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The Quiet Reader

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Superbly read but light on detail or revelation

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-06-2020

The narrator of this audio book is first class, and whilst the subjects of the book would be well known to listeners, I didn't find much that I already had known nor was the book especially illuminating. Yet, it was an enjoyable audio book experience albeit underwhelming.

one of the most enthralling books I've listened to

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-03-2020

Finely read with a character driven narrative. I found this audiobook a pleasure to listen to from the first minute until the last. The narration was first class.

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Fascinating to a point

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-09-2019

All stories are exceptionally well read. Though the lives depicted seem often a little unbelievable and certainly unusual. You have to be patient whilst reading or listening to this title. At times it's riveting though other times it comes across as mundane, stilted. I'm not sure this Book will appeal to all readers and my higher expectations weren't wholly met.

Thoughtful and Understanding

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-04-2019

A well read and insightful exploration of bloody murders. The author showed empathy and a nuance that sought to determine all sides of this human tragedy. Too, it was an understanding of the nobility of human emotion ranging from hatred, despair into the hope that comes from love. One of the finest books I have listened through.

In a word? Magnificent!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-2019

Well read. Exquisitely researched and captivating by its comprehensive yet intimate overview. One of the best explanations and explorations of a pivotal period in English and French rivalry and history. Highly recommended.

Totally absorbing

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Reviewed: 14-10-2018

If you are interested in Arctic, especially Franklin's ill fated quest to find the northwest passage and the great Antarctic sea voyages of James Ross this is the book for you. Using HMS Erebus as the central piece for both Mariners were at stages it's Captain, Palin narrates a gripping series of adventures and misadventures of those who sailed in this famous British Ship. The book ends (spoiler alert) with the discovery of Erebus as a sea wreck well over 160 years since her disappearance and tragic loss of life. Palin's narration is completely engaging and draws you into and along. A superb history related with chutzpah.

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Fine overview meticulously researched and read

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Reviewed: 13-08-2018

An enjoyable listening experience about the days following Hitler's suicide and the ending of the War in Europe. The author covers both the broad military and political events along with personal experiences of participants. A valuable contribution to a dramatic period of 20th Century history. The Narrator brought this book to audible delight with flawless diction and intonation.

Thoroughly enjoyed

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Reviewed: 02-07-2018

This audio book was a delight from start to finish. Enhanced by a svelte Narrator. Certainly gave me an insight into times becoming remote to our times. This book did not preach nor make easy judgements but informed and enlightened. Highly recommended both in print format and especially with the first class Narration.

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One of the best books I've listened to

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-06-2018

Right from the start this book painted the times and the characters with clarity that I felt I was living in those days. The book was not judgemental but gave the listener/reader enough of the events that I could form a judgement. The stories followed a neat chronology and did not stray into side issues or be maligned in unsupported gossip. The author's research is impeccable. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute listening to this book of events dramatic in their day. Cameron Stewart is in my opinion one of the finest of Narrators. He reads so well, as if you are in conversation with him, albeit one way of course. I'm always on the lookout now for books he narrates.

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Informative though patchy history

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-06-2018

I found this book to be very informative and very well written and read. Though at times it seemed lacking in a coherent storyline. By this I mean the stories (non fiction) tended to jump back and forth. I would have preferred the book to stick to a strict chronological pathway and offer more information on the post Franklin exploring. The early part of the book was a delight in relating the early attempts at the Passage. I found myself at times during the narration skipping forward - not because of the Narrator - as occasionally the text seemed to drift and on an odd occasion off topic. Narration was a delight. Crisp, clear and very listenable. Simon Vance is a top class Narrator. Certainly worth listening to or reading through.

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