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A good YA novel, interesting plot

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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: 05-04-20

I found the first 3rd of the book a little slow for my tastes; it seemed to want to constantly rehash the fact that he remembered nothing, without any real need to do so, which got a little annoying. Once the plot got moving though I got gripped. The maze and the glade were brilliantly detailed and I could imagine myself in the world without much trouble. There wasn't a whole lot of character depth for anyone but Thomas, but considering how little time passes during the story I think its forgivable.
Well narrated and easy to listen to.

A fascinating look into the brain

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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: 31-03-20

This really was a fascinating journey through the human brain, what it means to be human, and what it means to be sentient. I loved the way the author considered what we have and what we might be able to achieve, and what that might mean for us. Such a huge amount of information, well considered and clearly set out. It was also great to hear how enthusiastic the author was about the subject in his reading of it.

Some interesting retellings

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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: 30-03-20

These were interesting and engaging retellings (reimaginings?) of classic fairy/folk tales. The narration was good and I quite liked the way it was split between 2 narrators so it was easy to follow where one story ended and the next began. I particularly liked the way they were set in the middle ground between Grimm's and Disney; they didn't have happy endings, per se, but they definitely didnt have sad endings either.

A very interesting collection, and well read by the narrators.

A stellar demonstration of Gaiman's abilities

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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: 10-03-20

A truly fantastical romp through Neil Gaiman's immense imagination. The lands of faerie were fascinating, with a variety of mad twists and turns, populated with killer trees, selfish witches and murderously ambitious brothers.
I love it when the author narrates their own book because you get to hear it the way they intended it... and Neil Gaiman is a natural born story teller!

A strong start to a potentially great YA series

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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: 09-03-20

Even in this short intro to the story the characters are beginning to take on distinct personalities, and the world is beginning to take on it's own shape. Ok, a lot of the characters fall into conventional tropes, but does it really matter that much? I'm definitely interested to see where it goes from here.
Well narrated too.

An interesting premise but difficult characters

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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: 09-03-20

I loved the idea of this book but, maybe because of the length, I found it very hard to engage with. The main character was a bit lacklustre, the sister was just irritating and the doctor was frustratingly naive for a grown man... never mind a highly educated one! A little more character development would have gone a long way in my opinion.
Very well narrated though.

A strange story with a strong ending

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

Reviewed: 10-11-19

The beginning of this story was difficult to get through. There was too much time spent obsessing on backstory that turned out to be irrelevant, and drawn out sections that could have easily been shrunk if not cut entirely. That said though, it seemed to get its act together later on in the story.
The concept itself was an odd one that I would have loved to have had better explained, though I can understand why it wasn't considering this is the beginning of a series.
Overall, I wasn't a huge fan but I did enjoy it and wouldn't mind seeing where it might go next.

A fascinating history, if a bit rambly at times

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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: 31-10-19

This was a really in depth and fascinating history of two truly incredible queens, well written and well narrated. It was well researched and filled with quotes and references to source materials that gave it an extra dimension that I enjoyed. However...

Maybe it was just me, but it felt like there were times where she would go over the same point three or four times. Sometimes she was adding a quote from historical sources and such, which made sense, but there were times when it felt incredibly unnecessary.

All the same I enjoyed this book and I'm glad to have read it.

*Trigger warnings - accounts of sexual assault and rape.

A fascinating and thrilling historical novel

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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: 06-09-19

I really enjoyed this story, which was only made stronger by its adherence to historical context and culture. It was well researched, and the historical notes at the end were fascinating, and yet it was still a rollercoaster of action, mystery and clever dialogue. The narration was also very well done, with almost all characters having distinct voices and accents making it easy to differentiate despite the complex and often similar names and titles.

A very good read (listen?) that I can't believe I put off reading for so long.

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A thrilling supernatural mystery

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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: 18-08-19

After a relatively slow start, this story begins to unfold rapidly, picking up pace and building up tension magnificently. I spent most of the last half of the book on the edge of my seat and desperate to find out what was going to happen next.

There were predictable moments, as there always is, but there was always a looming dread of who was going to be next, and how they were going to meet there end which was brilliant.

The narration was good at capturing the mood, and the accents of some of the characters were great for telling them apart, but it lacked range which meant many of the men and women in the story sounded the same.

Over all, this was a fantastic, fast paced, supernatural thriller packed with mystery and tension in spades once it got through the initial stage of introducing the characters and the mystery.