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I've read many about the way

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-20

loved this book

it embodies what i would hope to achieve on the way
i feel the author is honest.
he embraced adventure
i really cannot say more than i just lost a mate

This was not really a story about the Camino

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-01-20

This was not a story about the Camino

As with many books about the Camino Way, its about the person walking and what they feel rather than the walk, and the facts about the walk. C W Lockhart managed to take this to another level, this was not about self discovery, this was about self pity, mixed with a chance to tell her life story. The woman comes across as a hypochondriac, the illness she suffers from and all the different traits of feeling ill. The pain of the walk, the pain of the cycle ride the pain of this.
What really hit me through this, is just about every person she became friends with runs away from her. And yet at no point does she examine this or really cover it. there is a part when a friend moves on, I had to revisit that chapter to try discover what happened, and there was nothing. This happened twice more.

She comes across to me as someone you really do not want to meet on the Camino. Shes often describes herself as a Camino Mama. i will leave you to read what her won sons might think of that.

There is a plus side, i could not stop reading, I really do not know why

I liked the way she took to Spanish food, to the Spanish people, and the fact she was prepared to mix with the culture.

However she starts the walk as a true peregrina and by the end you are sick of that word, then she gets to the point where in my opinion she loses the purpose of the walk. (I will not spoil the story)

This is the only book on the subject where there has been an issue with bed bugs, lucky our heroine is prepared, as she is for most things except the fact that she is going to walk.

There is one part of the book, where she describes an American mother and daughter, it is just like the scene from a book of an american daughter and mother in another book on the Camino Way, at this point I started to doubt half of this book s true.
The characters and the story, start to sound like a story. Not a book about one woman walk along the way.

this has so many examples of modern day

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

Reviewed: 11-01-20

i struggled at the begining
brilliant writing but obviously written for a magazine in installments
so pleased i stuck with the story.
romance is not my thing but this was.
the description of plants and landscape were amazing

Sadly disappointed,

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-20

This book could not grip me, I struggled to maintain interest.
I knew the story as would anyone who grew up in my day, plus Palin did his version. So I was looking forward to this.

It as anyone will know is a classic and was on my bucket list of books. I always firstly let down by the speed the characters disappeared through Europe. Then the rest of the book was like a travel document. Which in its way was fascinating, the description of crafts, people and places was excellent. Looking back to the days before TV or Internet, this must have been amazing.

hidden gem

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-06-19

I have given the story three stars for a reason. overall I loved this book. However the story could not be told as it is staying within the framework of the story itself. Poetic Justice allows the story which is good.
Had it not been for the story of the civil war I would not have liked the story behind it.
toward the end there is a huge mistake in the writing that actually is a real spoiler. if you have not worked it out by then. I will say no more.
I would never have got past chapter four I think it was had it not been for a friend telling me to stick with it.
I'm being critical, why, because this could have been one of my favorites and a part of it just takes the edge off

I feel like I have lost an old friend

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-05-19

a classic, it's story twists and turns. the author appears to write at will what he feels to entertain. the two main characters become a friend

Would like 12 hours of my life back,

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-02-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not unless you want a history lesson on clothing and buildings then no, the story is dreadful the plot dreadful

What could Ian Mortimer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Made the story a story. The idea I loved, however the author never made it work.

To compare Mortimer to Kate Mosses was a reason I bought the book, other than the concept of the book, it has not got a handle on Mosses

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Nothing to much about the performance to dislike you can only narrate whats in front of you

Was The Outcasts of Time worth the listening time?

As per my title, there were bits in it I found interesting.

The first chapter did not really set the story, I had no idea why the characters were where they were and why.
Second Chapter I thought "ah here we go something to look forward to"
Third Chapter, now the story opens up.
Then it lost its way.
The ending was meant to have been clever and it would have been had the middle not been such rubbish and never really related to the end.

Without giving anything away I have no idea how the characters got away with what they did, and it was obvious the author was going to tell the story whatever it took to make it work no matter how unbelievable.

Any additional comments?

There was some very informative stuff in this book, and in parts clever,

Descriptions were not great

And I like the use of "Eye Windows" Specs, until the author forgot the characters had never heard the word Spectacles, then used it and reverted back to Eye Windows.

Wasted my time with this

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-03-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not a good use of time, it started OK, got better, then lost the plot

What was most disappointing about Natasha Pulley’s story?

The story at the end, characters are due to cross and they did, and then at the end it all made no sense. The author was trying to be clever and as far as I was concerned it flopped. There was a story there, and there were some good characters, but it was all nonsense in the end. There was one part of the book that bugged me all the way through and I suspected it would be answered, it was not

What about Thomas Judd’s performance did you like?

His performance was good at most, sometimes you felt he put in a pause as he turned a page, breaks where there were none

Do you think The Watchmaker of Filigree Street needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not unless the author can actually make her ending fit to the story

Any additional comments?

Some great use of words, and some great quotes and well written if the story had been good.
I hate the use of the term "for a long moment" this was not used but other sentences were that made it better

loved it, hooked and a bonus I learnt from it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-03-17

What made the experience of listening to Fall of Giants the most enjoyable?

The story, how it weaved into history. It brought events to life.
Narrated brilliantly

What did you like best about this story?

The book opened my eyes to events around the world I had never even thought of, and from my reading even though its brief section of the book, the outline of the Spanish Civil War was so interesting
The characters were excellent

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There was one scene in a mining village during the first world war, (a telegram scene ) it was so moving. As someone who has studied the first world war, this one scene brought home so much feeling and emotion, I found myself almost in tears.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

as above

Any additional comments?

the best book of the trilogy by far,

Third book lost its way

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-03-17

Where does Edge of Eternity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I find the whole trilogy interesting and thought provoking. I rate this in my top 20 so far

Would you recommend Edge of Eternity to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, the whole trilogy

Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favourite?

None stood apart

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no to long

Any additional comments?

Without giving to much away I felt the author lost interest in the UK in this book and concentrated to much on Communism and the USA and equality. This was not like the other two books which took in more world events.
It was also as if he had a plan where this was going to end from book one, but struggled to get to the point. To much time spent on people and characters that had no part in the end,
My biggest complaint through the whole book was the amount of sex,I can understand why sex was used in parts to indicate how attitudes changed through the years, but there was far to much description it felt like the author was living a fantasy and was unnecessary, and I am no prude.
Over all loved all three books, but if the first had been like this I may not have read the other two, however I had to finish the story