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Fantastic writing & Hugh Fraser excellent as ever

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 24-02-19

Murder remembered via a modified Delphi technique.
A personal favourite among the Christie novels, excellently narrated by the inimitable Hugh Fraser.

Thanks for sorting the chapters out Audible!

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Reviewed: 03-10-18

In my previous review I had a technical issue with the audiobook starting at Chapter 36. Audible have sorted this out - many thanks Audible!

Jolly Jilly at her best.

A classic

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Reviewed: 08-07-17

An absolute masterclass in historical fiction wonderfully narrated. It's a long book but worth it.

Light on detail...

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Reviewed: 14-08-16

...but it is a massive subject.
The Professor makes it accessible and interesting without becoming boring but think of it as an introduction rather than the definitive course on the topic(s).

Brilliant book, brilliantly read

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Reviewed: 09-08-16

Heavily abridged, but still brilliant. I am always puzzled why it is not on any 100 best works of literature lists.
Anatomy of a doomed love affair against the (beautifully described) backdrop of 1930s Alexandria.

Beautifully read by the wonderful Nigel Anthony.

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Horrible monotone plastic narrator

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Reviewed: 08-07-16

I am perhaps being a little unfair in only giving this one star, since I only got about four minutes in. I was fascinated by the blurb and synopsis, and the cover looks lovely (literally enacted a cliché right there - never judge a book by it's cover). I should have listened to the sample first.
This could be the best and most fascinating book in the world.
I will never know, because listening to the narrator was like chewing foil.

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Abridged

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Reviewed: 08-07-16

Some of the Morse plots work in the abridged versions but this one somehow doesn't - masterly narration by Kevin Whately but the plot feels disjointed and fractured somehow.

Absolutely brilliant, gripped from start to finish

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Reviewed: 09-05-16

I think it is published as a children's book/YA fiction, but don't let that put you off, it stands up well. Good plot (the oldest stories always are), and a good but surprising whodunnit.

Fantastic storywriting and storytelling

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Reviewed: 11-01-16

What made the experience of listening to The Ruby in the Smoke the most enjoyable?

The fantastic and character-filled voice of Anton Lesser. He can voice anyone and everyone and make them sound fantastic.

What did you like best about this story?

Great plot. Meant to be a YA fiction novel, but it translates well and is suitable for adults too - it does not come across facile or boring or awkward as some YA novels have (when listened to as an adult - there are no moments of feeling too old to listen to this) .
Nice, slightly fantastic plot that allows for some good escapism.

What about Anton Lesser’s performance did you like?

Everything. He is a great voice actor.

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

Yes, and I did, even sitting in the car on the drive for to hear the last five minutes before I went into the house to get on with the rest of my life!

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Good, believable alternate-universe steampunk.

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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: 01-12-15

What did you like most about The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter?

An original universe - well-worked and researched. The last chapter (make sure you don't listen to the end first) is a glossary of the Gas-Lit Empire which is useful if you need footnotes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter?

The plausible tricks pulled (not saying more without spoiling things!). No one flies or has super-powers. No clumsy deus ex-machina.

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

Bessie! Don't let anything happen to Bessie!