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Amanda Frost

UK
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  • A Christmas Feast

  • By: Katie Fforde
  • Narrated by: Rita Sharma, Jilly Bond
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 50

A delicious Christmas feast of short stories from the Sunday Times number one best-selling author of A French Affair and The Perfect Match. Add some extra sparkle to your Christmas by joining Katie Fforde for a perfect romantic Christmas feast of short stories. Collected together for the first time and including one brand-new story. Make your Christmas wishes come true....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable listen

  • By mrsb2011 on 20-12-16

Fun and frivolous

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

Enjoyable romantic chic lit, mostly (but not all) set around Christmas time. Easy listening while cooking or wrapping presents.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Dramatised)

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Simon Russell Beale, Anna Chancellor, Alex Jennings, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 106

Smiley, wrestling with retirement and disillusionment, is summoned to a secret meeting with a member of the Cabinet Office. Evidence has emerged that the Circus has been infiltrated at the highest level by a Russian agent. 'Find the mole, George. Clean the stables. Do whatever is necessary.' Reluctantly Smiley agrees, and so embarks on a dark journey into his past a past filled with love, duplicity and betrayal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great dramatisation of a classic spy tale

  • By Alistair on 27-01-10

Grippingly good!

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

Reviewed: 19-03-16

I'm not usually a fan of this kind of thriller, but this dramatisation had me gripped from start to finish. I listened to it while I was doing a 12 mile run, and It had me so absorbed that the miles just flew by. Highly recommended!

  • SPQR

  • A History of Ancient Rome
  • By: Mary Beard
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,370

Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the rape of Lucretia - still strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil liberty today. SPQR is a new look at Roman history from one of the world's foremost classicists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and erudite

  • By Mr. D on 01-12-15

A very personal interpretation

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

Reviewed: 14-02-16

Mary Beard's SPQR attempts to widen her overview of the first millennium of Roman history to include the lives of the slaves, women and conquered peoples of the Empire. There is not much new information here for those already familiar with this period of history, but her own personal take on some of the major controversies is interesting and often irreverent.

The narrator spoiled my enjoyment of this book slightly - her phrasing and pronounciation were at times slightly odd and off putting, and she also sometimes sounded rather bored!