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The Four Streets cover art

More a social history than a novel

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

Reviewed: 10-09-19

It works ok as a social history but as a novel i found the characters thin and the plot uninspiring. The characters should have been fascinating but i could find no sympathy or empaphy for them, they seemed to people the book for the sole purpose of illustrating the authers interest in the era. The unemotional narration style confirmed this with and provided little tension.

The Secret cover art

A surprising listen

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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: 10-09-19

My first impression was that i had made an error with this book - female author, main characters female, narrator female and initially i thought the style fit with my reactions. I was so wrong. Wonderfully plotted, rich in characters and so well constructed. Kept me turning pages. Searching for more of Kathryn Hughes. And... a great narration. Worthy of my rarely given five stars.

The Lost Man cover art

A Very Rare 5 Star

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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: 30-08-19

I don't give five stars very often - - there must always be something better and I hold them in reserve for books such as this. Everything about it screams quality read. Characters, plot, writing, narration - all first class. The rugged Australian outback is capture perfectly as are the people who populate it. My only problem is that this is my third Jane Harper and Audible only has three book in its library!!! Enough to make me start reading again.

Metro 2033 cover art

A Great find.

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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: 30-08-19

I found this in my library, think that I must have bought it on offer. A pleasant surprise, great stuff. Well written with a well constructed plot and interesting characters. I will certainly continue with the series and add more to my library. I have nothing to add about the content is well described in the blurb.

Travels with My Aunt cover art

Does not really sustain

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

Reviewed: 30-08-19

I like Graham Green as a writer and I was interested to see how he dealt with humour. My intimal reaction was positive but as it went on I found that it became more and more self indulgent. I could imagine the writer laughing to himself as he created each "amusing" scene, amazed by his own brillance. Most probably unfair but that was the impression that the unrelenting attempts to be ironic and humorous. I did finish the book but had little interest in the characters, that belonged not to this world nor any.

Plague Pits & River Bones cover art

Ok

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

Reviewed: 11-08-19

I'm afraid that for me the melodramatctheatrical narration spoilt what may have been a better listen. Authors who try to recapture the writing stye of an earlier time invariably fail and it is difficult to take it seriouly, it becomes a parody of itself.

The Greatest Knight cover art

Classic historical novel

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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: 11-08-19

Strong novel high on historical content with a good narrative. The complexity of the Plantagenets in the 12th century are well told with good characterisations of believable players. My first Chadwick but i will cdrtainky read others.

Bad Move cover art

Pleased to finish this book

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

Reviewed: 15-07-19

I have enjoyed other books by this authors and it was only this that kept me going to the end. Dark comedy? Light comedy? - whatever it attempted to be, for me it failed. I found the central character not funny but mentally defective, why was his intelligent and successful wife with this stupid man? Enough, the book really deserves no more comment.

Killers of the Flower Moon cover art

Remarkable book

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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: 28-06-19

This book had me gripped from the first page. True life crime written with the pace or a novel. Interesting characters and a fascinating story. Recommended.

The Blood Strand cover art

Interesting . . .

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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: 28-06-19

Well interesting enough to be tempted to listen to the next in the trilogy. Regional crime drama with good voices and interesting solid characters.

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