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  • Sicily

  • By: John Julius Norwich
  • Narrated by: Michael Healy
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 9
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
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    4 out of 5 stars 8

The stepping stone between Europe and Africa, the gateway between the East and the West, at once a stronghold, clearinghouse and observation post, Sicily has been invaded and fought over by Phoenicians and Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans, Goths and Byzantines, Arabs and Normans, Germans, Spaniards and the French for thousands of years. It has belonged to them all - and yet has properly been part of none. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a Story

  • By Anonymous User on 16-01-2019

What a Story

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Reviewed: 16-01-2019

An amazing story or resilience in a place with what seems to be a culture quite unique, and filled with tragedy and beauty. The narration is a little idiosyncratic but the story is no failure for that.

  • The Popes

  • A History
  • By: John Julius Norwich
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 21 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Well known for his histories of Norman Sicily, Venice, the Byzantine Empire and the Mediterranean, John Julius Norwich has now turned his attention to the oldest continuing institution in the world, tracing the papal line down the centuries from St Peter himself – traditionally (though by no means historically) the first pope – to the present Benedict XVI.Of the 280-odd holders of the supreme office, some have unques­tionably been saints; others have wallowed in unspeakable iniquity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An extraordinary journey

  • By Anonymous User on 03-10-2018

An extraordinary journey

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Reviewed: 03-10-2018

An extraordinary journey through western civilisation, the power, corruption. Thrilling and also pretty. Highly recommended.

  • The Year of Living Danishly

  • Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country
  • By: Helen Russell
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn't Disneyland but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long, dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries. What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born or made?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and engaging

  • By Ally on 12-03-2017

Memories

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Reviewed: 22-08-2018

This brings back memories of my three years in Sweden. Intensely frustrating but deeply wonderful.

  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

  • By: Muriel Spark
  • Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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    4 out of 5 stars 22

"You girls are my vocation... I am dedicated to you in my prime." So says Miss Jean Brodie, a teacher unlike any other. She is proud and cultured. A romantic, with progressive, sometimes shocking ideas and aspirations for the girls in her charge. When she decides to transform a select group of pupils into the 'crème de la crème' at the Marcia Blaine School they become the Brodie set. In exchange for their undivided loyalty the girls earn a special place of honour and privilege within the school. Yet they are also introduced to a startling new world of adult games....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • crème de la crème

  • By Anonymous User on 15-08-2018

crème de la crème

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Reviewed: 15-08-2018

It was lovely to rediscover this book which I read first in the late 60's.