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Interesting history

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Reviewed: 18-10-18

An interesting history of the Middle East and Far East from pre biblical times to the modern day. This was a long listen and flagged a bit in places, the narration was a bit heavy going at times, but in all it was quite addictive. The history and mistakes of the past continue to be made down through the centuries and probably will in the future. But the Silk Road goes on with different powers taking control. Well worth it if you are interested in history.

A delightful Christmas Present

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Reviewed: 25-04-18

Another chapter in the St Mary’s saga, short but perfectly formed. The narration by Zara Ramm is one of the things that makes this series of books and stories come to life. She has a very rye sort of ‘tongue in cheek’ way of reading that is both engrossing and easily accessible. She brings out the characters and holds the listeners interest from beginning to end. I’m off to get the next instalment now.

Short but still good

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Reviewed: 24-02-18

A short story taking us back to the time of Cleopatra. Full of humour and tense bits, a satisfying story although it was over too quickly. I’m off to find the next in the series now.

Underwater excitement

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Reviewed: 22-02-18

Dirk Pitt is a sort of James Bond with an aqualung. It’s a few years since I’ve read a Clive Cussler novel but in the past I’ve always enjoyed the swashbuckling antics of the lead characters and the storylines revolving around some sunken wreck and various gangs of villains. This one is along the same lines, fairly formulaic in style but suspenseful and exciting for all that. In places though I found it uneasy reading. In light of current news accounts of males in positions of power acting inappropriately, the lead character is written displaying many characteristics and actions towards women that are frowned on today. But that aside it was well read and kept the interest going to the end. Clive Cussler still writes a good yarn.

I’m hooked on the whole series now

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Reviewed: 15-01-18

The second book in the series and I’m hooked. I love the premise of the series, really well written, the narration of the audible edition is top rate and easy to listen to. The writing style is inventive and gripping and author has a great sense of humour and creativity. I’m off to get book 3 now... can’t what to find out what happens next.

History and relevance of 1946

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Reviewed: 31-12-17

This was far from the dry history lesson I was expecting. To make a whole book about the events that occurred during one year has the worry that it may be like a piece of string, wandering and rambling. But I found I was hooked from the outset and carried along like an incoming tide. So many events happened during this year that have long lasting effects that reverberate to this day. Virtually all countries around the world have been affected in one way or another. Decisions made or not made during this year precluded events such as the creation of the Iron Curtain, the breakup of the British Empire and the eventual American involvement in the Vietnam War. There is an awful lot of detail is this book and it is extremely easy to follow and get swept along with. Will definitely be listening to this book again in the future as there is almost too much information to grasp in one go. Recommended.

If you like LeCarre you’ll love this.

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Reviewed: 15-11-17

An excellent story from the time of Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy / Smiley’s People.
This takes the story of one of the lesser known characters and expands on his time with the circus and what happened to him after his retirement.
A lot of known characters are interwoven into the story eventually bringing in George Smiley.
A very enjoyable book , while not gripping it was atmospheric and heady.
Tom Hollander does a great job with the narration adding tension in all the right places and handling the nuances and mannerisms of the different characters convincingly.
A great listen.

Gripping tale well written

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Reviewed: 17-09-17

What did you like most about Most Secret?

Nevil Shute is a master of descriptive writing and holds the attention from the very first paragraph. Even though this story was written in the 1950's it is still fresh today.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Most Secret?

The chapter about the use and effect of the flame thrower was both harrowing and frightening. This stayed with me for days after hearing it.

Which character – as performed by Roger May – was your favourite?

The character of Charles Simon was my favourite, a lonely person who came into his own as the story progressed. A major character.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not a book to make you laugh, but it brought a lump to my throat a number of times. The story the priest told, and the action of the village residents, were notable emotional moments.

Any additional comments?

If you enjoy stories human stories of the Second World War this one will keep you listening. Nevil Shute has written many stories of this era and this is an extremely good one.

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More damned things please

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Reviewed: 22-07-17

This was such a pleasure to listen to from beginning to end, the story, well St Mary's, muddles along in a very English way and it carries the listener along with it like a pot of tea and hot buttered toasted tea cakes on a chilly Sunday afternoon. Time travel and putting the world to rights with sticky tape and sealing wax and almost nearly getting it right seems the right thing to do.
The narrator doesn't jar or get over enthusiastic, and I mean that in a nice way. It is read in a relaxed but commanding tone that held my attention throughout.
A lovely listen... now on to the next episode.

A welcome introduction

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Reviewed: 26-06-17

I liked this short introduction to the series.
It gave a good account of how it all started, the unrest and battles and how the finance of the hospital came about.
I listened to it twice to take it all in and would be beneficial to anyone starting the series as a whole.
You don't have to listen to this to understand the rest, but it helps.