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Ellen Coleman

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The narrator is fine

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-20

I was concerned when purchasing this due to the poor reviews of the narrator, however I have not had a problem with him. While he is not as good as Simon Slater (narrator of Wolf Hall), I would argue that he is an improvement from his predecessor Simon Vance (Bring up the Bodies), who would default to a monotone when he couldn't keep up with some of the longer sentences. Ben Miles injects good expression into his narration which makes for a much easier listen for a book so long.

The main problem these reviewers have appears to be Cromwell's voice, which is not 'posh' enough. I agree the accents are not always perfect, but I personally find Cromwell's 'rougher' voice enhances the story by serving as a constant reminder of his low background and what the courtiers will be thinking of him (something easy to forget when you're in the man's eloquent head). In some cases I honestly think these reviews come off as slightly prejudiced, which is disappointing to see.

Given audibles policy on returns, I would encourage those considering this audiobook to give it a go, and judge for yourself whether the narration works for you.

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A strange mix

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-02-19

There is an interesting book in here somewhere, that goes deep into the way the body reacts to the brain and how abusive relationships and cults affect your health, but it's hidden behind the author's own belief system, which she frequently goes into tangents about and I personally find quite off-putting. The author's rejection of conventional medicine and the scientific method casts doubt on the things she says, and I find myself wondering whether she has grouped perfectly normal people into the 'energy vampire' group she describes. Certainly the description of 'empaths' appears to apply to literally everyone I know, even if the levels vary. It's a pity this way of thinking can't be combined with some more factual parts to give a balanced, well researched view on health.

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