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Jennifer Coldwell

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Writing of perfection, reading disappointing

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

Reviewed: 06-03-20

Like many people, I've waited with baited breath for this book. Now, listening to this reader, I don't know whether I can finish it. So hard to tell who's speaking. Why don't people realise the reader can make or break the book. It's a criminal offence to trample over her words like this. Sometimes Cromwell sounds like (as someone else has said) a thug from East Enders and sometimes he has a slight Northern accent. I think Ben Miles is listening to his own voice, and therefore he blocks Hilary Mantel's voice. Bitterly disappointing.

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Genius

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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: 04-03-20

I've just spent almost two days in her presence. So grateful to listen to her voice (albeit filtered slightly by Jane Wymark) and to have been given such glimpses into her world, her life. A treat and an honour. Now what? I'll have to resort to chocolate.

Loved it! Missing all the characters now

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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: 29-02-20

I loved this gentle story set in Burma at the outbreak of the war. I say "gentle" even though some of the incidents are awful, it's told with quiet humour and I never felt too scared to carry on (I'm a wimp). John Sweeney tells such a good story and it's beautifully read by Helen Johns.

Loved it! Missing all the characters now

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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: 15-02-20

Beautifully written, as you would expect from Jane Gardam, and beautifully read. I wept at the end. And wanted to go back and begin again.

Very entertaining

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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: 30-01-20

A fascinating autobiography, written and read by Anne Glenconner. A very privileged life, but not without tragedy.

Enchanting book, beautifully read

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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: 30-01-20

I love Jane Gardam's work and June Barrie's reading is exquisite. She doesn't make a big performance of it, and the characters are all very clearly defined by her talent for accents. A joy to listen to. I wish I'd not finished it.

Excellent

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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: 04-11-19

A lovely, gentle story, with hidden depths, and Bill Wallis’s reading is a tour de force.