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Fascinating Florence

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-14

This series just gets better, with the relationship between Sandro and his rather odd 'family'. this time mixed up with the local political situation.
Beautifully read.

How titles can mislead!

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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: 08-12-13

I had heard of 'angels of death' and they have occurred in the UK, but this book is about someone who took his mission to the extreme. Whatever problems and horrific situations he went through as a child, even he did not use to justify his killings. He couldn't even remember who he had killed and at various times, just laced IV bags without knowing who they were for.
Sounds awful, and yet it made for a fascinating listen. The narrator was excellent.
This was a man who was described by most of his colleagues as a "good, caring, nurse".
What made it even worse was that suspicions were raised in his early career, but he was able to continue practicing.
Not a Feel Good book, or one to read when you are down.

Cato & Macro ride again!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-13

Another very bloody Cato and Macro novel, set in a part of Britain where Roman rule is tenuous, and the "Roman" troops are themselves from fairly barbaric tribes.
The two think they have jumped out of the frying pan that their service to the Imperial secretary and freedman, Narcissus, has tied them in for the last few years. Back to military service they find that the frying pan sat on a rather dangerous fire.

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Still going

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-10-13

I thought this would be a prequel, as in the last Harry Hole he was killed off, but it said on the cover - he's back - so I'm not giving anything away. Throughout the book this uncertainty continues. People get knocked off but will it be who you think, and by the person you thought?
The author keeps it up right to the end.
Excellent

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Not in the mood?

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

Reviewed: 13-10-13

Obviously a lot of people have thoroughly enjoyed this, so perhaps I was not in the mood to listen to it, and Rutherfurd is long if he fails to capture you near the beginning.
Have read some of his others so am used to his lengthy descriptions.
I did wonder if it might be worth trying the print version, but can't be bothered as I never felt involved with the characters, and decided I really couldn't care less what happened to them!

Sounded good

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

Reviewed: 13-10-13

Disappointing in that the blurb sounded really interesting, but although I liked the narration itself I didn't feel that there was a rationale behind the two story times. I actually preferred the Classical Greek time, but the ending really didn't seem to come off.

Art under Stalin

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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: 01-10-13

This starts with the shooting down of a German reconnaissance plane near the Summer Palace as the Germans approach Leningrad. Inspector Pekkala is called in by Stalin to investigate why there should have been so much importance attached to a rather uninteresting picture of a red moth, and becomes involved in a complicated search.
Entertainingly written with fewer lapses back into the past than in some of the rest of the series. Kirov has a rather larger part.
As usual, an excellent narration

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Dragons with a difference

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-09-13

A fascinating story of dragons interacting with people. Some beautiful writing and beautifully read.
Wasn't at all sure about this book, but found myself listening late into the night as the story unfolded

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Think I slept through this time

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 12-09-13

I think I listened to Radio three through the 1980s so miss most of the musical references that are such a part of this book - even more than in the other DI Banks books.
Pity as I am sure there is a lot of relevance to them.
Good series, well read

Heartwrenching

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 12-09-13

Thank heavens this wasn't longer as I listened to it in one go and stayed up very late!
A beautifully written story of friendship at a time of adversity.
The actual story is gripping, confusing and inspiring.
One of those books which is a novel, but has been based on events if not individuals. Maddie and Queenie are enchanting characters who you only wish you could have met.
I remember many years ago speaking to a lady who had been in the S.O.E. in France, who still would not talk about what she had done, because of The Official Secrets Act and Queenie reminded me so much of her. Quiet people who did an incredibly dangerous job, and whose main concern was that they put others at risk.
This version is beautifully told with two voices to mark the divide.
Well worth a listen.

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