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  • Tombland

  • The Shardlake Series, Book 7
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 37 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642

The nominal king, Edward VI, is 11 years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, rules as Protector. The extirpation of the old religion by radical Protestants is stirring discontent among the populace while the Protector’s prolonged war with Scotland is proving a disastrous failure and threatens to involve France. Worst of all, the economy is in collapse, inflation rages and rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb - Samson’s best yet

  • By Jim__Leeder on 26-10-18

An interesting story about the Norwich rebellion

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

Reviewed: 23-12-18

An interesting story about the Norwich rebellion and the struggle between the gentlemen and commoners. However this is rather a long and at times drawn out telling of events. I was thoroughly fed up of hearing about Shardlakes bad back. I also felt that the narrator struggled to produce a convincing range of accents for the various characters.

  • A Very English Scandal

  • Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment
  • By: John Preston
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610

It's the late 1960s, and homosexuality has only just been legalised, and Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal party, has a secret he's desperate to hide. As long as Norman Scott, his beautiful, unstable lover is around, Thorpe's brilliant career is at risk. With the help of his fellow politicians, Thorpe schemes, deceives and embezzles - until he can see only one way to silence Scott for good. The trial of Jeremy Thorpe changed our society forever: it was the moment the British public discovered the truth about its political class.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By C Hall on 13-08-16

Somewhat long winded at times

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

Reviewed: 22-05-18

It is shocking what Jeremy Thorpe got away with and the collusion of his parliamentary colleagues, so in one sense I hope that many people either read the book or watch the television series to learn what this man was really like.
The story can be somewhat tedious at times, it's very chronological, this happened then that.

  • Dictator

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902

There was a time when Cicero held Caesar’s life in the palm of his hand. But now Caesar is the dominant figure, and Cicero’s life is in ruins. Exiled, separated from his wife and children, his possessions confiscated, his life constantly in danger, Cicero is tormented by the knowledge that he has sacrificed power for the sake of his principles. His comeback requires wit, skill and courage - and, for a brief and glorious period, the legendary orator is once more the supreme senator in Rome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last!

  • By Mary Carnegie on 27-11-15

Quite entertaining

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

Reviewed: 22-11-17

This book is quite entertaining but you need to listen or read all three books in the series to get the continuity. It probably also helps if you like ancient roman history. I found the reader to be fine. It makes me want to learn / read more about Cicero and the romans but I wouldn't describe the story as one that you can't put down.

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,684
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,567

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic start to what I hope is a great series

  • By GiffRock on 02-01-17

Disappointing and long winded

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-02-17

I didn't like this book at all and am surprised by the positive reviews it's had. The readers American accent is excruciating. The story is long winded and when it finally seems to be going somewhere the problem is resolved so fast I thought the recording had jumped. And the resolution is pathetic. I was also sick of hearing about the main characters craving for cheese burgers and raving about the revitalising effect of coffee. Save your money, don't bother listening to this unless you get it as a freebie.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Fingers in the Sparkle Jar

  • A Memoir
  • By: Chris Packham
  • Narrated by: Chris Packham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

An introverted, unusual young boy, isolated by his obsessions and a loner at school, Chris Packham was only at home in the fields and woods around his suburban home. But when he stole a young kestrel from its nest, he was about to embark on a friendship that would teach him what it meant to love - and that would change him forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting tale of love and loss.

  • By Lisa Morin on 08-05-16

Asperger syndrome

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

Reviewed: 14-06-16

Through telling his experiences of his childhood Chris gives us a clear picture of the difficulties people with Asperger Syndrome face and how others respond to him. What I like most about this book is that it demonstrates to young people with Asperger Syndrome that you can go on and achieve great things like Chris Packham. Don't give up in the face of adversity. Chris's courage in sharing his story will encourage others. I also like the fact that Chris also narrated the story.
Readers not familiar with Asperger Syndrome might find parts of the book heavy going when Chris goes into great detail.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The King's Spy

  • By: Andrew Swanston
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Summer, 1643: England is at war with itself. King Charles I has fled London, his negotiations with Parliament in tatters. The country is consumed by bloodshed. For Thomas Hill, a man of letters quietly running a bookshop in the rural town of Romsey, knowledge of the war is limited to the rumours that reach the local inn. When a stranger knocks on his door one night and informs him that the king's cryptographer has died, everything changes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent spy story

  • By Millie on 08-11-17

Slow moving

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

Reviewed: 13-07-15

The story is very slow moving and the information about decoding the ciphers excessive. I would not recommend the book.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful