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Beautiful story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-05-20

I loved this story. Long but easy to listen to as it jumps about in time, like a series of memories. Helped by having 2 contrasting voices taking a series of characters. Romantic but realistic.

Not for me. Too self-indulgent.

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-04-20

I like the idea of this book. Unfortunately the author drones on for too long on each subject, and these include contemporary political views being 'soapboxed'. This is the kind of conversation I would avoid getting into during the pub. Too long-winded and not enough on the subject for me.

Good story, poor production

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-05-19

Another good story from Frank Tallis. Reading was OK but narrator managed limited different voices. Main characters are distinctive but sone lesser voices sound the same. Bad production with extra takes edited in with poor balance sounding very odd.

Intriguing tales of middle America

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I really enjoyed meeting the characters created in this book. There is an illusion to Lucy Barton, but she is not really centre stage. Each chapter leads from one character's story to another with slender links between them an insights into both sides of the relationships and the dynamics of the families. It deals with issues of prejudice and the ability of people to make something of themselves. All the people seem real and credible enough that you could meet them in life and recognise them.

Great story but dreadful production

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-18

This production was ruined for me by odd moments when the narrator's voice disappeared and was replaced by another actor clumsily inserted at a different volume. It sounds really amateur and spoils the flow of the story. Not sure how any professional recording company should allow such a poor quality product out. The actual narration and story when you get it was good.

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Couldn't get on with this - maybe the narrator

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-18

I don't often give up on a book before I have finished, but I couldn't be bothered with this. The narrator sounds bored and rushed, which may be in line with the central character, but doesn't help enjoying the book. The subject matter seems dated now, but then this is a "classic". Just not for me thanks.

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A very English Forrest Gump

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-17

I really loved this book. It reads like an autobiography in journal form, but is actually fiction. Apart from the uncanny meetings with famous people like Picasso in Paris and the Duke of Windsor on a Biarritz golf course, it is uncannily realistic. Although the main character lived a couple of generations ahead of me, I knew people just like the man he creates. The writing is very evocative without being contrived, and the narration is spot on - the narrator manages to sound young and upbeat in the earlier years, flagging and forgetful in the later ones. I think it might not appeal to a woman, as it is a very old-fashioned public school male perspective on life, but for a man who has lived through half of the 20th century it was very appealing, even a little nostalgic.

Enid Blyton for adults

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-17

I really couldn't get on with this audiobook. Whether it was the narration, which seemed like hammy amateur dramatics, or the attempt at 1950s authenticity, I don't know. But I gave up after a couple of chapters.

Great period drama

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-12-16

If you enjoy wallowing in nostalgia for the days when men were addressed by their surname and police officers drank copious whisky and soda while investigating crimes, this is for you. The plots have a recurring theme, but are sufficiently complex that it is very hard to guess the villains. The accents and special effects belong to another age when life was simpler and elocution was a virtue. But the suspense still works and the characters are convincingly voiced.

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Better to read the book

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-16

This book is both exhaustive and exhausting. At times it sounds like a catalogue of events. But it is lightened by Max Hastings' opinionated comments on other's work and some humorous incidents. But the narration is very strange with odd inflections, some passages rendered insensible and some dreadful mispronunciation. Ben McIntyre may not be historically spot on, but his books are much better to listen to.