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Fiona Keates

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  • Dissolution

  • Shardlake, Book 1
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,194

It is 1537, a time of revolution that sees the greatest changes in England since 1066. Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church. The country is waking up to savage new laws, rigged trials and the greatest network of informers ever seen. And under the orders of Thomas Cromwell, a team of commissioners is sent throughout the country to investigate the monasteries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time Travellers Beware.....

  • By Hannah on 01-12-14

alright

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

Reviewed: 27-04-19

it is an ok story, quite interesting from a historical perspective, but the shardlake character is incredibly annoying as a pompous self important prat.

  • Silent Spring

  • By: Rachel Carson
  • Narrated by: Susie Berneis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Conservationist Rachel Carson spent over six years documenting the effects on DDT, a synthetic organic compound used as an insecticide, on numerous communities. Her analysis revealed that such powerful, persistent chemical pesticides have been used without a full understanding of the extent of their potential harm to the whole biota, including the damage they've caused to wildlife, birds, bees, agricultural animals, domestic pets, and even humans. An instant best seller that was read by President Kennedy during the summer of 1962, this classic remains one of the best introductions to the complicated and controversial subject.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Must read for environmentalists or agriculturists

  • By Fiona Keates on 06-04-19

Must read for environmentalists or agriculturists

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

Reviewed: 06-04-19

written in the early sixties and based on research from the 50s, it's now showing its age, however the concepts and issues are the same today as they were then, which is scarily shameful considering we should have had half a century to get it right.
the book is cited as the start of the environmentalist movement and the eye-opening awareness of the issues relating the chemical control of pests, whether plant or animal. a justifiable accolade, even if not quite accurate.
a must read for any new environmentalist or agriculturist.

  • And the Mountains Echoed

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Khaled Hosseini, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Navid Negahban
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429

In this tale revolving around not just parents and children, but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A touch disappointed

  • By R. Singh on 06-09-16

Probably a better read than listen

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-19

At times this was really interesting, with me being engaged and interested in the characters and progress of their journey. however, it was let down significantly in a number of aspects:
1) narration, the people narrating the story had very strong accents which were difficult to understand. it would not have been so bad if they were taking the accent of the characters french for the ones who live in France, American for those from America, Afghanistan and so on. this would have also helped with character recognition which was unbelievably difficult at times.
2) convoluted and difficult to follow story. the characters would change and suddenly the story was about something completely different and apparently unrelated, due to difficulty in character recognition, it made it very difficult to follow.
3)the story would take and age getting to the point, pondering on unimportant and irrelevant details, before it became apparent where this section fit in with the story as a whole.
A book to be read rather than listened to, due to the difficulty in understanding the narrators, the complexity, convoluted story and the sudden jumps in subject. As a book to listen to was difficult to follow, however, as a book to read, where ponderous sections could be skiped, characters would take on the voice within the readers head, and sections could be re- read or refreshed, I'm sure would make it e a good read - especially as some of the visualisation and the characters lives were so colourful and rich.

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,153
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,869
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,845

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mistake was made and corrected

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-08-17

so sorry it ended

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

this is the last in a series of three, and I've loved every one. I put off listening to this one as I'd knew there were no others after this and couldn't face that.

I was concerned with how it was going to end as so often that's what ruins a good book or series, but this was just excellent.

it wound up all the individual stories with tact and skill. I'm happy for the Bobs and feel the human race got more than what they deserved. Go off and explore!!

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,839
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,823

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Claire on 21-02-18

not a good subject

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

Reviewed: 09-01-19

the storyline was ok and interesting, but I could not get into the story purely from knowing what happened at auswitz. not my cup of tea

  • Three Sisters, Three Queens

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 21 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513

When Katherine of Aragon is brought to the Tudor court as a young bride, the oldest princess, Margaret, takes her measure. With one look each knows the other for a rival, an ally, a pawn, destined - with Margaret's younger sister, Mary - to a sisterhood unique in all the world. The three sisters will become the queens of England, Scotland, and France.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best one yet

  • By R on 17-11-16

well written and interesting

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

well written and interesting, but I couldn't get on with the main character. the storyline was very interesting and based on fact.

  • The Turn of Midnight

  • By: Minette Walters
  • Narrated by: Helen Keeley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

As the year 1349 approaches, the Black Death continues its devastating course across England. In Dorseteshire, the quarantined people of Develish question whether they are the only survivors. Guided by their beloved young mistress, Lady Anne, they wait, knowing that when their dwindling stores are finally gone they will have no choice but to leave. But where will they find safety in the desolate wasteland outside? One man has the courage to find out. Thaddeus Thurkell, a free-thinking, educated serf, strikes out in search of supplies and news. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • OK, but perhaps not quit as good as the first

  • By Fiona Keates on 15-11-18

OK, but perhaps not quit as good as the first

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

Reviewed: 15-11-18

it was a good listen, and I'm enthralled with lady. the lies around Thaddeus was a bit hard to believe, but it was entertaining to see how the plot and lies unfolded

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,084
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,613

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected gem

  • By Andrew on 29-01-17

an excellent listen

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

kept me interested throughout. some good intellectual humour and the technical bits had the fine balance between being factually correct, but not to the point of being boring.

  • Hand in Glove

  • By: Robert Goddard
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Tristram Abberley was an acclaimed English poet of the 1930s whose legendary reputation was sealed when he died fighting for the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War. Nearly 50 years later, his sister Beatrix is brutally murdered in her seaside cottage. Her family are stunned by the crime - especially Beatrix's niece, Charlotte Ladram. But Charlotte has little time to mourn her aunt as 50 years of secrets begin to unravel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sandy jones

  • By Anonymous User on 21-02-18

went on too long

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

Reviewed: 26-08-18

it should have finished after book one. plot then became a little unbelievable with a very weak ending.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Other Wife

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863

 

Childhood sweethearts William and Mary have been married for 60 years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. Both have a strong sense of right and wrong. This is what their son, Joe O'Loughlin, has always believed. But when Joe is summoned to the hospital with news that his father has been brutally attacked, his world is turned upside down. Who is the strange woman crying at William's bedside, covered in his blood - a friend, a mistress, a fantasist or a killer? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really excellent

  • By mollyeyre on 16-06-18

good and captivating

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

Reviewed: 14-08-18

this flowed well, bit there were some twists and turns that didn't make sense and were hard to keep track of.
overall very good and kept my interest to the end