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Complex military history

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-2019

I like Anthony Beevor and have another of his books. The detail is amazing and I confess to get confused by all the military terminology. Yet the individual stories of soldiers and civilians is what this book worth taking the time to listen. The narration is somewhat gravely and takes some getting used to.

Physics explained

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-2018

I loved the melodic narration and the joy the author has in her science. I won’t ignore my slushing coffee again!

Okay but...

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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: 08-06-2016

I was excited to see the last in this series come up on my recommendations list. I had really enjoyed the characters in particularly Derry Brewer and the other commoners who made the story more personal. This final book did not have many of those characters, which I missed. I was waiting to hear why Richard had turned on the brother he loved so much to the point he would order the murder of his nephews, I know the history of this time but was hoping Mr Iggulden would use his creative licence to shed light on this turning of a man he had portrayed as fiercely loyal throughout the story.

The narration by Mr McMillan was my other attraction to the series (and his other narrations, check out Don Quixote) and it was great.

Still worth a credit to complete the story wholly sad in the end for the characters I had come to enjoyed.

A sense of loss now the book is finished!

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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: 24-04-2016

What will I do without the stories of Verner, Marielor and the 'sea of flames'... Doerr's writing is compelling and I was drawn into the worlds and lives he created, so much that I will miss these characters. There are parts that have you on the edge of your seat, holding your breath, as you will the characters to survive or not... Julie Teal's narration is soft and poignant and way she says 'static, static, static'... become sign posts throughout! More please...

A world to sink into!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-04-2016

A truely fascinating story that drew me in. I loved the three major characters who slowly came together and found their place. Partly magical realism and partly love story it will surprise you. The narration was such that it did not distract from the story. I recommend it if you enjoy twisting narratives.

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A believable Eleanor

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-06-2015

History made story. I enjoyed this book and having read non-fiction about Eleanor this was close to fact. The narrator captured the youth of the Duchess and carried the male voices well too. Thank you.

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Engaging historical fiction

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

Reviewed: 23-11-2014

Once I got used to the clipped narration I really enjoyed this book. The accents were mostly consistent especially the Welsh! The story captures how the separate but interwoven lives of the key characters are changed by WWI. The characters are likeable and I kept listening to hear how each dealt with the major political and social changes of the first three decades of last century. If you like historical fiction and believable characters this is a good series to get into!

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Female perspective turbulent times

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Reviewed: 13-11-2014

The sisters of Lady Jane Grey the unfortunate 9 day Queen between Edward IV and Mary Tudor tell their stories as the try to survive after her execution. The voices are believable and I was able to immerse myself in the story.

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A Murder Explained

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-11-2014

Medieval history has always intrigued me and I had heard references to Becket's bloody murder in other text (both fiction and non-fiction) so it was great to see this title in an audible format. You gain an understanding of how education, place and time could raise the low born in medieval England to great influence but also the whims of monarchs can be your downfall. The narration is good.

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A Story of two times

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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: 13-11-2014

I chose this book because I like medieval mystery and the archaeological angle too. The narration kept me listening and I was enthralled by the ending. There was a point were I was confused by the different threads and characters but this was momentary. I have the next two books to listen to now!

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