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  • It's Not About the Tapas

  • A Spanish Adventure on Two Wheels
  • By: Polly Evans
  • Narrated by: Lucy Scott
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

When Polly Evans set off on a journey round Spain by bicycle, she found more adventures than she had bargained for: She survived a nail biting encounter with a sprightly pig, escaped over-zealous suitors, had her morality questioned by locals and indulged in her love of regional cooking. While she pedalled, Polly pondered some of the more lurid details of Spanish history - the king who collected pickled heads and the unfortunate duchess who lost her feet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pedal power

  • By Rogayah on 19-11-08

cycling: a bit of a Lemon

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-09

Is this a book about Spain it's culture and food, a user friendly flick through the history of Europe, or one womans voyage of self discovery? If the author doesn't know then how are we supposed to? Trying hard to be cute and sassy but actually a bit annoying it's not funny, not interesting, doesn't make you jealous and won't make you get on your Bike. The cultural insight I was hoping for is in there at the start of the book but that is in Hong Kong before the writer leaves for Spain, and that's where it ends. The better bits might just about get you reaching for the Wine and Olives but then you could enjoy those better without this attempt at girlie whimsey.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Thriller

  • Stories to Keep You Up All Night
  • By: James Patterson (editor), Lee Child, James Grippando, and others
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

Featuring North America's foremost thriller authors, Thriller is the first collection of pure thriller stories ever published. Offering up heart-pumping tales of suspense in all its guises are 32 of the most critically acclaimed and award-winning names in the business. From the signature characters that made such authors as David Morrell and John Lescroart famous, to four of the hottest new voices in the genre, this blockbuster will tantalize and terrify.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • thrillers killers and chillers

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-05-09

thrillers killers and chillers

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-09

despite the rather self indulgent introduction to the collection by the editor this mix of 32 short stories is an excellent way of discovering some new authors for anyone who likes a true to type spy story, violent action piece, psychological thriller or murder mystery, and there's plenty of twisted tales. The briefer introduction to each story set it in context within the writers collection and give you an idea of other titles to try "if you like this..." I didn't enjoy the heavy nasal tones of the female reader (who provides the voice for those contributions by female authors plus 1 or 2 more, and it's a shame that a few more of the authors in the collection aren't available on Audible but all round a good choice for anyone who fancies trying something new.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful