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A really compelling listen

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-10

This is a really interesting audiobook about a true life case of a Victorian poisoning. It's a classic "whodunnit", and the author clearly presents the evidence in an engaging way that leaves you guessing until the end. This is light enough not to require too much of your attention, but riveting enough to keep you listening until the end. A great listen for while you are driving around in the car - I kept finding excuses to put it on so that I could find out what happened! Highly recommended.

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Fantastic book, fantastic narrator

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-01-08

I bought this book on Audible as it was the January choice of a book club I attend. This isn't the sort of book I'd choose and the historical theme would have put me off if I'd seen it in a bookshop. However, I can't recommend it enough - the narrator is fantastic, and really brings a warmth and charm to the story, which is very much a 'human' story in amongst a tale of Nigeria & Biafra's war in the 1960's. Not too long, always compelling - really really good! Download NOW!

8 people found this helpful

Gets you in the Christmas Spirit

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-07

This is really really lightweight listen. Maeve Binchy has written a group of stories which explore the myriad challenges faced by various groups of people at Christmas - ie: dinner with demanding parents, spending Christmas alone because your lover is spending it with their wife etc.

Funny in parts, poignant in others, this kept me entertained during long drives around the country. However, often the stories seemed to finish rather abruptly, leaving me overall with a vague feeling of dissatisfaction.

It won't change your life, but this audiobook does help to get you in the Christmas spirit.

6 people found this helpful

Long listen, needs concentration!

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-11-07

I decided to give this a go on audiobook, as the length of the actual book put me off. I'm glad I did. If you are expecting 'History' in the traditional sense here, be warned - Bryson's book covers 'History' in terms of the creation of the world, the universe and everything, and is in fact far more concerned with physics and chemistry.

Very interesting in parts, although I have to be honest and say big chunks went over my head - it's the sort of listen that you can tune in and out of as you wish. Be warned though - it's very very very long, so you will need determination to get through it all.

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Gentle, amusing, easy listen

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-10-07

At some points reminiscent of 'The Queen & I' by Sue Townsend, the book concerns the consequences that follow when The Queen decides to take up reading, having discovered the Westminster Mobile Lending Library in the grounds of Buckingham Palace. Very funny in places, with a more gentle humour in others. Bennett uses the premise to explore the virtues of reading (and later, writing), and recommends several of his favourite authors and books along the way. This was a gentle, undemanding listen, that passed the time nicely while driving around the country. At times I felt that Bennett had stretched the basic concept as far as it could go, but there is certainly much to recommend here.

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