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Irene

France
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-11-16

Excellent

Gripping story that never flags. While it's true that many WW1 steroetypes are included, they do live on the pages and the relationships between them are very well written. Some of the passages on battles and injuries are so vivid as to make difficult reading.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-05-16

A different kind of Conrad.

Meant to read this for ages. Conrad captures the semi- comic world of bungling spies and the absurdity and hypocrisy of anarchism in late 19th century London. . It is a tragic tale with a macabre edge. No character comes out well, not even the all-sacrificing Winnie Verloc. Well worth the time it took to listen to it. David Horovitch is an excellent narrator, Conrad one of our greatest writers.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-15

Dark Fire

This is the second Shardlake mystery I've listened to. I enjoy them mainly for the background information, and trivia, which Sansom, a historian, gives about the era. The plots are a bit transparent and some of the escapes improbable, but they do reflect many of the tensions and conflicts which marked the period from the break with Rome well into the 17th century. I will listen to just about anything Anton Lesser reads.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-10-12

Lionel Asbo

This book fizzes with energy. Alex Jennings is a brilliant reader, bringing to lofe the disparate characters in this extended fable. I enjoyed this Martin Amis book more than the previous ones. Well worth a listen.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-04-12

Antonio Tabucchi

I enjoyed this novel. It is set in 1930s Portugal and steals up on you as the narrator increasingly, despite himself, becomes swept up by events. Derek Jacobi gives a fine reading and I would highly recommend this.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-04-12

Marvellous Timothy West

I could not stop listening to this. It is a grand sweep of a novel with serious, and topical themes about money and gullibility, but also about love and betrayal. At times it is so funny - largely because of Tinothy West`s deep understanding of the story and the characters. He can convince you that you are listening to a whole gallery of people - I loved his dim, idle young swells. The only thing that will delay my next purchase of TW reading anything is the addictive quality of this last read. I am retired and fell asleep with it and flicked it on as soon as I woke up.

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