantasise about the perfect lover. But finding Mr Right proves difficult, and Linda must bear marriage with both Tony the stuffy Tory MP and gorgeously handsome but humourless communist Christian before finding real passion in war-torn Paris with Fabrice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good listen, a better read.

  • By Shaun on 09-07-13

Entertaining and thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 15-03-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Pursuit of Love to be better than the print version?

I enjoyed the audio edition I have not read the print version however the impression I gained was that the audio stayed true to the original text

What other book might you compare The Pursuit of Love to, and why?

None in my experience

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

I thought Emilia Fox's performance was pitched just right for the content

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not a chance given it is 7hrs long

Any additional comments?

Although the novel is set in the world of the upper middle class country set in between the wars the story is one that reveals the universal truths regarding the vagaries of the human heart. The writing is economical and a times touches greatness. My first book by this author I will seek out more.

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