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Books Read and Listened To

A bumper batch of audio books here...

An Utterly Impartial History of Britain: (or 2000 Years of Upper Class Idiots in Charge)
by John O'Farrell
Published by Random House
Audio book
ISBN 9781846571480

http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Utterly-Impartial-History-Britain-John-OFarrell/9781846571480

Blurb:
Many of us were put off history by the dry and dreary way it was taught at school. Back then 'The Origins of the Industrial Revolution' somehow seemed less compelling than the chance to test the bold claim on Timothy Johnson's 'Shatterproof' ruler. But here at last is a chance to have a good laugh and learn all that stuff you feel you really ought to know by now. In this 'Horrible History for Grown Ups' you can learn how Anglo-Saxon liberals struggled to be positive about immigration; 'Look I think we have to try and respect the religious customs of our new Viking friends - oi, he's nicked my bloody ox!' Discover how England's peculiar class system was established by some snobby French nobles whose posh descendents still have wine cellars and second homes in the Dordogne today. And explore the complex socio-economic reasons why Britain's kings were the first in Europe to be brought to heel (because the Stuarts were such a useless bunch of untalented, incompetent, arrogant, upper-class thickoes that Parliament didn't have much choice).An audiobook about then that is also incisive and illuminating about now, this is a hilarious, informative and cantankerous journey through Britain's fascinating and bizarre history. As entertaining as a witch-burning, and a lot more laughs. Many of us were put off history by the dry and dreary way it was taught at school. Back then 'The Origins of the Industrial Revolution' somehow seemed less compelling than the chance to test the bold claim on Timothy Johnson's 'Shatterproof' ruler. But here at last is a chance to have a good laugh and learn all that stuff you feel you really ought to know by now. In this 'Horrible History for Grown Ups' you can learn how Anglo-Saxon liberals struggled to be positive about immigration; 'Look I think we have to try and respect the religious customs of our new Viking friends - oi, he's nicked my bloody ox!' Discover how England's peculiar class system was established by some snobby French nobles whose posh descendents still have wine cellars and second homes in the Dordogne today.And explore the complex socio-economic reasons why Britain's kings were the first in Europe to be brought to heel (because the Stuarts were such a useless bunch of untalented, incompetent, arrogant, upper-class thickoes that Parliament didn't have much choice). An audiobook about then that is also incisive and illuminating about now, this is a hilarious, informative and cantankerous journey through Britain's fascinating and bizarre history. As entertaining as a witch-burning, and a lot more laughs.

Narrated most effectively by the author, this must be listened to in its unabridged form to be properly appreciated.


Why Resist a Rebel?
by Leah Ashton
Published by Mills & Boon
Print book
ISBN 9780263899399

http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Why-Resist-Rebel-Leah-Ashton-Leah-Ashton/9780263899399

Blurb:
Giving in to temptation never felt so good! Ruby Bell has put scandal and relationships behind her to forge a successful career in film. Then the talk of Hollywood himself, actor Devlin Cooper, strolls onto her Outback set—fired from his two previous movies, and looking decidedly tempting! The last thing Ruby needs is Dev making outrageous demands and causing her to question her "no romance at work" rule….

But what's a girl to do when Dev's taking her on a lavish date one moment, then calling "cut" on their growing closeness the next? What exactly does he want with her -- and what's causing the shadows behind those famous blue eyes? Now she's too intrigued to walk away….

Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/629595292

Cute story of a jet-setting production co-ordinator and an Australian actor who's made it big in Hollywood only for his life to catch up with him. So he's sent home for a one-last-chance lead on a film whose producer owes his agent a favour. Dev doesn't want a minder, and Ruby doesn't want to be a back-up minder, or to get involved with anyone on set. I liked that Ruby had a chequered sexual history, although I was a little dubious over the great traumatic even that caused her to change her behaviour. Dev's problems get dealt with nicely too.


And the ending wasn't marred by any sort of 'and two years later they were happily settled down' style epilogue, either.


Cover Her Face
by P.D. James
Published by SIMON & SCHUSTER
Audio book
ISBN 9780743219570

http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Cover-Her-Face-James/9780743219570

Blurb:
Headstrong and beautiful, the young housemaid Sally Jupp is put rudely in her place, strangled in her bed behind a bolted door. Coolly brilliant policeman Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard must find her killer among a houseful of suspects, most of whom had very good reason to wish her ill. "Cover Her Face" is P. D. James's electric debut novel, an ingeniously plotted mystery that immediately placed her among the masters of suspense.

Probably the first Dalgleish that I've borrowed from the library, but it won't be the last. Characterwise, I liked that his sergeant is more cosmopolitan in his food choices than the DCI. I completely failed to figure out the murderer and the method, but it made sense when it was explained at the end.


Jilted (Promise Harbor Wedding #1)
by Kelly Jamieson
Published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
eBook
ISBN 978-1-61921-428-6

http://store.samhainpublishing.com/jilted-p-7295.html

Blurb:
Devon can do this. She can show up at her ex-boyfriend Josh’s wedding, even though he’s marrying her ex-best-friend. She can show everyone she’s happy with her fabulous life in Boston, her great career, her amazing shoes — and she can show everyone she’s over him.

Truth is, her life isn’t so fabulous. She’s just been downsized out of her job, her Jimmy Choos won’t pay her mortgage, and…she’s still heartbroken that Josh chose family over her. The real reason she’s enduring this wedding is that her next stop is nearby Greenbush Island, her last hope of finding a new job.

Josh knows marrying long-time friend Allie will make everyone happy after the rough time their families have been through, and since the woman he really wanted to marry chose her career and big city life over him—why not?

But the perfect wedding turns into a perfect disaster when Allie leaves him at the altar for another man. He never saw that coming! But hey, Devon’s there, offering to help him look for Allie on Greenbush Island, where he’d planned their honeymoon. Only, all they find there are their old feelings for each other and a temptation to risk their hearts one more time...

Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/617613475

First in a series whose concept really appeals to me: four stories all spinning off from the same incident in the church. I had a couple of niggles with this one, in that Devon feels a little brattish in her behaviour 9or is possibly being forced to act according to plot conventions rather than character), and the characters do the annoyingly cliched 'we're in love now, so we don't need to practice safe sex' thing. On the other hand, I'm keen to see what the other series authors make of the set-up.


Trumpet
by Jackie Kay
Published by PICADOR
Audio book
ISBN 9780330511827

http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Trumpet-Jackie-Kay/9780330511827

Blurb:
The death of legendary jazz trumpeter Joss Moody exposes an extraordinary secret. Unbeknown to all but his wife Millie, Joss was a woman living as a man. The discovery is most devastating for their adopted son, Colman, whose bewildered fury brings the press to the doorstep and sends his grieving mother to the sanctuary of a remote Scottish village. A novel about the lengths to which people will go for love, "Trumpet" is a moving story of a shared life founded on an intricate lie, of loving deception and lasting devotion, and of the intimate workings of the human heart.

Stunning novel about jazz and gender identity told from various points of view and in differing styles to go with the characters. It worked well with a narrator who could change tone and accent for each, and I'd love to see how well it works in print at some point.
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