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fascinating

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Reviewed: 20-06-19

Ironically I listened to most of this while spraying fungicides onto commercial apple orchards at the other end of the Weald.

It's a great book- A really useful contribution to ideas of how we move on from 20th century agriculture written by someone who thoroughly understands farming and land ownership.

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superb- and very funny

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Reviewed: 08-01-18

this would have six stars if I could.

It's a tremendously original and very funny exercise in Royal Biography.

Craig Brown looks at Princess Margaret but (even more) looks at people looking at Princess Margaret

She clearly fascinates him- a woman who's career- in his words- peaked when she was 6 (and 4th in line to the throne) and thereafter she was simply the daughter of a king and the sister of a queen. Brown paints an idiosyncratic portrait of a woman for whom life was always going to be something of an anticlimax.

To an extent we loose a bit on the biography side because it's such a funny book- things too sad (the marriage break-up) or too ordinary (motherhood) are largely passed over- But it is a hilarious listen!

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Splendid

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Reviewed: 20-11-17

At last a narrator worthy of Barbara Pym!


I can't give away the plot- but the genius of 'Glass of Blessings' is the way it quietly crumbles- it feels calm, chilly- almost a little dull and predictable- but then- wham!- the genius of Pym's narration just hits you-

The scene in the grocer's shop over the streaky bacon is achingly moving in a most extraordinary way.

It's a slow burner- you can't judge it til you've finished it.

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strangely dull

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Reviewed: 22-06-17

it's a fascinating subject- but it doesn't work for audio-

I think it's a perfect storm of not very gripping writing and mediocre narration that leads to an uninteresting listen.

Probably best to skim through a print copy.

(I didn't finish)

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great- and easy- listening

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Reviewed: 08-06-17

As someone with Millennial British schooling I knew nothing about the British Empire except that it was very big and ought to give me a feeling of guilt.

This book was absolutely great- informative and interesting.- apparently the Victorians governed India with less civil servants than are currently employed by Ofstead.



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Love it

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Reviewed: 31-03-17

I love this.

I had it on cassette, I bought it on Audible- I'm almost personally affronted that someone has reviewed it with one star.

One star forsooth!

Yes, it's dated- but gloriously so- the lines are 'sung', but sung so well that this could be opera.

The actors throw everything they've got at it- and draw out every last drop of drama,

My spine tingles every time I hear the Lady Macbeth line 'My hands are of your colour- but I shame to wear a heart so white.'

and I literally well up at Mucduff's reaction to news of his family's massacre.

It's rich and full-bodied, a fine example of its type.

great!

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Reviewed: 31-03-17

Weirdly this works as an audio book. At least it worked for me.

It is read with energy and decision- which suits the rather didactic style of the text and its just, well, interesting...

The story gets lost in the words

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Reviewed: 31-03-17

I confess I haven't finished this- though I promise you I've tried.

The style is too prolix and colloquial, it bogs down... it has no trouble 'finding the words' the trouble is it finds too many of them.

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excellent

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Reviewed: 31-03-17

Of course it was a dead cert that this was going to be good, Timothy West reading Trollope always is.

His Louis Scatcherd voice is particularly good- I think he's described as sounding like a cross between a yankee and a stable groom- Timothy West managed to catch this voice and imbue it with all the right arrogance and pathos.

The plot of the novel is perhaps a little over-stretched... one knows where it is going and it gets there in its own good time- but the leisurely journey is well worth taking.

Very Good

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Reviewed: 24-03-17

I had loved the BBC radio version (see another review), watched the film but -to my shame- only ever toyed with the book itself.

So I thought it would try it on audio.

And I got through it- with ease.

It's great stuff- The narration is fine- not Timothy West reading Trollope- but certainly on the 'good' side of acceptable.