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M. King

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A nice, gentle read

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-07-20

I enjoyed this book. It was non-taxing and a little predictable in places but gently evocative of time and place, the characters sympathetic. I am not certain how plausable all the parts of the story are for the time in which it's set but I let it go.
My only real gripe is that it's written in American English and some of the words used and pronunciation really jars when you realise the English spoken in India during the 50's and 60's was almost certainly British, not American.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed it.

awful.

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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: 23-07-20

Maybe I'm not being fair. I was not exactly sure what to expect from this book, but it sounded hopeful, interesting.
Unfortunately, I could not get past the first chapter. Perhaps I am missing some greater understanding but to me, the endless strings of unintelligible words sounded like verbal diarrhoea. I could glean nothing whatsoever from it. I couldn't even decipher what it was about; what was the angle? Did it claim a deity or deities? That the Big Bang happened or didn't? Is it just one long garbled philosophy essay, the random musings of a troubled mind?
If I'm missing the point, I appologise. But I challenge anyone to listen to more than 10 minutes of this without falling asleep.
If it's just that the writing is too bad to convey the message, then may I suggest a ghost writer for next time?

I can't listen to this

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

Reviewed: 15-12-19

I've been wanting to read this book for years, having loved Margaret Attwood in the past. And I'm sure it's worthy.
But I can't bear the narrator's accent. Again I'm sure she is exactly what was intended, but I find the accent so irritating and boring (completely monotone) that I'm not hearing the words. 5 chapters in and I still have no idea what it's about.
Sending back - life's too short.

Gripping in parts

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

Reviewed: 15-12-19

After a bit of a lukewarm start, this book became very gripping about half way through.
I did guess the main culprit quite early on but did not forsee how it would pan out and wasn't sure I was correct.
A bit long - winded and slightly far-fetched at the very end but overall pretty enjoyable, let down slightly for me by a grating attempt at a Cockney accent.

Beautifully written as ever

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

Reviewed: 08-12-19

I love Elif Shafak's writing, its mix of history, culture, humour, social commentary with its dark twists and all-pervading sense of timeless sisterhood.
Although I found this book slow to start, with a mildly irritating myriad of indistinguishable names to grapple with, it drew me in and kept me rapt for its shocking conclusion.
The downside for me was the speed of narration. Elif Shafak's writing is so beautiful you want to savour it, and I found I was missing the best of it just trying to keep up as the narrator thundered along like a steam train. It was rather more difficult trying to concentrate on all the non-English names, to keep up with who is who which made it all a bit stressful in the beginning. I'm glad I persevered, though because I find this author's novels stay with me long after I've finished them and challenge the way I view other societies.

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Tedious

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

I tried so hard to like this book. It sounded so promising. And at first I was riveted. Nothing terribly new here, but it held the promise of being delivered in a new way. But then it went on...and on...and on...... at one point so repetitive I had to fast forward just to make him shut the f* up. And that was when I actually managed to stay awake; the guy has such a monotonous tone I've been using it mostly in place of a nighttime mug of cocoa
Half way through and, yes, there are some interesting themes but the most interesting are just too deep (and, I confess, far-fetched) for me and I admit defeat. I've had enough.

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Not going to bother finishing it.

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

Reviewed: 10-07-19

I can't exchange this book because I bought it as part of a 2 for 1 deal. But I really can't be bothered to finish it. I wouldn't call it 'crap', but it has not engaged me in the slightest. Not even in a light, chicklit kind of a way. The characters are one-dimensional and uninteresting and the whole plot just boring, really, despite what should be fairly meaty subject matter.
A real pot -boiler from Lisa Jewell.

I finished it

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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: 30-05-19

I nearly stopped listening to this book as I found the characters irritating and the plot slow.
It did improve enough for me to push on through it and, although I guessed the outcome and 'twist' fairly early on, I suppose the premise is mildly unusual
I think what put me off most was the female narrator who constantly placed emphasis differently than I would have, which I found very distracting. And none of the characters were especially likeable.

Just okay, passed the time.

Mesmerizing and beautiful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-05-19

A completely enveloping journey into pre-Christian history, offering a compelling glimpse of everyday life in times we hear little about. There's a kind of nostalgic sadness about this haunting story and a profound feeling of connectedness with these people, our ancestors who, although living a simpler kind of life, barely differed from us at all.

I just loved this book, which reminded me strongly of 'Honour' by Elif Shafak, my favourite Audible book to date.

Passed the time

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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: 11-05-19

This was ok and useful for sending me to sleep at night.
There was little unusual, surprising or gripping about the tale and was about as engaging as an average ITV drama.
I found the narrator often placed emphasis unusually which could be distracting and I honestly didn't either like or care about any of the characters.
A mildly surprising ending, not terribly believable.
All in all it kept me occupied but not terribly impressed.