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Slightly anodyne

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

Reviewed: 04-08-20

The story is fairly formulaic and the characters seem to live in a dated environment, where doctors know all their patients and are on call all the time. It was well read but lacked "wow" factor or even the acerbity of Agatha Christie.

Not Trollope's best, but still good

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

Reviewed: 04-08-20

The performance is pretty good - different characters but some wrong emphases..
The book itself has major flaws. Spoiler alert - an upper class girl with no money refuses to marry a young man she loves because they have no income. He is immature, a bit idle and completely unrealistic too. She later makes a marriage for money. This is supposed to be unwomanly on her part - but what was she supposed to do? Trollope punishes her for life and rewards the young man, who unexpectedly inherits a fortune and after some dithering marries a middle class girl who adores him suitably. An obsessively religious curate who glories in being poor also is suddenly made marriageable. It's all a bit silly. I enjoyed it anyway.

Nicely done

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

Reviewed: 26-07-20

Not all Agatha Christie has survived as well as this one and the reading is good.

Stunningly written and performed

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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: 07-06-20

Together, the evocative, almost poetic text and the excellent performance make the listener feel they are actually in Tudor England. The characters almost feel as if they are in the room with you! I really found Norfolk repellent, for example, and of course Henry is the picture of a male narcissist. One can't help identifying with Cromwell, and at the end I actually had tears in my eyes.

38 hours did not feel a moment too long.

Better than I expected, as good as I hoped

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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: 24-04-20

I was afraid this would be more like a YA book but in fact it was nearly as good as the St Mary's series.

Slightly dated but still good

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

Reviewed: 19-04-20

I didn’t have a problem with the narrator at all as others have suggested. There are some longeurs where Crichton starts explaining some point of science or geography. The whole ‘heart of darkness’ thing may be hackneyed. But some of the ideas are still important - animal rights, do animals have consciousness, man versus nature, etc. I grew very fond of Amy! Listened right to the end which is not always the case.

Didn't like narration at all

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

Reviewed: 05-03-20

Anybody who is interested has some idea of the story!

I did not like the narration much though I tried to discount my preconceptions from the TV series. The men's accents were all over the place! Tyrion for example switched from quasi Yorkshire to quasi Welsh, both accents quite strong. At one time he sounded as if from Wallace and Grommit! And we know Kings Landing is in the South. I didn't find the women convincing at all. Other characters were given other regional or foreign accents, seemingly at random.

It may not be the fault of Roy Dotrice that he pronounces many names and placenames differently from the TV series but I found that grating.

Very useful

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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: 17-02-20

Excellent modern vocabulary. If you are used to Castilian Spanish, you will have to make allowances for the Latin American accent and possibly some different verb forms, but overall I am very pleased with this.

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Meaty family saga with excellent narration

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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: 14-02-20

I bought this because it was read by Rupert Degas. Once I started listening, I was fascinated. It is a family saga covering several generations of the cloth trade in Yorkshire. The reading seems perfect to me ( a non Yorkshire person).

The story is not Disneyfied. Some sympathetic characters do unworthy things, have unhappy lives or die young - as in real life.Just deal with it!

At the same time the listener is made aware of historical events that s/he may not have known about or only in the broadest detail and here they are brought vividly to life. The author was well known in her day and I am surprised she has fallen out of favour. I shall certainly listen to more books by her and in fact have ordered a print version.

Slow moving, unoriginal, pleasant enough

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

Reviewed: 15-01-20

A very slow leadup to some of the usual zombie antics. The characters are quite cardboard, and the former London policewoman has an accent which sounds not exactly wrong, just somehow inappropriate to me - and I'm a Londoner. Maybe people of her supposed age don't sound like that any more? But quite a pleasant story to have going in the background while doing something else.