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Violent and relentless

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Reviewed: 09-11-19


One of the more violent expressions of Mr Reacher. Also one of the best of the series. In short the means justifies the end –At least according to the morals of Jack Reacher. Challenging to gainsay them.

One of the best

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 18-07-19

One of the best Jack Reacher stories. Unexpected plotting drives right through to the end. With all the usual heroics!

Captivating and highly informative

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Reviewed: 13-07-18

Bob Brier delivers an extremely informal but gripping history of the 28? (did I count correctly) dynasties of ancient Egypt highlighting the most important figures - Pharaohs, opponents, Egyptologists, gods and goddesses - over 3000 years and more of history. He is totally partisan, presenting Egypt as the greatest of the early civilisations - and certainly the founding fathers. Even the Greeks revered the Egyptians and their culture, says Brier. And all told in 48 manageable 30 minute chunks. Truly fascinating. And there is a useful downloadable pdf which enables you to keep track of the Imhoteps, Ramseses, Ptolemys and all the other best known leaders - including Tutankhamun and Akhenaten. Brilliant. My only cavil is that it would have been helpful, in each lecture, to give a year or century reference - just so we know where we are! It is on the download pdf, I think, but that is not helpful when in the car! But all in all, a great series. I will go back to Luxor with my eyes more open.

Brilliant!

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Reviewed: 06-10-16

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Excellent, gripping story. And read superbly by Roy McMillan who, having also made masterly recordings of books as varied as Don Quixote, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, A Dog's Heart and Jan Morris's Pax Britannica trilogy, is clearly one of England's finest readers.

Exceptional reader of accents

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Reviewed: 30-09-16

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My second Charles Cumming read by Jot Davies. Good story again - gallops along. I will probably get the third one. But wanted to say that the reader's facility with accents is exceptional - moves seamlessly from English (various) to Russian and German. Not just different accents, but imbuing the characters with real personality THROUGH the accents. Most readers just juggle with voices - which is fine. But not Jot Davies. His German and Russian lovers had almost understated accents, which is much more subtle and difficult to do. Bravo!

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Historical page turner presented by fine reader

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Reviewed: 20-03-16

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Conn Iggulden presents the background and the build-up to the Wars of the Roses with the young Henry VI, beset by illness facing opposition from France and England - but having the fortune to marry Margaret of Anjou. Iggulden makes the political machinations, the social unrest and the smell of 15th century England and France live - and he is brilliantly served by Roy McMillan, one of the UK's finest readers. I couldn't put Stormbird down. Without over-characterisation, McMillan differentiates clearly between all the principal players - nobles such as William de la Pole or his rival Richard of York, archers and solders and rebels, such as Jack Cade, and, crucially importantly, Margaret of Anjou. But that is to be expected from his big recordings for Naxos. His unabridged Don Quixote is one of the great recordings of the classics, his Bulldog Drummond is good fun - and he is clearly equally at home, here, in historical fiction, as here. And if you want something really off the wall read by McMillan, there is A Dog's Heart by Bulgakov. And that is not to mention his readings of pure history, including Jan Morris's unmatched history of the British Empire, Pax Britannica.

Pulp Fiction at its best

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Reviewed: 09-03-16

What about Peter Berkrot’s performance did you like?

Excellent performance from Berkrot - full of character, pace, but also tongue in cheek. Very entertaining despite some rather nasty incidents.

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Terrible to say in view of the fact that there isn't a redeemable character among the main people, but it is entertaining with a good sense of suspense!

Another engaging tale

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Reviewed: 04-09-14

Homespun observations cast in a very laid-back detective framework set in the hot Botswana countryside. Various tales interwoven skilfully by McCall Smith and brilliantly and engagingly read by Adjoa Andoh. One can only smile and enjoy the gentle passage of time and tale.

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Pema Chodron's straightforward wisdom

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Reviewed: 04-09-14

Pema Chodron is a very clear, direct Buddhist teacher. She comes from the Tibetan tradition but this is not necessarily relevant to the main points she makes. Here she is dealing with habitual patterns, and how to get unstuck. Direct points, in the main, but no less effective for that. It will speak to everyone I suspect!

Delightful Surprise

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 04-09-14

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This is charming Mark Twain, quirky, whimsical, personal, with delightful observations of characters and events as he journeys through Germany. There are longueurs, but Grover Gardner's familiar narration glides over them. A find!

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