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Philippa

Eymet, France
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The Children's Book
    
    
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        A. S. Byatt
    
    


    
    
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        Nicolette McKenzie
    
    


    
    Length: 31 hrs and 18 mins
    154 ratings
    Overall 3.5
  • The Children's Book

  • By: A. S. Byatt
  • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
  • Length: 31 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

Olive Wellwood is a famous writer, interviewed with her children at her side. For each of them she writes a separate private book. In their rambling house near Romney Marsh they play in a story-book world - but their lives, those of their rich cousins and of their friends are already inscribed with mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magical and tragic - highly recommended

  • By Nancy Bowring on 11-01-10

A Long Listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-12

One cannot but be impressed with the scale and detail of this book which studies several families and the results of their actions against social and political change. The detail is breathtaking and sometimes too much.Overall, a book I tried to read and only completed because I was able to listen to it in reasonable sized chunks.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Sanctus

  • By: Simon Toyne
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 188

An explosive apocalyptic conspiracy thriller from a major new British talent that will set the world alight…REVELATION OR DEVASTATION?The certainties of the modern world are about to be blown apart by a three thousand year-old conspiracy nurtured by blood and lies …A man throws himself to his death from the oldest inhabited place on the face of the earth, a mountainous citadel in the historic Turkish city of Ruin. This is no ordinary suicide but a symbolic act.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sanctus

  • By Steve Sparkes on 25-05-11

A Holy Mystery

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-09-11

This gripping story is based on the existence of a secret cult living for endless years in a mountain in Turkey which has become a popular tourist destination. The mystery begins with the apparent suicide of one of the chosen few monks who make up the Sancti, the innermost secret order who hold a dark secret. The unravelling of the secret, the accidental involvement of innocent people remotely connected across the world and the mix of corrupt and straight investigators, made this an unstoppable read.The ending is astonishing and challenging. There is enough possibility in the story to keep it credible to the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Persimmon Tree

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 27 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling read

  • By Philippa on 10-09-11

Compelling read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-11

I enjoyed every minute this book. It was wide ranging in time and place, with interesting characters and insight into the Japanese which was fascinating in its context to their occupation of Java during the Second World War.The reading, with the varying accents of male and female of different races was absorbing and added considerably to my enjoyment. The book also told me so much about this period in history, such as the Dutch occupation, their treatment of the Javanese, the terrible use of young Dutch girls as' comfort women' and the experience of 'Anna' and the upper levels of the Japanese forces. Her 'training ' in sexual pleasuring ,her retention of her innocence'the pearl' and her eventual reunion with 'Nick' ,were all absorbing listening.
The adventures of Nick himself were real Boys Own adventure, from sailing the yacht Butterfly from Java to Australia, to his training and success behind enemy lines,his background as a gentle butterfly collector and his search for his father, eventually dovetailing with his first love Anna.
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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Man's Grip

  • Roy Grace, Book 7
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Jamie Glover
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619

I want them to suffer, and I want them dead.... Carly Chase is traumatised 10 days after being in a fatal traffic accident which kills a teenage student from Brighton university. Then she receives news that turns her entire world into a living nightmare. The drivers of the other two vehicles involved have been found tortured and murdered. Now Detective Superintendant Roy Grace of the Sussex Police force issues a stark and urgent warning to Carly: She could be next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant crime

  • By Michelle on 01-07-11

Gripping thriller

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-11

This was a fast moving and exciting hunt with macabre detail of the working of an inhuman killer, set against the familair backdrop of Brighton and its streets, The narration greatly added to the listening with appopriate voices making it more like a play than a novel. It chopped quicky from character and situation with frequent cliffhangers,
My only reservation is the large number of 'chapters' over 100 ,caused some irritation and I found a number of questions unresolved, but that is perhaps deliberate and the opportunity for the author to continue the theme and the characters.
Avery good listen.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful