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ProsaicParadise

Laurel, MD United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 5 purchased in 2014
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  • This Sceptred Isle: Empire, Volume 1: 1155-1783

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Christopher Lee
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Britain had the biggest empire the world has ever known. At one time a quarter of the global land mass was British. Over a third of the world was insured at Lloyds. At his coronation, more than 400 million people saluted George V. Truly, the sun never set on this historical phenomenon. Whatever the day, whatever the hour, somewhere on the globe, the empire worked and played the British game, often absurdly so.

    D. Littman says: "excellent into to british empire"
    "Excellent Overview"
    Overall

    I stumbled into this series accidentally while looking for history of Australia, and I am so glad that I did. This series is well-paced and informative. Its use of readers of original source material to illustrate the events as they happen is perfectly timed to allow you to understand the mindset of the people who enacted and lived the events. History buffs might find that this is too light for them, but as I definitely needed a refresher it was perfect.

    My only regret is that when I got this the unabridged version was not available! I would have certainly invested in that version.

    Audio quality is excellent and Juliet Stevenson's voice is pleasing and easy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Distant Echo

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    Four in the morning, mid-December, snow blankets St. Andrews School. Student Alex Gilbery and his three best friends are staggering home from a party when they stumble upon the body of a young woman.

    Marian says: "Engrossing plot with excellent narration"
    "Edge-of-your-Seat Thriller"
    Overall

    I was looking for a mystery novel, and I got more than I bargained for, in the good way! Once I started listening I couldn't stop. McDermid really gets you involved with and caring about the characters concisely and with wit. That seems to be the heart and soul of the book - getting the listener to love the characters.

    The reader is excellent and I plan to seek out more books read by Gerard Doyle.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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