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So disappointing

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

Reviewed: 20-10-19

Like all avid Simon Serrailler listeners, I have been hoping we would get a further episode. When I finished listening I felt mildly unsatisfied but then Audible offered some of the earlier books as three for two credits. I had read these but not listened to so I snapped u p three of them. Having listened to the first one, I can see why I felt that the latest was lacking. The earlier books have everything - suspense, family relationships and general depth to the characters which this does not and the ending made me think that the author was just tired of the whole thing and keen to get it wrapped up. I have loved the series, Susan Hill is a superb author and Steve Pacey an excellent reader but I would hesitate to buy any further Serrailler.

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Deeply disappointing

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

Reviewed: 27-08-19

Alison Weir is a fine historian and her first venture into historical fiction was about Lady Jane Grey and was splendid. I have listened to it twice. So I was excited to learn of this new venture. However, it is extremely disappointing, perhaps because we know quite a lot about Elizabeth and less about Jane. But the Jane book gave a far more personalised picture; this is just the usual historical background with dialogue. Reasonably well read.

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Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 10-07-19

The reviews were what prompted me to buy this book, but fortunately it was from the birthday sale or I should have returned it immediately. I don't know if the plot was good - it probably was - but I only managed to get through the first two chapters of the appalling , cliche-ridden writing style.

Spoiled by reader

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

Reviewed: 21-02-19

This is a superb book but I wish I had chosen to read it rather than listen as the reader's all too frequent mispronunciations set my teeth on edge.

21 people found this helpful

The best yet

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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: 29-10-18

The stories were beautifully read and without tiresome musical interruptions. This was by far the best version I have heard.

1 person found this helpful

Pointless

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

Reviewed: 22-08-18

I ploughed my way to the end of this book but the note at the end made it even more of a waste of time. Listeners who know anything about the Mitfords will find the inclusion of them totally pointless and irritating and, furthermore, the reader was quite unable to produce the 'Mtiford voice' (who could?). Why the author didn't just set out to write a good stand-alone detective story is in itself a mystery. I see that this is the first of a series and it will certainly be the last I attempt.

Falls between two stools

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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: 05-06-18

As my headline says, this book falls between two stools: if you are interested in the plays, as opposed to Shakespeare's life, the book will give you nothing new and, indeed, becomes irritating with its description of plots and snatches of quotation. If you are not interested in Shakespeare I don't think the book will encourage you to plunge in and become an ardent fan. The bits about life in London are good, though.

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Pot Boiler!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

Jeffrey Archer has written short stories before and they have usually had a good twist at the end. Only about three of these stories qualify in that way and they are exceptionally good. Of the rest several seem written just to show us how knowledgeable and well educated the author is! So, all in all, disappointing and I would be chary of buying any subsequent short story collections by this writer.

Disappointing

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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: 10-12-17

I suppose it's because Alan Bennett's "Talking Heads" set the bar so high that these monologues were disappointing and the linking music went on too long and destroyed the continuity. All the performers are usually excellent but here seemed to have been encouraged to overplay the type of character they represent. But I shall listen again because, knowing the faults, I shall be able to concentrate better on the actual content!

Deserves the praise it's received

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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: 06-08-17

Everyone knows that taste in books is subjective, so I shouldn't be surprised that someone has found this book a waste of time while I found everything about it good. It's certainly not a happy story but the author carries it at a good pace and I found the picture of the various people at the South African farm fascinating and convincing. I thought the reader was possibly South African and that his various characters were OK.

2 people found this helpful