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Carol Anne Harvey

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Not for me

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-2019

Barbara Erskine has always was been one of my favourite authors but this book missed the mark for me. I struggled to keep listening but, for the sake of past books I persisted. Sadly I could not continue knowing that there was another 14 hours to go. It was too long winded and repetitive for me.

A wonderful tale

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-07-2018

I loved this book and couldn’t wait to get back to it. The narrator, Anne Dover, as usual didn’t disappoint and brought the characters to glorious life. I highly recommend this book to anyone.

Enjoyable but predictable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-07-2018

If you enjoy the 'maid despoiled by privileged son of the house eventually makes good' then you won't be disappointed. The characters are well drawn but what makes this a notch above other books of its genre is the wonderful narration of Anne Dover, I swear she could read a shopping list and make it sound interesting. A joy to listen to, I'm off to search for more of her work, regardless of genre.

Story is spoilt by the narration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-07-2018

I loved the book, as I do all of Elizabeth Chadwick's novels, but I feel they are often let down by the narrators, in this case Patience Tomlinson. I only stuck with the book because of the story but, at times, the narration was enough to make me give up, particularly the male voices and Mahelt's whiney, petulant tone, which was completely out of character. Ann Dover would be perfect as a narrator of these books as she handles both male and female voices so well.

A hard slog

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-2018

I found the constant calling of the characters names irritating beyond belief. It was a struggle to listen to the end. The story would have been much more interesting if it had focused more on the ghostly characters and their history, because the story picked up pace when that occurred. There were no great surprises to this story and I would have returned it if I hadn’t returned the previous book I read.

Disappointing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-03-2018

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The pronunciation of Cadvale to ‘Cadfael’ it was incredibly irritating but, to be fair, I don’t think any narrator does it as well as Derek Jacobi who played Cadfael in the series.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The stories are always interesting. No complaints.

Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen Thorne’s performances?

No, sorry.

Do you think One Corpse Too Many needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, they’re all stand alone stories.

Good read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-02-2018

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The story, while reasonably predictable, is brought to life by the wonderful narration.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Long Walk Home?

I enjoyed Eleanor’s gutsy move to London and her willingness to approach and accept people outside her social circle. I found that refreshing and it made her likeable.

Which character – as performed by Anne Dover – was your favourite?

Actually, I particularly liked Bridget’s Irish Mum.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, but I did look forward to listening to it before I went to bed.

Any additional comments?

Predictable genre but enjoyable nonetheless.I like the writer’s work.

Interesting and wonderful life

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-2017

If you could sum up The Elephant to Hollywood in three words, what would they be?

Life is funny.

What did you like best about this story?

The genuine warmth and humour of Michael Caine's narration. I imagined it would be like having dinner with him. I have always been a fan and, coming from the East End myself, I could relate to much of what happened in his early life.

Have you listened to any of Michael Caine’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, this is the first, but it won't be the last.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not in one sitting because I really wanted to listen to it, but I looked forward to going back to it and listened every day.

Any additional comments?

A wonderful man, a lovely book and narration.

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Richard III revisited

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-05-2017

As a fan of Richard III, I was intrigued by this take on an old tale. Derek Jacobi is an awesome narrator and I would probably have chosen this book for him alone but The Daughter of Time was recommended by another reader and I wasn't disappointed. However, I still think Margaret Beaufort was The likeliest candidate for the murders of the princes in the tower. It's nice that some are willing to look past the history books and Tudor propaganda.

Good read/listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-04-2017

I enjoyed the characters. although I found the transitions back and forth between them a bit irritating. I felt the story did go on a little long and could probably have finished a third earlier. The narrator was perfect, very easy to listen to and told the story well. This is my first Maeve Binchy book and probably won't be my last.