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Very entertaining

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-2020

I enjoyed listening to this audio play, which was well-acted and had moments of high suspense.

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Great book, excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 28-12-2020

This audio version of my favourite Agatha Christie novel was very entertaining. It has prompted me to seek out and rewatch that wonderful, lush film version from the '70's, with Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall and Ingrid Bergman. I enjoyed Branagh's narration, too, but - I must say, his narration here is FAR superior to his own direction and acting in the recent filmed remake!

Dreary

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-12-2020

I give up, I have struggled through most of this depressing story but I am defeated.
The only positive comment I can give is that it is probably well-researched, providing some insight into the lives and culture of unfortunate people of Europe in the Middle Ages.

Magnificent

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

Reviewed: 18-12-2020

I regret the end of this fascinating trilogy. The narration by Ben Miles captivated me, and I was glad to hear, in the bonus Author's note and interview, that Hilary Mantell agreed with me. I am a great "re-reader" of particularly good or memorable books. I anticipate- and look forward to - "re-listening" to the entire Wolf Hall trilogy in years to come.

Another excellent chapter in Cromwell's life

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

Reviewed: 10-11-2020

This book was not as lengthy as the initial volume, "Wolf Hall," but it is equally satisfying, with the same very high standard of historical research underpinning the story. Ben Miles narrates with measured, skillful artistry: I was struck by his ability to alter his voice quality and accent to portray the many different characters. Cromwell's voice was particularly effective - I felt at times I KNEW the man.
I was startled and regretful when the book ended, but look forward to the third volume. I highly recommend this Audiobook and the series.

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Superb

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-10-2020

I didn't want it to end.
An amazing work of historical fiction, narrated by a gifted and versatile voice artist.
I am now looking forward to the sequel.

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Music and Machinations

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-09-2020

Overall, I found this very good listening, with excellent and effective production values. Great musical and percussive soundtrack (love The Police!) I like to hear authors narrating their own work and this book provided the added benefit of appropriate and informative contributions from Copeland's sister and brother. The story was further enhanced by the voices of professional actors enacting incidents from Copeland senior's life and reading excerpts from both parents' journals, and by input from various historians, experts and colleagues and friends of the family. The story is larger than life, but also heartbreaking at times. Children want and need to admire their parents- and trust them, even into adulthood. I have compassion for, but was also infuriated by the author, as he sought to understand the implications of his father's actions- but then discounted and rejected the thoughtful analyses from the specialists he interviewed. "My Country, right or wrong; my Father, right or wrong."
I am glad I listened to this one, I admire the Copeland family's solidarity, but as an American expat, living over half my life overseas, I KNOW that your father's actions (and the CIA) caused irreparable damage.

The Best

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-09-2020

These BBC radio plays are the best. Evelyn Waugh's trilogy is an old favourite and this version, abridged for radio (and Audible) listeners was excellent. I wonder how well new listeners, unfamiliar with the books, would follow it, with the inevitable brevity of some transitions? But, for a listener familiar with the characters and story, this was very satisfactory. I thought the Virginia Troy character development was particularly well- presented.

Just brilliant

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

Reviewed: 12-09-2020

It was wonderful listening to these familiar stories and novels, adapted so well for this format. I particularly enjoyed the recorded interview with Maugham himself, at the end.

A mellow, rich story - excellent narration

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-2020

Another very enjoyable audiobook, covering many familiar themes with humor and sensitivity. I liked the Australian "vibe" and descriptions of Sydney, the beaches, the environs.
I have awarded 5 stars for the narration, despite his inability to correctly pronounce "library " or "librarian!" In every other way, it was excellent.

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