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An early 80s classic

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Reviewed: 29-01-2020

A fictionalised account of the breakdown of Ephron’s marriage to Carl Bernstein. I read the novel when it came out in the early 80s, saw the film a few years later, and listened to this mainly to hear Streep reading her late friend’s words. The book has held up well and Streep’s reading is word and note perfect.

A brilliant recording of a classic

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Reviewed: 28-12-2019

Despite this book having been published several years before I was born, I didn’t read it as a child. I listened to this recording as a result of reading a stellar review in the NY Times. A wonderful children’s book that reveals much about the nature of friendship, the cycle of life, and the value of seeing and appreciating things for their innate qualities. Listening to this recording with kids of 6 or 7 years and up would be a great thing to do - lots of opportunities to engage on a wide range of ideas and language. Streep’s narration is a thing of beauty, and the cast of character actors equally perfect (I particularly liked the geese and the old sheep).

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A remarkable novel about a singular life

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Reviewed: 22-09-2019

This is one of the great novels of the last 50 years. Described superficially, it is the story of a Hungarian writer and her housekeeper. But it is very deeply a story about what it truly means to love another person and the responsibility that attaches to this. Shot through with spiky humour and haunting images, it is a book to lose yourself in. Beautifully read by Siân Thomas.

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An assured and moving novel

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Reviewed: 13-09-2019

Read beautifully, this novel is constructed through a series on first person narratives centred on the life of an African American man wrongfully convicted of a crime. It’s a tough story, written with great skill and beauty. The multiple perspectives produce a picture in subtle shades. Highly, highly recommended.

A thrilling reimagining of an ancient story.

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Reviewed: 29-08-2019

It is hard to overstate just how good this book is. A retelling of the story of Pericles, it is both an ode to storytelling itself and, by the end, a very complex piece about resistance and survival. The performance by Tim McInnerny is a thing of beauty in its own right.

Great reading of the masterpiece

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Reviewed: 18-09-2018

It was with trepidation that I approached an unabridged reading of War and Peace. I’ve read it twice before, in 2 different translations and was uncertain how I’d react to having it read to me. Loved it. Jason’s reading is wonderful and brings something unique to each character. The book itself gets richer with each reading.

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History made intimate.

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Reviewed: 19-07-2018

Harris is one of the great writers of historical fiction at present. The familiar history of Chamberlain and the Munich conference of 1938 is here unpacked in a short novel that somehow captures it all at a human scale. It also offers a more nuanced reading of Chamberlain’s motives and choices than many orthodox histories. Beautifully read by David Rintoul.

A fine work, beautifully read

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Reviewed: 08-07-2015

This is no nostalgia-filled love look back to the Raj. It is a psychologically acute, and deeply thoughtful work about racism, colonialism and humans trying to connect.

Sam Dastor's reading is perfection.

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