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great plot, shame about the ‘said’

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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: 17-05-20

This really was a great book. a family drama really aboutt the past and how sometimes it can shape the present. Really well written apart from the fact that this author is obviously totally ingorant or stupid when it comes to wording the delivery of doalogue haviing only the word ‘said’ in ehr vocabulary. a common fault but n no less irritating for all that. The narration was very good. The book is short. I never checked to see if it was an abridged recording or not but I think it might have been since some chapters are missing.

One flew over the cuckoo’s nest

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

Reviewed: 13-05-20

This is a terribly harrowing book not for the faint-hearted. However, it has its faults. As harrowing as it is there’s no such thing as a mental hospital since that would imply that there are sane hospitals or normal hospitals. it’s a piece of mangled grammar oft repeated. She was in a hospital for the mentally ill sanctioned both by the home office and the nhs it would seem. I can relate to most of it since I know what a lonely place boarding school can be. I would take issue with her about her father rescuing her though since it was really his girlfriend who did that and she was only there because of his abuse during her formative years. The performance was so-so at best and that awful accent, what was it supposed to be? On the positive side though if anyone needs strength to tell their story then this is a pretty good place to start finding it.

this book is just fantastic

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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: 03-05-20

I just adored this book. One year in the final wilderness of the British isles and not one mention of bird catching and ringing for the sake of curiousity carried out for its own sake because man is nosey though he couches it in other language. Just the wild places undisturbed by anyone and that’s as it should be. No talk of anyone else just references to sights and sounds when and where they were heard. memories as well and just an all round brilliant book exploring the wilderness as it should be explored not for science or for curiosity but just beause it’s there and might not be for much longer. It’s a well narrated book with no attempt at accents that the narrator perhaps felt he couldn’t replicate and that made it all the better.

just utterly brilliant

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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: 27-04-20

None of us know what truly passed between Henry VIII and his six queens or whether he was a tyrant or just a lonely man. We do know that he always got his way and that these days he’d be called a spoint brat who in the end mistrusted everyone through paranoia and that he took whores as well as mistresses. I’ve read a lot of books about his wives and most of them generally romanticise them so that it’s hard to imagine how they took care of the more vulgar functions that are the lot of all of us. This though is by far the best I’ve ever read on the subject. A bit too much of the ‘I said’ and ‘he said’ but forgiveable under the circumstances I think.

it fails to convince

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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: 26-04-20

Now, before i say anything more I know that prison life is horriblle. it’s awful in the extreme not because i’ve ever done time but because I’ve read enough books to know how bad it is. Plus I attended a boarding school that some have likened to prison though only looking back on it do I see their point. at the time it wasn’t so bad. That’s know of how this book comes across. Only looking back do the author seem to realize how bad it is and yet, even inside it feels bad. You know this but you can’t feel it. It fails to convince in so many ways. the author had it pretty good by prison standards. Cellmates he could get on with, cells that weere bigger than some at least towards the end, jobs that let him out more often than most of the others. It seems that there’s a hierarchy inside and his background put him in a priveleged position. It’s not until the second half of the book that thiings begin to feel more convincing. Still, for me the book fails to really grasp the nettle of prison reform and prison culture. Anxiety is a big problem and yet, would phones in cells really solve it? I’m not so sure. This however, is a book review and not a debate on the prison service so I’ll close by saying that The author should have just read it straight and not tried to take off the accents of those involved. They are horrendous.

very weak 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: 18-04-20

This book has only intrigue to recommend it. character led there’s not a huge amount of action and frankly, it’s not a patch on belllman & Black the first one I read by this author. It’s a literary nobel with just a whiff of the supernatural that kind of wimps out right at the end though it’s not too bed up to that point. I certainly wanted to know what happened next. The performance wasn’t so bad hough the narrator seemed not to be able to make up her mind which accents to use but otherwise it was well read as you’d expect and pleasant enough though I’d have made it shorter or at least tidied up the ending.

A compelling classic

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

Reviewed: 22-03-20

This is a very compelling classic with the mill being only the central theme rather than the theme of the text which is one of melodrama and female conflict as seen through the eyes of Maggie. She’s good despite herself and causes much agony though none of it intentional. She’s by turns weak and strong, undecided and definite and her brother is much the same. it’s a literary nobel but not any the less interesting if you like victorian melodrama which more than a touch of romance. A word avout the performance though. The accents are not consistent and they ought to be. This is a book about middle class society and the accents ought to reflect that despite the education of the youger ones. However, they do not and that spoils the narrative a bit for me at least.

Pretty much more of the same

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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: 21-03-20

Just like it says in the headline. Pretty much more of the same as in the first book. The same wearing insults from the artificial intelligence, pretty much the same almost disasters and difficult times and pretty much the same return to earth only this time in a spot of bother. There are more books in this series but, really? No, I’m not sure i want to read any more since it’s probably going to be well, pretty much more of the same.

White collar versus blue collar

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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: 15-03-20

This is real society in the form of an a.i. Game and so realistic. It’s a journey and somebody starting at the botoom making to the top on wits and some luck. Packed with action it’s a fast paced ride and i can’t wait to read the second installment. it’s just right if you like gaming and the undead. Not original by any means but then, what is?

Not one of the BBC’s finest hours

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

Reviewed: 14-03-20

Overall, this was quite disappointing. Some of the adaptations weren’t bad, most were just awful and the readings were abridged. Sure, they do that to fit the time but what’s wrong with making the time fit the performance? What else did they have going on that was so important that they had to abridge a short story? My advice is don’t waste your time. There are better renditions of M.R. James’s work out there.

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