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the first in the famous Outlander series

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

Reviewed: 04-04-20

this should be re-titled 50 Shades of Tartan.

If you like a lot of romance, a lot of sighing, big muscles, fighting men who get patched up by their devoted women - and repeat - you have the whole book. A bit of history now and then but really - I don't need to be told about Jamie's physique every 5 pages!
Not my taste but others have enjoyed it - I listened as it was a recommendation.

post WW1 crime story

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

Reviewed: 04-04-20

This is a follow-up to A High Mortality of Doves which was my favourite book by the author. This did not disappoint. Our Inspector Lincoln, still suffering from previous events, must solve the murder of a woman found in another woman's grave, her baby vanished, and no witness except a child. Set just after the First World War when every community and family are grieving.

This ibook kept me interested right up to the end and I particularly enjoyed the back story of our Inspector. Totally different to Kate Ellis' other Wesley Petersen series. Highly recommend this.

Classic style crime story

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

Reviewed: 04-04-20

A collection of old friends spend New Year in a remote location in the Highlands. They have looked forward to this break and yet within a few hours many underlying tensions begin to rise and,as the snow falls and cuts them off, a body is found.

Loved this, It moves from before and after the murder smoothly. There are a lot of red herrings, a fair amount of nastiness and sinister behaviour.

A modern crime story in a classic presentation - murder with a closed setting, a collection of characters who all have secrets and well-written.

singleness post-war Winchester

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

Reviewed: 15-11-19

If you like your books full of thrill and gore and action -this is not for you. If you like an immersive, thoughtful and evocative read this one is all those things. Tracy Chevalier is consistent in her quality of writing and variety of settings. The story focuses on Violet Speedwell, a single woman in her late 30's who is under the thumb of her domineering mother. Violet's fiancee died in the war and she has little direction in life. Finally she breaks away from her mother's house and begins a new life in Winchester where she joins the Cathedral broderers.Violet comes into contact now with a range of people from different backgrounds who challenge the way she has been raised and the stereotypes of women at this time.

The power of the story is in the slowly unfolding confidence of this woman and the smallmindedness of those around her.

It is hard to describe as it is a slow, intricate read but worth it.

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a modern day pilgrimage

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

Reviewed: 18-06-19

This is an account of a man who decides to walk to Jerusalem. He is recovering from some mental health issues and hopes his journey will allow him to move forward with his life. He stays at monasteries and churches offering accommodation to pilgrims. It is a slow moving, descriptive story with many characters along the way and a fair amount of personal angst. Very different to other books I have listened to, and although long was worth persevering.

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the story behind the first summit of Everest

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

Reviewed: 15-05-19

This is a great listen!
Different to a novel but not a dry, dragging account of the ascent. Mick Conefrey has managed to convey the humanity and the sheer effort of will that went into the summit being finally reached.

I downloaded it as I thought I'd try something different to my usual type of book and I am glad I did. If you are interested in mountains, human willpower,sport, biography, history or want something out of the usual try this!

slow burner

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

Reviewed: 13-11-17

we meet a group of families in a town in Australia who come together for a BBQ and something bad happens. The book flits between 2 women characters who have grown up together and between the day of the BBQ and the 'present' or the aftermath of that day.
This is not a thriller as such but builds into a big reveal and then shows who is guilty.

I found the narrator's style very strident at first but later realised that it fitted the character superbly, her tone does adjust for other characters, and therefore went with it. This author is consistently worth reading.

silver pigs - first in roman series

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

Reviewed: 13-11-17

This is a fun romp through Rome during the empire. Falco gets caught up pursuing the death of a young woman and gets more than he bargained for. The actions roams (!) from seedy Rome to Senator's homes to mines in Briton - lots of historical facts and interests. I looked some of them up to see if they really had them in Roman times and they all matched up!
There are plenty of twists and turns and the obligatory love interest.
For me it was a fun story but I wasn't madly enamoured with Falco as a character so for me only 3 stars - still a good mystery and the narration is great.

Gamache 13

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

Reviewed: 27-10-17

This is the latest (autumn 17) Gamache book from Louise Penny. This has all the usual characters, we are back in 3 Pines and Gamache is now head of the Surete. His wife finds a body in the Church and this plot runs parallel to the Surete's hunt for drug cartels.
Great series but for me this is not the best of them - didn't like the format of courtroom and then back in time to actual events - but this author is still worth listening to!

I found the narrator good and helped the story along - my only niggle was that for me 'Clara' is pronounced Clah -ra - to rhyme with tiara! not 'Clara' as in 'Claire' with an 'er' on the end! Like she's become a comparative adjective! But that's a personal thing. Worth a listen especially if you have been following Gamache et al from the beginning.

adopted girl tries to find birth family

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes - probably! It is a good story and Lucinda Riley is a loved author, having said that I am not especially into romance and a lot of this story is historical romance.

Would you recommend The Seven Sisters to your friends? Why or why not?

If my friend likes this kind of story I would recommend this - great easy read. It's the first of a series and I think I would try the next one but I found it somewhat predictable. The aspects of history especially relating to the making of the Christo statue was my favourite part. I found the main character a bit limp.

What about Emily Lucienne’s performance did you like?

She read this very well and has a good voice for a young woman's character. I did find that she repeatedly used the same flow of intonation during dialogue, a certain way of hesitancy during the character's speech. This was fine but I really notice repetition - it irritates me when others probably would never notice. When the same flow was used with other characters I was more annoyed - but I guarantee you most people won't have a clue what I'm talking about!
Also the author herself used repeated phrases which probably didn't help the narrator.

Could you see The Seven Sisters being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Yes - I think it would be successful but only if the settings and the history were brought to the fore as much as the romance.

Any additional comments?

This is a large book and if you enjoy authors like Maeve Binchy, Susan Sallis, Winston Graham this is for you. It has several different aspects to it and the historical story was more interesting to me than the modern day one. There are many unanswered questions as this is the first in a series about 6 sisters who are all adopted - yes the series is called The Seven Sisters - but so far there are only 6 characters.