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Wooden, and very badly read.

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

Reviewed: 06-07-19

I could not carry on with this, it is so badly read, and the story lacks any tension. Page turner this is not. The characters appear to have been lifted straight out of Dixon of Dock Green. Ms McDermid has written some excellent books, this is not one of them.

Terrible.

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

Unbelievable story, badly written and wooden. As bad as 'I am pilgrim'. I returned it.

Not up to standard

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

Reviewed: 19-09-17

Not up to JG's usual standard. No dramatic tension and too much backstory. Not recommended.

Wonderful.

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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: 16-06-17

Part love story, part history, this is a moving account of an Irish immigrant to America, his experience of being a soldier and his experience of loving. Beautifully written in an authentic voice, the story is brought to life by the reader, who adds a touch of magic in a balanced and understated way to an already superb book.

Wonderful capolavoro.

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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: 28-11-16

I read this when it was first published. Loved it then, maybe more so now.

2 people found this helpful

Pastiche of every cliché ever used in a thriller

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-06-16

The narrator did a good job though, despite a story that had me groaning. Pulp.

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 30-10-15

I didn't finish this. I love MacBride's other novels but this was a venture too far.

3 people found this helpful

Unremittingly dull.

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-15

Would you try another book written by Elizabeth Gilbert or narrated by Juliet Stevenson?

I love listening to Juliet Stevenson, but even she could not entice me to try another book by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Any additional comments?

I kept waiting for something to happen, and it didn't. The plot was heavy and awkward, and characters appeared and disappeared for no apparent reason. I listened to the end - but it was a hard slog.

9 people found this helpful

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

What disappointed you about The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared?

I tried to read this as a printed book, but did not get very far. Given the rave reviews the book has received I thought I'd try listening to it instead, but still could not get on with it. I find the constant shifts of Allan Karlsson's situation, each one more unlikely than the next, made me feel as though I was caught is a cross between Monty Python and Forrest Gump. I could not finish it.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I found the narration irritating - it sounded as though I was listening to a Blue Peter presenter. This one was not for me, sadly.

As complex as a stained glass window

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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: 07-08-14

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

The Goldfinch ranks as one of the best audiobooks I have listened to so far, and I listen to many. One expects a novel by Donna Tartt to be outstanding, and so it is. The settings are finely drawn, so that you feel transported to each location - sight, sound and smells are described in such detail, yet with a light touch. The characters are engaging, Theo especially. I enjoyed every minute of the audiobook.

Any additional comments?

This is the second audiobook of Ms Tartt's work that I have listened to, the previous being Secret Histories, for which Ms Tartt was the reader, which I found detracted from the audiobook given that the narrator is male. I am very pleased that for this book an actor was chosen as the reader - David Pittu's performance enhanced my enjoyment - if Ms Tartt had been the reader I would not have chosen to 'read' The Goldfinch as an audiobook.