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Like its popular and acclaimed predecessors, Restoration London and Dr Johnson's London, this fascinating evocation of Elizabethan London is the result of the author's passionate interest in the practical details of everyday life and the conditions in which most people lived, which most history books ignore: the streets, houses and gardens; cooking, housework and shopping; clothes, jewellery and make-up; medicine and sex; education, etiquette and hobbies; religion, law and crime.

©2011 Liza Picard (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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  • Margaret
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 10-01-12

Interesting but the narration is a little dry

This book is very well researched and interesting, but I found the manner of narration a little dry which meant I struggled to remain wholly engaged.

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Good Book shame about the Narration

I was looking forward to this audiobook and whilst the subject was great if a somewhat lacking in detail, the choice of Liza Picard as Narrator was a bad one.

I suggest you listen to the audio sample first ( I made the mistake of not doing so ), as she reads it in a very

" I....(pause).....Shall....(pause)....Say.....(pause)....This....(pause)....So.....You....Understand....It...Way"

And are obvious sections in the book divided up with a very annoying "tune" that marks each one.


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  • Mark
  • Casnewydd, United Kingdom
  • 23-11-11

Good but needs a professional narrator

Liza Picard does a good job of capturing the daily life of London and this is enjoyable listening but it was probably a mistake to get her to read it herself. She has one of those very plummy voices -- nothing inherently wrong with it. However, it's not a neutral voice but she doesn't know the tricks of adding inflection and pace to a reading

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Don't do it yourself.

A well written book with lots of facts set out in a very readable/listenable style. But what spoiled it for me was the narration, maybe it's best to let someone else narrate, unless you are an actor or a professional narrator. I think Picard's Restoration London was much better. So please don't make it a read your own unless you know what you're doing.