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Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-06-19

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Knew nothing about the risings during this period of time so I was really pleased that that Sansome set put the historical facts at the end of his novel. Just brilliant and highly recommended.

WHAT A LET DOWN !!!!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-02-15

What disappointed you about Written in My Own Heart's Blood?

Book 7 was not as good as the previous books, this was worse. Frankly I found it boring. Story lines were weak and disjointed. I only kept reading because I found the early books so good, and thought this had to improve. Sadly it didn't. Also, there were far too many sex scenes, On this evidence, I think it is time to finish the series.

What could Diana Gabaldon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Written it with the same pace and enthusiasm as the first six novels. They were brilliant. Felt like she was bored with having to write !!

What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The book as all the previous books, was well read, but that does not improve on poor story lines.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No....

Any additional comments?

I am sorry to have written this review but it truly is how I feel.

4 people found this helpful

Enjoyable BUT.......................

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-04-14

What did you like best about Treachery? What did you like least?

I find this series of books quite enjoyable as " light entertainment ". although I think this is the poorest to date of the Bruno series. Have read rather than listened to the previous books and this may be the reason because what I liked least was the narrator's pseudo Italian accent.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was fairly predictable.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Laurence Kennedy?

Yes, it was just his Italian accent which I found irritating, otherwise he was very good.

Did Treachery inspire you to do anything?

No.

Any additional comments?

I tend to prefer my history reading or listening to be more factual and less romantic but occasionally I enjoy something lighter and Treachery is just that. Enjoyable but not for the purist.

12 people found this helpful

Strange but true !!!!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-02-14

Would you listen to The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery again? Why?

Yes I would listen to this book again because I found it a more compelling listen then many fiction novels. In fact at times I had to remind myself that it was not a novel.

What did you like best about this story?

That is was true, that the hero/villain of the plot had actually existed, and also the way in which the writer had set out to research one subject but uncovered the initial information which led to this book being written. I also found the methodology of the research interesting. Also, the book is not written like many non-fiction or biographical books. The prose is lively and perfectly read.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

No particular scene but overall the relationships between the different individuals was quite fascinating.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, not particularly, but neither was it a book that I did not want to finish.

Any additional comments?

I shall never visit Belvoir again without remembering this book and the secret rooms !!!!!!!

5 people found this helpful

Disappointed

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-13

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who has not read the Outlander series because their expectations would be much lower. The Outlander series is exceptionally good both in the detail of the writing and in the various plots.

Would you ever listen to anything by Diana Gabaldon again?

Definately. This is the first time I have been disappointed.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Not at all.

What character would you cut from A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows?

Only one main character so without him there would be no book.

Any additional comments?

Lacked the class, detail and everything I have come to expect from Diana Gabaldon. Actually I find it difficult to believe that she really wrote this.

3 people found this helpful

Fascinating.......

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-12

....brilliant. I have read this book several times since I first bought it some forty years ago. That alone says how good it is !! I have never read any other book more than once, It was only recently that I realised that it was available to download, and having listened, can honestly say that despite knowing the story well, I still found it amazingly addictive. Probably not for the historical purist but still an informative and very well written novel. It was also very well narrated. I highly recommend this book.

14 people found this helpful

A thoroughly enjoyable listen .....

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-12

The only problem was that it came to an end !!! I never cease to be amazed at Ken Follett's ability to write about such diverse subjects and periods of time. This book is amazing in how it links many people from different walks of life and different nations during the period of time just before and during the Great War. This book has many heroes (and a few villains), a variety of plots, and addresses a number of issues, but I found it gripping. Well worth listening to and highly recommended.

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An excellent listen....

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-11

Another good book from Alison Weir. Fact and fiction are woven together to produce an incredibly good "listen". This is a must for anyone with an interest in the Angevin Empire, not just in Queen Eleanor, and if you haven't got an interest before you listen to it; you will afterwards.

Thoroughly enjoyable................

1 person found this helpful

Disappointed...............

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-11

I have recently read and listened to a number of books concerning Robert Bruce and the battles between the Scots and Edward I, and I think this one is the worst. After listening for the first hour I had to stop and start again, as I realised that I had absorbed very little. The reason.........the narration is far too fast and "gabbled", ( I am part Scot and used to the accent). I did eventually cope with this, but also think the fictional story line is very weak.

1 person found this helpful

Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-11

What an excellent listen. So good that I couldn't stop listening !! I love British medieval history and this book really does bring the period to life. The author has linked the facts and the fiction to produce not only a good book but a credible account of the period. Thoroughly enjoyable and very highly recommended.

13 people found this helpful