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Pam Jolliffe

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  • The Hare with Amber Eyes

  • A Hidden Inheritance
  • By: Edmund de Waal
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 147

Winner of the 2010 COSTA Biography Award. A total of 264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox: potter Edmund de Waal was entranced when he first encountered the collection in the Tokyo apartment of his Great Uncle Iggie. Later, when Edmund inherited the ‘netsuke’, they unlocked a story far larger than he could ever have imagined.…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Ruth on 11-06-12

Family of ivory

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

Reviewed: 28-05-19

A very personal story of living your family history. Of wealth , lifestyle, collections but especially that of being a Jew.
Tokyo, Paris , Vienna, England thru three centuries and post war Japan brought to life

  • Home Fire

  • By: Kamila Shamsie
  • Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460

Isma is free. After years spent raising her twin siblings in the wake of their mother's death, she is finally studying in America, resuming a dream long deferred. But she can't stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London - or their brother, Parvaiz, who's disappeared in pursuit of his own dream: to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. Then Eamonn enters the sisters' lives. Handsome and privileged, he inhabits a London worlds away from theirs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Alice on 14-07-18

Recruiting for Isis - what do you believe

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

Reviewed: 24-04-19

A family trying to escape their history but still vulnerable. What is your political beliefs?
How do we know is our security paramount above our beliefs in forgiveness and understanding?


  • 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 935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850

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
  • Superb - Samson’s best yet

  • By Jim__Leeder on 26-10-18

The Ket uprising -hidden history.

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

Reviewed: 18-03-19

An epic tale of 16 century England telling of an uprising written out of history. Edward rules age 9 under the control of Somerset.
The tales follows a lawyer from life with London gentry via queen Elizabeth at Hatfield to a murder in Norwich.
Quickly the corruption of powerful gentry becomes apparent. But we are swept fast moving into the mousehole camp on the heath outside Norwich.
Life on the camp for three months is described in detail. It shows good organisation care and discipline. Also the false belief that Somerset believes in their cause. But history moves slowly There was never a belief that common people had any right to take part in or comment on politics

  • The Forest

  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis
  • Length: 33 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Few places lie closer to the heart of the nation's heritage than the New Forest. Now, Edward Rutherfurd weaves its history and legends into compelling fiction. From the mysterious killing of King William Rufus, treachery and witchcraft, smuggling and poaching run through this epic tale of well-born ladies, lowly woodsmen, sailors, merchants and Cistercian monks. The feuds, wars, loyalties and passions of generations reach their climax in a crime that shatters the decorous society of Jane Austen's Bath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book I've read in years. Maybe ever.

  • By fiona c cross on 28-02-19

Storytelling at its best

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

Reviewed: 10-03-19

Edward Rutherford deconstructs history following fictional families for over a thousand years. As ever names and characteristics emerging during different periods.
Most of the tales are tongue in cheek with twists and turns in family interrelationships and fortunes. The effect of politics of each era intertwine throughout giving a memorable tale.

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  • Waterland

  • By: Graham Swift
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

This brilliant and compelling novel is at once a lyrical description of the Fens, a fictional autobiography, and an impassioned defence of history. The narrator, an English schoolteacher, and his interior world of memories combine with the exterior world of the bleak Fenland landscape to produce a multiplicity of stories. Swift weaves together tales of empire building, land reclamation, brewers and lock-keepers to construct a chronicle that spans three centuries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A picture of rural England

  • By Martin Minter on 01-11-16

Depressing

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

Reviewed: 20-01-19

A long and depressing tale with a complex mix of recent and distant history in a jumble of timings.
Stories are started left and returned to like a jig saw puzzle where random areas are patched together.
Eventually the whole sad tale is complete. Life will go on but without either of the 2 families whose sad lives intertwine.
Maybe the story is really that history of ordinary people is as strange as great events The French Revolution say but all just ends in disappointment.

  • The Beekeeper's Promise

  • By: Fiona Valpy
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

Heartbroken and hoping for a new start, Abi Howes takes a summer job in rural France at the Château Bellevue. The old château echoes with voices from the past, and soon Abi finds herself drawn to one remarkable woman’s story, a story that could change the course of her summer - and her life. In 1938, Eliane Martin tends beehives in the garden of the beautiful Château Bellevue. In its shadow she meets Mathieu Dubosq and falls in love for the first time, daring to hope that a happy future awaits. But France’s eastern border is darkening under the clouds of war, and history has other plans for Eliane....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • French accent

  • By Idalmis on 14-12-18

Dance through the storm

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

Story of recovery mental and physical learning from the past. How a French family coped with the controlling power of their Nazi conquerors and how this helped heal a girl broken by a controlling man in 2016.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dombey and Son

  • The Dickens Collection: An Audible Exclusive Series
  • By: Charles Dickens, John Mullan - introduction
  • Narrated by: Owen Teale, John Mullan - introduction
  • Length: 41 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Audible presents an original dramatisation of Charles Dickens' Dombey and Son, first published as Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son: Wholesale, Retail and for Exportation. A literary masterpiece in which Dickens' gift for vivid characterisation is at its best, this is the story of a powerful man whose inability to appreciate those around him leads to his lonely demise and, later, his possible redemption.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dickens is Dickens; Owen Teale is brilliant

  • By Carla on 28-09-18

Pride against simplicity and love

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

Reviewed: 25-10-18

A story needs perseverance to continue as it appears grey and Morgue like. The characters are all extremes which are difficult to believe. Gradually you get drawn into the humour hidden behind them. The length initially off putting finishes not wanting it to end. The narrator has incredible talent each voice different and memorable. I am sad to finish.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wolf Hall

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 24 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,812
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,815

Tudor England. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is charged with securing his divorce. Into this atmosphere of distrust comes Thomas Cromwell - a man as ruthlessly ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lose yourself in 16th century England

  • By Phil on 22-01-10

Thomas Cromwell brought to life.

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

The story is huge. It is complex and fascinating as so much is in Cromwell's head.
Very different approach to this fascinating time in history with the great difficulty of the break from Rome. You feel Britain could do with a Cromwellian mind to negotiate Brexit. I broke to listen to Stephen Fry with Sherlock Holmes as an easy distraction then returned refreshed to enjoy the intense detail.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Changeling

  • Order of Darkness, Book 1
  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Charlie Cox
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

The year is 1492. Sixteen-year-old Titus Devere is thrown out of his religious order after proving that a divine revelation (blood streaming from a religious icon) was a fake, using his knowledge of Moorish science. He is brilliant and gorgeous but, cast as a heretic, he is sent to the Vatican in Rome where he expects to be punished or executed. Instead he is recruited into a secret order investigating strange occurrences across Europe. Known as The Order of the Dragon, it is headed up by a mysterious man with a tattoo of a coiled dragon on his arm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Changeling: Order of Darkness, Book 1

  • By Diane on 06-02-13

Overall excellent,leaving me wanting to hear more.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

I am recovering from stroke in the weeks after a skiing holiday and completing walking Camino Porto to Santiago. Coping with very limited walking,pain and sleeping difficulties t his book has been one of the best to help me thrum this recovery period.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful