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review 2017-07-27 02:19
PRETTY JANE AND THE VIPER OF KIDBROOKE LANE: a TRUE STORY OF VICTORIAN LAW AND DISORDER by Paul Thomas Murphy
Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane: A True Story of Victorian Law and Disorder: The First Unsolved Murder of the Victorian Age - Paul Thomas Murphy

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  Jane Clouson is found on Kidbrooke Lane dying after a vicious beating. She is taken to the hospital where she later dies. The police now have to find the murderer. As they look at her short life and listen to what her friends have to say they believe they have found their murderer and arrest him. Next comes the court of law and the court of public opinion.

This is interesting. Mr. Murphy uses modern forensic techniques to review the case and show who the murderer is. Unfortunately, forensic scien
Jane Clouson is found on Kidbrooke Lane dying after a vicious beating. She is taken to the hospital where she later dies. The police now have to find the murderer. As they look at her short life and listen to what her friends have to say they believe they have found their murderer and arrest him. Next comes the court of law and the court of public opinion.

This is interesting. Mr. Murphy uses modern forensic techniques to review the case and show who the murderer is. Unfortunately, forensic science was just beginning in 1871 and what we know now is not what they knew then. Because of technicalities and a "judge" who had made up his mind, this case seems like a travesty of justice. I liked how each person is followed through the book. I also liked the synopsis of how modern forensics would prove who the murderer is as well as how the police put their case together. I like the history

 

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review 2017-07-26 18:02
Robin. Die Rückkehr - Warringham-Saga: Das Lächeln der Fortuna (3) | Rebecca Gablé
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Autorin: Rebecca Gablé
Titel: Robin. Die Rückkehr
Reihe: Warringham Saga: Das Lächeln der Fortuna (3)
Genre: Historischer Roman
Verlag: Audible GmbH, [28.04.2017]
Sprecher: Detlef Bierstedt, Roman Roth, Wolfgang Wagner, Ulrike Kapfer, Julia Lowack, Moritz Grove u.v.a.
Hörminuten: [922 Minuten], ungekürztes Hörspiel
“Das Lächeln der Fortuna” gibt es auch im TB- und HC-Format

 

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Inhaltsangabe (Audible):

England im 14. Jahrhundert: Nach dem Tod seines Vaters, des wegen Hochverrats angeklagten Earl of Waringham, hat der junge Robin alles verloren - auch den Anspruch auf sein Erbe und ist der Willkür der Obrigkeit ausgesetzt. Besonders Mortimer, der Sohn des neuen Earls, schikaniert Robin, wo er kann. Zwischen den Jungen erwächst eine tödliche Feindschaft, die sie bis ins Erwachsenenalter begleiten wird.
Aber Robin geht seinen Weg, der ihn schließlich zurück in die Welt des Hofes von Edward III, von Adel und Ritterschaft führt. An der Seite des charismatischen Duke of Lancaster erlebt er Feldzüge, Aufstände und politische Triumphe - und begegnet Frauen, die ebenso schön wie gefährlich sind. Wird es ihm gelingen, sich in dieser Welt zu etablieren?
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>> Diese Hörspiel-Fassung wird Ihnen exklusiv von Audible präsentiert und ist ausschließlich im Download erhältlich.

©1997 Rebecca Gablé (P)2017 Audible GmbH

Meine Meinung:

 

Wie bereits bei den vorhergehenden Hörspielen dieser Reihe erwähnt, habe ich das Buch vor Jahren mit großer Begeisterung gelesen. Wenn es etwas gibt, das dieses überwältigende Lesegefühl noch toppen kann, dann diese Hörspielserie. Audible hat das Buch perfekt umgesetzt, sämtliche Sprecher haben hervorragende Arbeit geleistet, es war ein Genuss, das Kopfkino ablaufen zu lassen, alles bildlich vor sich zu sehen, die Emotionen zu fühlen und die Geschichte zu erleben. Eine einzigartige Erfahrung, für die ich Audible sehr dankbar bin.

 

Empfehlen möchte ich diese Reihe wirklich jedem Fan historischer Bücher in Romanform, allen, die längere Strecken im Auto zurücklegen müssen oder Untermalung bei der Hausarbeit wünschen. Und dieses wundervolle Hörvergnügen ist noch nicht einmal unerschwinglich, denn im Flexi-Abo kostet so ein fast 16 Stunden Hörvergnügen bereitendes Buch noch nicht einmal 10 €!

 

Und letzten Endes bietet diese Hörspielreihe wirklich jedem etwas: Ritter in glänzenden Rüstungen, Jungfrauen in Nöten, Verschwörungen und Intrigen am Hof, Heimtücke und Edelmut. England im Mittelalter – das war schon eine ganz besondere Ära.

Von mir gibt es selbstredend für diesen Überflieger ganze 11/10 Punkte.

 

10-10

 

Bücher der Reihe:

 

1. Das Lächeln der Fortuna – gelesen 24.09.2006 – 11/10 Punkte
2. Die Hüter der Rose
3. Das Spiel der Könige
4. Der dunkle Thron
5. Der Palast der Meere

 

Hörspiele der Reihe “Das Lächeln der Fortuna”:

 

1.1. Robin – Die Flucht – beendet 04.05.2017 – 11/10 Punkte
1.2. Robin – Die Wende – beendet 06.06.2017 – 11/10 Punkte
1.3. Robin – Die Rückkehr – beendet 26.07.2017 – 11/10 Punkte

 

Robin - Die Rückkehr (Waringham Saga: Das Lächeln der Fortuna 3) - Moritz Grove,Julia Lowack,Ulrike Kapfer,Audible GmbH,Roman Roth,Wolfgang Wagner,Rebecca Gablé,Detlef Bierstedt 

Source: sunsys-blog.blogspot.de/2017/07/gehort-robin-die-ruckkehr-rebecca-gable.html
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review 2017-07-26 08:42
Reshaping the environment to suit our needs
The Draining of the Fens: Projectors, Popular Politics, and State Building in Early Modern England (Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology) - Eric H. Ash

Today The Fens is largely a misnomer, as the region of East Anglia is a flat, dry land studded with farms. Yet a few centuries ago it was a name that referred to the marshland environment of the area, one often inundated with water from the sea or from the rivers that fed into it. While these conditions was hardly conducive for growing crops, the grasses that flourished in the wetlands were ideal for animal husbandry, which was practiced as far back as the Roman occupation. During the 17th century, however, a number of parties began a decades-long project to drain The Fens that turned it into the environment which we know it as today.

 

Eric Ash's book describes how this occurred. He traces the beginnings of the project to the 1570s, when environmental changes that worsened the flooding convinced some in the royal government of the need to intervene. Until then flood management was the responsibility of sewer commissioners, prominent locals who sat on boards that were empowered to maintain flood control measures but whose resources and remit were limited to maintaining existing conditions. Now, however, the crown began to consider ambitious projects designed to drain The Fens and convert the pasture land to more desirable farmland.

 

The inhabitants of the Fens quickly objected to the government's proposal. Ash spends a good part of his book describing the various challenges to the projectors, which included political pressure, legal challenges, and even violence against the "projectors" and their employees. While efforts by the crown to secure a consensus proved elusive, it was not until first James I and then Charles I took the throne that the state grew more aggressive in its approach. Nevertheless, one of the virtues of the area of the first major drainage project, the Hatfield Level, was that the crown controlled most of the land in the area, thus forestalling much of the opposition encountered elsewhere. Work on the even larger Great Level drainage began soon afterward, and while it was disrupted by the civil war that broke out in 1641, the work continued intermittently until it was complete by the 1670s.

 

Synthesizing political, social, technological, and environmental history, Ash's book provides an excellent account of the efforts to drain The Fens in the 16th and 17th centuries. From it emerges an account of greed, environmental change, government power, and local resistance that has echoes in some of the debates over public projects and environmental regulation in our own time. Perhaps the most salient point to emerge from the book is how the efforts by people to utilize and shape their environment have long reflected their views of their relationship to it. This is true even today, for while the ongoing effort to restore The Fens embodies a very different set of assumptions and goals, they share with the drainage projects of the 17th century the idea that it is our goals which should determine its condition, even if our objectives today have brought us full circle to embracing the wetlands role The Fens had served for so long in the past.

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review 2017-07-24 19:58
Michael Robotham - The Secrets She Keeps
The Secrets She Keeps - Michael Robotham

Robotham delivers a very intense psychological thriller. Halfway through the book I was still wondering how the story will develop. For quite a while I had no clue what was going to happen. So I was very curious and that kept me reading.

 

For my taste it was a little bit too slow. A lot of other readers say it was fast paced. I did not feel that way. For me it was a bit of a slow burner.  But it kept me curious and I want to know where the story was heading to.

 

At first I disliked Agatha very much. But the more I got to know her the more I felt for her. This book is very much character driven.  It was also interesting to look deeper intor the oh-so-perfect family of Meg. There are no dead bodies in the cellar but some unpleasant and realistic problems.

 

I am not sure if I ever read a book from Michael Robotham, although I was familiar with his name. But I enjoyed this suspense thriller very much. At first I was a bit irritated because it was so slow and I had no idea what was going on. But the further I read the more I got engaged. This is a unique and high quality thriller I can recommend strongly to everybody.

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text 2017-07-15 15:59
The Hand Of God In Medieval England
Alfred the Great: The Man Who Made England - Justin Pollard

Pollard's biography of Alfred is classic narrative history. There is just enough context to give meaning to the central character's actions but not so much as to upstage him. The focus is always on Alfred's personality, his mistakes, his insights, and the impact he had on the England that he helped bring into being.

 

Alfred's story is, of course, also the story of the Vikings and Pollard is particularly good at depicting his attitude to the cunning and ruthless Norsemen whom Alfred must have believed had been sent by God as a scourge upon an age that had failed to live up to its responsibilities.

 

The medieval mind-set is often difficult for the modern reader to fully take on board.  The hand of God in perceived in every twist of and turn of the plot; the imminence of divine judgement is always just around the corner; and in a world where life-expectancy was as much as thirty-five years less than for contemporary people, perhaps that is not so surprising. All of this, Pollard incorporates into his story. It forms the background against which the portrait emerges of the only English king to be given the soubriquet "Great". From Pollard's account it would appear to be a title justly deserved.

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