Three Bags Full

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5 out of 5 stars
By Catherine on 30-10-13

Wonderful, entertaining and charming

What other book might you compare Three Bags Full to, and why?

I like to change the pace of my listens, following a dark Jo Nesbo with an Agatha Raisin comic piece. It was in the expectation of Agatha type wit that I bought Three Bags Full.
But, Leonnie Swann's herd of detective sheep are in a league of their own, a creation of sensitive observation of animal behaviour and great imagination. Brilliant.

Which character – as performed by Hugh Lee – was your favourite?

Hugh Lee is rapidly rising to no. 1 spot in my personal 'best narrator' top ten. The characterization of each individual is thorough, distinctive and utterly convincing. This is a group (flock) piece, each character adding a particular spice to the mix, so it is not really fair to single out one. They all have a charm and appeal. The dialogue is brilliantly dramatised and articulated, and Hugh Lee's reading style in descriptive passages is easy and flowing. There is a sense of a lot of background and preparatory work before the recording being worn lightly in a confident, polished performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There are lots of moments to note, but saying anything here risks me writing spoilers that would undermine the narrativeand plot... So you will just have to find out for yourself!

Any additional comments?

I really, really enjoyed this and hope to hear more from Leonnie Swann.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Claire H. on 09-12-14

Takes a while

What did you like best about Three Bags Full? What did you like least?

The story takes a while to get in to, and at first you wonder how on earth the sheep can discover enough clues, but it's done really well and I actually miss the sheep now it's finished!

Would you be willing to try another book from Leonie Swann? Why or why not?

I would definitely give a different Swann book a go- she writes with great voice and rhythm.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Carol El Hawary on 21-04-14

Lovely story, beautifully read by Hugh Lee

What made the experience of listening to Three Bags Full the most enjoyable?

This is one of those audiobooks where the narration really enhances the experience. It was complete chance that I decided to buy this as an audiobook (having seen it mentioned in a Guardian article about books featuring animals) and I'm so glad I did. This is a lovely story by Leonie Swann, gentle, funny and warm. Hugh Lee's narration is wonderful, he gives all the sheep distinctive voices and personalities that considerably add to the story. I was distraught when it ended, I wanted it to carry on forever. I can't recommend it highly enough. I have now downloaded other books narrated by Hugh Lee, and am sorry to discover that this is the only book by Leonie Swann on Audible.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Three Bags Full?

Hard to pick one moment. Generally any scene involving Mopple the Whale.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

As above.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me both laugh and cry, and feel all warm and fuzzy. A true antidote to stress.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Katharina on 24-06-13


What a way to tell a story differently! Having the sheep tell the story and expess their views, opinions and thought was a brilliant idea by author Leonie Swann. Three Bags Full is the perfect combination between humour, excitement and crime!

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