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Susan M Heightman

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  • The Novice's Tale

  • Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Ann Swinfen
  • Narrated by: Philip Battley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

When the novice Emma Thorgold goes missing from Godstow Abbey in the summer of 1353, the hunt is on throughout the Oxfordshire countryside. Bookseller Nicholas Elyot and scholar Jordain Brinkylsworth are anxious to help the girl, but her stepfather has other intentions. Why is he so determined to shut her away for life? Or worse? And will she be found unharmed?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyable

  • By Jennifer Chennell on 27-11-17

Absorbing plot set in a brilliantly explained Medieval time.

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

Reviewed: 19-05-18

I enjoy Anne Swinfen’s style evoking Medieval speech. I am getting used to Philip Battley’s restrained reading performance in this second book of the series. NH

  • Phineas Redux

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 23 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

In the fourth of the ‘Palliser’ stories, Trollope follows Phineas Finn’s return to the dangerous world of Westminster politics. When his political rival is murdered, Phineas is thrown under suspicion and eventually finds himself standing trial at the Old Bailey. The situation is complicated by the presence of two women in his life: his old flame Lady Laura, whose estranged husband is determined to destroy Phineas’s reputation, and the wealthy and enigmatic widow, Madame Max.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superb

  • By Philip on 25-07-12

Splendid reading of an absorbing story

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

Reviewed: 01-03-16

Trollope's picture of parliamentry politics which are the background to all the Palliser novels continues to be masterly and relevant today. Phineas Redux is essentially a murder mystery which makes the plot particularly absorbing. Timothy West's reading continues at the same high level of performance which makes listening to this Palliser series such a joy.
Long car journeys have become a real pleasure!

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  • Any Human Heart

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Mike Grady
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641

Every life is both ordinary and extraordinary, but Logan Mountstuart's - lived from the beginning to the end of the 20th century - contains more than its fair share of both. As a writer who finds inspiration with Hemingway in Paris and Virginia Woolf in London, as a spy recruited by Ian Fleming and betrayed in the war and as an art-dealer in '60s New York, Logan mixes with the movers and shakers of his times. But as a son, friend, lover and husband, he makes the same mistakes we all do in our search for happiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A poignant journey through a man's life

  • By Kirstine on 19-03-12

Gradually absorbed me and got better and better.

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

Reviewed: 04-02-16

This cradle to grave story so absorbed me I listed to it twice. I found the portrayal of the background historical events which the main character's life passes thru as fascinating as the masterly character development. Mike Grady's narration is splendid- a sound alike Jeremy Irons but clearly not.

  • The Return of the Native

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Alan Rickman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

Set on Egdon Heath, a fictional barren moor in Wessex, Eustacia Vye longs for the excitement of city life but is cut off from the world in her grandfather's lonely cottage. Clym Yeobright who has returned to the area to become a schoolmaster seems to offer everything she dreams of: passion, excitement and the opportunity to escape. However, Clym's ambitions are quite different, and marriage only increases Eustacia's destructive restlessness, drawing others into a tangled web of deceit and unhappiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvellous.

  • By Pauline on 17-08-11

Rickman reveals a great Hardy story

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

Reviewed: 20-10-14

What made the experience of listening to The Return of the Native the most enjoyable?

I have always found reading Hardy's novels difficult listening to Alan Rickman's reading revealed for me what a great writer of prose Hardy can be with profound insights into relationships between men and women.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful