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Genny F

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  • Tombland

  • The Shardlake Series, Book 7
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 37 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576

The nominal king, Edward VI, is 11 years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, rules as Protector. The extirpation of the old religion by radical Protestants is stirring discontent among the populace while the Protector’s prolonged war with Scotland is proving a disastrous failure and threatens to involve France. Worst of all, the economy is in collapse, inflation rages and rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shardlake again entangled in Tudor history

  • By Mr. S. Wallace-jones on 28-10-18

Worth the wait

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

Reviewed: 13-11-18

We waited four years for this, it was even better than I hoped. Really enjoyed every moment, the story was interesting, narration brilliant, I felt so sad when it ended.

  • The King's Witch

  • By: Tracy Borman
  • Narrated by: Esther Wane
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

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

A bit disappointing

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

Reviewed: 30-08-18

I really wanted to like this but it was too Mills and Boone, too stodgy, full of silly coincidences. I really hope the next two parts of the trilogy are more exciting and less stodgy.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Murderer in Ruins

  • CI Frank Stave, Book 1
  • By: Cay Rademacher
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Hamburg, 1947. A ruined city occupied by the British who bombed it, experiencing the coldest winter in living memory. Food is scarce; refugees and the homeless crowd into shantytowns and sheds. There is a killer on the loose, and all attempts to find him or her have failed. Plagued with worry about his missing son, Frank Stave is a career policeman with a tragedy in his past that is driving his determination to find the killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Debut

  • By Dan Rose on 07-08-17

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 27-06-18

This was poorly written, nothing much happened until chapter 11, and it finished at chapter 16. I wasted my time listening to this, waiting for it to improve. Save yourself the bother, don’t even start if

  • Good Sugar Bad Sugar

  • By: Allen Carr
  • Narrated by: Richard Mitchley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Good Sugar Bad Sugar tackles the biggest dietary threat to the modern world: sugar. Due to refined sugar in so many foods, we are seeing epidemics of obesity and type II diabetes on a global scale. The warnings are stark - a 50 percent rise in the death toll from type II diabetes in the next 10 years - yet it's not as straightforward as telling people to cut down on the sugar. Sugar consumption is an addiction that begins at birth and it requires a proven method to get you free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By M Bishop on 26-11-16

Really helpful

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

I listened to this in chunks while driving and at home when decorating. It was a subtle change, I continued eating chocolate etc but after a while noticed I wasn’t picking at biscuits or cake. I finished off the Christmas chocolate and didn’t feel my usual sense of panic and deprivation, and I haven’t rushed out for new supplies. Instead I’m discovering the joys of my local greengrocer. Early days, but a good start.

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An historical eye opener

  • By Ellen on 07-07-17

Really good , give it a go

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

Reviewed: 15-12-17

I loved this, such a fascinating story, and some of the characters are based on real people. History, women spies, interesting plot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Friar

  • Damian Seeker 2
  • By: S. G. MacLean
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

London, 1655, and Cromwell's regime is under threat from all sides. Damian Seeker, Captain of Cromwell's Guard, is all too aware of the danger facing Cromwell. Parliament resents his control of the army while the army resents his absolute power. In the East End of London, a group of religious fanatics plots rebellion. In the midst of all this, a stonemason uncovers a perfectly preserved body dressed in the robes of a Dominican friar, bricked up in a wall in the crumbling Black Friars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good I was sorry when it ended

  • By Clare on 03-09-17

Can't wait for the next one

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

Reviewed: 15-08-17

I really enjoyed this, good story, lots of twists and turns, interesting characters.
The narrator was very good too.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Seeker

  • Damian Seeker 1
  • By: S. G. MacLean
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Camm
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

London, 1654. Oliver Cromwell is at the height of his power and has declared himself Lord Protector. Yet he has many enemies at home and abroad. London is a complex web of spies and merchants, priests and soldiers, exiles and assassins. One of the web's most fearsome spiders is Damian Seeker, agent of the Lord Protector. No one knows where Seeker comes from, who his family is, or even his real name. All that is known of him for certain is that he is utterly loyal to Cromwell and that nothing can be long hidden from him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Dark-Cloaked Figure

  • By Simon on 10-12-16

Really good 😊

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

Can't wait to read the next one ! Loved the characters, the story, the atmosphere
I'm hooked...

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Four Last Things

  • By: Andrew Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Andrew Taylor's Roth Trilogy was recently made in to a three-part TV adaptation for ITV called Fallen Angel.
Little Lucy Appleyard is snatched from her child minder's on a cold winter afternoon, and the nightmare begins. It is as if the child had disappeared into a black hole with no clues to her whereabouts...until the first grisly discovery in a London graveyard. More such finds are to follow, all at religious sites. In a city haunted by religion, what do these offerings signify?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling conclusion to trilogy

  • By Kirstine on 30-08-08

A bit slow...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-03-17

This was a bit laborious to listen to. I'm not saying it was awful, just a little.....slow.
And I felt bits were missing, like pieces of a puzzle.
The narrator had a very soft voice, and for much of the time I could hear noise in the background, as if a tv was on in the next room.
I'm going to persevere with the other two books though.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Silent Boy

  • By: Andrew Taylor
  • Narrated by: Leon Williams
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

From the number-one best-selling author of The American Boy comes a brilliant new historical thriller set during the French Revolution.Paris, 1792. Terror reigns as the city writhes in the grip of revolution. The streets run with blood as thousands lose their heads to the guillotine. Edward Savill, working in London as agent for a wealthy American, receives word that his estranged wife Augusta has been killed in France. She leaves behind 10-year-old Charles, who is brought to England to Charnwood Court.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A SLOW BURN

  • By JANE WILSON on 08-08-15

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 26-01-17

I really wanted to like this book, as I'd enjoyed Ashes of London. But the story was dead boring half the time, with very little to keep my interest. I only stuck it out to the end through sheer stubbornness and a vague hope it would improve.
I guessed the main villain early on, which I normally never do.
And as for the narrator- sorry but he was not up to the job. Very thin unexceptional voice, with no talent for accents. All the people sounded similar or ridiculous.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful