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It took me a while to acclimatise.

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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: 27-02-18

It took me a while to get used to the (in some places) very flowery use of language, it brought to mind the editing advice of "kill your darlings." However, it is definitely worth persevering through this as Chris Packham eventually gets into a writing rhythm (or I got used to it), either way an un-put-down-able read, though I remain unconvinced that he should have trumped Robert McFarlane for the best nature book, as voted for by Springwatch viewers. Still, I have a lot of time for what Chris Packham gets up to, and this is definitely worth while spending time with.

Couldn't stop listening

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-02-18

A fascinating mix of factual and fictional studies. I could not stop listening to this, in the car, in the kitchen, in the bath!

The Peregrine: 50th Anniversary Edition: Afterword by Robert Macfarlane cover art

Avoid the introduction and forewords.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-18

Fabulous book, evocative language, but spoiled for me by the unhelpful introduction and foreword which tainted my listening. I will not detail why here, so as to avoid a repetition of the affect for anyone reading this!

Excellent, but rubbish editing between chapters

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

Reviewed: 15-01-18

Fascinating and enthralling. Sat listening in my car long after I had reached destinations.

Slightly spoilt by very poor editing between chapters, one chapter ends, always on a note that needs reflecting upon, but instead of space and silence the next chapter leaps in ruining the moment.

Evocative

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 21-12-17

Robert MacFarlane relates his experences whilst walking the ancient land paths and sailing ancient sea routes around Britain. It is wonderful. He makes fascinating connections between his experiences and historical, geological, and social stories, describing the inspired and singular people that he meets.

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Perfect.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 21-12-17

Tremendous, and so much of it to enjoy! Stephen Fry is such a good narrator and he obviously enjoys the material.

Brilliant, obviously.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 21-12-17

Painfully honest observations and a familiar view of the world for me at 56. I know these people.

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Confidence inspiring approach to home schooling.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 21-12-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Jessie Wise and Susan Wise-Bauer set out clearly a reassuringly followable structure for home schooling. The lists of resources are helpful and the explanations as to why they reccomend the approaches they describe, make a lot of sense. As a teacher of teenagers in Technical Ed, I routinuely witness the struggles of students who do not have the necessary skills to understand or use language and this impacts on everything they try to do, everything they try to learn, and their engagement with the world. Wise and Wise-Bauer's emphasis on building this foundation is absolutely right. Their goal is to encourage self-directed and competent self-learners capable of critical thinking.

Have you listened to any of Suzanne Toren’s other performances? How does this one compare?

The narration was perfect. Not an obvious book for narration as it has lists of resources in parts along woth publishers details and dates! However her narration manages to help you through the potentially dull listen of those parts.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Not sure this'd be a film.

Mixed

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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: 15-11-17

I had not read any Ken Follett before, and I am unlikely to again.
It is well researched for historical accuracy and the story threads about the priory, politics and the craft of building in the Middle Ages is very engaging, but it was spoilt for me by the unnecessary inclusion of significant amounts of what I can only describe as gratuitous sexual violence, odd for a story about building a cathedral. I understand that he is trying to build characters but the explicit writing of these sections jarred with the rest of the story to the extent that I felt that those parts belonged in a different book altogether.
In the forward the author suggests this was an unusual topic for him and perhaps he felt he needed to appeal to his usual audience despite this to ensure sales.

Ruined by terrible narration.

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-01-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the narration had been better then I have no doubt that I would be giving this 5 stars; the only word I can think of to describe Cathy Dobson's narration is "bizarre." She sounds like she is trying to speak with lower cadence, and she holds the last syllable of each word too long. I can only assume this is to facilitate the feature that allows you to speed up the playback. It doesn't help to speed it up however. Her narration is so off putting I could not bear to listen to any more of it, so frustrating.

Has Half Hour Stories put you off other books in this genre?

Not if they are read by soneone else.

Would you be willing to try another one of Cathy Dobson’s performances?

Never, I will be avoiding her from now on.

What character would you cut from Half Hour Stories?

Cathy Dobson!

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