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Lovely audible book

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

Reviewed: 28-06-20

Like others who have reviewed this book I wonder why it had such rave reviews. It was interesting from the perspective of marsh life, but to overlap so much wonderful research with a weak murder/mystery and what was not much more than a Mills & Boon romance was disappointing and did not do justice to the capability of the author. Very drawn out and a bit far fetched. I recommend it as a nice listen to story, but it did not deserve all the hype.

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Repeat -almost

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

Reviewed: 22-05-20

The story is good, but it was so very similar in places to Oswalds last book, that I questioned myself so many times if I had actually read this before. Excellent narration by Ian Hanmore.

For wine lovers

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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: 08-05-20

Another interesting read from Peter Stafford-Bow. Having enjoyed ‘Corkscrew’ I thought I would give ‘Brut Force’ a go too - maybe I should have allowed more time between reads, as it seemed it didn’t quite achieve the same easy ‘pour’ as ‘Corkscrew’. However it was good and the narration by the author himself is excellent.

Great Scottish Narration

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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: 22-04-20

I enjoyed this book, some great characters. Sometimes it seemed like there were too many characters and remembering who was who was difficult - I needed the goodies to be in white cowboy hats and the baddies in black ones! But regardless it was a really good listen. The character of DS Jessie Janes was excellent and so well narrated by David Monteath.

Thoroughly enjoyable entertainment

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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: 13-03-20

From the first sip through to the last gulp, a superb vintage! Peter Stafford-Bow must have had a most wonderful time researching this book. Light and fruity at the start, heavy bodied in the middle, interesting on the nose, with an amusing finish. Goes down well with a light heart.

One star down....

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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: 19-01-20

Only one downside - too many characters for an Audible book. The main characters were well written, but I found it difficult to retain the drip fed bits on secondary characters, especially when they turned out to be crucial for the book, and then their names and accents were changed deliberately! Very confusing! I had to go back on numerous occasions to re-listen to bits and unlike the pages of a book, or the ease of search on Kindle, it is a slog to go back on Audible. The background of Skibo, Inverness Airport etc well researched, and I have to assume ditto for Paris, Saint-Martin-de-Re and places throughout Europe. If Denise Mina did personal experience research on these then it must have been great fun and mostly very luxurious! Narration by Cathleen McCarron was excellent. Very interesting and enjoyable and would likely make a good action packed movie.

Easy listen and interesting historical background

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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: 12-01-20

Narrator, David Rintoul as excellent as ever - really brought the story to life. Greenock was my childhood, my mother was at one time ‘in service’ to the Shaw Stewarts and Machrihanish & Campbeltown formed some of my adult life, so I really enjoyed the historical trip down memory lane, and I believe it is historically accurate. It was also interesting to find out how one would travel from Edinburgh to Glasgow in the years before the railway or proper roads, it had never occurred to me it would be via Falkirk. Probably makes good reading as an actual book, but I can highly recommend it as an Audible book, especially when narrated by David Rintoul.

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Too, too long and overemphasis on detail

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

Reviewed: 11-11-19

The actual story is entertaining enough, especially towards the end of the 18 hours of listening! Very obviously a work of fiction, a bit sugary sweet at times and not plausible in many respects. The narration was often not spot on with pronunciation, but regardless, it was an easy to listen to voice. The main fault is that the book is much too long, severe editing was definitely required, descriptions are often ludicrously drawn out to the nth degree. Fascination with shoes.... why give detail of the Counts shoes being left outside the guests bedroom door and not follow up some sort of effect of it - also Sophia going barefoot in Paris added nothing to the story. Too much superfluous detail.

Engaging enough

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

Reviewed: 23-06-19

The story was engaging enough to keep you entertained to the end, however loads of red herrings which really did nothing for the story. The pregnancy of Luke’s girlfriend was a rather pointless exercise, a distraction that really had no place in the book. Details of nappy changing and wiping the baby’s bottom - why did we need to be subjected to that?? If the author wanted to fill out the story a bit, we could have done with more details on the tying up of the loose red herrings.

Well narrated and fine for listening to in the car.

Very Contemporary

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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: 02-05-19

This book could have been written yesterday it is so current. I just loved the bits about Bunter Jolly and Grease-Hogg, and the narrated ‘picture’ of Toad with the smoothie was just perfect. This part of the book would make a great TV skit for the likes of Spitting Image. These are bits I would give 5+ stars to.

The rest of the story just 4 stars, but still interesting, well written and researched, loads of tongue-in-cheek humour, political satire with a good pinch of imagination thrown in for good measure

The minus one star for narration is that I personally find Ben Elton difficult to listen to. I have previously read his books rather than listened. He speaks so fast with a London accent - and I am a Scot - likely enough said! I tried to slow down the Audible speed, but it was then too slow, I needed something between the two speeds. However I am glad I persevered as it was a great book Especially in our politically correct times.