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Tedious and confusing

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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: 27-09-19

Very disappointing. The narration was monotone and hard to distinguish who was talking, and when in time you were. The story was confusing and not sure what it was trying to say. I thought it was going to be about Yudin but it really wasn’t. Rambling and incoherent.

Moving and heartachingly beautiful

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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: 16-05-19

This book just pulls you in until you have to listen to the end. Lots of twists but somehow each feeling realistic. Beautifully drawn characters and explanation of their motivations. I have never cried so much at an audio book

Brilliant plot

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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: 13-05-19

Loved this book! Unexpected direction and lovely concentration of a variety of characters. Rounded storyline and good narration. Thoroughly engaging

Decent with off putting narration

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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: 06-03-19

I wasn’t expecting too much and thought it would be all about dance, but there was a decent bit of plot in there and very evocative of 1930s. Narration was good, but really off-putting in a lot of places as you could hear the narrator swallow loudly. Completely distracted me from the story at times.

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Fantastic listen!

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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: 08-02-18

The best book I have listened to for years. Interesting exploration of how past experiences influence your life with well drawn characters, intriguing plot and really good narration. Couldn’t stop listening even though some of it was hard to take - a good sign that I found it believable and was invested in the characters. Do buy it!

Good as ever but irritating Male narration

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

Reviewed: 15-01-18

Having enjoyed the whole Culver Valley series, I felt somewhat let down when Giles Proust not only changed the pronunciation of his name but his accent and whole personality. You wouldn’t think that was possible when just narrating what is written but so much is in the tone of voice. Why are new narrators for a series not asked to listen to previous books? Or told how to pronounce.names? Seems very lax to me. Luckily he didn’t have a big part in this story as it would have ruined it.

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Irritated

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

Reviewed: 20-06-17

I have been really enjoying this series but found this recording very irritating due to the change in pronunciation of the new Sergeant's name. Surely this is one of the things you would check before recording - consistency with previous story characters? Sounds really minor, but every time it came up I gritted my teeth!

Harrowing but worthwhile

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

Reviewed: 26-02-17

A hard read that made me want to fast forward often but well written and o had a lot of empathy for the characters

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Unremittingly miserable

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

Reviewed: 27-11-16

Having liked other of Sophie's books I was looking forward to this, but the story was so depressing and stressful it just wasn't fun to read, even trying to work out the mystery.

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