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  • A Night of Blacker Darkness: Being the Memoir of Frederick Whithers As Edited by Cecil G. Bagsworth III

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE IN AUDIONo one else has Dan Wells’ hilarious new novella - it’s not available in print, in ebook, by mobile phone text or Victorian phonograph. Audible is bringing it to you exclusively, for a limited time.The basic premise is this: it's 1817, and a man named Frederick Whithers is wallowing in jail for a crime he didn't commit, desperate to get out so he can go and commit it for real.

    Bruce Allred says: "A tale of vampires, money, mishap and great minds"
    "Made me start giggling on the bus to work!"
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    If you could sum up A Night of Blacker Darkness in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, silly, enjoyable


    What did you like best about this story?

    Light-hearted, clever, fast-paced adventure that with the kind of disasters and pickles I can see myself getting in to but hope I never do! The hero is loveable for his hopelessness.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Sean Barrett?

    I don't think the narrater 'got' the book. He didn't read it with quite the pace and dramatic emphasis it needed. It was quite well read but needed a bit more oomph!


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth a listen if you need a few hours with something silly and funny. Very much in the style of Ealing comedies such as The Ladykillers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • New York: The Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (879)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (481)

    New York is the book that millions of Rutherfurd's American fans have been waiting for. A brilliant mix of romance, war, family drama, and personal triumphs, it gloriously captures the search for freedom and prosperity at the heart of our nation's history.

    Chuck says: "Stunning"
    "Amazing!"
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    Would you listen to New York again? Why?

    Absolutely. You're swept along with the incredible, fascinating, moving story of a few inter-connected families over several centuries and join them in experiencing the key historical events. You get to love the characters and want the best for them - very gripping, like Edward Rutherfurd's other novels.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of New York?

    When one of the female characters is wise enough to avert complete disaster in the Wall Street crash. I let out almost as big a sigh of relief as her husband would've done!


    What about Mark Bramhall’s performance did you like?

    Read at just the right pace, brought that characters to life, easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    A great read/listen. Very gripping and exciting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Sandra Duncan, Gareth Armstrong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    The Red Queen tells the story of the child-bride of Edmund Tudor, who, although widowed in her early teens, uses her determination of character and wily plotting to infiltrate the house of York under the guise of loyal friend and servant, undermine the support for Richard III and ultimately ensure that her only son, Henry Tudor, triumphs as King of England.

    Hazel says: "Another fab book from Philippa Gregory!"
    "Another fab book from Philippa Gregory!"
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    What did you love best about The Red Queen?

    For Gregory fans, this was a new departure: a less loveable main character and a harder historical period to relate to. I enjoyed getting a new perspective on an era that, as a History teacher, I still find confusing. The author really brings to life the difficult position women were in at that time and the amazing strength the Red Queen had, in order to achieve what she did.


    Would you recommend The Red Queen to your friends? Why or why not?

    Would definitely recommend to friends - well written and read, exciting, interesting and truly amazing, knowing that most of it actually happened.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In the early parts of the book, the true horror of what her marriage as a child-bride to a much older man must have been like are amazingly effective and haunt you for the rest of the book. Not exactly a favourite scene but a memorable few chapters that make you glad to be living in the 21st century!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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