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S. Todd

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A frisson of fun

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

Reviewed: 28-10-19

For those curious to delve into the myth that is the femme fatale, this journey includes juicy titbits from the boudoir as well as sideways glances at wannabe femmes, daring them to don the gown...
Bewitchingly read by the narrator, who purrs into your ear.

Gripping and luxuriously detailed

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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: 10-04-19

A superb performance with rounded characterisation, regional accents and slices of class distinction. Beautifully read.
Allow Dickens to draw you into a world where you cannot but deeply care for the downtrodden, pure-hearted whilst forgiving the prejudices and weaknesses of the supporting characters. The villains will repulse you with their deadly sins personified. Enjoy!

Beguiled at bedtime

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

Reviewed: 27-05-18

This production was skilfully adapted and dramatised by an ensemble cast.
The Persian accent sounded good to an untrained ear and important in rendering authenticity.
Suitable for an adult audience, the dialogue is lively, comedic and sensual.
The only distraction and unappealing character was that of the winged monster, whose synthesized voice grated.
Also, in terms of musical scoring I am not a fan of synthesizers. Should Audible's budget stretch to including live musicians, it would greatly enhance one's enjoyment.
Overall, however, I greatly enjoyed the voyeuristic experience of eavesdropping on Sharahazad's tales (standing with the executioner behind a screen), woven with magic and spice.
When can one hope to hear volume II?

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Time-travel

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

Reviewed: 19-07-17

Beautifully written, this gem of a story transports one back to a very different period of this isle's history.
Battle scenes are gripping and sometimes overwhelming; the well-defined characters become our friends and foe.
The historic detail plunges one into a time machine. Jonathan Keeble delivers a masterful recounting of what I can only describe as a saga.
For those fascinated by Viking history, Alfred the Great or who just enjoy a gripping yarn....enjoy!

Ignoble histories of power struggles

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-17

A detailed account of an ignoble period of French history, focusing on Catherine de Medici and her blighted family. Beautifully and subjectively written, masterfully performed (albeit with a few mistakes regarding French pronunciation), this book draws one into the perilous chess game that was the Queen's life during the turbulent time of religious division within the kingdoms of Europe. Greatly enjoyable.

Lost momentum

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-10-16

Having listened to, and thoroughly enjoyed "Murder in the Caribbean" and "Nemesis" read by Joan Hickson, I was slightly disappointed with this recording. This, I believe, had more to do with the story, which didn't flow as well nor maintain dramatic tension as masterfully ss the afore-mentioned. However, in addition, I fear it wasn't Joan Hickson's best series of characterisations.

Addictive and beautifully narrated.

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

Reviewed: 29-09-16

Joan Hickson does a marvellous job voicing all the characters and her pronunciation is deliciously contemporaneous. Agatha Christie's masterful weaving and subsequent unravelling of the plot leads one by the nose till the end. Marvellous!

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