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Couldn't stop listening!

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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: 09-02-20

I enjoy good historical fiction but it's not often that a tale is told from the point of view of the common man. That's not to say that the central characters, Thomas and Katherine, aren't compelling but they are not great and powerful. Their lives occassionally bring them into contact with the ruling classes but it is the everyday people they meet along their journey that bring such richness to this book. This is a book full of vivid characters, both good and bad. I normally find myself skimming through long battle scenes but here they were integral to the story of our characters and very well written. The true horrors of the War of the Roses shows that we don't need dragons and Khaleesis to wipe each other out: we are perfectly capable of doing that ourselves.
The story was well read and the reader managed to handle a lot of different characters and accents. Even the Welsh wasnt too bad if only he had been able to pronounce Dafydd!
I very much look forward to the next book in this series.

Don't give up on this

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

Reviewed: 06-10-19

I found the first few hours of this book incomprehensible. Everyone seemed to have at least three different names, all used at random. The plot was complex and hard to follow, and the main character speaks almost entirely in quotations, (in a variety of languages) and makes constant reference to mythologies and characters from tales I had never heard of.

I was completely at sea and had no idea who anyone was or what the hell was going on. It was only because this series was recommended by someone whose opinion I respect that I continued to plough on.

And I'm so glad I did. Slowly I began to work out who was who and then, almost without realising it, I found I was starting to care about some of characters. Some of the scenes were amusing, others tense, and that central character ... still hard to understand but growing in complexity and interest. And by the end I was listening at every possible opportunity.

And as soon as I finished I downloaded the next one.

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Finished too quickly

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

Reviewed: 14-09-19

This was such a good idea with a great build up and some interesting characters. Everything was moving toward a fascinating finale but I was disappointed with a rather rushed ending. It left so much unanswered, not least the Second Sleep.
If only this had been the first of a trilogy.

Uplifting

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-06-19

Despite the dark subject matter this book is often hilarious with its pen portraits of an odd group of people pulled in to an age old conspiracy of child abuse and the exploitation of women.
At its heart is an uplifting story of oppressed people fighting back against those who harm them; about good people surviving and having the courage to go on.
I loved every minute and, as always, Jackson Brodie is a great central character. The narration by Jason Isaacs was the icing on the cake.

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Slow going!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-19

I'm finding this audiobook very difficult to review. It was a beautifully written book and the narration was superb, but I did struggle to become involved with the characters.
The story built up a great sense of tension and dread but it was incredibly slow going in places and I found myself drifting off and having to listen again to sections.
I would recommend it to others but feel you need to be in a certain frame of mind to fully appreciate.

22 people found this helpful

Promising

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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: 09-04-19

This is a really promising start to a new series and I will definitely be getting the next in the series.Some interesting characters that need fleshing out, and I look forward to seeing them develop.

Not so good aspects - some rather stupid decisions by experienced officers that put them in unnecessary danger and a rather flat narration that needs to liven up a little.

Haunting

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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: 26-01-19

A thought provoking story, beautifully written and read. This one will stay in my mind for a long time.

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Fast paced page-turner with little depth

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

Reviewed: 18-01-19

I really struggled with this book. Yes it was exciting and an easy listen, but it was also unrelenting in its action. There were 72 chapters and it felt like there was a cliffhanger at the end of every one. I just wanted a little time to absorb events and get to know some of the characters below a surface depth.
There was promise here, and at times I was reminded of the Lincoln Lawyer. I'll probably try the next in the series and see how the characters develop.
And best of all it was lovely to listen to the narration of Adam Sims again, much missed from his wonderful characterisation of the community of Three Pines in the Louise Penny books.

Poor characters in a predictable plot

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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: 08-01-19

This was a rather disappointing story that never held my interest. I didn't like any of the characters, with their many small prejudices and class distinctions. None of them felt believable and neither did the mystery itself.

The story wasn't helped by some poor narration, particularly the young police woman who sounded bland and immature.

It's a shame because I've very much enjoyed this author's other series and had high hopes for this one. It just didn't work for me.

Confusing

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

Reviewed: 30-04-18

An interesting idea, well narrated and with real potential. However, the plot was incredibly confusing, particularly as an audio, and I kept having to go back and relisten to sections. I also thought it was over long and the ending lacked impact. Almost all the characters in the novel were vile so I found it difficult to care about them and at times the plot really dragged. I'm afraid this one wasn't really for me.

19 people found this helpful