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  • The Colour of Poison

  • Sebastian Foxley Medieval Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Toni Mount
  • Narrated by: Charlie Alsop-Parry
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

The narrow, stinking streets of medieval London can sometimes be a dark place. Burglary, arson, kidnapping, and murder are everyday events. The streets even echo with rumors of the mysterious art of alchemy being used to make gold for the king. Join Seb, a talented but crippled artist, as he is drawn into a web of lies to save his handsome brother from the hangman's rope. Will he find an inner strength in these, the darkest of times, or will events outside his control overwhelm him? Only one thing is certain - if Seb can't save his brother, nobody can.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Listen

  • By M on 01-09-18

A Good Listen

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

I found the story interesting. On the whole believable although there was one part that I found to be a bit far fetched. There was good characterisation. The narration was fine although at times seemed rushed (the narrator appeared to be hurrying to get to the end of a sentence before he ran out of breath, and failing) resulting in pauses and breaths taken in the wrong places. I did however enjoy this book and would listen to more from this author.

  • The King's Witch

  • By: Tracy Borman
  • Narrated by: Esther Wane
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

As she helps to nurse the dying Queen Elizabeth, Frances Gorges longs for the fields and ancient woods of her parents' Hampshire estate, where she has learned to use the flowers and herbs to become a much-loved healer. Frances is happy to stay in her beloved countryside when the new King arrives from Scotland, bringing change, fear and suspicion. His court may be shockingly decadent, but James' religion is Puritan, intolerant of all the old ways.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A bit disappointing

  • By Genny F on 30-08-18

I Could Not Put it Down

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

Reviewed: 17-08-18

After a bit of a slow start I could not leave this book alone. Well wriitten. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and it was so well narraated that I felt I was with there, with Frances, experiencing what was happening to her. For a first novel this was excellent and I cannot wait for her next novel.

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  • The Miniaturist

  • By: Jessie Burton
  • Narrated by: Jessie Burton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,938
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,754
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,752

There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed...On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tricky to get in to

  • By DebNwood on 20-05-15

Awful

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

What would have made The Miniaturist better?

Absolutely nothing. It was a depressing story with no redeeming factors at all.I kept listening on the misapprehension that it would get better. It got worse.

What will your next listen be?

Back to decent historical fiction.

What didn’t you like about Jessie Burton’s performance?

Everything. Unfortunately she is no narrator.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None.

Any additional comments?

Unfortunately there was nothing in this book that I liked.

  • The King's Return

  • By: Andrew Swanston
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

The king's coronation brings hope. Until a murderer strikes. Spring 1661: After years of civil war followed by Oliver Cromwell's joyless rule as Lord Protector, England awaits the coronation of King Charles II. The mood in London is one of relief and hope for a better future. But when two respectable gentlemen are found in a foul lane with their throats cut, it becomes apparent that England's enemies are using the newly re-established post office for their own ends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Listen

  • By M on 02-07-16

A Great Listen

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

Reviewed: 02-07-16

What made the experience of listening to The King's Return the most enjoyable?

The narrator was excellent. The story was very good and it kept me entertained and engaged.

What other book might you compare The King's Return to, and why?

A wee bit like Matthew Shardlake books.

Have you listened to any of David Thorpe’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Not yet but that is next on my list. An excellent narrator who sounded as if he was really enjoying telling the story. He portrayed the times and moods with great aplomb.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh in places, it made me raise my eyebrows in places, it made me angry and it made me happy.

Any additional comments?

This is the first book I have listened to by Andrew Swanston. Just off to buy the other two now,

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