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Carole Withane

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  • A History of English Food

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Clarissa Dickson Wright
    • Narrated By Clarissa Dickson Wright
    Overall
    (9)
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    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    In this major new history of English food, Clarissa Dickson Wright takes the reader on a journey from the time of the Second Crusade and the feasts of medieval kings to the cuisine - both good and bad - of the present day. She looks at the shifting influences on the national diet as new ideas and ingredients have arrived, and as immigrant communities have made their contribution to the life of the country. She evokes lost worlds of open fires and ice houses, of constant pickling and preserving, and of manchet loaves and curly-coated pigs.

    Carole Withane says: "Fascinating, entertaining and informative"
    "Fascinating, entertaining and informative"
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    If you could sum up A History of English Food in three words, what would they be?

    Really great to hear the story told by the author herself.


    What did you like best about this story?

    we all know about her obvious passion for cooking, but few know that Clarissa has an equally deep knowledge of history and in particular food and its introduction to the British Isles through history, whose influence on the commonwealth through the 18th and 19th centurys is the resulting fabric of my own culinary heritage.


    What about Clarissa Dickson Wright’s performance did you like?

    Familiar and warm, she reads in a conversational voice, and its as though you are sitting talking with her over a cup of tea.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    What you never suspected about british food, the aristocracy and the poor.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it. Vale Clarissa- thank the universe you penned your great work to leave as your legacy!

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  • A Dance with Dragons (Part One): Book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (268)

    This is Part One of A Dance With Dragons. The fifth volume in the greatest epic work of the modern age, George R R Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire, this recording is unabridged and split into two parts. The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance. In the east, Daenerys, last scion of House Targaryen, her dragons grown to terrifying maturity, rules as queen of a city built on dust and death, beset by enemies.

    Ian says: "What happened here?"
    "Roy seems to be tiring......"
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    Would you listen to A Dance with Dragons (Part One) again? Why?

    Yes I'd listen again because it's integral to the whole story BUT. THE NARRATORS LOSING HIS WAY WITH SOME OF THE VOICES HES ELECTED TO USE, and this inconsistency has made it harder to easily enjoy the story as concentration is required to ensure you understand who is speaking or thinking out loud.


    What aspect of Roy Dotrice’s performance would you have changed?

    Why has the pronunciation of 'little finger' name suddenly changed from PE-Tar to Peter?


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

    Why did good hearted Bryin have to die? Hopefully that is resolved next book!


    Any additional comments?

    I am worrying that there is only one book left and too many subplots with loose ends- hopefully the next two instalments are written and published soon!

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