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An excellent work of historical fiction!

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Reviewed: 17-10-2020

This is a richly detailed and colourful story set during the troubled reign of Henry VI. The book tells the story of Eleanor Cobham, wife of Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, a younger brother of King Henry V. Eleanor is a fascinating character who demonstrates intelligence and resilience throughout the events that shaped her life and the future of her family. The story is told in first person, so the reader develops a strong sense of empathy with her as the story progresses. Her perspective delivers fascinating insight into well-known events of the past from the point of view of a woman whose security and future depended on those who held power and who jostled for position at court. The story is complex and thought-provoking, full of intrigue and political manoeuvring, nuanced by reminiscences and regret. It highlights the precarious nature of courtly life and the swiftness with which one's circumstances could change, and reminds the reader that true clarity and wisdom are delivered only by hindsight. Riches’ writing style is engaging and easy to read, yet still consistent with the way in which Eleanor and her contemporaries would have thought and spoken to one another. The narration by Stevie Zimmerman is emotive and dramatic, keeping the listener fully engaged in the story from start to finish. ‘The Secret Diary of Eleanor Cobham’ is a most excellent work of historical fiction.

A Masterpiece of Storytelling.

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Reviewed: 02-09-2020

What a magnificent tale! Subtitled ‘Steampunk Snow Queen’ this was far, far more than a fairy tale retelling. It is a complex blend of Gaslamp fantasy, mystery, historical romance, and Shakespearean theatre that enchants and encompasses the audience, drawing them into the story and behind the scenes until there is no desire to escape. The cast of characters is a varied and colourful as in any piece of theatre, their features, costumes and voices full of colour, texture and depth. Individually, they are lifelike and realistic; together, they generate a level of energy and drama that makes the audience feel as though they are right there in the scenes and events of the story. A magical blend of beautiful writing and flawless narration, Ice and Embers is a masterpiece of storytelling.

Excellent!

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Reviewed: 05-08-2020

‘The Blue Moon Caper’ is a the fifth of the Damien Dickens mystery novel/audiobook series. Like the earlier installments in the series, the book does stand alone, but will deliver spoilers for the previous books. There is definite continuity, but also some new characters and settings, and some great twists, that help to keep the ongoing story interesting and engaging. Tom Lennon’s narration is well paced and entertaining, making excellent use of voice and accent to differentiate between characters and animate and narrative.

Most entertaining!

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Reviewed: 10-07-2020

This is a fun story full of humour and intrigue. The narration is absolutely delightful.

An intriguing story, extremely well told.

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Reviewed: 07-06-2020

This is the fourth full length novel featuring Morton Farrier, forensic genealogist. The books in this series all exlpore an historical mystery while Morton also researches his own genealogical background. This is an intriguing story, extremely well told. A captivating blend of WWII intrigue, family secrets and investigative mystery fiction, this is yet another riveting installment in a most excellent series.

Intriguing!

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Reviewed: 07-06-2020

‘The Gold Dragon Caper’ is a the fourth of the Damien Dickens mystery novel/audiobook series. The story is complex and full of intriguing twists, and progresses at a pace that keeps the reader hooked without feeling rushed. A number of the characters from previous books in the series return in this story, giving a pleasing sense of continuity and connection for those who have read or listened to them, but there are also enough new characters to keep things fresh and interesting. The book does stand alone for readers who have not read the previous installments, but will deliver spoilers for anyone who might want to read the earlier books. The narration by Tom Lennon is very easy to listen to, and very much suits the detective noir style and tone of the story.

Outstanding! Loved it!

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Reviewed: 07-06-2020

This is an outstanding epic fantasy adventure that pitches Reecah against those who would mock and eventually seek to destroy her in a powerful story of loyalty, self-discovery and unexpected friendship, Reecah is a heroine with whom readers will easily relate and sympathise, causing them to invest in her fate and follow her story with interest. Her resilience, loyalty and personal ethics make her a positive role model for young people, particularly those who have been bullied or suffered personal loss. The story is highly original and very well-written. The narration by Dean Ruple is expressive and enjoyable, bringing characters to life and carrying the reader through the story at an excellent pace. It is wonderful to have discovered a new fantasy world, and to know that there are two more titles in this series.

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A great story!

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Reviewed: 14-05-2020

A very good reading — for the most part— of a really well-crafted and interesting story. Echo is a relatable heroine, seeking to be her own person despite feeling that too much of her life is beyond her control. I did baulk at the narrator’s pronunciation of “epitome” as “eppy-tome”, though. Apart from that, this is a great story and a really enjoyable audiobook. It’s a great follow up to Book 1.

A good story.

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Reviewed: 01-05-2020

An good reading of a really well-crafted and interesting story. Sophie is a likeable and engaging main character, and the story is as full of mystery and tension as it is of anticipation and romance. This is a book with lots of appeal for readers of YA paranormal romance.

Loved it!

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Reviewed: 02-03-2020

Excellent retelling of Australian history, complete with a bit of subversive snark and biting commentary.