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Smooth but over-glamourises the criminals

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-07-20

Caine's in Italian Job mode which was clearly the idea. Unfortunately, this serves to glamourise the robberies that are described; as does the selection, which are all cases where violence was not a significant part. Episode 6 is the most interesting (and doesn't feature Caine) as it covers the psychological aspects of the 'confidence trickster'.

Why?

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-06-20

I'm really not sure what the purpose was. Very self-indulgent, little content. At least, at double speed, it rattled through quickly.

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Superbly written and read...

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 18-06-20

Bragg covers this massive topic with historical, geographical and linguistic ease.
I wouldn't have got nearly so much from it on the page without Powell's reading to take me through Friesian, Welsh, Gaelic and OE dialects.

Despite covering such a breadth of history this book is still very much 'in our time' and much of it resonated with our current political and social tensions.

At the end of the book I've headed straight back to the beginning to listen again.

Lovely, but why is the foreword with the afterword

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

Reviewed: 15-05-20

This is a beautiful piece of writing about the human relationship with the natural world that Robert McFarlane has done much to publicise.

I don't know the Cairngorms, but it's written such that you don't need to be familiar with the topography (but will want to be).

Tilda Swinton's narration suited the text very well.

My only quibble is that Audible's "chapters" have not separated out McFarlane's foreword from Jeanette Winterson's afterword. This happened with the Peregrine too.

Holmes, Watson [and Fry]

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Reviewed: 12-05-20

You couldn't find a more passionate Holmesian than Fry to narrate this, and he is very much part of the stories.

Beautifully done. You can dip in a story at a time or plough through the whole canon.

Timeless.

Spiritual, poetic Baker and lyrical Attenborough

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Reviewed: 07-04-20

I have managed to not read this book for nearly 30 years and known about for about 40. What a hideous oversight that seems to have been.

I've just completed my third back-to-back listen and am mesmerised by Baker's wonderful metaphor.

Baker is the epitome of the English amateur, writing observational natural history with the attention to detail of the Victorian entomologist-cum-parson and a poetic style that the greatest nature poets would have hailed.

Attenborough reads the text honourably and in his own style. He is quite the right reader of this extraordinary text.

Mark Cocker and Robert McFarlane both eulogise about Baker's work in a very valuable afterword, as well as providing essential historical, geographical and critical content to the work.

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The first thing I did on finishing...

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Reviewed: 10-07-19

... this book, was to listen to it again ... and then a third time.

It's especially good when authors read their own books and Paul Dix's voice gives perfect emphasis to his key messages and anecdotes.

The challenge of all leaders in schools and colleges is to free teachers from the burden of pointless data tasks so that they have the time and space to show the empathy and interest, and give the pastoral care that are essential to turn troubled minds to learning.

Very challenging (as a topic and a medium)

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-19

It's taken me three attempts to start and finish this audio book. Audio is a very challenging medium for this content, because of the large amount of numerical data that is being presented to support the arguments in the book. I'm highly numerate, statistically literate and have a pretty good working memory; but I have really struggled to follow some threads completely.

That said, it's a very compelling narrative and I shall be getting a paper copy; first time that's happened with an audio book.

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The Salt Path cover art

Moving, challenging and uplifting

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 06-03-19

Place and togetherness trump possessions in this very 21st century tale. There but for the grace go many of us.

Rather different from "Our Island Story"!

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 23-11-18

A fascinating roller-coaster of two hundred years in which the foundations of numerous banking crises were laid.