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B. A. Chapman

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SAGE ADVICE HUMOROUSLY PORTRAID

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Reviewed: 07-06-20

This book by Sandi Toksvig is full (and I really mean FULL) of wonderful advice on modern manners. Even if you think you know all there is to know, there is still more to learn. Read by the author it is delivered lightly and with humour, includes some historical detail, and other snippets which makes it entertaining and not just a list of what you should and should not do, but explains WHY (in case you needed to know)without making you feel you are being lectured. It is something I shall endeavour to give to my grandchildren when they reach about 15.

GREAT TO LISTEN TO THE WHOLE SERIES AGAIN

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Reviewed: 07-05-20

I first heard these on BBC Rdio 4 many years ago, and enjoyed them. I was therefore delighted to see the whole "box set", and thoroughly enjoyed reacquainting myself with Father Paulo Baldi and his side-kick. Absolutely brilliant.

Great Story, Brilliantly Narrated.

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Reviewed: 26-03-20

DCI Ryan novels never disappoint. With the superb narration, its like watching a great crime drama on TV, only it is just in one's head. Can't wait to listen to the next book.

Story & Narration Superb,

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Reviewed: 26-03-20

I have yet to be disappointed in the DCI Ryan books. As with all the others, this is a beautifully crafted story, brilliantly narrated, A book I found almost impossible to stop listening to, only doing so when I realised I simply had to get some sleep!! (Well past midnight!)

Superb.

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Reviewed: 14-12-19

Superb, and the totally unexpected twist in the tale took my breath away. Another great FRANCIS novel to add to my store. (In 3 formats over the years, Books, Audio cassettes and now Audible.)

Jules Verne Brought to Life

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Reviewed: 14-12-19

I have always enjoyed this book since a teenager, (now a pensioner), but this dramatisation was excellent. Thank you Audible.

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A sad disappointment.

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Reviewed: 25-11-19

I had been looking forward to listening to this book from its description, however, I was sadly disappointed. Firstly I was totally put off by the narration. Ms Andrews cannot help the voice she was born with, but I found it far too high pitched and lacking in depth and what I consider to be correct inflexion so that any interest I may have had in the story itself was lost. (It is usual in English for the voice to fall slightly at the end of most if not all sentences, instead her voice rose, which to my ears made it sound all wrong. I made myself continue to listen for about half of it, but gave up after that and turned instead with relief to the lovely tones of Martin Jarvis, and the latest Felix Francis.

Brilliant, a book impossible to turn off

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Reviewed: 25-11-19

This was the 2nd DCI Ryan book, and it was every bit as nail-biting and well-told as the first book. The story meant I only switched off when I absolutely had to, the characters were as well drawn as in the previous book, yet still had me guessing as to the culprit. Jonathan Keeble's narration was spot on and added to the suspense. I am greatly looking forward to listening to the next book which I already have in my library.

A Great Vintage Cathy Bramley Novel

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Reviewed: 16-10-19

This is the 2nd of Cathy Bramley's novels I have listened to, and as with the first I thoughrally enjoyed it and found I had difficulty in tearing myself away from it to do other things. A great contemporary love story covering the success of English Viticulture ( in which it was very informative as well as providing the background to the story), which also very sensitively covered the problem of Identifying a Controlling or Dominating partner. The heroin, with sensible advice from her sister, manages to escape from her partner and find a wonderful "new" family amongst the vines, where she also finds happiness and the love of her life. I would highly recommend this story, which is beautifully narrated.

Charming light-hearted read

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Reviewed: 08-10-19

I very much enjoyed listening to this book which featured a typical Devon coastal scene well narrated. Although not a dynamic story, it was easy listening, and great to relax to at the end of the day.