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Jim Barrett

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Let Down by the Narration

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-19

A very good book let down by the distracting narration. At times it felt as if the narrator hadn't pre-read the text, and you can almost tell where the page changes, with te emphasis mis-placed mid sentence. Once I'd got my ear atuned to it I enjoyed the book.

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Excellent text and narration.

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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: 23-09-17

An excellent book that I've now both read and listened to. The narration is superb, probably my favourite of all the books I've listened to. My only slight criticism is the editing which doesn't leave enough silence at the end of each chapter and makes the ending very abrupt.

Brilliant.

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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: 13-04-17

The stories are of their time, but this only adds to their charm. Fantastically and flawlessly presented as one would expect of Mr Fry.

Excellent

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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: 10-10-16

A fascinating account that is well written and flows nicely as a result. A piece of history that I lived through but was too young to remember well. Superbly read. Highly recommended.

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A Difficult Listen Due to Poor Narration

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-16

Although the text is informative and well written, the narration is so bad that I found it difficult to listen to what was being said. The American pronunciations would be easier on the ear if spoken with an American accent, but the real problem is the mis-pronunciation of words and places and the poor phrasing when reading. Where there are quotes it is impossible to tell where they start and end and the narrator clearly has no knowledge of the subject about which is he is reading. I did at times find the text difficult to follow, though whether this was due to the way it was written or the narrator's poor delivery I couldn't say.

Best left for a different audio edition. I will now buy the book and read it myself.

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Highly Recommended

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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: 05-09-16

This audio book, along with volumes 1 and 2, opens up this famous journal to all, making it far more accessible and less challenging than it would be to read from the page. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of this publication and would highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in this important record of English history (and who has 90-odd hours to spend listening!). I was saddened that it ends where it does, but have taken this as starting point to discover more of Pepys pre- and post journal life.

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Excellent

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

Reviewed: 19-02-16

An excellent account, generally well read though the accents used by the reader detract from the narrative, a problem I had with the author's book on Churchill also read by Mr Edwards.

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Nevertheless.......

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-11-15

I made it to the end, but gained no new knowledge from this biased and poorly researched book. A better title might be "Life in Middle and Upper Class Victorian Britain". There are lengthy chapters on etiquette and office employment, but almost no mention at all of the lives and work of ordinary people, of their homes or of their way of life. Industry is almost completely ignored and anyone without prior knowledge would come away thinking that the hidden code of the lady's fan was central to Victorian life. The Empire is glorified, and stating that the spread of Christianity across the world was one of its beneficial achievements is quite amazing. I wish I'd counted the number of times "nevertheless" was used - twice in the audio sample alone. As for the pointless mid-chapter sub headings....... Best avoided.

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