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Mrs. K. Skarbek

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Captivating Fairytale Retellings but so much more!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-06-2020

I absolutely loved this book of short stories by Blackie. They are marvellous, lyrical retellings of old myths and fairytales with clever twists and sudden turns and always shot through with deep abiding wisdom and this quiet, yet feral keening that calls us back to our wild woman selves. Truly captivating. These stories are perfect for a quiet Autumn afternoon or a long Winter's night. If you are lucky enough to listen to the audio version, you will have the added delight of hearing the many accented voices of the tales - Scottish, Irish, Welsh, English - all female, all fierce and passionate story-tellers - and that is a joy too. Can't recommend this book highly enough.

Brilliant, Funny Retelling of the Norse Myths

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 13-11-2019

This book is amazing. Neil Gaiman not only writes beautifully, articulately and with an obvious genuine love of mythology, but he narrates with delightful cheeky humour. He brings the characters to life in a way that had me, my husband, my teenage daughter and our seven year old son all engaged and chortling happily. Absolutely wonderful!

Disappointing overall.

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-2019

Let me start by saying that I adored the whole of the All Souls Trilogy. I loved the narration, I loved the storyline, I loved the well-researched history - it was a fantastic trilogy. Sadly, this was poorly written, the story seemed to bounce around so much it made little real sense and I got no sense of connection to characters that I had previously been very engaged with. It was, in all honesty, very boring. It feels like it wasn't properly 'finished' before it was published - like it needed editing to make the story flow better and more sensibly. It's not the time travelling back and forth between periods I didn't enjoy, there's plenty of that in the other books, it's that it just didn't gel properly and I honestly could not have cared less about Marcus and Phoebe, who were supposed to be the main characters in this addition, though it spent as much time with Diana and the kids as it did them - which I was grateful for as they are by far more interesting people. A sadly disappointing follow-up to a great series. The narration was fantastic as always.

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Remembering Ourselves Home

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-11-2019

The content of this book is deep, well-written and very obviously well researched and experienced by the lovely Toko-pa. I loved the book but sometimes found it difficult to listen to a lot of it in one sitting. It's a book that needs a bit of digesting, I think. Beautiful dreamwork insight and definitely worth persevering with.

Wonderful Insight into Wilderness Solos

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Reviewed: 05-11-2019

I very much enjoyed this book. The subject matter centers around the experience of going into a wildnerness solo - just you and nature - no food - for a few days and the incredible changes that it can bring to your spiritual and personal life. I read it as I was about to do my own wilderness solo/vision quest and I found it informative but also a rich spiritual story around man's relationships with nature and his deeper, more wild self. Fantastic information for people looking to do a vision quest but just as wonderful to listen to if you want to get back out into nature and refind your peace and purpose. The only downside was the narration - I found the strange accent of the narrator very offputting - he doesn't pronounce any of his 't's' which is very difficult to listen to - he voice is also somewhat monotonous in places, but it didn't put me off the book or the subject matter.

Another Wonderful Fairytale Retelling

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-2019

What can I say - a beautiful retelling of the fairytale of Beauty and the Beast, full of wonder and magic and Naomi Novik's keen sense of myth and story. I loved her other book, Spinning Silver, and which has the same narrator, Katy Sobey and which is similarly beautiful. A very enjoyable read.

Brilliant and Funny Finale to a Great Series!

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Reviewed: 05-11-2019

I adored this book as I have the other two in the series, The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect. The whole series has made me laugh out loud on many occasions. I love the narrator's ability to bring this incredible character to life in such a 'real' way. The story (again) is wonderful, quirky, sweet and very, very funny. It is a gently honest but keenly observed piece of writing about an unusual man who lives an extraordinary life somewhat ruled by his autism. In this book, the story is about his relationship with and understanding of, his son. I highly recommend this book to anyone but particularly to those people who love, or know, or have experience of people on the spectrum. It is a book about life as it is lived by someone atypical and it is full of truth and laughter.

Funny and Real

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-10-2019

Very British sense of humour and the perfect nostalgia for a British child of the 80’s like me. A sweet, irreverent and chucklesome look at a normal life, told through the eyes of a barefoot London Nanny, living amongst witty, clever people and artsy, literary types like ‘Bennett’. Get the version ready by the author - I love her dry delivery.

Fabulous, funny and tender.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 28-08-2019

I love Caitlin Moran. I love her wit and her rawness and her story-telling is the best. Listen to this if you want a hearty, chuckle some read. Read it especially if you are a child of the 80’s and from the midlands, like me, where every aside is like giggling with an old friend over all the things that made the 90’s brilliant. Read it if you want a bloody good laugh. I have a teenage daughter and I will make her read everything by Caitlin Moran (when she is old enough) because it’s an education. In what it’s like to be young, foolish, in-love and learning, every moment what it is to be fully yourself. Narration, is excellent.

Enchanting Fairytale Retelling

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-08-2019

A beautiful and engaging story that never disappoints. It’s ostensibly a retelling of the Rumplestiltskin fairytale but it is also the tale of three strong, courageous women, a tar of worth and wealth and magic and other worlds that interconnect and weave in and out of this one. Definitely for you if you like fairytales and probably still for you if you don’t but love a well told story. 😁