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Summary

As a child Jude suffered a recurrent nightmare; now her six-year-old niece is having the same dream. A successful auctioneer, Jude is asked to value a collection items belonging to Anthony Wickham, a lonely 18th century astronomer, and she leaps at the chance to escape to the untamed beauty of Norfolk. With the help of Euan, a local naturalist, Jude begins to untangle Wickham's tragic story, but she discovers threatening links to the present.

©2010 Rachel Hore (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd

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Fantastic

My first listen from this author and it didn't disappoint.
Going to try my next one.
highly recommend.

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Mesmerising story interlaced either most delicate threads of the supernatural.

I loved subtle & understated supernatural stories. This book is well researched, incredibly entertaining, well written & well performed. Maybe if JB had spoken just the slightest little bit slower, but otherwise brilliantly executed reading of a supremely gifted author's book.

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A Labyrinth of Intrige

Would you listen to A Place of Secrets again? Why?

I certainly would. It was not only a great story but also it's awoken an interest in stargazing!

What other book might you compare A Place of Secrets to, and why?

I have never read a book similar to compare.

What about Jilly Bond’s performance did you like?

She was excellent. She made the characters come to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!

Any additional comments?

This book and all the other Rachel Hore books I have read are all written to a very high standard with great stories.

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gripping and exciting

If you could sum up A Place of Secrets in three words, what would they be?

captivating and exciting mystery

What other book might you compare A Place of Secrets to, and why?

Tess Gerristen - the bone garden. The twists and turns unfolding in similar ways without being too obvious and each new secret told, leads to more questions.

Have you listened to any of Jilly Bond’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Not yet but intend to

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

all of it

Any additional comments?

Jilly Bond brought the cleverness of the book to life, she made each individual character believeable and distinctive, you could hear the expressions on her face as she narrated.

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Great read!

First time I read this author and really enjoyed the story. It was quite intriging, well written and well narrated. I found it difficult to put down and will certainly look for other books by Rachel Hore. Can highly recommend!

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Worth getting into

I found this really hard to get into at first-it chopped and changed settings which at times could be hard to follow if not fully concentrating. I also found it dragged on until I got to know the characters well. But once I did it was gripping and well worth sticking with. A lovely ending. The narrator's Norfolk accent put on for Gran was gearing at times, but generally well narrated.

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Switching between times - keep up, keep up!

I’m sorry to say that this book ended “happily ever after”, rather than being rather more open-ended. I certainly learned a lot of facts about early astronomy and how things changed when a new planet was discovered. There was also a big theme of stars (small, gold, real) throughout the whole book. Beautifully narrated, with careful pronunciation throughout. A gentle and relatively easy read, but don’t lose concentration when the gypsy child appears, and perhaps she is a factor in the past which may be reorganising people’s dreams.

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Sadly too drawn out with irritating characters and narration

I was sadly disappointed by this book which I started with much enthusiasm.
The story could have been a third shorter and Jude and her family had an irritatingly over inflated sense of their own charm and importance when out staying their welcome at Starborough Hall.
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Sadly didn't enjoy it and didn't care whether the mystery was solved or what happened to the characters.

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A good read

An amazing complex thoroughly enjoyable story. It twists and turns and keeps you hanging on your seats right till the end. The characters leap out at yo believable and well writing. I want to hear it again.

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Great story beautifully crafted.

Really enjoyed this book Lovely storyline with a magical twist. Great writer and beautifully read. I loved every minute of it.