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D H POWELL

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Good storytelling

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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: 06-10-19

A good yarn in a current setting, but not quite LeCarre. A more realistic scenario for why River was exiled would have given it the edge.

Great ideas for the plots, but didn't deliver

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

Reviewed: 19-10-18

The idea of spy stories in the 20s and 30s is good. The Scandal at Bletchley was a good yarn, well narrated. The Red Zeppelin's plot was a bit contrived, and the narration ruined my enjoyment; again, an essentially English story was narrated by an American whose pronunciation really grated!

Indifferent narration spoiled a classic adventure

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-08-17

The narrator's voice simply wasn't suited to portray an adventure story. some dreadful pronunciation, particularly of place names really set my teeth on edge.

A jolly good story,well told.

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-17

Great story with challenging twists (I thoghtcit was going to be a ghost story!). The detectives were far more realistic than in some stories I have listened to lately

Not the best of the series

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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: 07-12-16

The story was a bit unrealistic. The narration was repetitive.

I will think twice before buying another Tony Parsons book.

Good account of the big conspiracy theories

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

Reviewed: 22-06-16

The writing was good, as always by David Aaronovitck. But why the funny accents in the narrative ?

I really wanted to like this book but...

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-04-15

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

Crime story lovers who aren't concerned with historical accuracies.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Charlie, obviously but Frank, being the misled innocent got my sympathy.

What didn’t you like about Brian J. Gill’s performance?

To be honest, 2/3 of the reason I didn't enjoy this book was the narration! Gill's pronunciation was nothing short of awful! He really didn't get the basics, never mind the subtleties of the Queen's English; talk about two nations divided by a common language! To pronounce Asquith as "Areskithe" and to flick between the long and short "A" in bath in the same paragraph was inexcusable. Too many more to list...

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

The story-line was good; bent cops and masons could have been stale, but it was a good story.

Any additional comments?

There were a number of historical inaccuracies that spoilt it: Plastic buckets!, plastic bags on the victim's hands! Tape fingerprint lifting, (1950s at the earliest)

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Sorry, this wasn't enjoyable!

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-14

What would have made The Last Testament better?

I read a similar book to this called The Creation Memos years ago, and enjoyed it. This one isn't remotely in the same league. The story wasn't well structured and the presentation really didn't help.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The voice just wasn't godlike.

Poor recording

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-05-11

This audiobook promises much but isn't able to provide. The recording should be in stereo (to give different messages to each ear) is in mono.

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