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T H Monteith

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Overhyped

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-03-20

Intriguing that a plot line fitting neatly one one side of A4 could successfully be extended to 38 hours of listening. As an audio format the cast list is too extensive easily to get to grips with the characters who largely fail to emerge as individuals. Continually referring to Cromwell as ‘he’ it’s quite difficult swiftly to identify him in any one scene. It’s a book that requires careful listening, not one that can safely be put on as background whilst you do something else - often an audiobook’s great multitasking advantage.

I also found Mantel quite often falling into familiar imagery - lots of backs turned whilst looking out of windows or bodily fluids leaking through cloth being an oft visited theme. If you are interested in upper class Tudor diets, how to serve up lamprey or the intricacies of heraldic embroidery there will be much to delight.

Personally I would not really recommend this one as best tackled in audio format. Curl up with the book and immerse yourself - after all in the current climate this is the perfect opportunity

Great fun

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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: 01-11-19

What a great sense of humour. It’s been a pleasure to share the hours with you. The self deprecating wit, the craziness according to Elton, all is revealed and a small glimpse into what it’s like to be a superstar. Well done -
would highly recommend this book.

Balanced and detailed

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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: 11-09-19

Thorough account of Mountbatten and his marriage. At times a bit laboured and repetitive about innumerable ‘dalliances’. However it is only a fair attempt to examine the contradictions of a full life. MB emerges as vain and over promoted but the author does give him credit where due and reflects he was often only a voice rather than the true author of events.

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Bad behaviour on The Riviera

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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: 30-07-19

Often shocking in its hedonistic excesses and indulgence by the very wealthy, de Courcy paints a convincing picture of life on The Riviera before and during the war. It’s full of interesting detail although sometimes the sheer cast of rather shallow characters is a bit relentless. The French don’t emerge very well with their awful attitude to Jews - the authorities couldn’t try hard enough to hasten their deportations. The wartime deprivation and struggle for survival is well detailed. How would we cope with the difficult choices to be made - starve, use the black market or collaborate?