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This London gal, loves this modern London book.

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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: 26-01-20

Firstly the narration is on point. This modern, funny yet sometimes thought-provoking look at life in London for a young woman coming to terms with a relationship break-up, dating and work.

A really great listen/ read.

A neat little thriller

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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: 26-01-20

What I loved most about the book was the way it was written from the point of view of the different characters. This is what made it for me even though the story was a little predictable. Learning about the characters was enjoyable.

If you want to give up - DON'T

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-01-20

I not going to lie. Every time I put this on I thought what am I listening to. I don't know what made me persevere but I did. Something inside must have told me this is going to be worth it.

So approximately 5 hours in I was spellbound totally loved the book. In my head a wrote a different ending but the book was just great. The characters, the story, the bindings.

So if you are like me and do not get why these ratings are so great when you first start it please keep going it's worth it.

The binding is a wonderful concept and I wonder if I would ever want to be bound. I am sure you will too.

A passionate tale about love, death and brothers

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

Reviewed: 09-07-19

I don't want to say this but reviews are about honesty and honestly, I didn't like the narration. It was by the author so he knew exactly how he wanted the book/characters to sound and unfortunately, they sounded the same. Which should be fine as he is just reading but when there were some conversations I struggled to know who was talking which go confusing at times.

This doesn't take away from the fact it was a stellar book. Characters that you felt for backstories that were interesting. A far cry from the book thief but could be another classic.

DEFINATELY RECOMMEND

I just didn't get it

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-01-19

It took everything in my being to get through this book, I thought perhaps getting to the end I would see the point of the book, but I just didn't. The narration frustrated me as the people were Japanese and so the American dialect was just all wrong (however if it was an American book the narrators accents were good).

I could not get my head around the sheep, the ears or the whale's penis. I really can't explain more than that. If you like an abstract book that goes slow then this may be for you.

Love the narration

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

Reviewed: 15-12-18

As usual, I enjoyed the book, the characters are great as usual (love Peter) but I was not excited by the story. It felt a little bit samey. Will always look forward to the next instalment but it's not as intriguing as it was at the start.

An unusual RomCom

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

Reviewed: 15-07-18

So this book is about AI doing a bit of matchmaking. It's an easy listen, standard UK characters talking about their loves and lives, with a little bit of artificial intelligence mixed in. (I best not say Robots!)

Listening to this was like being on The Chemin

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-18

I wanted to like this book and gave it more chance than others because of my love of the Rosie project, but I found it slow and laborious.

So the story is about 2 characters doing The Chemin, also known as the Camino de Santiago, is a centuries-old pilgrim route that ends in Santiago de Compostela. They both have their own demons and that's why they are doing the walk. They meet some interesting characters on the way and work out why they are walking.

As they were not giving up their walk, I wasn't going to give up the book but it was sure was a struggle.

This second book remains brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-06-18

Sometimes when faced with such an amazing first book although you will it to be just as good you are sometimes disappointed with this I was not. The narration is brilliant just from listening you can imagine the characters. It is one of those books you can imagine as a film but you wouldn't want it to become a film as some books, are meant to be read (or listen too!).

Nona's character is still fiercely loyal, talented and skilful. Everyone deserves a friend like Nona.

Left me thinking about the characters days late

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-18

I am afraid to write too much in case I give anything away. I truly loved this book. You go on a journey with the characters and you become very protective of them.

It maybe a fantasy, but there is a touch of realism to it. Minutes, hours, days after finishing this book I was still thinking of the characters and what they had gone through.

This quote sums it up

“You've been away a long time. Were you lost?

I was wounded, not lost.”

A great listen - all 3