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National Populism cover art

Mindset changing

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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: 30-07-19

Challenged my preconceptions. Well argued rational, supported by evidence, to show the development of populism has been growing for many years. The increasing distrust and experiences of the population with the political classes for the reasons presented sets up a major challenge to our current political system

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Wonderfully unsettling.

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

Reviewed: 29-08-18

A weave of short stories each with a deep current of twilight that tugs and builds as theses unique tales unfold.
Penelope Rawlings narration is finely paced allowing the understated disquiet to rise as the tales progress. Looking forward to reading or listening more of Zoe Gilbert’s work. Well worth a listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Excellent and Gripping

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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: 23-08-18

An excellent and gripping retelling of R.L. Stevenson’s classic novel. Full credit to Amazon’s production team.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Surprisingly gripping

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

This is not my usual type of story, but the premise was intriguing and I know East Yorkshire, so thought I’d give it a try.

I was hooked early on! The characters are well fleshed out and there are intriguing plot turns from different perspectives and time points. Definitely worth a try.

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Satisfying follow up to The Martian

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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: 03-12-17

Gripping thriller set on the Moon’s only city. The storyline flows well and is interspersed with interesting scientific detail that provides the warp and weft to deliver a satisfying tale.
Jas, the main character and narrator, is brought to life by Rosaio Dawson’s expert narration whose cadence and rhythm flows across any minor defects in the story. So, a whole hearted recommend.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh cover art

Gripping narration by Kenneth Branagh

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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: 28-11-17

Very much a story of it’s time in use of language, racial, National and social stereotyping, BUT, as a tale of the impact on mind and behaviour as a result of isolation in a hostile environment without support, combined with Kenneth Branagh’s captivating narration, it deserves it’s place in the classics. Sort of an Andy Weir’s ‘The Martian’ of the 1900s.

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'Firefly' style, fun and fast moving

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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: 25-01-17

Highly enjoyable, fast moving yarn. An audible version of Firefly style novel, but no criticism of that. Expertly read by Rupert Degas who brings the tale to life and expertly covers up any shortfalls. Great listen. Please can we have more in the series?

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Sadly, no fire in the story

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

Reviewed: 15-08-16

Thought I remembered this from reading as a teenager many years ago. Perhaps not. Story could not grab my attention despite being interested in that history period and also found narration flat and dull.

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Suitably silly and enjoyable short

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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: 15-08-16

Alex Baldwin provides brilliant tongue in cheek narration to a comprehensively daft but amusing storyline. Great for full vehicle listening, preferably on the way to a ComiCon.

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An unexpected gem

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

Reviewed: 09-04-16

Although not my usual type of book, Audible reviews gave this an excellent write up and they were not wrong. This is a clever story that draws you ion. Issues of ageing, passive racism, and religious differences are tackled sympathetically whilst the main character has his life's certainly' and values exposed and tested. Bill Wallace's narration is well paced and brings out all the character distinctive personalities. A shame poor editing lead to some long gaps in the narration but all in all, a thoroughly recommend read or listen.