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Well written, narrated and very interesting.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
The subject is fascinating, and it is well researched. Having said that I give this audiobook 3 stars because I don't think audio is the best format to highlight the material. There are so many details that in my opinion it is best suited for text, perhaps an abridged version might be better in audio.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful
Fascinating detail, although I found it a bit repetitive, with an awful lot of lists. Because the book is divided into chapters according to subject matter, the same characters and places crop up throughout the book, and it was difficult to keep track of who was whom, and where - with an audio book, you can't just flick back through the pages to remind yourself!
It was interesting to hear about the harsh and unpleasant reality behind the scenes of the supposedly glamorous diplomatic service. So many trivial points of dress, etiquette and protocol that had to be observed! There were some harrowing accounts, too, such as Jane Ewart-Biggs's account of her husband's assassination by the IRA in 1976, and I really felt for Veronica Atkinson and her family, hiding in the basement of the British Embassy in Romania in 1989, during the uprising that overthrew the Ceacescu regime.
I just felt it was slightly too long - Katie Hickman seems to have put in every single item she has researched, some of which would have been better edited out.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
A well-read book full of fascinating details and many amusing incidents. Unlike other reviewers, I did not find the reference to different periods confusing. This is a book I am happy to recommend to others.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful