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  • Kind of Blue

  • A Political Memoir
  • By: Ken Clarke
  • Narrated by: Ken Clarke
  • Length: 23 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

Ken Clarke needs no introduction. One of the genuine 'Big Beasts' of the political scene, during his 46 years as the Member of Parliament for Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire he has been at the very heart of government under three prime ministers. He is a political obsessive with a personal hinterland, as well known as a Tory Wet with Europhile views as for his love of cricket, Nottingham Forest Football Club and jazz.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good company

  • By David laird on 17-09-17

Ken should have been PM

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

Reviewed: 26-11-17

Ken Clarke is the man who should have been Prime Minister but never was.

Ken has lived through some interesting times. he tells his story with humour and alacrity.
A true statesman.
This is my favourite political memoir and I have devoured most of them.
I love listening to Ken's voice.
And I love the jazz chapter titles. He has really put all of himself into this book.
Absolutely wonderful.

  • The Return of the Native

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Alan Rickman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

Set on Egdon Heath, a fictional barren moor in Wessex, Eustacia Vye longs for the excitement of city life but is cut off from the world in her grandfather's lonely cottage. Clym Yeobright who has returned to the area to become a schoolmaster seems to offer everything she dreams of: passion, excitement and the opportunity to escape. However, Clym's ambitions are quite different, and marriage only increases Eustacia's destructive restlessness, drawing others into a tangled web of deceit and unhappiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvellous.

  • By Pauline on 17-08-11

A great writer and a great performer = pure magic

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

Reviewed: 16-07-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Return of the Native to be better than the print version?

I would never have read the printed version as there are too many long, descriptive passages. I would have been bored and put the book down before the end of chapter one. However, Alan Rickman raises my interest with his consumate performance.

What did you like best about this story?

The story has many overly romantic characters. I find them interesting to try and decifer. Ultimately it is a tragic tale. I am still pondering the book after several weeks. The quality of the writing is exquisite. Hardy obviously loves the countryside and makes me understand how beautiful and timeless it can be.

What does Alan Rickman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Alan Rickman switches between characters expertly. He has a different voice for each and you can easily tell their social standing and personality. That makes it easier for me to understand.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Clem finds his mother dying on the heath. Later when he finds out she died thinking he had forsaken her.

Any additional comments?

No. Thank you

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