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Not for me

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

Reviewed: 14-05-19

I don't read psychological thrillers very often but I was intrigued by the set up of this novel. The narrators were good and the story is fast paced and absorbing. The book has an interesting structure (book within a book) and some of the twists were interesting but the plot was too predictable. I also found the characters shallow and unlikeable. Their actions were not believeable in the least.

5 people found this helpful

Transported into a different era

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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: 08-03-19

Thoroughly enjoyed this! The story is believable and I finished it in less than 24 hours. A much faster read than 'the seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo' by the same author which I also liked a lot. Like 'the seven husbands...' this audiobook also transports the listener back to a different era. The interview format worked very well on audio and the cast of narrators did a spectacular job. I thought the last few lines were a bit over the top but otherwise definitely one of the best books I listened to in the last three months. I especially liked the portrayal of the female characters Kamila and Karen. They were interesting and complex. The narrator reading Daisy was outstanding in embodying both her strength and vulnerability.

1 person found this helpful

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 08-03-19

A nice short and light read. Very reminiscent of books by Liane Moriarty but not as intricate. I enjoyed it but don't think that it'll stick with me.

1 person found this helpful

Very athmospheric and unusual

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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: 08-03-19

The setting of this novel was gorgeous and the story held my interest throughout. The narrator's accent contributed to making this book a very memorable listen. I didn't love the ending and thought that the characters were just a little too one-dimensional but overall really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it.

Promising start

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

Reviewed: 15-03-18

This story is very well done, I can't wait to listen to the second book. I loved the world building and some of the character detail (Effie's father and Gryffin Truelove in particular). Some of the other characters are a little bit under-developed, but I have great hopes that this will be remedied in the next installment. The main characters felt a older than 11. The narator was very good.

7 people found this helpful

Wonderful - shame about the ending

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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: 15-03-18

I loved listening to this book. The relationship between Sophie and her father is described in loving detail. Charles is a wonderful character and Sopie's encounters with the rooftoppers are also very interesting. However, the ending felt rushed to me. The entire story builds up to a resolution which is done in an abrupt way, it almost felt like a cliff hanger. I would be great to have a sequel. The narrator is excellent.

7 people found this helpful

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 17-11-17

Although the writing is thoughtful with lots of detailed descriptions, it is an absoulute pageturner; I finished it within a couple of days. It's very well written with a cleverly constructed plot which jumps backwards and forwards in time. The characters, although they are 'types', are believable and the book is very good at conveying their different viewpoints. An interesting story about motherhood, difficult life choices and race. Anyone who enjoys reading about complicated families and secrets should give this book a go. From the raving reviews in the press I expected slightly more, but overall I enjoyed it very much. It reminded me of books by Curtis Sittenfeld and Liane Moriarty.

9 people found this helpful

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Good story

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

Reviewed: 05-12-13

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

Top 10

What other book might you compare Sisterland to, and why?

To Sittenfeld's previous books "American Wife" and "Prep" which I loved. This isn't quite as brilliant as the other two, but I really enjoyed it nevertheless. The ending felt a little contrived to me, but that's just a small niggle.

What about Laurence Bouvard’s performance did you like?

I thought it was spot on.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It's a quiet story, but very absorbing. The portrayal of the relationship between the two sisters is utterly convincing. There were a few moments which made me laugh out loud.

1 person found this helpful

Enjoyed it

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

Reviewed: 05-12-13

If you could sum up The Ocean at the End of the Lane in three words, what would they be?

forgotten childhood memories

What other book might you compare The Ocean at the End of the Lane to, and why?

I think this book is a highly unusual combination of childhood memoir and magic fairy tale. I cannot think of any other book that is comparable.

What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Hm, I'm not sure about that. I notice there were lots of positive comments about the author reading his own work, but at times I felt that an actor would have done a better job. I focused too much on his voice and accent and sometimes found it a little hard to listen to.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Neither, but it was very absorbing and enjoyable.

uplifting

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

Reviewed: 01-07-13

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

It's not my favorite audiobook, but it was a sweet and funny tale. As it's a rather short audiobook, so no big comittment required. The story is rather predictable, but there were a couple of really, really funny moments. Overall, I enjoyed it very much.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rosie Project?

The dancing scene was hilarious.

What about Dan O'Grady’s performance did you like?

Liked the accent.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

He was looking for the perfect wife - and found her!