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Philippa Clarkson

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Great story marvellously read

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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: 30-05-2020

Classic by Diana Wynne Jones. Young Conrad has to join forces with the annoyingly confident Christopher, who is the future Chrestomanci as a teenager. I just didn't want this to end I enjoyed Tom Hollander's reading so much.

Enjoyed it heaps despite dodgy narration.

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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: 18-02-2020

Mary Stewart's books are the most enjoyable thinking person's adventure romances in existence, why the heck they can't get better narrators for them I don't know. This one frequently gets inflections totally wrong, and what's with the cockney accent for the French servants? But listen anyway, cause the story is great fun. Friendless heroine, lost child, scheming aristocrats, romantic French countryside, a fair bit of running around in fast cars, and a devastatingly masculine romantic lead (as well as his opposite number, one of the most friendzoned males ever created, sorry Will!)

Pretty good :-)

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

Reviewed: 26-09-2019

Mary Stewart wrote many thriller-romances which are wonderful for a bit of thinking person's escapism. This is an entertaining story set in the wild mountains of Skye, but for me it falls a bit flat compared to Mary Stewart's other books, with a somewhat insipid heroine who is not the author's usual plucky English lass. The narration was a bit ordinary. Still worth a go though.

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