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Bonkers but fun

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

Reviewed: 16-06-19

I love Liane's books. This one was a little 'out there', but I loved it. The characters were formulaic but so amusing. The protagonist was hysterical, intentionally or otherwise. It had a serious narrative at times but was also a humorous listen. I was not expecting more.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Rushed ending spoils a good listen.

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Loved Durrant's previous book, Lie With Me, but this book has the same themes, and props, Jo Malone, Dyptique candles, Flat whites, SW London.
The narration is good but the ending is predictable and any twists are not fully explained.

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ANOTHER MITCHELL CLASSIC

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

Reviewed: 22-02-16

If you could sum up Slade House in three words, what would they be?

Any additional comments?

If you have read Mitchell's other books you will love all the references to past characters and events. This is shorter and less complex than the Bone Clocks, I listened to it while painting my bathroom and didn't want it to end.

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This is an outstanding book, beautifully recorded.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

If you could sum up The Trouble with Goats and Sheep in three words, what would they be?

That hot summer.

What about Paula Wilcox’s performance did you like?

She made you love the characters, I did not even recognise her voice initially. She did a great job.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Tilly and Gracie, what a team. I had a best friend when I was 10, and this book took me back to that uncomplicated relationship, in a good way.

Any additional comments?

I have recommended this recording to so many friends. I will listen again.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Twists and turns

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

Reviewed: 18-01-16

What made the experience of listening to I Let You Go the most enjoyable?

This is a compelling book, I played it in the car, while I was getting ready to go out, while I cooked. I will leave it a few months and then listen to it again, concentrating on different characters. I highly recommend this book, a fantastic listen.

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SO DISAPPOINTING

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

Reviewed: 24-11-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different narrator, It did not bode well when Kim Gordon couldn't even pronounce Jo Nesbo's name correctly. She went on to sound tired, and disinterested. Seriously one of the worst performances I have heard on Audible. I realise this was not a Harry Hole book, so it is reasonable to have a new voice, but I almost asked for my money back.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Predictable. I have heard/read all Jo Nesbo's work and am a huge fan.
This is not up to his usual standard.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kim Gordon’s performances?

No I would not. I do not find her voice appealing.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Midnight Sun?

You book was so short you couldn't have cut a minute.

Any additional comments?

I feel it is a cheek to ask for a whole credit for such a short book.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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AMAZING BOOK

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

Reviewed: 13-12-14

What did you like most about The Way We Live Now?

Trollope has a wry understated humour, I liked this book more than his others. This book is a huge undertaking, I'm so glad tackled it in audio book form. The characters are so well drawn, I couldn't wait to be alone to listen to it, It's big a love story, a financial who done it and a social commentary.

What did you like best about this story?

Again the humour, the 'Posh' people were unintentionally hilarious, the 'commoners' equally so. It is like a carry on script with loads of class and social rules, blocking each tier from living the lives they could. They all accept the parameters without question.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I loved it all, Timothy West is the perfect narrator for this book. When he is the female characters being really 'bitchy' to each other while being pleasant and refined, it's fantastic.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The way it was, now lost forever.

Any additional comments?

Listen to this, it will take you a long time, and no one in my family would listen to it with me, so I had to put headphones on (this was great actually). Treat yourself.

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A KIND NARRATIVE

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

Reviewed: 10-09-14

If you could sum up The Children Act in three words, what would they be?

Fascinating, thought provoking.

What other book might you compare The Children Act to, and why?

Apple Tree Yard, only because it deals with a professional woman, who outwardly has her life under tight control.

Have you listened to any of Lindsay Duncan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Lindsay Duncan is perfect although when portraying a 17 year old she is a touch patronising.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Who judges the judges?

Any additional comments?

McEwan always educates with his books and this is another example of exceptional writing along with scrupulous research. I think Ian McEwan must be a kind and thoughtful man.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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A haunting story

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

Reviewed: 29-07-14

Where does The Return of the Native rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This story is read by Alan Rickman who is perfect, this is a sad yet fascinating book. The narration is transportive. I will listen to this audio book again.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Always listen to the audio sample.

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

Reviewed: 06-05-14

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I really wish I'd listened to an audio sample before I purchased this book. I've always loved Rebus and read them all, but the narration on this audio book, is not compelling and I found the story had no pace.

What was most disappointing about Ian Rankin’s story?

I'm afraid I did not finish it. I will buy the book, I'm sure the story will be up to Rankin's usual standard.

How could the performance have been better?

A different narrator.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.