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I would rate this racist tripe zero if I could

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

Reviewed: 09-11-2019

I’m very sorry that I’ve downloaded this detritus. I hate to think I’ve added to some racist bigot’s book-count numbers.
DO NOT DOWNLOAD! THIS IS A PIECE OF RUBBISH & has no place being in the audible library.

Time of Contempt

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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: 25-08-2019

Another brilliantly Peter
Kenny-voiced novel! He always brings Andrzej Sapkowski ‘s “Withcher” stories to life!

This one even includes “Dandillion” (aka Dandelion) singing the most hauntingly beautiful song. “…(with) Elvish lyrics amongst the Common Tongue”. It’s a lovely song, sung perfectly by Peter Kenny, just as you’d imagine it should be; in a minor Key!

Hope Farm - Peggy Frew

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-08-2019

Peggy Frew is a gorgeous writer. Playing with language so beautifully that it causes you to actually recall to mind, the “…downy pierced ear…” of a child.
And interwoven betwix’d this prose that makes a fictional Gippsland “hippy farm” come to life, so clearly in one’s mind; is the achingly touching tale of Mother and Daughter.

One note to AUDIBLE: The audio quality is poor, particularly in Chapter 6!
❗️My hastily written notes, taken as I listened to the editing errors: “Ooh Chapter 6 could do with some editing! (Read someone didn’t do *any* editing at all!)”.❗️
A real shame that distracts from an otherwise wonderful book.

Raising Steam - Sir TPrachett

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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: 03-08-2019

This is this last of “my reading order” of Sir TPRATCHETT ‘s Discworld novels. It’s almost sad to think that there may have been another trip install for The Duke and Duchess Vimes (& son, “Young Sam”), on the railways…
But this has been quite an uplifting way to finish my visit to the Discworld. And thankfully, I know I can always come back & visit my “friends”, any time I feel an inkling for some chatter amongst the men & women of The Watch; The Witches; The Wizards of U.U. ; or any of the sundry characters that were part of the world-building of the Discworld, and added to its pure joy. i.e. Captain Angua; The Patrician; DEATH; Mort; CMOT Dibbler; Brother Butha (sp?); as well as the MYRIAD gods, goddesses, & faerie folk; The various Monarchies - not to mention Queen Magrat- who does double duty as Queen & Witch!;
I will be sad to say goodbye to this delightful collection of 42 books. It has truly kept me entertained (& there where only 1 or 2 that were not my cup of tea).
I think I would have been inconsolable if I’d left the Tiffany Aching series to last… a hint to future readers - give yourself time to enjoy the books… & then have a new Discworld series to jump straight into!
There really only was one Sir Terry Pratchett. Goodbye, good man. Twinkle in the Skies 💫 Vale.

Making Money- Sir Terry Pratchett

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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: 26-07-2019

One of my favourite Discworld novels! (And I’ve only got “Raising Steam” to go, until I finish the entire series!)
So, I must have truly “been saving the best for last”, when I kept overlooking the oddly named, but oh-so-affable, Moist Von Lipwig, and his sweetheart,(the most delightfully named, yet prickly (Moist calls her “Spike” because she can be *SO* acerbic), Adora Bella Dearheart!

Apparently an Ann Rule “classic”

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-07-2019

So, as any good #Murderino would, I jumped in, and “read” it in nearly one session.

And shocking, *for* a #Murderino , (I know), but I always stayed away from “Famous Ted”

So, without knowing anything about Bundy’s victims, (which Ann Rule, does their memories the honour of treating them with dignity… {sidebar- She doesn’t give *everyone* a name, or background and family, hopes and dreams - This could’ve been unknown victims, or lack of info; However this probably could have been updated, as this is an *original*, and hasn’t had a [*VERY MUCH NEEDED* #OutdatedLanguageWarning ] Re-write since 1989})!!! Hey, #AUDIBLE 👋🏻, I’m looking right at you, there, mate… That’d be your job. Modernise the language, and get in a #HalfDecentNarrator ; You’re Welcome.
As for the book itself, with Ms Rule being an ex police officer, who at the time wrote crime articles, and then worked on her first TrueCrime novel… It took her 44 Chapters to understand that Ted Bundy was a #SadisticMoFo ! I mean, he’d already been arrested, at least once, if not twice, gone to court, and escaped custody- & she *still* had niggling doubts about his guilt?! I mean, there’s being generous, there’s being #Generous , and there’s being *GENEROUS* !

The sick fcker beat, strangled, raped, and mutilated literally *countless* women and girls using subterfuge to lure them to him. The youngest child he did this to was just 12. *TWELVE* !
And *he* most likely started killing at 15!
But, Ann Rule prattles away for chapter, after chapter, about how hot he was, and how clever; Oh and BTW, he was studying #Law! 🤦🏻‍♀️
And well by the time the murders and disappearances are happening, Ms Rule has been commissioned to write a TrueCrime™️ novel about them. Oh, and the police have eyewitnesses, who say the guy’s name is Ted, he drives a VW Beetle; yup… & the photo-fit looks quite a bit like Ann’s friend, Ted Bundy, who she’s working with at a Crisis Help Call Centre in the mid 70’s.
She umm’s & ahh’s and just so she won’t have a #GuiltyConscience , she rings in a #CRIMESTOPPERS tip to the cops & everyone forgets about it… Ted Bundy is caught (not unlike the Yorkshire Ripper) on a #TrafficStop in a car, containing a “kill kit”.
I won’t ruin the rest of it, but the point is… She wrote to him, sent him money, watched his trials, and not until *VERY FKN LATE IN THE GAME* did she consider that he *may just be guilty* 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

So, from that perspective, the majority of the book comes across very #sympathetically towards Bundy… which, after finishing, I don’t think Rule meant… but 44 Chapters!

Unseen Academicals - Sir Terry Pratchett

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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: 13-07-2019

Another fantastic Discworld story. The sweetest humour; the “blink and you’ll miss it” type, TPracthett was so very fond of.

This is an homage to Cyrano de Bergerac/Romeo & Juliette/Mills & Boon/And Football ⚽️ , with a great slatherings of “Don’t be a bigot”; And “Believe in yourself”!

But obviously much better written, and with all your favourite Unseen University characters, & a few more!

Another wonderful narration by Stephen Briggs. His characters are each individual and “just right”.

Nation - the coming of age of Mau and Daphne

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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: 30-06-2019

This was a delightful little trip “offworld” in the Discworld series, to visit with Mau, Daphne and friends!

I’ve not laughed nor cried as much during any of the other books; it touches one in a very tender way.

Another Sir TPratchett work of genius!

Going Postal

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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: 26-06-2019

One of Sir TPratchett’s absolute finest in the Discworld series! A real favourite, that I can see myself reading again and again.

We really lost something special with the passing of the amazing TP 😢!
But his legacy will go on, and every time we laugh out aloud, Terry Pratchett grows (another) set of wings 😇😉!

A Hat-Full of Sky

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-06-2019

Another very sweet Tiffany Aching YA novel. Full of adventure with her Nac MAC Feegles Friends. And written with the loving respect for his characters and stories, TPrachett always gives.

One little let down was Stephen Briggs’ (who is usually really brilliant, and quite spot-on…) Witch Level’s accent. It reminded me of Stephen Fry’s Hitchhiker Guide Series, “American” accents - the more I think about it, the more it had the timbre of ‘Marvin, the paranoid android’!
Just something that grated, as *all* his other voices are fantastic; and I probably would’ve preferred another regional British accent. But that’s my preference- and he’s probably looking to do ‘something a little bit different’. For me, unfortunately, it just fell flat.

However, as I said It’s another great little TPratchett YA Tiffany Aching book. Where we see Tiffany, use her head, heart and magic to work her way out of some seemingly insurmountable problems.

A really great book for kid as young as 8+