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Silly historical romance

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

Reviewed: 05-01-20

Quite shallow really. Not at all what I had expected. A few historical facts sprinkled over a number of interwoven romance stories, none of which felt particularly plausible.

Bit of a rant

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

Reviewed: 01-01-20

There were nuggets in here somewhere, but nothing particularly new. Show up, do the work, inspiration must find you working etc etc, and a load of odd cross references which were doubtless erudite, but actually felt irrelevant to a simple message. Show up, stop whining, do the damned work.
Not a good reader, in spite of enthusiasm, and clear passion for his subject, it smacked of the modern plague of jocular presentation on a laptop in a back bedroom at your mums house. Everyone’s a presenter these days, not. I wait for the podcast era to pass, and deliver us back to professionalism in all things spoken word.

Superb, but ultimately bleak

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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: 31-12-19

I nearly gave up a number of times, such unremitting bleakness. But it kept drawing me back, the characters, the events, and certainly the superb reading.
It is a feast of a story, a writer at the peak of their craft. But there is a part of me that wishes I could un-hear it, and the constant and suffocating misery which it unfolds.

Empty wittering

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

Reviewed: 26-12-19

I don’t think I quite get the podcast culture. But frankly, if I have to listen to a bunch of people amusing each other with empty wittering, I can go sit in Costa. I’d really rather not.

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Chilling and moving

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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: 12-12-19

Consulate story telling and a superb conclusion to a story I began as a young woman, and have concluded relating more to the older characters. Truly worth the wait.

Outstanding

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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: 26-11-19

A book for our time. I wish schools over the world would make Lefteri compulsory reading. She shakes us all by our inaction. Her stories do not allow us to feel comfortable with ignoring the politics unfolding all around us. Her ability to conjure from words the characters, scents and sounds of a place makes for an immersive experience. Read excellently well. 10/10

Persevere

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

Reviewed: 17-11-19

It was a slow start, and the narration by the author was at times irritating and overly self conscious. I think a version with a narrator able to take a step back may be better. That said, from the self involved youth blossoms an intelligent, compassionate and brave adult. I’m glad I stayed with the book to the end, there is something to be learned from it beyond one person’s story, and that may be more apparent with a different reader

Beautiful. Heart rending.

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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: 10-08-19

The reader’s calm, matter of fact descriptions somehow heighten the horror of everyday brutality.
The book is filled with the best and worst of humanity. Should be compulsory reading in our schools.