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Last, but not least. Powerful messages

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

Reviewed: 29-05-20

This may be the last (4th) book in the series.. but it delivers the overall picture of its teachings.
I repeat, as mentioned in the other reviews: I got these 4 books near the beginning of the COVID 19 lock-down, and they have helped me immensely during this time. I have read all 4 books several times, and can still find peace and tranquillity when listening to the narrators messages coming through in the stories. Beautiful thoughts and teachings, sowing many positive thoughts and ideas, during a time when so much else is in turmoil and there is suffering all around. I am now very interested in the teaching of the Dalai Lama and his beliefs that go back thousands of years.
My only criticism of this book, is that I thought the last part, regarding Ludo return and the future of the Yoga studio was rushed through. Too much left for interpretation, when I am sure, another chapter or 2 could have rounded all stories off. But the main story and the 4 paths of the Buddha , where beautifully told and nicely rounded off at the end looking at the statue and explaining the 4 parts. A beautiful set of books, well read by the author. Thank you David Michie.

Thought provoking teachings told by endearing cat

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

Reviewed: 29-05-20

I bought all 4 of this series near the beginning of LOCK-DOWN for the COVID19 virus, and have read them several times. They could not have come at a better time. With all the terrible news and suffering being broadcast on the TV, from around the world, it's been nice having something very therapeutic to listen to. The narrators voice is so calming and easy to listen to, it makes it a real pleasure to just concentrate on the messages, subtly being delivered through the pages of the books. This one would also have a 5 for its story, if it wasn't for the necessary repeats of parts of earlier stories to inform new readers with background information. There is nothing really different in the books. They continue the growth and lives of the people in earlier books and introduces new characters as required. But each book brings out the Buddhist way of looking at many different situations and hopefully, help people to get the best out of their lives. Basically: making other people happy will make you happy. Lovely, thoughts, lovely teachings and great therapy at a time of major angst around the world. Why are we all not such caring people as the Buddhists in these books?

Excellent therapy to calm your mind

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

Reviewed: 22-04-20

I am reading this book during the UK lockdown for the Corona (Covid19) virus. With all the bad news every day on TV I needed something different to read and a friend sent me this. I quickly became hooked on it. The narrator voice is so smooth and calming. The cats thoughts so endearing and the monks philosophy and teaching so very apt at this time, it's become my escape and also my mission to learn more. I have recommended this book to several others who cannot relax, or are suffering from anxiety and they are finding it helpful as well. Funny in parts, endearing throughout and cause for much thought about how to approach different aspects of life. Most useful and beneficial book I have read for a very long time. I have also now purchased and read books 2, 3 and 4. Equally thought provoking.

Beautiful spiritual listen

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

Reviewed: 22-04-20

This is an excellent follow up to his first book. I am reading/listening to these during the UK lockdown for the Covid19 virus. They are a great way to take you away from the truly awful events going on in hospitals around the world. The narrator voice is very smooth and calming. You have the spiritual thoughts of the Buddhist monks alongside the endearing thoughts of HHC His Holiness Cat. These are a beautiful listen at any time, but right now they are a therapeutic tonic of healing thoughts.
They have led me to want to know more about the Dalai Lama. I only rated the story as a 4 as so many key facts from the first book needed to be reiterated to ensure new readers have the necessary background information. Other than that, it would be a 5. The story continues the lives and progress of those from the first book adding some new and interesting people to ensure the spiritual messages can be passed on in such a lovely way. I have listened to ALL four books several times now and made many bookmarks in each. A perfect piece of writing.

Returning this one - not for me

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

Reviewed: 27-03-20

I cannot get used to the narrators voice. Eventually grated so much I did not really want to finish book. Story itself very lightweight and not enough content. Only upside was the puzzle bit. Not one I will read again so going to return it.

Easy read , funny in parts

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-01-20

Normal Tessa Dare type story. Silly storyline, but easy to listen to, and very funny in parts (if you don't mind swearing). Too much descriptive sex in this book. Less of that and more story would be better.

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Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-08-19

Excellently narrated Miss Marple story. As it's not written from lead Male character viewpoint, Joan Hickson makes a first class job of it. I almost want to say I prefer this to the screen versions. Typical Agatha Christie mystery. Greatl

Needs a male narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-08-19

Excellent story and narration, but I had great difficulty realising that it was the vicar telling the story and his thoughts rather than Miss Marple. This is probably because the narrator is the excellent miss maple herself - Joan Hickson. It's still very good but not one for me this time.

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-08-19

I have seen Miss Marple so many times I thought I knew them by heart and would not enjoy the audio book. How very wrong was I. This unabridged audio book is excellent. I never realized how much I was missing by only watching the screen versions. This is a much better murder mystery. I also had doubts about the narrator, never having heard her before. Should not have worried. All the other reviews are correct - she is brilliant. Exactly the correct tone and pace. A very well spent credit. Totally recommend.

Ruined by Narrator

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

Reviewed: 30-12-18

Its a real shame that a very good story line is ruined by the horrible narration. Reading other reviews, some people have no problem with an American narrator trying to do a "stiff upper lip" english accent. If she thinks this is what people talked like she has a problem. The upper class may have thought they were superior but they could not have talked in this "plum in the mouth way". She also got so many words and pronunciations wrong that it really gets to you over the 10 hour journey. The story is good. Tess Dare has even worked out a happy ending in a realistic way, rather than suppose that "society" will accept a serving girl into their elite ranks. Such a shame about the narration.