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  • Venice

  • By: Jan Morris
  • Narrated by: Sebastian Comberti
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Venice stands, as she loves to tell you, on the frontiers of the east and west, half-way between the setting and the rising sun. Goethe calls her "the market-place of the Morning and the Evening lands". Certainly no city on earth gives a more immediate impression of symmetry and unity, or seems more patently born to greatness.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well informed but badly organised.

  • By Once We Were Fiction on 31-10-11

Interesting but

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-19

This book is interesting but I would not recommend it to somebody new to Venice and its history. The book is broken into themes like “The Islands”, “The People”, etc. which makes it difficult to understand the development of Venice as a world power. It is largely based on the impressions of a rather knowledgeable lady about the city. It is puzzling why a guy was chosen to read this work. The book includes a few fun facts and humorous stories so can be interesting as an additional source of information.

  • Bertie: A Life of Edward VII

  • By: Jane Ridley
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 22 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

Entertaining and different, this is an enjoyable study of a flawed yet characterful Prince of Wales seen through the eyes of the women in his life. Edward Vll, who gave his name to the Edwardian Age and died in 1911, was King of England for the final 10 years of his life. He was 59 when at last he came to the throne. Known as Bertie, the eldest son of Victoria and Albert, he was bullied by both his parents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bertie - the untold story

  • By Katherien Watt on 24-12-12

A very enjoyable audiobook

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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: 07-02-19

I never expected a biography of a royal could be do interesting and captivating. Carole Boyd is a wonderful narrator. A book not to be missed.