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Mr Angry

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Number One

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-10-09

Wow! What a book. Obviously this title is going to cause sensation. It has. I felt it was worth it. The master stroke here was asking Richard and his wife Lalla too read the book. They compliment one another perfectly.
I will not discuss the rights and wrongs of the subjects dealt with in the book. It would be better to buy it and read, or listen to it for yourselves.
All I can say is that the book itself is a masterfull piece of work that I was totally obsessed with.
It has certainly helped me to face my existence with a new understanding about my place in the world.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

In a word

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-10-09

I first bought this title because I thought it would teach me something about the reason why we talk the way we do. It did far more than that. Robert Powell is an excellent choice for the reader. After listening to the book I bought a copy and tried to work my way through some of the Old English sections. I found that Robert's mastery of the dialects and phrases helped me enjoy it more and make sense of it. Melvyn Bragg has written an extremely accessable account of our language that incorporates mystery, warfare,domination,robbery and the ability of our language to expand using other languages.
Of special interest are the chapters on American and Australian English.
Excellent title.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher cover art

Meticulous historical whodunnit

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-10-09

I found this title facinating. I have read the book before and it translates to audio very well. The reader captures the pathos and excitment of the time. The writer is able to bring together not just the brutality of the crime and the shockwaves that were felt throughout Victorian society, but also a comprehensive view about the social, economic, political conditions that fuelled the attitudes of the time.
The well researched biographical insights of the main protagonists are expertly interwoven with the central theme of the book (the murder itself) and these produce a facinating story
that I thoroughly enjoyed listening to.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful