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Good book but no more for me

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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: 08-11-2020

I've really enjoyed the Chronicles of St Marys. But when Clive Ronan showed up again, I think I'm losing interest. I've enjoyed the shenanigans of St Marys. The flirting with the time line. I loved Cleo the Muse of History although she hasn't been seen in recent books. But now the author seems to be including difficulties in the form of Clive Ronan where none are needed. The Historians are quite capable of causing their own problems. And from reading reviews of future books, I think now is the time to stop. This book was good. But no more for me.

Enjoyable

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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: 22-09-2020

Not what I was expecting ... I had somehow thought from reading blurbs and reviews that classes of students went back in time and 'observed' history with a few shenanigans thrown in as students do. But actually it's about a small group of very serious historians who go back in time and genuinely do their best to record history. Any of the fun seems restricted to skipping classes and avoiding homework tasks. I'm enjoying it. I suspect if I listen to all of the series I shall tire of the same-ness, but for four or five books it's just a fun read.

Disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 03-07-2020

I've started to enjoy Miss Silver stories but this one was a bit disappointing. It depended less on logic and problem solving than on watching events occur.

Abridged !

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

Reviewed: 27-12-2019

When I bought this title, I suppose I should have guessed that 2 hours and 37 minutes meant it was abridged. But somehow I didn't check. I like the narrator and for its time, the story is absolutely fine. But I've gone back to my Kindle version to find out all the bits I've missed - it is A LOT. These old books are not generally the fast paced action that we are now used to. But for a good relaxing read, I really like them. I'm just hugely disappointed that not only was it abridged, but that was not mentioned anywhere.

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Awful

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

Reviewed: 24-12-2019

I'm Australian - I never thought of Biggles as being particularly British even though he undoubtedly was. I don't recall the "for King and Empire" ever coming into it. He was into adventures. And this very British, stolid, character who was sickly and unloved as a child ... never heard of him. Even the adventures are told in such an unadventurous way. If you're looking for more Biggles ... don't bother. Even if you're desperate.

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Not as good as the others

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

Reviewed: 15-12-2019

The other two Father Brown books are somehow "better" than this one. I'm not quite sure if I can put my finger on why, but I certainly enjoyed them more. The stories seemed less detective and more human nature, perhaps. Anyway, it was Father Brown so reasonable, but The Wisdom of Father Brown and the Innocence of Father Brown are much better.

Sort of enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 15-12-2019

So I was looking for something mind-numbing to listen to. This did seem to hit that spot. For a while. And then it just got repetitive and boring. Comedy should be funny. Just my opinion of course. But when Miles Jupp has the same lines in every single episode ... and the questions get to the point of guessing ... it just lost if for me.

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 15-12-2019

The narrator is acceptable but rather monotone. Which is not necessarily bad in this book. But doesn't get in on the action when it is occurring. Make it more difficult to form relationships with the characters. We're left not really knowing what happened and being able to see some of the future loopholes for ourselves. Which is rather annoying. I am inclined to read the second book, but I note I've so far been able to resist due to wanting to read other books more. So although I do want to know what happens next, clearly it's not enveloped me as other stoies do.

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enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 15-12-2019

I enjoyed the audio book. Perhaps because it is Kitty Flanagan reading her own book. I always think that adds to the story. But "story" is definitely the wrong word. It's probably a series of anecdotes - with each chapter having a different story to tell. And sometimes they were cringe-worthy. Comedy is good when it makes you laugh. But cringing is bad. :-)

Not worth it

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

Reviewed: 15-12-2019

I admit - I downloaded it because it was free and wondered if the series would be interesting. First of all, very little happens. Secondly, the blood and guts seemed to be more for the sake of it rather than furthering any action or story line. And, i admit, zombies are not really my thing. [But I was prepared to have zombies if the rest of the book was okay.]