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Funny and moving.

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

Reviewed: 19-10-19

I loved Elton John before I listened to this excellent book I love him more now.

So disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 04-10-19

I have loved Philippa Gregory's books from Wideacre onwards. Had this not had her name on it I wouldn't have thought it was hers. Slow and difficult to get into and I found I didn't care about any of the characters. The narrator is dire which doesn't help at all. Needless to say I sent it back.

Utterly dreadful narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-06-19

The story wasn't bad but the screeching narrator ruined it and her attempts at British and even worse Cornish accents were laughable.

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Tedious and unbelievable

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

Reviewed: 27-05-19

I should have given up when the frame of a painting inexplicably melted in a fire in 1919 (what was it made of?) followed closely by a woman feeling the skin "melting" off her hands. Then the present day tedious woman married to a horrible man with bratty children. I gave up and I don't easily give up. I it was an actual book I'd have burned it to avoid anyone else suffering the misery of it.

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Read very very badly

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

Reviewed: 07-02-19

I managed four chapters and may buy the book but the narrator was so monotonous and irritating I had to send it back.

Utterly enchanting and equally surprising.

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

Reviewed: 14-03-18

I have given this book five stars and it thoroughly deserves them. I have just finished it and I miss it already I so want to know what happens next.

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I gave up halfway and sent it back.

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

Reviewed: 21-02-18

This book needed editing to half the size. The narrator managed to make characters either ear bleedingly shrill or deadly dull.

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Read very badly

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

Reviewed: 16-07-17

What did you like best about The Very First Damned Thing? What did you like least?

I enjoyed the story but would not listen to another read by the author.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All the usual St Mary's characters.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jodi Taylor’s performances?

Absolutely not.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Possibly if combined with other St Mary's stories.

Any additional comments?

Had I realised how bad the reading was I'd have bought this on kindle.

1 person found this helpful

Utter rubbish

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

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

Certainly no one who wants a properly researched historical novel.

Has The Thief Taker put you off other books in this genre?

No - Just by this author.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

So full of historical and factual inaccuracies (Toads are not slimy) that it is not worth reading. Characters are one dimensional and the reading/performance is just dull.

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