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An enjoyable civil war story And good narration

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-05-20

The first in a series which is good enough for me to want to continue (when Philippa Gregory writes them). The story of a family in a small community outside Chichester. Much about Charles 1, Oliver Cromwell and their respective supporters. A divided community and an engaging read. Other reviewers Have commented they found the Narration problematic, I didn’t at all.

Entertaining

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-05-20

Nothing mind blowing. Simply an entertaining, fun thriller that is easy to listen to. Hasn’t left me desperate to head to the next in the series; will do if ever a daily deal or BOGO. Hence 4 stars not 5.

Dated, but a fun horror listen

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-20

Considered a classic within the horror genre, if you can get past the 1970’s now unacceptable sexual exploitation of women stuff, it’s a good listen. Not particularly scary but just remember it feels dated as does not stand the test of time.

Brilliant middle of trilogy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-20

Easier and shorter than Wolf Hall. Anne Boleyn is the main side character in this part, I couldn’t put this down. Great presentation too.

Perfect start to the Cromwell Trilogy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-04-20

Have just re read Wolf Hall; this time on audible. I enjoyed it more second time around and perhaps because I will be launching into my first time read/listen of Bring up the bodies next prior to the final instalment not long released.

I was gripped throughout. This is a masterpiece; the writing surely some of the best from any living author.

Can’t say much more than that quite frankly.

A raw delight from start to finish

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-02-20

My favourite read so far this year; Moshfegh fast becoming a favourite author of mine. This as good as her Booker long listed Eileen.

Moshfegh’s writing is gritty, raw and as honest as it gets. Her female protagonists are flawed yet immensely likeable. A novel about dealing with loss and grief. I could see the end coming however when it did arrive, it shook with an intensity I haven’t felt in a novel for a very long time.

Excellent, just phenomenal.

Not your regular haunted house tale

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-20

Recommended for lovers of haunted house tales. This one however is unpredictable and not as I anticipated. Very clever and a fantastic ending. Loved it!

Not the best gothic read

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-20

I DNF with two hours to listen left. Unfortunately the distinctive timeline threads feel disjointed and slow. I love the place as a character but don’t feel sufficiently attached to the main protagonists to finish this.

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Too clever for my simple intellect!

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-20

Oh gosh I tried and just as I thought I understood what was happening; I didn’t. A poetic read that confused me no end. I tried to understand why so many Jaguars, the dual time periods, why people were dead and then weren’t....

Apparently it is a masterpiece and I did enjoy the language beauty and flow. Great narration but can’t say at all what it was about.

A Good Read, Just a Bit Long!

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-12-19

A good novel that was just that bit too long. Nothing groundbreaking in its execution or style, the concept feels original and it is quite simply a beautiful love story.