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S. Jonas

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Tedious

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-18

I’m sure someone will enjoy this, but not me. Despite being booker listed, and being recommended, this was slow and turgid. I like historical fiction, but this felt really exposition heavy and I didn’t care about the characters enough to stick with it.

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Really enjoyed this

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-18

After a run of dull books, this one was a doozie - a shoal of red herrings and lots of tension, really good read!

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Alright, but...,

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-08-18

The many voices seem written too similarly and the characters are all a bit predictable, it would be nice to have a PI who wasn’t a mess!!
Ok but doesn’t stand up to close inspection.

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This review is my fault, not the author's

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

Reviewed: 13-07-17

What made the experience of listening to Good Me Bad Me the most enjoyable?

I have to put my hands up here - I have given this book five stars because I am not in a position to review it. This is because I have just had a little boy, and the first few pages contained images which I found so disturbing I couldn't read/listen on. This is NOT MEANT TO REFLECT NEGATIVELY on the book, and neither were those lines especially brutal or graphic, but it is perhaps a tribute to the writing that they were so spot on disturbing and pushed all my buttons, that I have been haunted by them for weeks. So I couldn't read on, but I'm sure if you do, this book will be gripping as hell.

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It takes a while....but keep going

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

Reviewed: 13-07-17

What made the experience of listening to He Said/She Said the most enjoyable?

There is something unsatisfying about 'He said, she said,' thought I can't put my finger on it. I think it's because there's a slightly sneaky lack of foreshadowing to make the twist work, or possibly that the performance of the female story always seems to have a slightly hysterical edge, which made it a little hard to gel with in the beginning. That is as negative as I'm going to get though, because the author tackles a very divisive subject very well, and makes you as a reader confront your preconceptions about where the story is going, much in the way that countless juries have to do the same and so often come up short, with skill and light touch manipulation. There are a few moments when I was moved both to anger and tears, which is always the sign of a good book, and a lot of the back story set in the late nineties was painfully familiar. Yes, do read this, because it's a well written thriller and it will make you check your preconceptions of where it's going as it plays with the rape/revenge plot.

My goodness but this is tedious

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-17

I really tried with this. I presume someone thought about the phrase 'fuming with anger', thought that would be a cool metaphor for sin, then read a lot of Dickens. It's written in a sort of Dickensian style, but this means a lot of passive voice and far far too much detail - people don't jus get up and leave, they rise and the rooms are left, with a passing reference to the wainscotting - until you're screaming 'oh do get on with it!' The main obsession with smoke and sin becomes quickly ridiculous - every one is twisted, everyone is dirty, it's all grim - and the three main characters are stunningly unsympathetic and dull. There is an attempt at steam punk sensibilities, but it was all lost in the smog for me. Not for me, though I imagine if it's your sort of thing, then it will keep you going till the end.

Couldn't finish it

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-17

Just failed to grab me, something so dreadfully tedious about it, un engaging characters and a plot I couldn't be bothered to unpick. Sorry, life's too short!

Good read, but...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-12-16

The first few chapters of this I found hard work, as the characters were, probably by design, not that appealing. Characters don't have to be "nice", but they all seemed a bit obvious and uninspiring. I did find it warmed up towards the middle, though there are sections I could have happily edited out, but I eventually did get on board with the story. I worked out what had actually happened and so the ending was both probably true to life and yet a little frustrating, as so many obvious ends remain untied. This isn't bad writing at all, it makes perfect sense in the world of the story,but then fiction isn't real life.

Good narration though!

Amazing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-11-16

This might upset some readers, and I hope it does, because like all great Sci-fi this holds up a dark mirror to where we are now, and asks some big questions. It made me cheer revenge scenarios, then choke back tears when things go horribly wrong, in the gym as well, which raises eyebrows.

Read this, and think on.

Truly a genius book.

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Couldn't finish it

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-16

Tedious, turgid, couldn't care less. I think we've had enough books about in-jar from the PoV of white middle class men working out their personal angst through realising they were on the wrong side. Too much flies and heat, mad dogs and Englishmen, and frankly I'd have murdered the whole bloody lot of them, so hard to care about the death of some nasty colonial stuffed shirt.

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