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Wish they hadn't touched the original text

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-20

Good. But the original text was better. Joe, Bessie and Fanny and Smacks and all! Better to have a foreword explaining about the age when it was written than altering to make it more 'poltically correct'.

Entertaining nostalgic listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-04-20

I was a big fan of Enid Blyton growing up, but had never come across these circus stories before. I enjoyed listening to this. I don't know if they altered it at all from the orginal text (as other publishers have done with my favourite Faraway Tree series), as I never read this particular series. But it is un PC enough for me to think that they left it as it was. I think books should be left in their original format - warts and all - and not 'modernised'. It's half their charm, even if if raises eyebrows at what was acceptable behaviour at the time it was written.

One of my favourite Heyer stories!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-19

A heroine to enjoy. No mamby pambly miss. No simpering or uncertainties or naive floundering.

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Reasonable story.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-03-19

Fairly entertaining dectective story but predictable. Some interesting points about London in the first world, but the characters are a bit 2 dimentional being either good people or bad people without much personally depth. Some of the conversation was weak, clichéd, stating the obvious and just about giving clues to the plot. Still it was ok.

Slow and ponderous

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-19

I found the characters rather irratating as they were slow and rather stupid and were made not to see the obvious. Most of the plot was slow and plodding though sometimes it got better. It was all very cliché, but I didn't mind that so much, as it's often the way with classic murder mystery. It just was so long winded in parts without terribly engaging characters.

Beware of the Trains cover art

Enjoyable murder mystery short stories

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-19

I really enjoyed these short storie. They are well read and each has good twists to entertain and keep you guessing.

Found the characters a bit stupid

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-01-19

The author is clearly keen on (dull) food. The characters eat all the time and do no exercise the should all be exceedingly fat! I found the 'dectective' slow on the uptake and the storyline clunky. Characters were very sterotyped. Just a slow and unexciting plot unfortunately.

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Irritatingly obvious plot

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-01-19

I found the characters stupid as the plot line was thin and obvious. The only surprising twist was it took the 'dectectives' so long to figure it out. Agatha Christie it was not!

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An enjoyable story.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-01-19

I enjoyed this Agatha Christie story. Entertaining with enough twists to keep it entertaining. I guessed a few of the plot lines but still had enough surprises to entertain. I enjoyed the different view of travel just after the war that modern authors would miss.

Long winded

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-19

Bit long winded. The story was ok, but I didn't like the narrators style at all. The story would have flowed more if it had been better read.