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Joy

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  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (153)

    Tudor England. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is charged with securing his divorce. Into this atmosphere of distrust comes Thomas Cromwell - a man as ruthlessly ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.

    Margaret says: "Wolf Hall"
    "A Masterpiece"
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    If you could sum up Wolf Hall in three words, what would they be?

    Superb, Brilliant, Worth the Man Booker win


    What other book might you compare Wolf Hall to and why?

    Nothing, it is one of the best historical fictions i have ever come across, Ken Follett came close years ago but this is magic. The characters are alive, every voice is perfect. Even when the narrator draws breath you know which character it is. The historical detail and the tiniest events mentioned are all covered and closed off. I think half the women who read this will fall for Thomas Cromwell.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    So many but I found the detail about the rituals of Easter and Thomas Cromwell advising on cooking a real hoot. The tortue scenes are fascinating without being gross and the history is detailed without being boring - and for once - interesting


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

    Yes, I could not stop recommending it to people - after 5 years of book club this one stole the show


    Any additional comments?

    Now onto Bring up the Bodies and I am loving it already.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11934)
    Performance
    (10845)
    Story
    (10869)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Sci Fi gone wrong"
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    What would have made 14 better?

    The storyline is so unbelievable and its not even good science fiction. Really - ratings that say it's amazing? Read Mantel or Martin, this is like The Blob from the 70's


    What could Peter Clines have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Get rid of some of those really bad lines "I''m coming to eat you, my pray, my pray my pray" really???


    What didn’t you like about Ray Porter’s performance?

    Very very american, very stilted and womens voices that conjured up trannies


    What character would you cut from 14?

    About 40 chapters


    Any additional comments?

    Don't be fooled by all of thee great ratings. If you don't like sci-fic stay away

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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