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Rosemary

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Perhaps her best

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

Reviewed: 24-03-2020

Neatly plotted, evenly paced, satisfyingly thoughtful; the only thing I didn’t like was a chapter identifying Brunetti only as “the man”. Why do it? But that’s a matter of personal taste.

Audible, be ashamed!

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

Reviewed: 04-10-2017

This book may be flawed, but it deserved a better reading than that!
I have heard worse, but only by amateurs. Many mispronunciations, even more mistakes of intonation indicating a failure to understand the meaning of the text, and a horrible mess of mangled accents.
Maybe the narrator was seeing the text for the first time? How unprofessional.
Other listeners would do much better to read the book.
I have to give a star rating for performance. Make it minus 1.

Ghastly waste

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

Reviewed: 10-12-2016

Did the author ever meet a dedicated scientist? Did she ever try to count leaves on a plant? [Hint: what proportion of the leaves can you see?]
Take a totally unbelievable and unlikeable protagonist, put them in highly unlikely situations, and give them stilted dialogue.
Then add a narrator who makes an exhibition of her elocution...
No, I didn't finish the book. I only have so much time to waste. Wasting the money on it was bad enough!

Epic scope, seamless story

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

Reviewed: 03-07-2016

Frankopan unravels the complex threads of the history of Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, citing original documents going back centuries. He links and sequences the activities of the Romans, Vikings, Conquistadors, English and Dutch East India companies, the British and Russian Empires and more recent Russian and U.S. intrigues are linked in an epic story of trade, exploitation and national self-interest.
The highlight for me was his quotation of diplomatic documents relating to conflicts for which I recall the sanitised media reports. How different they are!

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An excellent puzzle

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

Reviewed: 19-04-2016

A remarkably complex and well crafted murder cum espionage mystery. One might wish for some characters to be better developed, but the principals are believable and well executed.
Narration is good overall, but why does he pronounce cache as cachet? That broke my focus on the story at a critical point.