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A lovely gentle story

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-10-2020

Hattie Morahan made this a very pleasing experience with her lovely English and gentle voice. I enjoyed the story and the painting references and aspects of history. I'm not sure its even based on truth but listening while looking at the painting referred to in the title, makes it quite special. I'll check for further titles by the same author and narrator. Thank you.

A pleasant story

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-10-2020

This book shows a little of the results and experiences of the Cultural Revolution in China through the eyes of Benfu. There's quite a lot of repetition about the past in the story, which detracts from it a bit. I would not look for further writing by this author.

marvelous performance

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Reviewed: 11-10-2020

I very much enjoyed this performance. Even knowing the story it was great to hear it again . One of Christie's better stories.

An excellent book

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-10-2020

I listened to the book in almost one sitting. VERY enjoyable in that its 'beautifully' written and masterfully narrated, plus its not 'only' about Belle Gibson. I had heard of Belle and knew the term Munchausen or hypochondria, but this story gave much more information. There were descriptions of more Cancer scams and pseudoscience advocates. I know a person who falls into the category of Munchausen by proxy and have cared for patients who tried (and wanted to try) alternative treatments like coffee enemas and the toxicity of almond kernels. Best of all this book very responsibly recited interviews with genuine Cancer sufferers and their Doctors. It points out the importance of the acceptance of the inevitable and the value of time with loved ones who have been given a (humanly speaking) "time" to die. Further, this book demonstrates the anxiety these days by news outlets to have "breaking news" which can lead to insufficient fact checking. Social media has changed the face of information and news, but has not changed the responsibility for News outlets of every type to be responsible for what they share. Checking facts and truth will go a long way to preventing fabricators such as Belle Gibson from doing their destructive work.

blasphemy put me off

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2 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-10-2020

Uneccessarily taking opportunities to blaspheme. I find that offensive and have no idea why authors resort to it.

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Possibly interesting if one removes the jabber.

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-2020

If it was not for all the " waffle" this might be what it intends to be...a book; about death, cremation and burial. The first chapters dealt with shaving a dead man plus the moody boss and the lesbian flat mate who was stood up by a married man. Eye roll! Returned the book.

Well written

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-2020

A cleverly written book on the dreadful crimes at Collumbine. It describes the events as well as the development of the anger and desire to revenge themselves by the killers.

Repeat of previous or other books

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-09-2020

I’ve listened to two other books on village schools by this author, and this has so much repetition in it that I’m returning it. It’s a shame the author had to resort to the same sayings, anecdotes and ‘Dales’ characterisations as in other books. As usual, the author’s narration is very good.

Quite lovely to listen to

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 27-09-2020

Yes I loved it and would even have enjoyed a bit more. Particularly sensitive to children's needs the author has fine understanding of young and old. The story is slightly repetative, but its forgiven because of the fine charachters. The narration is just perfect. All round a lovely few hours of storytelling.

Quite A Joy!

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Reviewed: 26-09-2020

What a joy to listen to. The performance is perfect. Its fun and quite funny in parts. The story is on local characters and their activities. It would fit nicely into the Young Adults section and is not unlike the Miss Read books.