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you won't be bored

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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: 17-03-20

Rather absurd story with many holes but the ending redeemed it. Pity about the narrator's deadpan voice.

Drama it ain't!

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

Reviewed: 29-06-19

Sebastian Fitzek's thrillers always follow a pattern - a wonderfully mysterious opening, a skilful build up of tension in the middle, and a preposterous, balloon prick of an ending. No less enjoyable for that, though . This dramatisation, however, did not work for me. It seemed as if the actors were not in the studio together but recorded their parts separately. The sound effects added nothing to the atmosphere - footsteps sounded like coconut shells being knocked together; a stalled car engine like a waste disposal unit, and all tagged together by editors in training.

A Missed Opportunity

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

Reviewed: 18-07-18

.... and not just to save the Romanovs! A thrilling story marred by a poor narrator - disjointed pauses, unnecessary foreign accents when naming locations and mispronounced names.

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Moving and Profound

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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: 04-03-18

What is the nature of revolution? How can revolutionaries retain their humanity in the face of violent struggle? These are the themes explored through the eyes of a communist Vietnamese agent who has been assigned to spy on American allies.

Spoilt by narration

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

Reviewed: 14-01-17

Scholarly and generally well researched but also full of 'may bes', 'almost certainlies' and speculations especially in regard to the motives of the main players.
Why, oh why does the narrator use different accents when quoting from sources? What a distraction! How can we know if the French ambassador spoke in an 'allo, allo' voice or that Henry VI sounded like a member of the landed gentry in the 1950s?

Dark Matter in the Himalayas

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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: 27-11-16

Wonderfully atmospheric but what a pity that the author intrudes so abruptly at the end.

Cliché

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

Reviewed: 05-11-16

Every event from every ghost story you have ever read or seen on screen but entertaining enough!

Don't bother

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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: 23-08-16

Only slightly less of a time waster than playing Candy Crush! Listen to Radio 4 drama instead.

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What a disappointment!

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

Reviewed: 15-02-16

Overlong and repetitive. A clichéd story which lacks any tension or suspense. The dialogue is dreadfully stilted although the narrator tries her best with it. The characters are irritating and unbelievable; the dual narrative predictable. If you want to try a Julie Myerson go for The Story if You. That one will haunt you instead of leaving you bored and impatient with yourself for listening to the end.

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Ruined by a bad narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-12-15

This is a wonderfully atmospheric story exploring the premise that the USA was defeated in World War II and is now occupied by the Japanese and Germans. I am still pondering the meaning of the ending. Unfortunately, the narrator is awful. Read the book instead!