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eatough1999

Northumberland, UK
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Hugely Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 29-08-19

Having just listened to Redeeming Love and Scarlet thread and being absolutely captivated, I was delighted to find the Lineage of Grace series has been condensed into one book for one credit.. Wonderful... But oh my I have returned it as the narration is dreadful; diction is shocking, barely any change in character voices, stilted and dull... such a shame, it could have been wonderful.

Brutal, gritty, marvellous

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

Reviewed: 06-06-19

Thoroughly enjoyed book 2, exceptional narration. Does Obadiah survive the elephant? Onto book 3 to find out.

Rip roaring yarn, brilliant narration.

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

Am a fan of Cornwell, but have hesitated over the Sharpe novels. The narration was absolutely brilliant, every character known by his voice. In the seriousness of the battle scenes, the horror of the flogging, scattered amongst were what I found to be witty repartee.. but perhaps that was down primarily to the narrators skill. Onto the next book.

Authentic honesty

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

Reviewed: 24-05-19

Not my usual fare, but if I could have listened to this in one sitting I would have done, certainly have done within 24hrs.
It is a compelling mix of clinical observation and an acceptance of the toll the choice of career took on his own and others lives. I appreciated his underlying unwavering commitment to find the truth of why death had occurred and the commitment to respectful handling of all whom passed through his care. I get the feeling that writing the book will have been cathartic in many respects. Revealing the truth to those whom read his book, but also to himself.

Not quite as good as previous books

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

Felt the performance was a bit lack lustre this time. Richard came across as just really quite condescending and patronising most of the time, which was annoying. It just 'lacked' which is a shame because I generally enjoy dip.

Banal

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

Reviewed: 10-01-19

Unable to finish it, have tried to persevere with these books, but the writing is getting worse, stuff of fluff and nonsense.

Underwhelming narration

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

Reviewed: 08-01-19

This might be a book to read rather than listen to as the narration for me was under whelming. The change in volume of voice almost to a whisper was irritating for when a character is thinking or speaking and it was difficult at times to hear what was being said. There wasn't enough distinction in voice so whom was speaking was sometimes difficult to ascertain. I found myself rewinding and rewinding to try and keep the thread of what was happening. I am an avid audible listener, not a day goes by when I don't listen. It may well be that the narrative just did not suit the voice actor this time. There are lengthy novels that can take a while to 'warm up' but after 3 hrs of persevering with this, the title is being returned. Very difficult to rate overall and for story due to the narration.

Weakest to date, disappointing and unrealistic.

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

Reviewed: 30-10-18

Others have said how annoying Gemma can be and this time she really began to grate with me.
There are many repetitions about known characters which is a little wearing.
I have been vexed with the fact that Devlin discusses the murders with Gemma, which is wholly against protocol. Paying for a doctor, getting a forensic pathologist to carry out a post mortem on Gemmas request is ludicrous. Been given the results of said postmortem 'first' is ridiculous and to state forsenic pathologist says 'I'm probably breaking a million police rules sharing this information with a member of the public...' she gave a tinkling laugh, showing how little she cared about following rules.... Really, just absolutely preposterous.

Really very disappointing, and I will not be carrying on with the series.

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A cozy whodunit

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

Reviewed: 28-08-18

2nd outing with Peabody. I found her less irritating this time, which is a positive. The bodies pile up and Emerson and Peabody dual to be the first to discover the culprit(s) Narration excellent once again, differing accents handled well. I felt there was less wit employed generally which was a pity. My sleuthing on this one proved correct not sure whether that is a good thing or not.

From infuriated to hooked

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

Reviewed: 26-08-18

Have been looking for 'cozy mysteries' and found a recommendation for Elizabeth Peters on a website that reviews books.
Enter the infuriating Amelia Peabody;full of her own self importance, an expert on everything, I nearly gave up on her because she annoyed me so much. However, I like to finish a book once started and was determined to grit my teeth and persevere to the end. How glad I am that I did.
I don't necessarily like Amelia yet, but admire her gumption! The characters overall are not exactly likeable per se 'Emmerson and Peabody' are clothed in arrogance, caustic wit, yet they do spar off one another beautifully as they engage their minds to solve the mystery.
The narrative is brought to life by the excellent narration, her gruff Emmerson is a joy.
So on the verge on giving up to downloading the next in the series. I might just get to like Amelia!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful