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K. Bridges

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Interesting take on the Pendle witches

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Reviewed: 29-06-20

Having lived in Lancashire for the last 16 years, I do love a tale of the Pendle witches. The Familiars is a clever take on real people from the time, cleverly woven into the natural landscape of distrust. I loved Fleetwood Shuttleworth’s bravery and the way that she fought for her family and her friend despite the opposition of the men around her. This is a really well written and well read story and I enjoyed it very much.

Loved it!

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Reviewed: 13-06-20

I love Natasha Pulley's writings - her books are unlike any others: charming, beautiful, clever and thought provoking they are to be savoured. Thomas Judd's reading does these beautiful books more than justice. Thank you to you both, please write another one quickly!

A satisfying end

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Reviewed: 08-05-20

This trilogy is really one book split into three parts and I am happy to report it ended well. There was a little bit too much time spent on the World War One section but, generally speaking the story wrapped up well and there were enough loose ends to make it realistic rather than too tidy. I did enjoy this series and I would definitely listen to more by this author/narrator pairing. Highly recommended.

Another wonderful ride through time

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Reviewed: 06-04-20

It's difficult to say how much I really like these books; Jodi Taylor is an amazing storyteller and Zara Ramm'a narration couldn't be more perfect. Welcome to TPHQ where "Team Weird" are out and about causing mayhem as only they can. This is the Time Police, what could possibly go wrong?...

A scary continuation of a brilliant series

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Reviewed: 25-03-20

In my opinion, this series is really getting into its stride now - the characters are more rounded and fleshed out (unfortunate phrase perhaps) and we are on our way to rounding up the last of the villains released from prison in the last book. Don't forget though. Jack is still on the loose...

As fabulous as ever

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Reviewed: 07-03-20

I love this series and I love even more how Ben Aaronovitch and Kobna Holdbrook-Smth now work together so seamlessly (listen to the fabulous interview at the end of the book).

In this book we mostly focus on Peter and his work and home life and I must say that I have enjoyed the switch back to that after all the mess with Martin Chorley et al in the last few books.

Beverley is pregnant and Peter has a new job so there's absolutely no chance that things are quiet in the Grant household.

I pre-ordered this because I knew I would love it. I wasn't disappointed!

A good "middle"

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Reviewed: 19-02-20

This is definitely a second part of one book rather than a standalone middle, but it still has it's own story to it which is another good listen. I have the third one to listen to and I can't wait to see all the pieces come together.

Rather gory but a good listen

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Reviewed: 04-02-20

If you don't like vivid descriptions of blood and gore then this is definitely not for you. If you don't mind it, then the continuing adventures of Day and Hammersmith will definitely catch your attention. There has been a prison break but even the warden isn't sure how many prisoners have escaped. Walter Day is rather preoccupied with his wife due to give birth any day now but he and Hammersmith are on the trail of the 4 (or is it 5?) escapees. This is a good listen but the excessive gore makes it unsuitable for younger passengers so be warned!

If you start, you'll have to finish!

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Reviewed: 25-01-20

This novel is the first in a trilogy and, be warned, it isn't stand alone! I do like time travelling gothic fantasy so nothing not to like here for me. The narrator could do with checking his phrasing here and there because there are a couple of slightly clumsy bits but his voicing is great so that really makes up for it. If you don't like slightly gory, totally unbelievable fiction then you'd be better of choosing something else. If you do, choose this!

A very different read

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Reviewed: 11-01-20

I finished this book 4 days ago and I'm still not quite sure what I think about it. The narration was excellent and I did love the story but I'm not sure it wasn't slightly too quirky even for me and there are a couple of major loose ends still hanging. I'll definitely listen to another one if it becomes a series but I just don't know what I think about it. Maybe you should listen and see what you think too?